October 19, 2021

Dear Staff & Families of Siuslaw Elementary School,

 The district was notified that a student at Siuslaw Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19.  As members of the school community, we understand that this might raise concerns, alongside a caring response. We are working closely with Lane County Public Health to respond to this news and protect the health of our community.

 Any individuals that are close contacts, that have been exposed to a Covid-19 positive person, have already been notified by the school office directly to begin isolation and monitor for symptoms, pending follow-up LCPH or primary care providers.  A close contact exposure occurs when a person is within 6 feet of someone that has Covid-19 for more than 15 minutes in one day.

 Each situation calls for different protocols. In this case, the elementary will follow the following steps:

1.       Informing staff and families via this letter that will be posted to the website of the District, as well as a phone call to homes to those that were in contact with the individual.

2.       In the event of additional cases that would cause further delays, staff and families will be notified through an update on the website, with an automated phone call.

 Common areas and high touch surfaces of the school building are being cleaned and sanitized through solution contact cleaning.  Any other occupied areas are being disinfected with an electrostatic disinfection sprayer, in addition to the solution contact cleaning.

 The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is through wearing face coverings, physical distancing and to practice good health hygiene habits. It is due to the use of face coverings, physical distancing and other regular mitigation practices within the school that exposures leading to isolation are limited.

 We will keep you updated with any new information as it comes out, while meeting the requirements to honor everyone's right to privacy.  More information can be found on the Oregon Department of Education’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners page, the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 page .

 If you have any questions, please contact the District office or the school principal.


 Andrew S. Grzeskowiak, Superintendent, Siuslaw SD 97J