COVID-19 Guidelines

Your Safety Matters

Like all of you, in these unprecedented times, we have needed to adjust and be flexible when it comes to the highs and lows of the current pandemic within our homes, our workplaces, and schools.

We take the health of our children, our families and our community seriously. With guidance from Bates and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, we have implemented specific policies and procedures to help minimize exposures and outbreaks to the best of our abilities. All staff and volunteers are required to have a Vaccination Attestation on file with Bates, confirming their vaccination or providing a medical/religious exemption. Also, all volunteers and teachers are required to wear a mask at all times.

We understand and respect your need for privacy but we are obligated to ask regularly if you or your children have been exposed, have been experiencing any symptoms or received a positive COVID-19 test in your household. We graciously thank you for your understanding and cooperation to help us continue to make our co-op community a healthy and safe space for our children.

If you or your child experience any symptoms or signs of illness please stay home, even if you are vaccinated. This applies to all students, volunteers and staff.

COVID-19 Protocols

Most children in early learning programs cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 yet. It is because of this that we practice the safest options recommended for exposure and positive tests.

It is estimated that the most contagious period is during the incubation** period. This is typically as early as 2-3 days prior to symptoms appearing through the 14 days after exposure. Knowing this helps us contact trace through our school and classes more effectively.

Families will inform their teacher within 24 hours of a household member receiving a positive COVID-19 test and/or if the family is informed of a potential exposure. This allows us to quickly contact trace and inform as needed. Your family's identity is kept strictly confidential. However, as with most infectious diseases (hand/foot/mouth, flu, etc.), a disclosure without family name will be made to our co-op community.

Class Cancelation
If there is a positive case, the subjected class will be canceled for 14 days from the last date of exposure. After contact tracing and collecting all the pertinent information, we reserve the right to cancel additional classes or close school if deemed necessary.

Pending approval by Bates, the President and teacher, with guidance from the DOH and in agreement with the class, we may decide to test and return after 7 days from exposure on a case-by-case basis.

No Exposure but Have Symptoms

In the event that you are experiencing symptoms (see chart), we are treating it as possible COVID-19. Please talk to your teacher and/or the President to know how to proceed.

Know When to Quarantine or Isolate

Quarantine: You must stay home and monitor for symptoms if you have been exposed and do not live in the same household:

  • NOT getting tested, quarantine for 14 days from the date of your last contact

  • WITH negative test after day 5 from last contact AND no symptoms, quarantine for 7 days

      • Upon direction from the President to return to class, you MUST provide proof of a negative test with the original or a copy of the document OR a photo of the test showing the COVID-19 results. This should be submitted with the Negative COVID-19 Test form.

Isolate: If you, your child or someone in your household have tested positive:

the person who DID test positive:

    • WITH symptoms, quarantine for 10 days from start of symptoms or positive test results (whichever came first) AND 24 hours after fever without using fever-reducing medications

    • WITHOUT symptoms, quarantine for 10 days from date of positive test results

the people who DID NOT test:

    • quarantine for 10 days after the 5-day period from the start of symptoms or positive test results (whichever came first)

All children 5 years and older are required to wear masks. Children 2 and older are encouraged to wear masks.

Symptoms may look like:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)

  • Chills

  • Stuffy or runny nose

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Cough

  • Vomiting (even once)

  • Diarrhea (2 or more loose stools in 24 hours)

  • Muscle pain/body aches

  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort or weakness

Close Contact is defined as:

  • Being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more

  • Living in the same household as a person with COVID-19

  • Caring for a person with COVID-19

  • Being in direct contact with bodily fluids of a person with COVID-19

** The incubation period is the time frame from which you are infected until the time that you start to experience symptoms.

As of 01/12/22, we were made aware that the CDC Guidelines have changed. However, Bates and all affiliated schools are not adopting those guidelines at this time. The protocols have not changed for early learning programs. We are continuing to use the King County Flow Chart to help us determine the next steps for all scenarios as it is the most clearly laid out.

Updated: 1/21/2020