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COVID Quarantine & Testing Updates

Dear Parents,

On January 4th, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated and clarified the recent changes that they instituted for isolation and quarantine when a person has COVID (isolation required) or is in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 (quarantines sometimes required.) In this very recent update, the CDC confirmed that their changes apply to K-12 school settings.

A visual summary of the new CDC updates is included in this infographic. To read the full information, use this link to the CDC.

It is important for you to know of these clarifications and updates:

These people do not have to quarantine if they are close contacts with someone who tests positive for COVID:


Quarantine and Return to School

COVID Case Isolation and Return to School


COVID Tests: Preferences and Protocols


Communicating Your Child’s Illness and/or Close Contact Quarantine:

It is normal that some students or family members will become sick with Omicron or be in close contact with someone who tests positive. If this occurs for your family, please communicate your specific information to:

It is important to note that the state of Washington Department of Health is still updating its school-specific policies. When those updates are published, we will inform you of any Villa practice and policies changes.

Villa has registered with Learn to Return to begin implementing both pooled PCR testing and diagnostic rapid antigen testing. These processes will take a little time to be finalized and implemented. We will keep you updated about that process as we learn more.

I appreciate the positive spirit, warm understanding, and community thoughtfulness that has been so evident as we started back to school amid this Omicron surge. I trust that we will navigate this new wave with continued grace and compassion.

With appreciation,

Julie Thenell Grasseschi, Interim Head of School

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