If a student or staff member becomes ill at school, we have a designated isolation location to separate people who have symptoms of COVID-19 from people who are not sick.
Please contact your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns.
If your student has been identified as a close contact of an individual with Covid-19 and has not been fully vaccinated, they will be required to quarantine. This quarantine may end after 5 days (returning on day 6) after their exposure if the student has not developed any symptoms and has a documented negative test result within 48 hours of ending quarantine.
Testing is encouraged between days 3 - 5 after close contact.
If your student has had an exposure and is vaccinated, no quarantine is necessary if they do not have symptoms. Proof of vaccination will be required for your student to remain in school.
If your student has a positive test, their primary care provider will let you know. Please direct all health related questions regarding to their primary care provider. Our school district will work with our local public health authority (LPHA) to take next steps. This will include communicating to our school community and contacting those who may have been exposed
Students will need to isolate at home for 10 days from when their symptoms started or the date of their positive test. Your student may return after their 10 days as long as they are fever free without the use of medication for 24 hours AND their symptoms have greatly improved.
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 (English/Spanish below).
Students will not be tested without parental consent. Our schools are also offering testing in alignment with the “Test to Stay'' program. A form of modified quarantine, Test to Stay allows students and staff without symptoms to remain in school during their 7-day quarantine as long as they test negative. Students are tested twice during the 7 days following exposure. First, as soon as the exposure has been identified, with a second test occurring between days 5-7 following the exposure.
Test to stay is available only for unvaccinated asymptomatic individuals who were exposed in a school setting where universal masking is fully in place. Fully vaccinated students and staff are not required to quarantine. Again, testing is both voluntary and confidential and requires the permission of a parent, guardian, or by self-consent if over age 15.
The Abbott BinaxNOW rapid point-of-care test will be used. The student will self-administer a shallow nasal swab in the lower part of the inner nostril swab to collect the sample. This is not the deeper nasopharyngeal swab.
Regular testing, in addition to COVID-19 vaccination, is a safe, effective way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep schools open for in-person learning. Additionally, this offers students an easy and accessible way to test without having to make other arrangements while helping identify COVID-19 cases quickly and early.
Yes, our schools are offering testing in alignment with the “Test to Stay'' program. A form of modified quarantine, Test to Stay allows students and staff without symptoms to remain in school during their 7-day quarantine as long as they test negative. Students are tested twice during the 7 days following exposure. First, as soon as the exposure has been identified, with a second test occurring between days 5-7 following the exposure.
Test to stay is available only for unvaccinated asymptomatic individuals who were exposed in a school setting where universal masking is fully in place. Fully vaccinated students and staff are not required to quarantine. Testing is both voluntary and confidential and requires the permission of a parent, guardian, or by self-consent if over age 15.
In accordance with the Oregon Health Authority’s new statewide rule (OAR 333-019-1015), face coverings for all students, staff, and visitors will be required in school buildings and on district transportation with certain exceptions:
- While actively eating or drinking,
- While playing a musical instrument that requires use of the mouth
- While the sole occupant of a room and behind a closed door
- While outdoors
This rule applies to individuals at school during regular school hours, at school engaged in educational activities outside of regular school hours, as well as when engaged in educational activities such as field trips or off-campus classes during regular school hours.
Due to the current surge of the Delta variant and the ineligibility of our student population under the age of 12 to be vaccinated for COVID-19, visitors and/or volunteers will not be permitted on our school campuses at the beginning of our school year during the school day.
We will continue to meet with our Local Public Health Authority (LPHA) weekly to review this topic and when/if conditions improve in collaboration and with the recommendation of our LPHA we will consider and make adjustments in this area.
All teachers, staff, contractors and volunteers will be required to be vaccinated per the Governor’s mandate with minimal exemptions. School personnel will have until Oct. 18 to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination to the district.
No. Vaccination for Covid-19 is not a requirement for students to come to school, however, vaccination does help support a student’s access to in-person learning, sports and extracurricular activities and eliminates the need to quarantine if a student is exposed to Covid-19. Right now, everyone age 5 and older is eligible for a vaccine.
No, our Board is not discussing the implementation of a vaccine mandate for our students. We are aware that some school districts in the metropolitan area are looking into requiring Covid vaccination for students to attend school. We have no plans on implementing such policies outside of State requirements.
The short answer is maybe. Vaccination requirements vary by state and public health officials may update and change requirements regularly. In the future, a covid vaccine may be added to the list of required vaccinations for students alongside other childhood vaccination requirements like Hep A, B, Varicella, and Hib.
As a School District, we are obligated to follow Oregon revised statutes, Oregon administrative rules, and other regulations put into place by the State and the Oregon Department of Education. However, the information that we are receiving is that the Governor and state of Oregon will likely not consider starting this process until there is full FDA approval for each age group and then after that the process of implementation would take at least another 4-6 months.
We would anticipate that if exemptions were permissible by the State, that these would mirror those (religious & medical) put into place for employees and we would utilize a similar process in granting these exemptions.