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  • COVID-19 Info for Schools and Childcare

    Make sure staff and families know where to find accurate information.

    Point them to our websiteWashington State Department of Health (DOH) and CDC

    DOH updated guidance:

    COVID-19 Testing in Schools 

    Testing helps identify cases early and can limit the spread of COVID-19. Testing can be conducted at school or with over-the-counter tests at home. 


    Everyone 6 months or older is eligible to get vaccine.

    People 6 months or older can get Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. People 18 years or older can get Novavax vaccine.

    View vaccine information in large print. Also available in SpanishKoreanVietnameseTagalogRussian and Simplified Chinese.

    Our data dashboard shows how many people who live or work in Pierce County got vaccine.

    Parents who can’t be present for the vaccination of their child can print and sign this permission form.

    Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine and children. Also available in Spanish.

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    COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for Schools

    Use our toolkit to promote COVID-19 vaccination and answer questions from families and students.

    COVID-19 Testing Info for Kids Under 5

    Rapid Antigen tests for children 2 and older when the sample is collected by an adult. Washington State Department of Health updated guidance allows guardians and caregivers of children under 2 years of age to perform an at-home COVID test. 

    • BinaxNow
    • iHealth
    • CareStart
    • On/Go

    PCR test for children 2 and older when sample is collected by an adult.

    • LetsGetChecked

    Communications with schools


    Helpful tools for childcare

    Clean and Disinfect

    Clean and disinfect infographic

    Daily Checklist

    Daily Checklist for all child care facilities

    Helpful tools for schools

    Resources and tools for families

    Model and encourage healthy habits.

    We can all take these steps to safeguard our health.

    • A well-fitting mask is encouraged but not required.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
    • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
    • Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.
    • Get your COVID-19 vaccines and booster if you haven’t yet.

    Help reduce anxiety about COVID-19.

    Teach children how they can protect themselves against illness. Evidence suggests COVID-19 is generally mild in children. Those at risk for severe illness are over age 65, have health conditions or are pregnant.

    Helpful tools

    Help reduce stigma

    Worry and misunderstanding can create fear and mistrust. Disease can affect anyone. Use these resources to help reduce COVID-19 stigma.

    School-basted testing pilot program results

    Executive summary of School-Based Testing Pilot program

    Review and update your emergency operations plan.

    Update your plan to include information about COVID-19. You don’t need to start from scratch—you can update your plan from 2009’s H1N1 pandemic.

    These tools can help shape your plan.

    Schools and Childcare FAQs

    K-12 students who test positive should isolate at home regardless of vaccination status. Childcare providers are required to send sick people home. Staff are required to isolate if COVID positive. Read Washington State Department of Health’s Guidance to Prevent and Respond to COVID-19 in K-12 Schools and Child Cares for isolation recommendations in schools and child care facilities. 

    Childcare providers are required to send home or isolate children with illness. This includes fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or other symptoms listed in WAC 110-300-0205

    Washington State Legislature has required this since before the COVID-19 pandemic

    Kids at daycare can easily spread common illnesses, such as: 

    • Common cold. 
    • Stomach bug. 
    • Hand, foot and mouth disease. 
    • COVID-19. 

    Turn to your local school district for updates.