Dear CERSD Parents,
As we start to head into the cold and flu season I wanted to take the opportunity to explain the WA Department of Health sick policy for school students and staff. The symptoms of COVID are the same as for many viruses: fever, cough, sore throat just to name a few. We call these symptoms “CLI” or Covid Like Illness. If your child has symptoms of CLI they need to stay out of school until they get tested or meet the symptom and infectious period of ten days. Luckily testing is easy to do and covered by health insurance.
- Why so strict? This is the best way to keep our student population as a whole in school and our community safe.
- Where can I get tested? KVH Cle Elum provides drive-thru testing (by McDonalds) Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. The COVID clinic in Ellensburg provides testing Saturday and Sunday as well from 9:00am to 5:00pm. When you arrive at the back parking lot of KVH Cle Elum call 509-674-5331, option 2, and they will come to the car to test your student.
- How will the school know? Let the lab know you have a CERSD student. They will bring out a release of information for you to sign so that negative test results can be sent to the school. In 48 hours if you have not heard back regarding your results, please call the laboratory number provided above to check on your results. They are very busy and a phone call never hurts. The laboratory will fax the district nurses negative test results and your student will be allowed to return to school as long as they are fever free. Make sure to check in with the district nurse to confirm they received your results before returning.
- My student does not have health insurance? You can still get your student tested. The COVID care act is paying for uninsured tests at this time. Please call the health department and get yourself or your student insured. They have enrollment specialists at the Health Department that can help navigate your insurance options. Call 509-962-7515.
- What if I don’t want to get my student tested? You are not required to. The average length of being infectious is 10 days. Your student will then need to stay out of school for ten days, starting from the first day of symptoms. If you think that your child’s condition could be related to a health condition such as an ear infection or strep throat, we can accept a doctor's note explaining the cause of their symptoms.
See attachment for COVID symptoms and contact info for school nurses.