Dear BSD Community,
We’re a month into the new school year, and we couldn’t be happier to be spending time in person with our students. We want to ensure that we continue to have that opportunity by mitigating the spread of COVID-19. According to CDC metrics, every county in Oregon remains in high community transmission. At the District level, we have about 2.58% of our students either in isolation because of a positive or presumptive COVID-19 case or in quarantine because of a close contact.
We’ve employed the following mitigation strategies to protect our students and staff:
- Mandatory masking and social distancing both inside and outside of school and on buses
- Seating charts in classrooms and elementary buses, as well as seat tracking on middle and high school buses
- Restricted visitation and extremely limited use of volunteers
- Virtual back-to-school nights, parent-teacher conferences and IEP meetings; some conferences by phone also are possible
- Increased ventilation through HVAC upgrades
- Frequent opportunities to wash or sanitize hands throughout the day
- Option for weekly, take-home COVID-19 testing for elementary students starting the week of October 18; middle and high school students will be added later
- Mandatory vaccination of all staff by October 18; employees with medical or religious exceptions must be tested weekly
- Quarantining of possible close contacts, per Washington County Public Health guidance
But we need your help, too:
- Please get your student (ages 12 and up) vaccinated. Find a vaccination clinic here.
- If your student has been vaccinated, please upload the vaccination card as part of the Online Verification Process. Even if you completed the process at the beginning of the year, you can go back and upload. Otherwise, our school nurses have to spend a substantial amount of time determining vaccination status when doing contact tracing. Vaccinated students who are asymptomatic do not need to quarantine.
- Understand that if your student exhibits a primary COVID-19 symptom (fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, a new loss of taste or smell) and they are either sent home from school or they stay home from school, they’ll need to isolate for 10 days UNLESS 1) they get a negative COVID-19 test result and provide documentation to the school OR 2) they get an alternative diagnosis from a medical professional and provide documentation to the school.
- Limit your social gatherings (play dates, birthday parties, dinners) with people from other households
- Continue mask use and social distancing
For more information on our COVID-19 protocols, visit our website. For current COVID-19 numbers by school, visit our COVID-19 Dashboard.
By everyone doing their part, we can continue to educate students in school where we know they learn best. Thank you for your partnership!