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School Visitors

Beginning March 12, 2022, mask wearing as one of the COVID-19 mitigation measures will be optional at BSD schools. This means that mask wearing in both indoor and outdoor settings will be an individual choice for students, staff, families, visitors and volunteers.  The Bellevue School District strongly commits to a culture of acceptance, where individual choices will be respected, while we work together to ensure a safe learning environment for all.

A visitor is anyone entering school property who is:

  • Not a staff member checking into their regularly assigned building, or
  • Not a student enrolled at the school.
  • Not a volunteer

All visitors must check in on arrival when the main office is open. All visitors will check-in via LobbyGuard, the district’s electronic visitor management system.

All persons visiting the schools must have a purpose related to the district’s educational program or the personal welfare of a student or employee.

Building principals will determine the necessity of visitors to the school, the duration, and time of visits based on minimizing disruptions to the school and school program.

Those persons who are physically present at a site for a short period of time and confined to the front office or lobby area, and whose proximity to others is brief, will not be required to check-in via LobbyGuard. Examples of this include contracted shipping and delivery personnel or a parent dropping an item at the front desk.

Volunteers

Beginning March 12, 2022, mask wearing as one of the COVID-19 mitigation measures will be optional at BSD schools. This means that mask wearing in both indoor and outdoor settings will be an individual choice for students, staff, families, visitors and volunteers.  The Bellevue School District strongly commits to a culture of acceptance, where individual choices will be respected, while we work together to ensure a safe learning environment for all.

All volunteers at schools must be approved by the principal and will be required to be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021, in accordance with Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1 (PDF). Principals have been asked to follow WA DoH Supplemental Considerations to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission in Schools (PDF). This includes limiting the presence of volunteers for classroom, administrative support, and other school-based activities. Any large in-person gatherings, like activities and events such as field trips, student assemblies, fairs, school-wide parent meetings, or spirit nights should conform to the information for a K-12 setting as outlined in WA DOH’s Requirements and Guidance to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission.

All volunteers will check-in via LobbyGuard, the district’s electronic visitor management system.  School staff will visually verify vaccination status. The following are acceptable:

  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or photo of the card;
  • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider or electronic health record;
  • State immunization information system record; or for an individual who was vaccinated outside of the United States, a reasonable equivalent of any of the above.

Volunteers who have not provided proof of vaccination as of October 18, 2021, will not be allowed to continue to volunteer in the school setting.


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.