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NWCSD Covid-19 Dashboard
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Positive Case: A person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Presumptive Positive: A presumptive positive refers to a close contact of a confirmed case who is exhibiting symptoms but has not been formally tested.
Quarantine: A period of isolation for individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19, or had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Close Contact: Individuals who were within 6 feet of an infected person for an accumulative 15 minutes or more within 24 hours starting from 2 days before the onset of illness.
On-Site Exposure: COVID-19 contracted inside of school.
Off-Site Exposure: COVID-19 contracted outside of school.
Please DO NOT send an ill student to school. Your student’s return to school will depend on their symptoms. In some cases, such as a cough or fever, their vaccination status and/or COVID-19 test results may affect their return to school.
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 (Spanish). 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.
COVID-19 testing may be offered to students in two circumstances: (1) if a student(s) develop(s) new symptoms of COVID-19 while at school; (2) if a student(s) is exposed to COVID-19 in a school group and the local public health department recommends testing.
Note that muscle pain, headache, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, new nasal congestion, and runny nose are also symptoms often associated with COVID-19 and students may be tested for these symptoms as well.
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.
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.
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 Resiliency Framework 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.
North Wasco County School District's Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan Additionally, a presentation by district leadership regarding Safe Return to Schools was presented by District Leadership at the August 19th Board Work Session and is available for review here.
District 21 Communicable Diseases Plan - (please note: this plan is continuing to be updated based on current guidance)
Additional Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plans