Layered health and safety measures like
getting vaccinated, wearing face coverings and improved airflow and circulation can keep Oregon school doors open through the challenges of winter. The virus can pass through one or two layers but not all. That’s why every layer matters and every layer helps keep students in class.
Image: Illustrated graphic of a student wearing a face covering sitting in a desk at school. The student is protected from the COVID-19 virus because of the 11 health and safety layers Oregon schools are using. The more health and safety layers in place, the better protected students will be from COVID-19 transmission. Reading from left to right, these layers include: symptom screening; training and education; cleaning and disinfection; hand washing; airflow and circulation; COVID-19 testing; isolation and quarantine; cohorting; physical distancing; face coverings; and COVID-19 vaccinations.
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2021-2022 School Year
ODE’s Resiliency Framework for the 2021-22 school year focuses on advisory health and safety recommendations. The majority of health and safety protocols are advisory, meaning school districts, public charter schools and private schools will have the option to implement, as appropriate. This allows flexibility for school districts to design their own return to school plans that best meet the needs of their community. Each district must:
plan: School districts must have a communicable disease management plan that describes the measures they’ve taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 in their schools.
Stay home if exposed: School officials are required to exclude any staff or student whom they suspect has been exposed to COVID-19, and will work closely with local public health to determine exposures.
Isolate if sick: If a student gets sick during the day, schools must have a space for that student to rest and be monitored by staff until they are able to go home.
Note: Per federal mandate, passengers and drivers must wear a face covering on school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems.
Your local school district
Local school districts are in charge of setting health and safety rules. Find information on your school district’s plan by finding your local school district below:
Learn more about schools and COVID-19
Questions or concerns? Here are a few resources for more information.