The Bellevue School District’s new Winter COVID-19 Dashboard displays Tillicum’s most current COVID-19 case information, including student and staff COVID cases, and is updated regularly. As shown on the new Winter COVID-19 Dashboard, there have been multiple confirmed COVID-19 cases at Tillicum, with the majority reported the week after break. Students attending in-person may or may not have been in close contact with those individuals.

Close contact means being within 6 feet (2 meters) of someone for 15 minutes or more within 24 hours, or in the classroom setting, within 3 feet (1 meter) of someone for 15 minutes or more within 24 hours. Our classrooms are configured to provide 3 feet of physical distance, and common spaces are configured to provide six feet of physical distance between all persons to the greatest extent possible.

Who Does Not Need to Quarantine:

Students and staff who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they:

  • Are ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.
  • Are ages 5-17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

Who Does Need to Quarantine:

Students who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine at home and away from others in per Washington Department of Health:

They need to quarantine for at least 5 days after their last close contact if:

  • They are presenting symptoms.
  • They are age 18 or older and have completed the primary series of recommended vaccine but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.


  • Those who have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
  • Those who are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.

Test to Stay:

Students who need to quarantine per the criteria above can participate in the Washington Department of Health’s Test to Stay Program. This is an opportunity for a modified quarantine to help reduce exclusion from in-person instruction and work. In order to participate with testing through your school, you will need to provide consent for diagnostic testing by completing the form at this link.

Students may continue to attend class and participate in extracurricular activities in a modified quarantine status for 5 day after exposure (the date of last close contact is considered ‘day zero’), if they:

  • Are tested immediately when notified of exposure and on day 5 after exposure;
  • Are asymptomatic;
  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others;
  • Continue to quarantine from (i.e., not participate in) all social gatherings and community activities. They may participate in extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and can attend childcare or youth development programs provided before and after school.

Quarantine without Test to Stay

Students and staff who need to quarantine must stay home after close contact. Test no earlier than day 5.  They may return to school with negative test results and no symptoms.

Quarantine with No Test

Students and staff who need to quarantine must stay home after close contact. If no test is taken, they may return on day 11 after last exposure as long as they have no symptoms.

What else should I do?

  • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms (see list below).
  • Your child’s siblings and other household members do not have to quarantine unless your child develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Participate in a public health interview. Public Health contact tracers may reach out to you by text or phone call because your child may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. They will share information about what to do and what support is available. They will always keep your information confidential. Contact tracers will never ask for money, bank or credit card information, passwords, or immigration status.

What are the common symptoms of COVID-19?

Most COVID-19 cases are mild with fever and cough. Adults and children with COVID-19 have reported the following symptoms or combinations of symptoms, which may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever of 100.4°F / 38°C or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Other signs of new illness that are unrelated to a preexisting condition (such as seasonal allergies)

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please talk to your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Children with COVID-19 usually have milder symptoms, for example, runny nose, sore throat, or headache. To learn more about COVID-19 symptoms, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: (

How can I protect myself and my family from COVID-19?

  • When outside your home, practice physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from others.
  • Avoid group gatherings and poorly ventilated areas.
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth when you are in a public place, including outdoors if you cannot stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from others.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer (60% alcohol or greater). Do not use sanitizer on children under age two.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (like doorknobs and light switches). Regular use of EPA-registered household disinfectants are recommended:
  • Check CDC’s Travel Alerts and tips for COVID-19 at if you or your family are traveling within the United States or overseas.

Find additional COVID-19 information at:

If you have any questions, please call our office or call King County’s COVID-19 Call Center between 8AM – 7PM at 206-477-3977. Interpreters are available.

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.