September 20, 2021
The schools and Columbia County Public Health are doing everything that we can to address the exposures within the schools in a manner that balances the health of students and staff and minimizes the impacts of COVID-19 illness and quarantine on the students' learning and development in school.
The impact on the schools, and the students who learn and participate in them, are an effect of the high rates of those ill and positive for COVID-19 in the community. The best thing we can do as a community to support students' ability to participate in school at this time is to reduce the transmission of the virus through the means that work – to protect ourselves and those in our community by properly wearing effective face coverings, keeping groups small and maintaining distance from people not in our household, and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Please see the following release from Columbia County on August 6, 2021: https://www.columbiacountyor.gov/news/post/12894/
OHA and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) are introducing a new interactive tool highlighting Oregon schools’ operating status. This dashboard displays a school’s current instructional model and ODE’s current school in-person recommendations based on COVID-19 case counts, rates and test positivity by county. The dashboard also highlights how many and which schools are operating under each instructional model. This new dashboard will enable Oregonians to quickly see what instructional model their school is currently following and the county’s in-person operation recommendations. This dashboard is a collaboration between OHA and ODE. The school instructional model data displayed is from the previous week. Data is collected on Fridays and will be updated the following Tuesday by 5 p.m.
General county transmission levels can be viewed here→
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|Rainier School District||Vernonia School District|
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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.
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:
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.
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.