K-12 Close Contact Exception Criteria

  • According to the Washington Department of Health, please see the guidance given below on what is considered close contact for K-12 schools.

     

    K-12 close contact exception criteria: In a K-12 indoor classroom, the close contact definition excludes students who were at least three feet away from an infected student when both students were consistently and correctly wearing face coverings/masks. The following people are K-12 close contacts if they were within the specified distance from COVID-19 case for a cumulative total of at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period:

    • A student 0-3 feet from a student COVID-19 case in an indoor classroom, regardless of mask usage.

    • A student 3-6 feet from a student COVID-19 case in an indoor classroom if either the case or potential contact was not wearing a mask consistently and correctly.

    • A student 0-6 feet from a staff COVID-19 case in an indoor classroom, regardless of mask usage.

    • A staff member 0-6 feet from a COVID-19 case in an indoor classroom, regardless of mask usage.

    • A person (including students and staff) 0-6 feet from a COVID-19 case in any setting other than an indoor classroom (e.g., cafeteria, outside, sports, performance), regardless of mask usage.

    The definition of a close contact may vary in some situations (e.g., less time spent in close proximity to an unmasked person who is coughing, direct cough/sneeze spray, or other contact that is more intense like sharing drinks, eating utensils, etc.). The ultimate determination of close contact is made by the Local Health Jurisdication during its investigation; it may delegate this determination if appropriate.