Safety Preventative Measures
This section will continue to be updated throughout the school year
Remember, the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to practice good hygiene habits.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
- Maintain 6 ft of physical distance with other people
- Wear a mask when around others
- Stay at home if you have symptoms. Avoid contact with people who have signs of illness.
- Avoid contact with people who have signs of illness. If you are responsible for taking care of people who are ill in your home follow guidelines outlined by the Oregon Health Authority.
- Get plenty of rest, exercise, and eat a healthy diet
Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) most recent guidance for reopening schools outlines the following requirements and recommendations for face coverings/shields. As recommendations change, this section will be updated.
Face coverings or shields are required for staff who are regularly within 6 feet of students and/or staff; bus drivers; and staff preparing and/or serving meals. Face shields or clear plastic barriers are required for Front Office Staff and Speech-Language Pathologists or other adults providing articulation therapy. Medical grade face masks are required for school RNs or other medical personnel when providing direct contact care and monitoring of staff/students displaying symptoms.
Face coverings or shields are also required for all students. If your student cannot wear a face covering due to a medical reason or other, please contact your building principal.
ADA accommodations state that any staff member or student who cannot wear a face covering due to medical reasons or disability will not be required to wear one.
Cohort and Contact Tracing
A stable cohort group would be a group of students no larger than can be accommodated by physical distancing guidelines and who will spend a sustained amount of time together. A group of students on the bus may be one cohort; a group of students in a class may be another cohort. Students can be part of more than one stable cohort during the school day. (According to OHA, students passing in the hallways or merely in the same building are not considered a stable cohort group.) The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have advised schools to minimize interaction between students in different stable cohort groups because with each new cohort there is a risk of exposure.
Contact tracing relies on record keeping of each stable cohort so that in the event of a presumptive or positive case of COVID-19, OHA can reach out — through trained contact tracers — to inform those possibly exposed to the virus. The district will implement contact tracing throughout the school day.
Visitors and Volunteers Suspended for 2020-2021
In order to minimize exposure and keep students and staff with individuals only essentially needed at school, we will be suspending on-site visitors and volunteers for the school year. Itinerant staff and substitute teachers are not considered visitors.