When a positive case of COVID-19 is discovered in the school setting, trained BSD staff will conduct contact tracing.

The Bellevue School District (BSD) has established contact tracing and closure  and protocols consistent with guidelines from the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County.

How do staff conduct contact tracing?

Contact tracing within BSD involves speaking with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 about who they were in contact with while they were in our buildings or participating in in-person activities during their infectious period. Contact tracers will call all BSD staff and students who were close contacts to let them know they were in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

BSD staff will make every effort to get in touch with all close contacts within 48-72 hours after we are alerted there was a positive case of COVID. By answering the phone when we call, you can help us conduct contact tracing more quickly.

BSD also alerts Public Health – Seattle & King County about each positive case and close contact.

What does “close contact” mean?

Close contact generally means being within 6 feet for a combined total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period.

What can I do?

It is important for everyone to answer the call if BSD staff reach out while conducting the contact tracing.