WVSD COVID-19 Information

Updated September 3, 2021

The West Valley School District is continuing to serve our Families and Community as we face the challenges of COVID-19 together. Please use this webpage for general District updates and information surrounding COVID-19. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact your corresponding school or district administration.

COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person contact and through the exchange of respiratory droplets. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you or any member of your family exhibit these symptoms, please contact your medical provider for advice immediately. Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure.

The CDC recommends the following best practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • Practice social distancing, leaving at least six feet between you and other people.
  • Wear a cloth mask.

Definitions

Close contact – Anyone within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period. In the classroom setting: students within 3 feet of an infected person for 15 min or more in a 24-hour period.

Isolation – Keeping someone who is infected with COVID-19 away from others, even in their home.

Quarantine – Keeping someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.

Infectious period – An individual that tests positive for COVID-19 is infectious 48 hours prior to symptom onset or, if they have no symptoms, 48 hours prior to positive testing date. The infectious period lasts 10 days after the onset of symptoms or, if they have no symptoms, 10 days after positive test date.

Last known exposure – The last time a person was potentially exposed to COVID-19. If within the same household and unable to isolate infected person, the last known exposure would be the last day a positive person is infectious (day 10 of isolation). The appropriate quarantine time would be followed per YHD/CDC guidelines.

WVSD Protocols

If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or, if they don’t have symptoms, from the date their test was taken. Once a positive test is received, the 10-day isolation is mandatory even if they have a subsequent negative test result.

If a person is exposed to COVID-19 (close contact), they must quarantine for 14 days starting from their last known exposure. They may return 10 days after their last known exposure as long as they do not develop symptoms; or, 7 days after the last known exposure if they don’t develop symptoms and with a negative test result in which the test was taken no sooner than day 5 after last known exposure.

According to the Yakima Health District, if a person is fully vaccinated they are not required to quarantine for a known exposure. Proof of vaccination status is required.

YHD and district administration are notified immediately of positive cases within the WVSD. Close contacts are determined by district nurses together with YHD and notified immediately. Close contacts are directed to quarantine according to YHD/CDC guidelines. A weekly letter is sent to West Valley staff/community on Friday to inform them of positive cases across the school district.