As you may be aware, Seattle Public Schools just announced they will be closed on Monday, January 3rd, 2022 to facilitate a massive effort to test students, staff, and teachers using rapid COVID-19 tests. With the significant increase in COVID-19 breakthrough cases both in the Puget Sound region and across the country, there is concern about the potential widespread transmission of COVID-19 when students return to school buildings.
Launch has made the difficult decision to also close our programs for all students (preschool and school-age) on Monday, January 3rd in order to align with the safety precautions Seattle Public Schools is taking.
Our staff will be invited and encouraged to participate in the mass-testing on Monday. Additionally, we highly encourage Launch students and families to get tested as soon as possible, particularly unvaccinated children who may have traveled over Winter Break.
The below is information shared by Seattle Public Schools, including testing locations and additional resources.
Buildings will be open during normal hours for those students who need to access meal services:
- All school sites will serve grab-and-go lunches between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday for students needing meal service.
COVID 19 Testing Opportunities
Please see the following COVID testing opportunities that are now available for students:
- Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 – Test clinics in partnership with Premier Medical Group will still be open for students in Southeast and Central Seattle. Learn more about COVID testing for students this Sunday.
- Monday, Jan. 3, 2022 – Several SPS middle schools will serve as COVID testing sites for students. These are regional testing sites open to all SPS students. All clinics will be held in the cafeteria unless otherwise noted. Student testing sites will be open 1 to 4 p.m. Learn more about COVID testing for students on Monday, Jan. 3.
- Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022– On Tuesday and throughout the week, PCR testing and rapid antigen testing will also be available for students at their school.
In addition to the SPS rapid testing event on Monday, you can also make an appointment for a free COVID-19 test at the below links. Please note that appointments for COVID-19 testing are limited and may not be available for several days due to high demand and testing site closures from this week’s winter storms.
We anticipate that Launch will open for normal operations on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022, barring any additional updates from Seattle Public Schools. We will notify families as soon as possible if there are any updates or changes from SPS.
We are in the process of updating our COVID-19 protocols to reflect the newly released CDC guidelines, which can be found here, and will share those with Launch families as soon as we can. As a reminder, the CDC guidelines state:
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
- Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
If you are NOT fully vaccinated
Self-quarantine and get tested after travel:
- Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after returning from travel.
- Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if you test negative at 3-5 days.
- If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
I recognize that Monday’s closure is an inconvenience for families, and apologize for any additional stress this may cause you. Please know that the health and safety of our students, families, staff, and community is our top priority, and we look forward to welcoming your children back to Launch safely on Tuesday.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate living and working through the second year of this pandemic.
All the best,
Laura Nicholson, Director of Operations