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NWCSD Covid-19 Dashboard
Know Your COVID-19 Community Level
COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool provided by the CDC to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.
Wasco County is currently in the low-level category.
Please DO NOT send an ill student to school.
As with any illness, if your child has COVID-19 symptoms (cough, temperature of 100.4 or higher, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell), we ask that you please do not send them to school and seek testing.
As of March 12, Oregon will pause contact tracing and quarantine for the general population, including K-12 settings. Covid-19 has evolved to become one of the most transmissible viruses known, and by the time exposure is identified and contact tracing is performed, transmission has often already occurred.
As long as your child is healthy and symptom free, they can continue to attend school as normal.
Students will need to isolate at home for 5 days from when their symptoms started or the date of their positive test. Your student may return after their 5 days as long as they are fever-free without the use of medication for 24 hours AND their symptoms have greatly improved.
For more information on what to do check out this information from OHA.
A student’s isolation time MAY be longer in some circumstances such as those with an impaired immune system or those that are severely ill. Again, this is up to the discretion of their primary care provider.
In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, beginning Monday, October 4, 2021, the North Wasco County School District will provide on-site COVID-19 testing for students and staff. Testing is both voluntary and confidential. Parents will need to opt-in for this testing by completing the attached general consent form (Spanish). Students will not be tested without parental consent.
Because quarantine is no longer required in K-12 settings, regardless of vaccination status, test to stay will shift from a form of modified quarantine to enhanced exposure testing. Students and staff may continue to attend school regardless of their participation in enhanced exposure testing.
Masks Optional: After careful consideration, North Wasco County School District will be moving to make masks optional for students and staff in our school buildings and district properties on March 14th, 2022, the first school day following the updated state guidance. Masks will also be optional on our school buses.
North Wasco County School District is excited to announce that we are preparing to welcome back volunteers into our schools as of April 4th.
School Framework and Safety Planning
The Oregon Department of Education has shared guidance that empowers school district leaders - in partnership with local public health - to make decisions about how to implement health and safety protocols. Check out the ODE Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance (updated 3/2/22) for the 2021-22 School Year that outlines mandatory requirements and advisory health and safety strategies for Oregon schools.
The vast majority of health and safety protocols are advisory for the 2021-22 school year. The switch to advisory means school districts and public charter schools will have the option to implement, although NWCSD will be practicing a layering of the following mitigation strategies for optimal safety.
Key measures that remain required include: Face Coverings, maintaining a communicable disease plan, maintaining an isolation space in schools and submitting a plan for operation.
District 21 Communicable Diseases Plan - (please note: this plan was updated on 3/29/22)
Additional Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service Plans