School Settings

School Settings

School Health and Safety Metrics

Reopening metrics dashboard by county:

Following the metric criteria for in-person instruction→

Oregon public health officials have developed evidence-based metrics to help school boards and school districts make decisions about how they can safely reopen schools. Visit ODE's Ready Schools, Safe Learners web page for more information.

Learn more about the metrics→

For updates on each county's school reopening metrics, please visit the Oregon Department of Education Reopening Dashboard→

Press Releases

For up to date press releases from Oregon Department of Education and Governor Kate Brown's office, please visit State of Oregon Newsroom→

Resources for students and parents

The Northwest Regional Education Service District→ is a good resource for school families and educators. Their website includes information on meal sites as well as resources for educators and service providers.

Experts from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network share their recommendations→ for educators supporting students during the COVID-19 crisis.

Additional Resources:

Trauma Informed Oregon→

Child Trauma Academy→

Teaching Tolerance→

To help manage the new “normal” of students no longer attending school in person for the remainder of this school year, several resources are available to families and students of all grade levels: 

Local Resources:

Columbia County School Meals Information

Community Resource and Service Update

Here's what you can do to prevent the spread of illness while school is out for the rest of the year.

Illness from COVID-19 can be mild and seem like the common cold. For some people, illness can become more severe. Symptoms to watch for include cough, sore throat, fever or difficulty breathing. Fever is not always present. Some people report loss of smell or taste as an early symptom. 

Staying home at the first sign of illness is the most important step we can take to keep our community safe and healthy. We should all be staying home as much as possible, according to the Stay Home, Save Lives→ order.

Please talk to your kids about the importance of staying six feet away from others outside of your house. We continue to hear reports of youth playing, rough-housing, and generally NOT following these lifesaving instructions.

Review hygiene habits with your household

  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wear a face covering→ if you are in a place where you cannot keep six feet away from people outside of your household.

If someone gets sick in your house

Please review our home guidance→ for what to do if someone in your household becomes sick. It is important to keep the ill person separated from the rest of the household as much as possible, have one caregiver if needed, and alert your health care provider if symptoms are getting worse.

Public Health Quick Links
230 Strand St.
Columbia County Courthouse Annex
St. Helens,
Fax: 888-204-8568

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00
Michael Paul