OTHER SCHOOL REOPENING MATERIALS & DOCUMENTS

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 REOPENING PLANS & MATERIALS

September 15, 2021 - Update from OHA - Planning for COVID-19 Scenarios In K-12 Schools 9/14/21

With the Planning Scenarios document being updated, the major changes are encapsulated from the recent Ready Schools, Safe Learners changes released on September 9th, as well as any Oregon Health Authority supplemental clarification and definition documents.

General COVID-19 Operational Guidelines - with changes from RSSL 9/9 & Scenarios 9/14

  • ODE Resiliency Framework 2021-2022 School Year – September 9, 2021

  • Planning for Covid-19 Scenarios in K-12 Schools – September 14, 2021

*This reflects changes and updates to guidance related to: K-12 mask mandate, general indoor mask mandate, outdoor mask mandate, and school employee vaccination mandate. The following are the latest OHA clarifications pursuant to (OAR 333-019-1025).

For the current version of the Oregon Department of Education Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework for the 21-22 School Year (click here).

This updated guidance is a pivot back to state mandates for the reopening of school this year. The legal citations related to these mandates, and the authority to enforce penalties, are linked here –

Masking Requirements in Schools – OAR 333-019-1015 – investigation and control of diseases; Public Health Programs & Activities – ORS 431A.010 – authorized actions, rules, penalties; Disease and Condition Control – ORS 433.004 – reportable diseases, effect of failure to report; Proclamation of Public Health Emergency – ORS 433.441; Authority of Public Health Director – ORS 433.443

  • Penalties assessed by the Oregon Health Authority at the school or district level for lack of enforcement or negligence will result in a civil penalty of $500 per day per violation. 

  • Complaints about lack of enforcement or negligence made to the Oregon Health Authority or to the Oregon Department of Education will be referred to Oregon OSHA for further investigation. Under the Oregon Safe Employment Act, depending upon the level of harm (OAR 437-001-0145).

  • Repeated violations may be multiplied based upon severity and the number of total repeat violations (OAR 437-001-1065).

  • Licensed educators (teachers, counselors, administrators) that fail to obey the mask directives may also be cited by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission for their failure to act as an ethical educator:

    • OAR 584-020-0035 (3) – Respect & obey the law, exemplify integrity and honesty

    • OAR 584-020-0040 (4)(n) – Gross neglect of duty

MASKS:  All students, staff, and visitors will wear a mask during instructional activities during the school day

  • Masks are required on school buses: to and from school, to and from athletic events, and for field trips and activities.

  • School busses are considered public transportation and are under federal guidelines (click here).

  • A face shield may be worn instead of a mask if an individual cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, as stated in a student’s IEP or 504 plan.

  • Masks that are made of mesh, lace, or that have valves, vents or holes do not stop droplets or aerosols are not for use at school or on buses – OHA clarification of mask material types for OAR 333-019-1015

When is a mask not required at school or for school-related activities?

  • When a student is actively eating or drinking during a meal or snack time

  • During outside group ‘mask breaks’ when physical distancing can be maintained (6 feet or more)

  • Playing a musical instrument that requires use of their mouth

  • During PE class activities when the mask could be a hazard – swimming, wrestling, gymnastics, tumbling, etc.

  • During off-campus, outdoor field trips when physical distancing can be maintained (6 feet or more)

Is this rule for the full 2021-2022 school year? NO – The OHA will review the public health conditions monthly; the goal is to go back to local decision-making. The district will continue to work with Lane County Public Health throughout the year as conditions change locally.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING:  As described in the guidance, the district will support and promote physical distancing in multiple ways, including:

  • Maintaining three feet between students where possible.

  • Consider physical distancing requirements when setting up learning spaces

    • There are no set or defined classroom capacity limits in the 2021-2022 RSSL guidelines

  • Minimize time standing in lines and take steps to ensure required distance is maintained, including floor markings and one-way traffic flow in constrained spaces.

  • Use acrylic shields at shared tables (flexible seating) may be placed between students as a mitigation measure when seating cannot be set 3 feet apart.

COHORTING & COHORT LOGS: As described in the guidance, the District will develop cohorts to the extent possible. 

  • This will take place to some degree at all grade levels, with more at the lower grade levels, and less at the upper grade levels due to instructional constraints. 

    • There is no defined cohort size or building contact limit in the 2021-2022 RSSL guidelines

  • Cohort Logs and attendance data will be kept and referred to as necessary.

  • Cohorts help manage risks in the potential spread of COVID-19; student cohorting:

    • Limits the number of exposed people when a COVID-19 case is identified in the school.

    • Quickly identifies exposed individuals when a COVID-19 case is identified.

    • Minimizes the number of people who may need to quarantine, as well as school-wide disruptions in student learning.

MEAL TIMES:  In all buildings, increased physical distancing will be emphasized during meal times.

  • Students may remove masks while actively eating or drinking during meal times

  • Acrylic shields may be used as an additional mitigation measure in cafeterias at tables to create a barrier between students – both left and right, but also across from one another

  • When students are done actively eating or drinking, they must put their mask back on if they are sitting at a table and socializing with others.

INFORMATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO KEEP SICK CHILDREN AT HOME:  This has always been something the district has tried to do to avoid the spread of contagious illnesses, not just COVID-19.  This practice will be emphasized again at the start of the school year. As a matter of concern for public health and the potential impacts on the general community, when we send our children and students to school we are stating that they are healthy and ready for school.

  • Please keep your children home if they are displaying any symptoms of illness.  A general health screener to attend school can be accessed here

  • Everyone should be symptom free for at least 24 hours after a general illness before returning to school.

ENTRY SCREENING:  Not having sick staff or students come into the building is one of the best ways to stop the spread of any virus, not just COVID-19. 

ISOLATION ROOMS:  As advised by ODE and OHA, the district will have exclusion and isolation protocols for sick students and staff identified at the time of arrival or during the school day.

  • See Page 45 of the District’s Communicable Disease Management Plan for more Information on general school isolation protocol for illness.

  • If you have not already done so, please complete a Consent for Testing Form so that if your child is showing any signs of COVID-19 they can be administered an Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Test on campus.

EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL:  School administrators are required by Oregon law to enforce exclusion OAR 333-019-0010. 

  • Students and staff are required to isolate when they exhibit “primary symptoms” of COVID-19 per symptom specific guidance; see simplified symptoms graphic.

  • Primary Symptoms – Cough, Shortness of Breath, Difficulty Breathing, Chills, New Loss of Taste or Smell, Temperature of 100.4°F or higher

  • Secondary Symptoms – Fatigue, Muscle or Body Aches, Headache, Sore Throat, Nasal Congestion or Runny Nose, Nausea or Vomiting, Diarrhea

Quarantine / Exclusion – Oregon Health Authority update 9/14/21

  • Quarantine – separates people that WERE EXPOSED to a contagious disease

  • Isolation – separates people that HAVE a contagious disease from those that do not

  • A person is considered to be exposed or is a ‘close contact’ when they were within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes in one day of someone that has COVID-19.

    • Unvaccinated persons that were exposed would begin a period of quarantine, as determined by the local public health authority – this is currently 14 days

    • Fully vaccinated persons do not need to quarantine – only monitor for symptoms for 2 weeks

  • If a school cannot confirm that 3 feet of physical distance with consistent mask use was maintained during the school day, then each person that was in close contact would need to begin quarantine.

  • K-12 Quarantine Exception – Students who were within 3 to 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 where both students were engaged in consistent and correct mask use and other K-12 school prevention strategies (such as universal and correct mask use, physical distancing, increased ventilation) were in place are not considered exposed.

    • This exception does not apply to teachers, staff or other adults in the indoor classroom setting

AIR FILTRATION:  Prior to COVID-19, most schools used MERV-8 filters in their HVAC systems.  In 2020-21 the Siuslaw School District upgraded to the use of MERV-10 to MERV-13 filters on all primary HVAC systems, depending upon location.  HVAC and ductless systems across the district have also been equipped with iWave units, which disperse both positive and negative ions into the air stream to break down mold, bacteria, and viruses.  Other suspended particles, like dust and pollen, become bonded together and large enough to be filtered out.

INCREASED AIR EXCHANGE:  The facilities staff have set up HVAC systems for maximum air exchange in learning spaces, as allowed by the constraints of the outside temperatures.

HAND WASHING & USE OF HAND SANITIZER:  Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Each building will continue with protocols and systems to ensure access to soap, water and alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

INCREASED SANITATION BY CUSTODIANS AND STAFF:  Continue with cleaning of high touch surfaces both throughout the day and after school.

COVID-19 TESTING: The Siuslaw School District will continue to have diagnostic testing available on campus for students and staff that become ill or that may have been exposed to COVID-19 while on campus; summary of testing programs and access links.

TRAINING:  Training for staff and students will occur at the beginning of the year regarding all of the safety protocols in place. It will take a team effort to ensure our schools can stay open to in-person instruction, and everyone has a responsibility to do their part.  The safety measures listed above provide an excellent opportunity to experience a full school year, and limit the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

OSAA Athletics & Activities:  As of August 27, 2021, the following pertains to athletics and activities on the Siuslaw School District campuses. This update provides information regarding clarifications received from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) regarding mask mandates, along with host school policies, and the Governor’s vaccination mandate.  Note that this information may change based upon changes to national or state directives.

Indoor or Outdoor Competitive Events

  • Students are not required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors when practicing or playing a competitive sport at any level, including cheerleading and dance/drill.  

  • Students not actively participating (i.e., on the sideline or the bench during an indoor or outdoor competition, etc.) are required to wear a mask.  

  • Students are required to wear a mask when in the weight room.

Indoor Activities

  • Coaches and support staff, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask during indoor practices and competitions.  This includes weight training regardless of location.

  • Band students are not required to wear a mask indoors when playing an instrument that requires the mouth. 

  • Choir students are required to wear a mask during indoor practices but are exempt from this requirement for performances.

  • Spectators (5 years or older) are required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, at indoor practices and competitions on the Siuslaw School District grounds.

  • Please create the maximum space between yourself and others in the grandstands

  • Avoid clustering with persons outside of your home or family

Spectators and other visitors that refuse to wear a mask while at indoor events, or enter the event with a mask and then take it off in the stands will be reminded of current regulations first, and then asked to leave by event staff. Those that refuse to follow basic mitigation practices will be removed and cited for trespass by law enforcement.

Outdoor Activities

  • Coaches and support staff, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask during outdoor practices and competitions when 6’ of physical distance cannot be maintained.

  • Spectators (5 years or older) are required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, at outdoor practices and competitions when 6’ of physical distance cannot be maintained.

  • Please create the maximum space between yourself and others in the grandstands or sidelines

  • Avoid clustering with persons outside of your home or family

Spectators and other visitors that refuse to wear a mask while at outdoor events and/or cluster together, or enter with a mask and then take it off in the stands, will be reminded of current regulations first, and then asked to leave by event staff. Those that refuse to follow basic mitigation practices will be removed and cited for trespass by law enforcement.

At this time, capacity limits are not mandated for indoor or outdoor events but increased physical distancing and ventilation can help limit the possibility of spread, especially when case counts are high in the community. To keep sports available for student-athletes and the community, the district asks that you follow this simple precautionary measures to protect others.

 *Hosting OSAA member schools must communicate with their opponent about any more restrictive measures in place locally prior to the opponent traveling to the host site.  Note that a school, county, or facility may institute more restrictive requirements and a visiting school and its supporters must adhere to the more restrictive measures in place from their hosting opponent. When Siuslaw travels to other school sites, their district rules apply and must be followed. In the event that a member school has more restrictive measures in place, they will communicate those in advance.

September 10, 2021 - Updated Ready Schools, Safe Learners - 9/9/21

Updated from Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education - as of September 9, 2021, The Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework - Edits to reflect updates to educator vaccine rule, face coverings to align with OAR 333-019-1015 & 1025, OHA's school testing program and supports for Continuity of Services.

Specific to Face Coverings - OAR 333-019-1015 - Masking Requirements in School - Rule 2 - Definitions of Face covering, Face shield, and Mask - types of acceptable materials, coverage areas , quality and grades - lace, mesh, sequin, vented, or other novelty items with holes, gaps or vents is not a face covering, and not suitable for school, busses, or other locations that require a mask or face covering.

September 6, 2021 - Additional References and documentation for the start of School Year 2021-2022

Summary of all notes below - Welcome Back 2021-2022 School Year Letter

Staying healthy at school and in the community - When any person has these symptoms they should not be at school, both students and staff. Every day people come to school they are agreeing that they or their children are free of Covid-19 symptoms. All persons must be fever and symptom free after an illness before returning to school; this general screener includes a list of other communicable illnesses and conditions.

COVID-19 Exclusion Summary Guidance for K-12 schools - this is a summary of the RSSL guidelines

COVID-19 Scenarios in Schools - to maintain on-site, in-person learning

Face coverings - effectiveness and how face coverings reduce exposures and isolation

Hand washing and sanitizer use are also effective tools in reducing the chance of illness

Mental Health & Social Supports - Five key ways to support mental health during the outbreak and beyond

Oregon Health Authority - Five back-to-school COVID-19 safety tips and 5 Health & Safety Tips for Students & Households

August 27, 2021 - Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan, updated September 4, 2021

COVID-19 Operation Protocols – Siuslaw SD 97J (download / print copy here)

ODE Resiliency Framework 2021-2022 School Year – September 4, 2021 - notes updated and moved above, September 15, 2021

*This reflects changes and updates to guidance related to: K-12 mask mandate, general indoor mask mandate, outdoor mask mandate, and school employee vaccination mandate. The following are the latest OHA clarifications pursuant to (OAR 333-019-1025).

For the current version of the Oregon Department of Education Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework for the 21-22 School Year (click here).

August 27, 2021 - Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

August 19, 2021 - Governor Announces Vaccine Mandate for School Staff

Link to State of Oregon Newsroom - August 19, 2021 - Press Release

Oregon Education Association statement in support of vaccine mandate

Links to the August 19, 2021 press conference - YouTube or Vimeo for download

August 19, 2021 - Superintendent's Message to Siuslaw Staff

Hello Siuslaw SD Team -

I hope all of you are doing well today.  Many of you might have already heard that the Governor announced that she will be directing OHA to create a rule that will require all educators, teachers, staff, workers, volunteers and others associated with schools to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by October 18th, or six weeks from FDA approval, whichever is later.

I know this might bring some questions and uncertainty for many of you.  I have
embedded a press release that was just sent out by ODE and OSBA for your reference. Please look for more detailed communication in the near future as I receive additional clarification and legal guidance. 

  • For those of you with a medical condition that prevents vaccination, there will be a process to document that exemption through your physician

  • For those of you that hold a deep, sincere religious conviction related to medical treatments, there will be a process to document how the vaccination requirement conflicts with your religious observance, practice or belief

The greatest question may be, "why now?" 

The answer is hopefully simple - it will help all of us meet our #1 Priority...To Hold In-Person School 

The priority of every school should be to reliably hold school in-person, every school day, for all students, all year long. From what we know from the OHA recommendations today, there are two keys to keeping our students in classrooms with minimal disruptions:

  • Ensure that all adults around students are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 so that they are as safe as possible to provide in-person instruction and student support.

  • Maintain preventative protocols, including face coverings, to protect unvaccinated children and others from illness; most students in schools are under the age of 12 and not yet eligible. 

Although Covid-19 is the most recent challenge, vaccinations are a familiar and long practiced public health tool. Nearly every Oregon educator is already vaccinated against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (​whooping cough​,​​ DTaP​), Polio, Varicella (chickenpox), Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)​, and Hepatitis A & B. And Covid-19 is a disease like all the others, just the newest one to have widespread impacts on public health. 

The best education that our students will get this year is with you, in-person, in our school buildings. But that is true every year...whether it is in the classroom, cafeteria, library, playground or riding the bus, you are a key part of educating our students...mind, body and soul, each and every school day.

Respectfully,

Andrew S. Grzeskowiak, Superintendent - Siuslaw School District 97J

AUGUST 10, 2021 - ADDITIONAL STATE DOCUMENTS

Around 12:30pm, the Oregon Department of Education sent a supplemental informational bulletin to schools containing additional clarification notes and resources relating to the face covering requirement in schools.

The Resources Related to Face Covering Requirement in Schools webpage bulletin is linked here

The resource document contained links to additional materials, as listed below:

Enforcement of OAR 333-079-1015 Masking Requirements in K-12 Schools

Statement on Face Covering Effectiveness in K-12 Schools

Graphic Explainer - the relationship between Face Coverings, Physical Distancing & Required Quarantines

K-12 Face Covering Rule - One Page Summary

ODE Face Covering Rule Frequently Asked Questions

OSAA COVID-19 Face Coverings Update and Testing Resources

AUGUST 03, 2021 - UPDATED GUIDANCE - RESILIENCY FRAMEWORK & MASK RULES

With the July 29th announcement from Salem regarding the opening of the school year, the following documents were released today regarding the new health and safety mandates for schools.

Individual district reopening plans are required to be completed and submitted by August 27th; as there are more developments, the school district will update re-opening plans as additional guidance is clarified by the state this week.  Review of the necessity of the masking requirement will be conducted on a monthly basis.

K-12 Face Covering Rule - One Page Summary - August 3rd release

Face Covering Guidance - detailed document - August 3rd release

Oregon Administrative Rule - Public Health Division - Chapter 333 - this link outlines the legal framework for the K-12 mask mandate.

Penalties or sanctions will be levied against districts, as well as individuals - teachers, administrators or other officials associated with the district that are found to be in violation of the mask mandate until it has been lifted.

MASKS: Update - as of August 2, 2021 - Masks will be required during indoor school activities for all persons - students, staff and visitors. As additional clarifications are released, a final framework will be released prior to the August 23rd deadline.

  • Masks are an effective way to slow or prevent the spread of transmissible disease.

  • It should be noted that at this time, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is requiring that masks be utilized on all public transportation, which includes school buses (click here). As long as this mandate is in place, the district will comply. Masks will be required on school buses: to and from school, to and from athletic events, and for field trips and activities.

Link to LCPH webpage on Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics    Link to LCPH Vaccine Appointment Scheduler App

Link to Vaccination Consent Form for Ages 12 to 14    Enlace al formulario de consentimiento de vacunación para edades de 12 a 14 años