Health & Safety

Please refer to the Washington Department of Health K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 School Year.


  • Masks are required for everyone while indoors, regardless of vaccination status
  • Masks are NOT required while outdoors
  • Students and staff do NOT need to have their temperatures taken or complete daily health attestations
  • We will continue cleaning and disinfecting all school buildings and buses each day
  • As required, students should maintain physical distancing of 3 feet or more “to the degree possible”
  • All students and staff should continue to monitor their health and watch for symptoms of COVID-19. Stay home when you do not feel well!


Quarantine Guidance Handout from Benton-Franklin Health District 
Symptom Decision Tree from WA Department of Health

Quarantine is when someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 stays home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case they were infected and are contagious. Your child may be exempt from quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms. However, they still should be tested 5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. An unvaccinated student who has been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 must quarantine for at least 7 days and provide a negative test result to their school before returning. If an unvaccinated student does not provide a negative test result, he/she must quarantine for at least 10 days before returning to school.

As required by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and local/state health authorities, all schools must be prepared for the possibility of positive COVID-19 cases and the need to quarantine. Our district will follow all protocols established by the Benton-Franklin County Health District and the state Department of Health (DOH). Additionally, we will communicate as quickly as possible with all parties involved, while adhering to applicable FERPA and HIPAA privacy regulations.

Learn more on our COVID Reporting webpage here.

^Close Contact Definitions:

In an indoor K-12 classroom, a close contact is defined as a student who was wearing a face covering and was less than 3 feet from another student with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes over 24 hours. Outside of the classroom, a close contact is defined as someone who is within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes over 24 hours. (Refer to page 11 of the OSPI guidance HERE.)

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

Cleaning & Disinfecting

Our custodial staff will continue cleaning and disinfecting public spaces and high-touch surfaces across our buildings and buses, consistent with DOH guidance and the Infection Control Handbook 2010.

Safety Expectations

Our custodial staff will thoroughly clean and sanitize the affected area based on COVID-19 exposure cleaning protocols. Please remind your child of the following health tips:

  • Do not come to school when you are sick, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Clean your hands often. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a school-approved hand sanitizer. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.

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