The district is committed to keeping schools open and ensuring both staff and students have a safe and healthy learning environment, using our COVID-19 mitigation measures. Staff have been working incredibly hard to maintain safety protocols and support and educate students during this time — challenges that are felt regionally, nationally and globally. Our schools will remain open until further notice, unless specific direction is provided from the Office of the Governor and Washington OSPI.

Recent updates to guidance from Public Health – Seattle & King County impact several areas in our district operations, including staffing, transportation, nutrition services, childcare partnerships, etc. All of these factors and others must be carefully considered before communicating with the public. We understand that uncertainty and waiting for answers can be challenging, but we assure you we are working to provide information to families as soon as possible to support planning and preparation. We ask for your support and patience as we make every effort to keep our schools open and safe.

Health & Safety Updates

Information about health and safety in our schools is constantly evolving as we work to meet state and local guidelines. Guidance is typically provided by the CDC, then adopted by the Washington State Department of Health, before being implemented by Public Health – Seattle & King County (PH-SKC). Once BSD receives official guidance from PH-SKC, we will implement it in our schools.

Please review the topics below to get familiar with the latest guidance and how it impacts our learning community:

Instruction During Quarantine

Families who choose to isolate as a precaution, due to COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, will continue to receive excused absences until further notice. Please contact your student’s school first, then your student’s teacher for information on how instruction will be delivered.

Contact Tracing & COVID-19 Dashboard Reporting

Due to a large influx of COVID-19 cases, we are now using a triage protocol for contact tracing. Because of this, we will be changing the way we report cases to our COVID-19 dashboard. We are currently working on a new system for reporting, which we hope to have available by January 14, 2022. The PowerBI COVID-19 Dashboard will remain on our website for historical reference, but it will not be updated at this time.

COVID-19 Testing in BSD Schools

Along with other safety measures like vaccination, masking and social distancing, testing is a valuable tool that will limit the spread of COVID-19. Our staff is focused on providing testing and ensuring staff and students are supported in those efforts. Families may consider opting their students in to pooled surveillance testing, which is available in all BSD schools. Learn more on our COVID-19 Testing webpage, and complete a COVID Testing Consent form here.

Diagnostic testing is also available at BSD schools; however, availability varies by building. Students and staff will be referred for diagnostic testing as needed. Please note that diagnostic testing is not available for students at ESC West at this time.

Responding to Cases and Suspected Cases

BSD has updated isolation and quarantine guidance to align with the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County. Timelines and protocols for who and how long people should quarantine or isolate are updated on our website. For full details on the change, please visit our Responding to Cases and Suspected Cases webpage.

Vaccine Clinics

We are currently working with our community vaccine partners to schedule more vaccination clinics. They will be shared directly with families and staff as they become available. Please know that the clinics fill up very quickly. To find a vaccine near you, visit our Vaccinations webpage.

Please continue to check our website regularly for updates, in conjunction with district and school-based email and social media. We will work to share information as soon as possible to help you make informed decisions for your students.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.