Health & Safety

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Health Requirements

Health & Safety of Staff

All Washington school districts must adhere to the Department of Health (DOH) and Labor and Industries (L&I) guidance. It is important for all Finley school staff to familiarize themselves with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) definition of high-risk employeesand to understand they have the right to identify themselves to the Finley School District as a high-risk individual. Any staff member with questions or concerns about workplace accommodations, leave expectations, and other employee rights is encouraged to contact Bryan Long at 509-586-3217 or

Screening & Attestations

Students and staff must attest they are healthy and free of COVID-19 symptoms before they enter the building each day. Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for any signs of illness each morning and must submit a signed attestation form to their child’s school at the start of each quarter.

Additionally, all students will have their temperature taken by trained Finley school staff prior to entering any school building. Identified school staff screeners will be stationed at specific sets of doors for each building. Any student or staff member found to have a fever will be required to go home until the person is not symptomatic or has completed the suggested quarantined timeline. (For students with a fever, their parent/guardian will be called and the student will wait in a separate room away from other students until the parent/guardian arrives.)

Symptom Screening

Parents must confirm:

  1. My student is not currently waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
  2. Since my student’s last day of school, he/she has not experienced one or more "More Specific Symptoms" or 3 or more "Less Specific Symptoms" (see definitions below):
  3. Within the last 14 days, my student has not been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with anyone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

"More Specific Symptoms" are defined as:

  • Fever (100.4 or over)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

"Less Specific Symptoms" are defined as:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea (2 or more loose stools in 24 hrs)

Source: Benton-Franklin Health District, COVD-19 School Screening Guidance Updated 5/3/2021 |(en Español)

Quarantine Guidance

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. People who have been exposed to COVID-19 should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and consider getting tested. Quarantine starts on the last day of contact with a positive individual and usually last for 14 days; however, there are exceptions for leaving quarantine as early as day 7.
Please read this handout from the Benton Franklin Health District on quarantine guidelines:

Do I need to Quarantine or Isolate? (PDF, Source: Benton Franklin Health District)

¿Necesito ponerme en cuarentena o aislarme?


Students and staff will be reminded regularly about the importance of proper handwashing. Teachers may allow for more breaks to give students the opportunity to wash their hands, either at a classroom sink or in a restroom.  In addition, we will place hand sanitizer units throughout our buildings. Students and staff will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer regularly.

Masks and PPE

All students, staff, volunteers, and guests must wear face coverings at all times, consistent with DOH and L&I requirements. School districts are required by law to provide face coverings for all school employees as part of Washington employer requirements. Finley School District will provide 2 face masks for each student. Families are asked to provide at least one washable mask for their student as well. The district also will maintain an adequate supply of face coverings on our premises to accommodate students who arrive at school without a face covering. Each school, district building, and bus will have disposable face coverings readily accessible for students, staff, and/or guests who arrive without a covering.

Mask Exemptions:

If your child is unable to wear a face mask due to a medical reason or a disability, we will work with you to find a safe alternative. The Washington Department of Health requires cloth face coverings or “an acceptable alternative” for all students. If a student is having trouble wearing a mask, they can wear a clear shield with drape as an alternative. If the student is unable to wear either, you may complete and submit THIS WAIVER FORM. Any student submitting a mask waiver form must receive an appropriate diagnosis from their provider, then fax it to Benton-Franklin Health District for approval by the BFHD Health Officer. (The BFHD mask waiver form is available through the BFHD. If, because of a disability, you cannot access this form online, please contact the health district at 509-460-4200.)

Cleaning & Disinfecting

Our custodial staff will significantly increase the wiping down and disinfecting of public spaces and high-touch surfaces across our buildings and throughout the school day, consistent with DOH guidance and the Infection Control Handbook 2010. We will also provide greater access to cleaning materials for our teachers and staff so that they can clean and disinfect spaces, as needed. Each Wednesday, our custodial team will conduct a thorough deep-cleaning of our spaces, again disinfecting high-touch surfaces like sinks, drinking fountains, door handles, tables, and desks.

Physical Distancing

We will alter our indoor classroom and common spaces and reconfigure our processes to ensure a minimum of three feet of physical distance between all persons in our school facilities as a planning framework. On March 25, 2021, Governor Inslee announced that the physical distancing requirement in K-12 schools would be changed to follow the CDC guidance (released on March 19), which reduced the physical distancing requirements from 6 feet to 3 feet. The CDC guidance recommends a reduction of distance between students; however, the guidance for distance between staff, as well as between staff and student(s), remains 6 feet. In addition, there are certain situations where 3 feet between students is not sufficient, such as when students are eating and cannot wear masks.
Read the updated K-12 Schools Guidance on the OSPI website HERE.

Safety Training & Orientation

Safety training and orientation will be provided to building administrators prior to the all staff professional learning days. The protocols given will be used through the start of the school year and adjusted as needed based on current requirements and guidance. Principals will highlight the safety protocols at building staff meetings prior to the start of the school year. These protocols will be communicated and provided to the community utilizing the district’s various communication platforms. All education stakeholders will have a part to play in contributing to make education successful in Finley.