What We Can Do
COVID-19, and its variants, is a virus that can be spread by everyone at all ages, even without being ill or manifesting any known symptoms. As such, and as we strive to continue to provide continuity in the education of our students, we encourage everyone to consistently continue to observe the following precautions, even with feeling great, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Stay home if you are sick, even with mild symptoms (see below)
NEW!! If your Great Northern student lives in the same household as a Covid-postive infected individual your student MUST stay home, possibly up to 10 days. Please refer to the charts below. Consult your healthcare provider, Spokane Regional Health District, and notify the school. (10/4/2021)
Wear a cloth face covering when around others
Maintain a safe physical distance from others – at least 6’
Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently
Monitor your body temperature
Parents and visitors should limit entry in to school buildings if possible
Consult the Spokane Regional Health District website for current information - www.srhd.org
If your child is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, please keep them home, call the school for guidance, and refer to the links to the charts below:
If your child has one or more of these symptoms, they should isolate at home AND get tested for COVID-19:
Fever (100.4* F or higher) or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Cough (new, changed, or worsening)
If your child has one or more of these symptoms, they should isolate at home: (See link to the charts below)
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Consider consulting your healthcare provider for further guidance.
February 3, 2022
Dear Parents and Guardians;
Thank you for your patience and perseverance as we work through these challenging months, especially now with the upswing in Covid-19 cases in our area and winter illnesses in general. As the Omicron variant spreads in our area and county, we continue to seek guidance from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD), following their protocols and requirements. Information is sent to us on an almost daily basis, and we will update you as we receive any and all changes.
In general, if your child is showing any symptoms of illness, including fever, sore throat or cough, we ask that you keep them home. Additionally, unvaccinated students living in households with Covid-positive family members must stay home. Each family’s situation is unique and Mrs. Finley, our secretary, Mrs. Nave, Mrs. Peterson RN, or I are glad to help guide you with next steps.
We have Covid-19 rapid antigen tests here at school, and with parent permission, we are happy to test your student. Any students who tests positive must isolate for at least five days and they must test again at school to return to the classroom. We are including the most up-to-date resources from the SRHD to help you better know what you can do in the event that your child becomes ill. This information can also be found on our website: www.gnsd.k12.wa.us. Click on the Parents/Students drop down menu and then click on ‘Covid-19 Resources’.
We appreciate all you do for us and we are still hopeful for a smoother road ahead. Please give us a call if ever you have concerns or questions and we are happy to guide you through all this information.