To our David Douglas District Families,
The 2021-22 school year is nearly here, and we are excitedly preparing to have our students back in our schools beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7. While we are all looking forward to reconnecting with you and your students, we also know there are many questions related to COVID-19 and what to expect when we open our doors. We hope to answer some of those questions.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions
The State of Oregon is leaving most decisions about reopening schools up to local school districts, with these notable exceptions:
1. Every school district must reopen to full-time, in-person instruction for all students.
2. Every person 5 years old and above must wear face coverings while inside a school building while students are present. Some exceptions may be made for those with a documented ADA accommodation need. Masks must also be worn outside during crowded gatherings. More specific guidance on this is yet to come.
3. Every school employee must receive a COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 18 unless they have a medical or religious exemption.
The recent surge in COVID-19 cases due to the rise of the Delta variant reminds us all that this pandemic is far from over.
For the health and safety of all, we strongly urge all eligible family members 12 years and older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before the start of the school year. See where and when you can get your free vaccinations here.
David Douglas schools will also follow guidance from local and national health experts by maintaining at least 3 feet of social distancing between people whenever possible; providing hand sanitizing stations; providing HEPA air purifiers for every classroom and central air filters enhanced to HEPA MERV 13 for each building; and watching for indicators of illness among staff and students while maintaining a safe place for them until they can go home.
Studies show that when using these precautions, schools are generally not a place where the infection spreads easily. That said, we know that we will have positive COVID tests among our community. Just in case, all families should be prepared to quarantine their students at home for a period of time. The length of quarantine will be determined by the circumstances of each individual case.
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and the student or staff member were on-site while contagious, the school community will be notified of the exposure. If your child was possibly exposed to COVID-19, you will receive a letter from the Oregon Health Authority with specific directions for your child and next steps.
The only constant about this pandemic has been the constant changes. We expect this to continue, and so we will continue to communicate with you as those changes happen.
Thank you, and we hope you are looking forward to the new school year as much as we are.