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Washington Co. Moves to High Risk Level

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its updated report on the community risk levels for COVID-19 by county. Unfortunately, Washington County is in the “High Risk” category. In response, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recommend that schools implement universal mask wearing indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For our staff and students involved in summer programs, the District is recommending mask use while indoors; however, mask use will remain optional. We continue to monitor COVID-19 cases and will provide updates as needed. We also continue to implement health and safety measures like ventilation, cleaning and disinfecting, diagnostic testing at schools for those with consent and encouraging hand washing.

Please do not send your students to summer programs if they are sick. Monitor carefully for the following primary symptoms and test appropriately:

  • Cough
  • Temperature of 100.4 or higher
  • Shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell

If students have any of the following non-primary symptoms for more than one day, please seek testing:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 If your student tests positive for COVID-19, please call the school where your child’s summer program is located and let the staff know about the test result.

PLEASE NOTE: If your student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate at home for five days from onset of symptoms (or positive test date if they have no symptoms) and can return once fever-free for 24 hours without medication and symptoms are improving. Students should wear a mask for an additional five days after isolation when around other people, including at school. 

Thank you for remaining vigilant.