Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.


Closure of Schools

On March 12, 2020, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced that all schools in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties will close from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 24. The decision was made in response to the spread of COVID-19 in the Washington counties hit hardest by the virus. For the most current, up to date information, please regularly check the King County Public Health COVID-19 website.


How the Public Can Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

King County Public Health has issued the following guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stop handshaking and use other noncontact methods of greeting.
  • Clean hands at the door.
  • Use phones or contactless credit cards to pay to limit handling of cash.
  • Create new habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes.

In addition, on March 16, 2020, King County Public Health issued an order regarding large events, gatherings, and businesses, including prohibiting events with more than 50 attendees and designating steps for events with fewer than 50 attendees to minimize risk. A full detail of the order issued on March 16 can be found here on the King County Public Health website.


Frequently Asked Questions – COVID-19/Coronavirus

Our Frequently Asked Questions webpage will be updated as new information becomes available, and also includes a Historical FAQ section. Please continue to check back for updates. New information will also continue to be communicated via the District and School E-News.