COVID-19 News and Safety

June 2022 Update

Dear Ashland Families and Community:

The last two years of living through schooling through Covid have been challenging to say the least. It was a relief to be able to get to return to some kind of normalcy this year, with students back in person and having the luxury of being able to see each other’s faces again.

In the last few weeks, we have seen an uptick in cases again, and are facing the reality that this is a virus that we will still have to be living with for quite some time. While we are not considering going back to the extreme measures that were required in the beginning of the pandemic, we need to set some data-based thresholds for what precautions we will take at school to prevent spread and school closure when community cases are at high levels.

We will be using the CDC community risk thresholds to base our decisions on. We will be using a system that will match those levels for low risk, some risk and high-risk scenarios. Moving into the 2022-23 school year, here are the guidelines we will be following:

low risk

When our community Covid numbers are at low risk on the CDC county dashboard, we will continue with business as usual at school, no masks required. As always, we ask that you keep your students home if they are sick with any kind of symptoms.

some risk

When we see our community numbers and hospitalizations rise, we would ask that our high-risk students and staff consider wearing a mask at school to protect themselves, and that every family consider having their student wear a mask to protect others, but it would still be optional.

high risk

When our community Covid numbers and hospitalizations fall in the high-risk category, masks will be required at school for all students and staff. Our highest priority is keeping kids at school with in-person instruction. If we have too many staff out due to illness, it can be difficult at best to keep schools open.

There may be times when a particular school will fall into a different risk category due to an outbreak at that site. We will post school level and district level risk rankings on each school’s web page. If a particular school goes into high-risk, families will also be directly notified by e-mail so they know to send students to school with masks on.

 

The CDC County based metrics are posted here and updated every Friday: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

 

If your child has any of the symptoms below, please keep them home & notify the school office: 

  • Fever or chills 

  • Cough 

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 

  • Fatigue 

  • Muscle or body aches 

  • Headache 

  • New loss of taste or smell 

  • Sore throat 

  • Congestion or runny nose 

  • Nausea or vomiting 

  • Diarrhea 


What to do if you (staff) or your student is symptomatic?
 

  • Staff should stay home, even if vaccinated, Contact their supervisor and the District Nurse. 

  • Symptomatic students will not be allowed to attend school.

  • Students should stay home, even if vaccinated. Parents should contact the school office. The Office Manager will ask you to get your child a Covid test. When you get the results, call the school office. The Office Manager will put you in contact with the District Nurse to determine when your child can return to school.

  • If your child tests positive for COVID notify the school immediately. 

  • Be prepared to get a call from the district nurse if your child tests positive for COVID. The nurse will ask specific information such as symptom onset, last day your child attended school or school activities, where the test was done etc. to determine if the student was in school when they were potentially contagious. The nurse will also provide you with direct guidance regarding isolation per the K-12 school guidelines, with the specific length of isolation and return to school dates.

  • The guidelines come from the Oregon Health Authority and are administered through Jackson County Public Health.  The guidelines were developed in an effort to have as many kids in school as safely as possible.  We implement a number of mitigating strategies in an effort to reduce the spread in schools.

  • We notify families anytime we have a case in a class when the positive person was on campus when they were potentially contagious.  We make every effort to maintain confidentiality.  Please don’t make assumptions about who the positive case is and respect people’s privacy. It could be a student or a staff member.

  

Best Practices for Families for Covid Safety:

  • Communicate with the school anytime your child is sick and keep them home.

  • Have a back- up plan for child care should your child need to stay home due to illness, testing positive or having to isolate. 

  • Communicate with the school as soon as you have test results if your child is at home with symptoms.

  • Wear a mask, socially distance and wash your hands often when with others that live outside of your household.

In addition to the Covid specific policies above, the Ashland School District has general policies regarding communicable diseases, links below.

Communicable Disease Policy: Students

https://policy.osba.org/ashland/J/JHCC%20D1.PDF

Communicable Disease Policy: Staff

https://policy.osba.org/ashland/G/GBEB%20G1.PDF

Communicable Disease Policy: General

https://policy.osba.org/ashland/J/JHCC_GBEB%20R%20D1.PDF

2021-2022 ASD COVID-19 CASE DASHBOARD: Updated 8/1/22

To see the report below in more detail: CLICK HERE

2021-2022 ASD QUARANTINE DASHBOARD: Updated 8/1/22

To see the report below in more detail: CLICK HERE