COVID-19 Protocols

We are pleased that COVID-19 cases are declining in Oregon; however, we must remain vigilant as the virus is still widespread throughout the state. Masking is optional. If your student tests positive, please call your student's school to let the staff know. The school will then alert the school community of a positive case via ParentSquare without identifying your student specifically.

Students who test positive are required to isolate at home for at least 5 days before returning to school. To calculate the 5-day period, Day 1 is the first full day after the symptoms developed or the positive test result is received. Isolation may end after 5 days if the individual is fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine and other symptoms have improved. It's recommended that individuals should wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public, including at school, for 5 additional days (Day 6-10) after the end of the required 5-day isolation period. Those who are unable to wear a properly fitted mask, are advised to stay home on days 6-10 before returning to school.

As BSD prepares for the 2022-2023 school year, we want to remind you of ways to protect your students and your family:

COVID-19 vaccinations

Students ages 5-11 years are now eligible for boosters. For more information on where to get a vaccine or your booster in Oregon, click here

On-site Diagnostic Testing for Students and Staff

BSD offers free on-site COVID-19 diagnostic testing for students and staff who develop both primary and non-primary symptoms consistent with COVID-19 in their school buildings. Primary symptoms include cough, fever > 100.4 or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and new loss of taste/smell. Non-primary symptoms often include muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, new nasal congestion and runny nose.

Students who develop two primary symptoms, or other excludable symptoms, at home should be tested before returning to school. Students may access COVID-19 testing at their school site. The Abbot BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid test is the test used in schools. Parent/guardian written consent is required for a student to participate in diagnostic testing.  

Positive results are reported to the Washington County Public Health Department, and the student or staff member is required to isolate for 5 days.