Other School Operating Plan & Material - Documents & Links

BiNax NOW - Testing Consent Form - Ages 15 & Up - BiNaxNOW Testing Consent Form -Ages 5-14 - For students to be tested at school sites in the event that they feel ill or may have been exposed to someone that has shown symptoms of Covid-19.

The bottom permission box (third box down) on the consent form is for voluntary, at-home screening testing to be conducted through the University of Oregon.

At-Home Student COVID Testing Program through the University of Oregon - Information Flyer

Programa de pruebas COVID para estudiantes en el hogar a través de la Universidad de Oregon - Folleto informativo

At-Home Student COVID Testing Program - Registration Portal Link Here!

Programa de pruebas COVID para estudiantes en el hogar - ¡Enlace al portal de registro aquí! La traducción al español se encuentra en la esquina superior derecha de la página web.

Comprehensive Disease Management Plan

Distance & Virtual Learning 2021-2022 - For students with medical complications that may require a virtual option, Siuslaw has a partnership with MEWA to provide virtual learning services for this school year.

COVID-19 - Daily Symptom Screener - Before coming to a school building or sending a student to school, students must be symptom-free of COVID-19.  If you or your child can say 'yes' to any of the symptoms on this list, please do not come to school and call your health care provider.

Detector diario de síntomas COVID-19 - Antes de venir a un edificio escolar o enviar a un estudiante a la escuela, los estudiantes deben estar libres de síntomas de COVID-19. Si usted o su hijo pueden decir 'sí' a cualquiera de los síntomas de esta lista, no vengan a la escuela y llamen a su proveedor de atención médica.

Daily Symptom Screener - to determine is a student or staff member should attend school that day for a variety of illnesses and conditions

Detector diario de síntomas - para determinar si un estudiante o miembro del personal debe asistir a la escuela ese día por una variedad de enfermedades y condiciones

COVID-19 - Screening training videos from Lane County Public Health

COVID-19 - videos de capacitación sobre detección de la salud pública del condado de Lane

School Operating Plans & Materials

ODE K-12 Exclusion Guidelines March 14, 2022 - Simplified chart to reflect the condensed primary covid symptoms to 4 primary symptoms

OHA Investigative Guidelines - updated as of March 12, 2022, to reflect the condensed primary covid symptoms to 4 primary symptoms

March 11, 2022 - Masks / Face Coverings Become Optional on March 12, 2022

Updated State Guidance Reference Documentation - Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework – Effective March 11, 2022 at 11:59

Summary Document of the Siuslaw Operation Guidance Notes Listed Below is Linked Here

Documento en idioma español - Resumen de la guía operativa de Siuslaw para el 14 de marzo

This is a great video that explains how schools will work as 'mask optional' when we return to school on Monday, March 14th - courtesy of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

As of March 12, 2022, when the statewide requirement for indoor masking shifts from requirements to recommendations and indoor masking is a local school district issue, the Siuslaw School District will institute the following for the safety of students, staff and visitors to all district facilities:

  • Masks and/or face coverings are not required for students or staff in the general classroom setting or indoor school environment, but the use of masks is encouraged for all

    • Protective masks will be readily available in multiple locations throughout each district facility for any person that requests a mask

  • Masks and/or face coverings are not required for students or staff on school buses during transportation to and from school or during field trips or for extracurricular events

    • Protective masks will be readily available on each school bus for any person that requests a mask

  • Any person that wishes to continue to wear a face mask or face covering for personal and/or health reasons may do so without fear of harassment by others on school grounds or school buses

  • Those persons that harass others for wearing or not wearing face masks will be addressed by school administration as per policy; repeated infractions may result in discipline

    Other mitigation strategies remain in place to reduce the potential transmission of Covid-19 and the district will strive for a physical distance between students of at least 3 feet in the regular classroom and during high risk activities: 

  • Physical distancing of 3 feet between students and staff in classrooms, hallways, and all regular learning spaces is to be maintained to the extent possible (RSSL page 15)

  • Physical distancing at lunch of 3 feet is to be maintained – the simplest way at all school levels to achieve this is for students to sit at lunch tables by making two adjustments:

    • Sitting approximately one seat apart, left or right – not sitting ‘shoulder to shoulder’

    • Sitting approximately diagonally across from each – not sitting ‘face to face’

Elementary lunch rearrangement – An increased number of lunch tables will be used in the cafeteria. This allows students to be seated with a bit more distance side to side, and not directly across from each other. Individual classes are to be separated from other classes by a single plexi barrier at the center of a table and daily cohort attendance is tracked by seating attendance photomap. This arrangement makes the sanitation of the tables between class groups quicker, easier, and more efficient for the custodians.

Middle school lunch rearrangement – To address the goal of 3 feet of physical distancing during lunch all lunch tables will be used, as necessary each day, with extra units to supplement distancing requirements by grade level. School administration will work with students to create ‘lunch bunch’ cohort groups to form regular, daily groups that sit together. This will help to avoid overcrowding at any one table and optimize sanitation between grade level lunch periods.

High school lunch rearrangement – To address the goal of 3 feet of physical distancing during lunch, all will lunch tables will be used with extra units to supplement space needs. Since there is only one lunch period at the high school, additional tables will be placed in the courtyard area to reduce the overall number of students indoors.

Local District Policies – Communicable Disease

These policies list the ‘restrictable diseases’ for which a student or staff person may be excluded from school, as per OAR 333-019-0010 (RSSL page 9)

School administrators are required to exclude staff and students from school whom they have reason to suspect have been exposed to certain communicable diseases.

Oregon Health Authority/CDC Isolation rules will remain in place for the district – persons that are symptomatic or those that have tested positive for Covid-19, regardless of vaccination status will be in isolation for 5 days before returning to school (RSSL Page 23)

  • To calculate the 5-day isolation period, day 0 is the first day of symptoms or a positive test result. Day 1 is the first full day after the symptoms developed or a positive test result.

  • Isolation may end after 5 full days if the individual is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved.

    • Individuals should wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of the 5 day isolation period.

Students and staff who are exposed to a positive case of Covid-19 will not be required to quarantine if they are asymptomatic. Participation in diagnostic testing is not required after an exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 and students and staff may continue to attend school if they are asymptomatic.

 Primary & Non-primary Symptoms of COVID-19 (RSSL pages 24 & 25)

  • Primary symptoms of COVID-19

    • Cough

    • Temperature of 100.4°F or higher or chills

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • New loss of taste or smell

  • Non-primary symptoms – Fatigue, muscle or body aches, Headache, Sore throat, Nasal congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea

All other general illness screening and restrictions stay in place for non-COVID illnesses:

Communicable Disease Guidance for Schools – Symptoms-Based Exclusion Guidelines (pages 8-10) for illnesses other than COVID-19 & Communicable Disease Management Plan – as per local board policies JHCC & GBEB, OAR 581-022-2220 (RSSL page 21) – final update of document is due March 31, 2022, to reflect clarifications posted March 9, 2022.

Other symptomatic exclusion criteria for non COVID-19 illnesses: (Communicable Disease Management Plan, page 7) –

FEVER: a measured temperature equal to or greater than 100.4°F orally. Temperature checked via other routes should be considered fever if equivalent to 100.4°F orally; MAY RETURN AFTER fever-free for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicine

COUGH: persistent cough that is not yet diagnosed and cleared by a licensed healthcare provider OR any acute (non-chronic) cough illness OR cough that is frequent or severe enough to interfere with participation in usual school activities; MAY RETURN AFTER symptom-free for 24 hours; no cough or cough is well-controlled; If pertussis (“whooping cough”) is diagnosed by a licensed healthcare provider, student must be excluded from school until completion of a 5-day course of prescribed antibiotics or until cleared for return by the local public health authority.

DIFFICULTY BREATHING OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH not explained by situation such as exercise: feeling unable to catch their breath, gasping for air, breathing too fast or too shallowly, breathing with extra effort such as using muscles of the stomach, chest, or neck; MAY RETURN AFTER symptom-free for 24 hours. This symptom is likely to require immediate medical attention.

HEADACHE WITH A STIFF NECK OR FEVER; MAY RETURN AFTER symptoms resolve AND per fever guidelines if applicable. This combination of symptoms can indicate a serious condition; medical attention strongly recommended.

DIARRHEA: three or more watery or loose stools in 24 hours OR sudden onset of loose stools OR student unable to control bowel function when previously able; MAY RETURN AFTER 24 hours after diarrhea resolves OR after seen and cleared by a licensed healthcare provider.

VOMITING: at least 1 episode that is unexplained; MAY RETURN AFTER 24 hours after last episode of vomiting OR after seen and cleared by a licensed healthcare provider.

SKIN RASH OR SORES: new rash not previously diagnosed by a health care provider OR if rash is increasing in size OR if new sores or wounds are developing day-to-day OR if rash, sores, or wounds are draining and cannot be completely covered with a bandage; MAY RETURN AFTER rash is resolved OR until sores and wounds are dry or can be completed covered with a bandage OR after seen and cleared by a licensed healthcare provider.

EYE REDNESS AND DRAINAGE: unexplained redness of one or both eyes OR colored drainage from the eyes OR eye irritation accompanied by vision changes OR symptoms such as eye irritation, pain, redness, swelling or excessive tear production that prevent active participation in usual school activities; MAY RETURN AFTER symptoms resolve OR after seen by a licensed healthcare provider and indicated therapy has been started. Eye redness alone, with no colored drainage, may be considered for attendance per CDC guidelines and school nurse assessment.

JAUNDICE: yellowing of the eyes or skin that is new or uncharacteristic; MAY RETURN AFTER seen and cleared by a licensed healthcare provider.

BEHAVIOR CHANGE: may include uncharacteristic lethargy, decreased alertness, increased irritability, increased confusion, or a behavior change that prevents active participation in usual school activities; MAY RETURN AFTER symptoms resolve; return to normal behavior OR after seen and cleared by a licensed healthcare provider. This symptom can indicate a serious condition; medical attention strongly recommended.

MAJOR HEALTH EVENT or STUDENT REQUIRING MORE CARE THAN SCHOOL STAFF CAN SAFELY PROVIDE. May include an illness lasting more than 2 weeks; an emergency room treatment or hospital stay; a surgical procedure with potential to affect vital signs or active participation in school activities; or a new or changed health condition for which school staff is not adequately informed, trained, or licensed to provide care. MAY RETURN AFTER health and safety are addressed. Medical attention strongly recommended; written instructions from a licensed healthcare provider are likely to be required.

For students and staff, diagnostic testing is available on campus in each school office through the school nurse, health room aide or health-designee in each building

Summary of Testing Programs available through the Oregon Health Authority for students & staff Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Response – information on opt-in testing programs

The BiNaxNOW Diagnostic Testing Program is available at each school site currently and will continue at least through the remainder of the school year:

If students or staff show signs of COVID-19 while on campus, they may request a BiNaxNOW test at the office if they have a consent form on file in the school office and:

  • Diagnostic BiNaxNOW testing is voluntary and is intended to test symptomatic and exposed students and staff  (RSSL page 16)

  • While awaiting the results of a BiNax Now test, staff or students will wear a mask in the Health Room for the 15 minutes of test processing

  • When test results are negative, the person may remove their mask and depending upon how they feel, proceed back to class or to the office lobby to wait to go home after contact with parents or guardians

  • When test results are positive for COVID-19, the person will proceed to the isolation room of that school until picked up by a parent or guardian to begin their 5 day period of isolation.

 Information on the effectiveness of masks in preventing the spread of respiratory illnesses, including deeper analyses of studies that have since retracted or their finding discounted due to serious methodological flaws.

 As per the COVID-19 Testing in Oregon’s K-12 Schools manual, Siuslaw School District staff will wear a mask and the appropriate personal protective equipment for the situation when:

  • Assisting a student or staff member in the administration of a diagnostic test (mask plus PPE, as per the diagnostic testing manual)

  • Entering a health room area where a person is awaiting the results of a diagnostic test (mask minimum)

  • Entering an isolation room with a student or adult that has received a positive diagnostic test result while awaiting transportation off campus (mask minimum)

  • Any Siuslaw School District staff person entering am occupied school isolation room with persons that are awaiting transportation off campus because they are ill with COVID-19 or a presumed positive case of COVID-19 will wear a mask while in the isolation space

During other times of the work day, when not assisting with diagnostic testing or interacting with those persons that are presumed to be positive for COVID-19, health room aides and health designees are not required to be in a mask and/or personal protective equipment while performing other regular duties.

For those that have tested positive for COVID-19, resources for safe isolation can found through the following:

Screening Testing for Unvaccinated Individuals (RSSL pages 16 & 17)

Confidential, voluntary screening testing programs are available for both unvaccinated K-12 students and staff that are without symptoms of COVID-19 and may be exposed to COVID-19 in the school environment.

The Siuslaw School District is registered to participate if individuals desire to opt-in to the screening testing programs. Other questions about screening testing programs for unvaccinated students or staff should be directed to COVIDscreening.Schools@dhsoha.state.or.us for more information.

Screening Testing Registration Links

Screening Testing and Educator VaccinationsOAR 333-019-1030 (RSSL pages 7 & 8) – Effective October 18, 2021, teachers, school staff and volunteers may not teach, work, learn, study, assist, observe, or volunteer at a school unless they are fully vaccinated or have provided documentation of a medical or religious exception. And, a school may not employ, contract with, or accept the volunteer services of teachers, school staff or volunteers who are teaching, working, learning, studying, assisting, observing, or volunteering at a school unless the teachers or school staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a documented medical or religious exception. This is also true for school-based program staff and volunteers.

Schools that grant an exception to the vaccination requirement must take reasonable steps to ensure that unvaccinated teachers, school staff and volunteers are protected from contracting and spreading COVID-19 (RSSL page 4 & 8).  With the change in the indoor mask requirement becoming a local control issue on March 12, 2022, unvaccinated Siuslaw school employees with an exception on file will either:

  • Provide proof of enrollment in an OHA Screening Testing for Unvaccinated Individuals program and report any positive test results to their immediate supervisor

    • This option would be a continuation of current practices, consistent with the vaccine mandate agreements with both employee associations

  • Complete the Reasonable Steps Health Log for Vaccination Exceptions each workday before coming into contact with other persons on school grounds

    • This option would be an alternative to the current practices in place as part of the vaccine mandate agreements with both employee associations

Documentation of policy or protocol differences for people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 versus those who are not fully vaccinated is required (RSSL page 22).

 Designated COVID-19 Point of Contact: Designated staff will be responsible to responding to specific COVID-19 concerns within each school building, as appropriate this will be the principal:

  • Siuslaw Elementary School – Amy Flora

  • Siuslaw Middle School – Andrew Marohl

  • Siuslaw High School – Michael Harklerode

Vaccination Information and Clinics (RSSL page 13 & 14) – As requested by Lane County Public Health, the Oregon Health Authority, FEMA, or other community health partners in the promotion of public health, the Siuslaw School District will continue to provide information regarding vaccine clinics to protect against COVID-19.

Contact tracing will no longer be required because Omicron spreads so quickly, by the time a Covid exposure is identified and contact tracing is performed, transmission has already occurred.

The district will notify families if a Covid exposure occurs in their child’s classroom or other specific, unique group; this will allow families to take additional precautions according to their particular health needs. The “unique group” for a student may be defined by:

  • Homeroom class, Elective class, Period or subject class

  • Academic enrichment or support class

  • Lunch table group or “lunch bunch”

  • On-campus club or activity group

Other Notes & Reminders

The requirements for indoor mask wearing drops on March 12th and everyone returns to school on Monday, March 14th – this would be the first day at school after the rules have changed across Oregon!

  •  Face coverings remain an effective tool against COVID-19

  • Students & Staff that have serious health conditions or live with persons that have serious health conditions should consider maintaining a face mask or face covering in the near future

  •  Some people will choose to continue to wear a mask after March 12th for many reasons:

    • They may have an Underlying Health Condition

    • They are living with someone that has an Underlying Health Condition

    • They are Unvaccinated

    • They are living with people that are at high risk

    • They are Returning from Isolation after illness

    • The mask provides them a sense of Comfort

  • Masks are strongly advised in certain circumstances:

    • For the 5 days after the isolation period

      • Days 6 through 10 after being ill

      • Days 6 through 10 after a positive test result

The decision to wear a face covering or mask at school is a family decision and/or a personal choice:

  • Please have the discussion with your child about whether or not they should be or need to be wearing a face mask or face covering at when at school

    • If a student has specific or unique medical concerns, those are most likely already documented as part of a 504 plan, feel free to reach out their principal or school counselor

    • School staff will not be able to monitor mask wearing by students at school in accordance with your family discussion and decision at home

  • Because the reason a person continues to wear a face covering may be deeply personal, please respect that decision and do not ask people about their decision

  • If a student does need a fresh or clean face mask while at school, the district will have masks available

February 7, 2022

OHA Investigative Guidelines - February 4, 2022 - K-12 settings notes begin in Section 8.6; common references back to school exposures to covid as in the ODE RSSL document.