Case Numbers Update
At St. John: We continue to see low positive COVID case rates in students and staff at St. John in the past 7 days. Data on cases, broken down by grade-level and homeroom, is available here. Since the last NewsViews went out on April 7, there have been a total of 2 cases reported to the school.
Positive Household Contacts: As noted in yesterday’s communication, the school community has seen an increase in positive household contacts over the past few days and included those in the dashboard below with the goal of remaining transparent about cases. Some of these cases may be linked to last week’s auction, although it is difficult to know definitively. We remind all families to remain vigilant during gatherings and/or travel with the recommendations below as we enter into the Easter Holidays.
COVID Weekly Data Dashboard (4/7-4/14)
- Students Tested Positive (grades PreK-8): 2
- Staff (School and XDC) Tested Positive: 0
- Positive Household Contacts (Parents of Students): 11
In King County: 53 new cases per 100K residents over a 7-day period ending 3/15/22 was the lowest point since the beginning of 2022; since that time cases have been slowly increasing but continue to remain in the “low transmission” category: 155/100K in the 7-day period ending 4/9/22.
Easter Holidays (Spring Break) Recommendations
The school has heard from many students and families who have plans to travel over the Easter holidays. As we all know, COVID may be acquired while traveling or gathering with others outside of your households. There are two effective, easily accessible measures our community can take, recommended by Public Health, to decrease the likelihood of spread: masking and rapid antigen testing. As such:
- Please have your student(s) rapid test on Monday, 4/25 AND 3-5 days after returning from travel or after having gathered with households outside of school
- Test kits are available to pick up from Mrs. Q. in the main office anytime before spring break
- Test kits are also available free from WA State (10 tests per month)
- Please use your best judgment regarding sending your student to school in a mask for the week following spring break (factors to consider may be travel, possible close contact with a COVID+ case, attending large gatherings, vaccination status, increased concern for COVID exposure to your student during the school’s post-break period, and whether or not your student has had COVID within the last 90 days)
Thank you for your additional vigilance during this time, as we make every effort to ensure our families can enjoy a restful, healthy time together next week. Please reach out to COVIDResponse@st-johnschool.org with any questions.