The information contained below will be updated once weekly, on Mondays, if there were cases in the previous week. Updated March 8, 2021

Reported Cases Among In-Person Students/Staff

Week Reported

1/11 - 1/15

1/11 - 1/15

1/25 - 1/29

2/15 - 2/19


Primary School

Middle School

Middle School

Primary School

Total Cases*





Remote Learning or Quarantine Required for a class or cohort of students? (Yes/No)





* Total cases are lab confirmed positive cases of Blaine School District students or staff engaged in in-person learning or work at a district site who were on site during their infectious period, as determined by the department of health.

Please note that in some instances it may not be possible to share data and also protect confidential health information. The Washington State Department of Health small numbers reporting guidelines provides more information about data reporting and protecting confidential health information.

Notification Protocol

Blaine School District has a COVID-19 Safety Team that meets daily when students are on campus to ensure communication and coordination across the district. We also work closely with the health department when there is a confirmed case associated with one of our sites.

  1. Reported cases are first confirmed to be lab positive and to be associated with the school. The impacted location's COVID Coordinators then work determine if there were any close contacts to the individual.

  2. If there are determined to be close contacts of a confirmed case, we work with the health department to notify the staff member or parents/guardians that there has been contact with a confirmed case.

  3. Next steps are determined by the health department, which may include recommendations for COVID testing, isolation and/or quarantine. We communicate directly with impacted staff and families and share resources according to the guidance of the health department.

  4. In some cases, a cohort of students may shift to remote learning for a period of time designated by the health department.

  5. Someone from the COVID Safety Team will remain in communication with the staff member or family regarding their return date.


Close Contact: A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of distance for more than 15 minutes, within a 24 hour period, to a person who is confirmed or suspected to have COVID, starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection.) Please view CDC's Glossary of Key Terms for more information.

Contact Tracing: Contact tracing is the part of the disease investigation that is done to prevent the virus from spreading further. A school district COVID Coordinator will reach out to inform close contacts of their possible exposure. This is followed up with written guidance about how to keep themselves and others safe. Individuals may also hear from interviewers with Whatcom County Health Department, who can also help connect people with resources they may need while they stay home for 14 days to ensure they are not sick (quarantine) or stay home to recover from being sick (isolation). Interviewers do not reveal the name of the person who tested positive for COVID-19 when speaking with close contacts.

Outbreak: An outbreak is defined as two or more cases with transmission occurring between them.

CDC's Glossary of Key Terms

Whatcom County Health Department Glossary of Terms