COVID-19 School Updates: March 2023

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School Updates

Schools Digest • March 2023

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See the latest COVID-19 data at Updates every Thursday.


  • Washington State Department of Health updated its decision tree 6. It now includes schools along with general public and non-healthcare settings.
  • DOH re-added headache to its list of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Let families and staff know where to find accurate information. Our COVID-19 schools web page contains up-to-date info, links, flyers, and toolkits. You’ll find info on COVID-19 guidance, vaccines, testing, frequently asked questions (FAQ) and other related topics.
  • Looking ahead: State masking requirements for long-term care, correctional facilities and healthcare settings will end April 3. This includes school health/nurses’ rooms.


Free COVID-19 home test kits are available from the Say Yes! COVID Test website. (SYCT). As of March 13, SYCT eligibility is based on public health measures that help identify communities with more disadvantaged households. Enter your zip code to check eligibility and order. You can place a single monthly order for five test kits, which are delivered to a home or work address for free.  

Federally supplied free at-home tests remain available to all while supplies last. Insurers are still required to cover the cost of eight at-home tests per covered member per month until the end of the federal public health emergency May 11.

Still have questions? Contact or your Learn to Return program manager.


  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They’re our best protection against COVID-19 severe disease, hospitalization and death.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone regardless of insurance status.
  • Everyone 6 months and older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and is recommended by the CDC to do so.
  • Everyone 6 months and over, if eligible, can receive a bivalent booster dose for COVID-19 vaccines, which may offer more protection against COVID -19 as it targets both the original COVID-19 stain and the currently circulating strains BA.4 and BA.5.
  • You can get a bivalent booster 2 months after your last COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Novavax COVID-19 is also available at all our mobile vaccine clinic site. This uses an older form of vaccine technology that is a protein subunit vaccine like the Hepatis B or HPV vaccines. Novavax is available for those 12 and over as a primary series and booster for those who are unable or unwilling to receive a mRNA vaccine.

Vaccine Resources

Pediatric vaccine clinics

Lakewood Towne Center

  • Open every Saturday through May.
  • Noon-6 pm.
  • Vaccines available while supplies last:
    • All COVID-19 vaccines.
    • Flu vaccine for those 18 years and under.
    • Adolescent Tdap, HPV and Meningococcal vaccines.
  • Walk-in only with no appointments needed.