BISD explains updated COVID protocols

Bainbridge Island School District is making more changes toward resuming normal activities.

The district announced last week an update to the masking protocol; reminded the community about winter sports attendance and that COVID-19 testing is available only to BISD staff and students; called for volunteers for field trips; and shared bike safety tips.

Mask update

As of Dec. 6, BISD staff and other adults are no longer required to wear a mask when outside on BISD campuses, regardless of vaccination status, as long as they maintain a 6 feet of socially distanced separation and they are participating in a group event with less than 500 people.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend outdoor mask use for unvaccinated individuals if they are in a crowded setting or during activities of sustained close contact.

COVID testing

If you are feeling ill or are concerned that you’ve been exposed to a COVID-positive individual, free testing is available for BISD students and staff on school days between 6:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. The test is quick and easy, and you’ll receive results in 15-30 minutes. The testing site is located at 8589 Madison Ave. N. No appointment necessary, but the site is closed on days that school is not in session. Learn more at

Winter sports

Due to continued COVID restrictions, spectators for home basketball games at Bainbridge High School are limited to the following:Home and away student-athletes (players and cheerleaders) will be allowed two family spectators

When the BHS band performs, members will be allowed two family spectators

Remaining space is reserved for current BHS/EHHS students only. Student admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached

Field trips

It’s been almost two years since volunteers have been able to help out around schools, and now the school district is calling for volunteers as it is reinstating field trips.

Parents and caregivers who wish to volunteer should need to: attend training, complete an online application and submit COVID vaccination verification. The district will then do a background check. Volunteer terms are valid for two years.

Learn more at

Bicycle safety

If you have a student who bikes to school, safety tips include: Wear a helmet, wear reflective and easily visible clothing, travel in the same direction as traffic, obey traffic signs and signals just like a car, look for road hazards and assume others don’t see you, and do not text or listen to music or anything else that could distract you.