In the spirit of full transparency, I want to notify you that a member of Bear Creek’s Upper School was notified yesterday (3/26/20) of a positive test result for COVID-19 and immediately communicated those findings with me. This staff member was in contact with a limited number of students on March 5 and exhibited no symptoms of illness at that time. Subsequently, the staff member became mildly symptomatic and was tested for the virus on March 9, but due to sample processing issues, the positive results were not received until March 26. Since the date of potential exposure is well outside of the 14-day quarantine window to develop symptoms of a coronavirus-related illness, I have been advised by the King County Public Health Department (KCPH) and the CDC that no additional recommendations or interventions are necessary, over and above the precautions we have already taken, which include campus-wide disinfection and our transition to remote learning.
As part of our COVID-19 policies, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our immediate school community, defined as student, parent, faculty, or staff member, will be communicated to The Bear Creek School community based on the guidelines and protocols provided by the KCPH.
As with any health situation, our primary responsibility is protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, while safeguarding the privacy and confidentiality of individual health information. Per current school privacy policies, The Bear Creek School does not release personal or identifying information about an individual with a health issue.
I want to emphasize the importance of isolating yourself and reducing contact with others during this time of community spread of COVID-19. If you have any symptoms of illness, stay home and take the utmost precautions to protect other members of your household and community. Use these guidelines from the CDC to help you.
During this period of remote learning, please continue to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or members of your immediate household are experiencing symptoms of illness. For attendance tracking purposes in grades 7 – 12, please specifically indicate symptoms of illness (i.e. sore throat, fever, cough, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting) if your student is unable to participate in remote learning. This information will be vitally important to the health and safety of our Bear Creek community the closer we get to the Governor’s proposed reopening date of April 27.
Please continue to reach out with "virtual arms" of support through prayer, encouragement, and even socially distant acts of service to help all those in our community and beyond who are struggling with illness. There are many ways to practice compassion during these isolating times.
In the words of Apostle Paul…Hupomeno!
Lea Hysom, RN, BSN