COVID Changes Coming
Oregon officials have set a date for the likely end of the statewide mask mandate, along with a new timeline for K–12 school districts to make local decisions regarding indoor masking requirements.
It is very encouraging that the Oregon Health Authority believes the spread of the omicron variant and the number of hospitalizations will drop significantly by the end of March. Our combined efforts to manage the virus in Oregon are working. That is why the statewide mask mandate for indoor public spaces is expected to end and mask requirements for schools to change to local control at the end of next month.
Starting March 31, soon after spring break, each school district will be given the responsibility to work with local health authorities on indoor masking requirements in K–12 schools.
No Change for Now
The indoor mask requirement and other COVID protocols for schools are still in place and will continue until further notice.
- Local decisions on our path forward will take some time. Please understand we just received this news about the upcoming change to local decisions and there is a lot to review.
- Over the next several weeks, our district leaders will be working with our local health authority and partner districts to determine the best course of action.
- Any future changes to our school COVID protocols will be announced to staff and families when they are finalized.
- Please continue to reinforce health and safety protocols. The omicron variant of COVID has not yet reached its peak in Lane County and we want to keep as many students in school as possible.
Circumstances change, sometimes with little notice. The last two years have confirmed that uncertainty is the one thing we can count on. Your continued patience and flexibility, along with your reinforcement of current health protocols, is essential in helping to keep our kids in school.
We know that each update from the state brings questions and concerns, and we are committed to keeping you as up to date as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding with the ongoing changes the pandemic brings to schools.
Tips For Families
Stay Up-to-Date on Vaccinations
Any changes in mask requirements could lead to increased time away from school, especially for students and staff who are not up to date on their COVID vaccinations, due to quarantine and isolation protocols. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated and up to date is highly encouraged to use the time between now and March 31 to get vaccinated.
Students under age 18 are considered to be fully vaccinated if they have had both shots of the Pfizer vaccine. While vaccine boosters are available and recommended for students age 12+, only those age 18+ must have a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated and up to date. Stay Up to Date With Your Vaccines
People who are fully vaccinated and up to date do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19, as long as they have not tested positive for COVID and do not have symptoms. (This is also the case for a person who has recently had a confirmed, documented case of COVID within the past 90 days.)
A person who is not fully vaccinated and up to date is considered to be susceptible to COVID-19 and must quarantine if exposed to the virus.
Do Your Part to Keep Schools Safe
We must all do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and continue to protect our school community. You can help! The most important things you can do include:
• Maintain health and safety protocols, including wearing masks indoors for now.
• Get vaccinated against COVID, including a booster shot when eligible.
• Keep your student home and tell the school when they are not feeling well, have been exposed to the virus, or are positive for COVID.
• Test your student if they've been exposed or have any symptoms, even mild ones.
Please contact your child’s doctor for any specific questions about their health.
Thank you for doing your part to help us keep students learning in person, slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our school community.