Frequently Asked Questions

Lynden Schools has established an extensive set of procedures to ensure the safe and healthy return to in-school learning. We’ve developed a list of answers to frequently asked questions. 

Is there still a daily health attestation process?

No, there is no longer any daily health attestation (stickers, notes, temperature checks, etc).  Sick students should not come to school.  Parents are responsible for keeping sick students at home.

How soon can my child return to school after having a non COVID-19 illness?

Students who are sick are required to stay home for 10 days.  However, students may return after symptoms have improved with a negative COVID-19 test.  Schools will be able to administer these tests.  More details will be provided to families soon. 

When are masks required?

Masks are required for all students, staff, visitors, and volunteers when indoors and on buses.   Masks are not required outdoors or when eating or drinking. 

What happens if someone who has been at school tests positive for COVID-19?

In the case of a positive COVID-19 case, contact tracing will be initiated to identify close contacts.  Generally, a close contact is someone who was within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 cumulative minutes over a 24 hour period during the time when the person was infectious.  Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are infectious starting two days prior to symptom onset.  If you or a child is a close contact, the district will notify you as soon as possible.


What happens if my child is exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive?

The District is working on a “Test to Stay” protocol which will allow close contacts to stay at school even though they were exposed.  Close contacts will be tested by a school staff member up to twice per week and can stay at school as long as they test negative.  Although these individuals can continue to attend school, they will not be able to attend extracurricular or after school activities.

What if someone in our household has COVID-19? Does my child need to quarantine?

If your household has an individual who is COVID-19 positive, you will need to work with the school nurse or health lead to determine the appropriate quarantine period.

What does it mean that the district will be offering COVID-19 testing?

The nursing staff and trained individuals will have the ability to administer both rapid antigen and PCR (lab) testing.  Any testing will require parent consent.  Testing will be available for students or staff with symptoms or those identified as close contacts.  Rapid antigen testing requires a nose swab and results are available in 15 minutes.  PCR tests can be administered, sent to the lab, and wait for results in 2-3 days. 

Will social distancing/physical distancing still be enforced?

Physical distancing of three feet or more will be implemented in classrooms to the extent possible based on space.  Schools will be working to maximize distancing in areas outside of the classrooms to the extent possible. 

Will students eat in the cafeteria?

Cafeterias will be used this year and students will be spaced as much as reasonably possible.  In some cases, students may eat in alternate locations based on each school’s cafeteria capacity.

What will protocols be on school buses?

Bus protocols will be similar to last year.  Masks will be required, students will sit in assigned seats and windows will be open as much as possible.

What are the guidelines for sports and extra-curricular activities?

Guidelines for sports and extra-curricular activities can be viewed starting on page 13 of the Department of Health Guidance.