Health and Safety Guidelines for the 2021-22 School Year

  • Thank you for your continued efforts to support our school communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few years have been filled with changing guidance and new realities as we entered each new stage of the pandemic.

    Federal Way Public Schools has consistently followed the guidance of public health experts in order to create a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff, and we will continue to follow the guidance put forth by Washington State Department of Health and Public Health - Seattle and King County. 

    As a result, the following will begin on Saturday, March 12, 2022: 

    • Masks will be optional in our school buildings and on our school buses. Staff and students will have the choice to wear a mask at school, with the expectation that others’ choices will be respected. We will support and honor all individual choices.  
    • Masks will still be required in the health room, as this is considered a health care setting. 
    • Families of students who are immunocompromised, medically fragile, and/or otherwise high risk for severe disease should consult their health care provider about whether to continue wearing well-fitted masks.  
    • Air purifiers with HEPA filters will remain in place in classrooms and other common areas.  
    • Physical distancing will continue -where possible and practical.  
    • Regular cleaning and disinfecting protocols will continue. 
    • We are welcoming volunteers back to our schools. At this time, volunteers must be fully vaccinated.   
    • More information about athletics will be shared soon. 
    • Information about COVID-19 cases in each school and across the district will continue to be available on our COVID-19 Data Dashboard: 

    Additional health and safety protocols are available below.

  • Masks

  • Monitoring for Symptoms and Testing in Schools

  • Responding to COVID-19 Cases

  • Ventilation

  • Cleaning & Disinfecting