Coronavirus Protocols

Protocols at Hillside for in-person Wednesday plans:

  • Use the toilet before coming to school. 
  • See correct handwashing method videos in the following link:  
  • Follow the traffic pattern loop for drop off and pick up (see the web site at for written directions and the attached maps for the parking and driving loop).
  • Arrive at 8:30 am.  This allows time for all students to be checked. 
  • Students must wear clean face masks over nose and mouth.  If necessary, they may request a disposable mask from a staff person; however, they should come prepared with their own reusable one that they wash at home after use.  
  • Symptom check at home

Check yourself before coming to school!  Don’t attend if you have these symptoms!

Symptom check at in-vehicle stations at cul-de-sac entry (see map below)

Staff will be screening students while students are still in drop-off vehicles. The three stations will be located at the entrance to the cul-de-sac. No one except screened and symptom-free students will be exiting vehicles. Staff checking symptoms will wear face shields, mask, disposable gloves, and traffic vests. 

  • Check temperature:  Must be under 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Symptoms to note:
      • cough or sore throat,
      • fever 100.4F or above or chills,
      • aches all over, headache,
      • shortness of breath,
      • nasal congestion (stuffy or runny nose),
      • chest congestion, diarrhea,
      • nausea/vomiting,
      • loss of taste and smell),
      • and whether recently exposed to someone with COVID-19. 
  • Social Distancing:  Students and staff must keep 6 feet or more away from others.
  • Students may proceed separately to the campus after passing the check and head to the field behind the gym, unless other plans have been made.
  • Classes will be held outdoors when feasible.  Larger rooms (Gym, Huckleberry/Stage, Maple/Fern) will be used if needed. 
  • Students will eventually separate into three groups under staff supervision, either of their peers or mixed ages. 
  • Students must wash hands frequently using the correct, thorough method or use hand sanitizer.
  • Frequently touched surfaces will be regularly cleaned. 
  • Please note that to ease concerns about a plume when flushing toilets, Hillside is renting Green Latrine portable toilets with hand sanitizer for our on-campus sessions instead of the building toilets.  For now, staff and students will use them during in-person sessions. 

Hillside Protocols if a Case Arises

  • In general, students or staff with symptoms are sent home.  If symptoms persist, they should consult their healthcare provider and discuss whether and where to be tested for COVID-19.  For more details, see  In consultation with the King County Health Department, Hillside will work with any such students or staff to determine next steps. 
  • If a Hillside student, staff person, or close family member tests positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with anyone testing positive for COVID-19, they must immediately contact the school
  • Upon learning of any COVID-19 exposure in the Hillside community, Hillside will immediately notify the King County Health Department.  We will work with the health department to notify staff, students, and families, and to determine next steps. 
  • If recommended by the health department, Wednesday in-person sessions will be suspended for at least 14 days after Hillside learns of a positive test.  In that case, the Wednesday schedule will be replaced with online morning check-in and an asynchronous school day (including on-going teacher office hours).  In-person Wednesdays may resume after 2 weeks without additional cases. 

General Advice:

  • Stay home when sick.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after you blow your nose.  See this video for the correct, thorough handwashing method:
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands with soap and water.  Alternatively, cough or sneeze into your bent elbow. 
  • Get a flu shot.

Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system. 

King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center:

  • If you believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, contact the King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center: 206-477-3977 seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • For general concerns and questions about COVID-19, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.