3/4 COVID-19 Update

3/4 COVID-19 Update
Posted on 03/04/2022
On March 2nd, the Oregon Department of Education released new Ready School Safe Learner (RSSL) guidance following the Governor’s announcement of the end of the state’s mask mandate at the end of the day on March 11th. The Estacada School District has followed RSSL guidance consistently since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Estacada School District has long advocated for local control, and these new guidelines restore decision-making powers to the district and county levels. Our district will also continue to follow RSSL guidance, which means that effective March 12th, face masks will be optional for all students and staff in the Estacada School District, including while on the bus, regardless of vaccination status. 

The Estacada School District will continue to strongly recommend face masks as a precautionary measure for students and staff, especially for those at high risk of contracting COVID-19, as well as during times when COVID-19 cases are at a high level in the community. Ultimately, the decision will rest with families and individuals. 

The district will not tolerate any unkind or discriminatory behavior based on the decisions that people make regarding their individual health. Our leaders will work to reinforce an environment of respect and inclusion for all members of our district, regardless of their personal health decisions.

Beginning March 12th, students and staff will also no longer need to quarantine when exposed to COVID-19, but individuals exposed to COVID-19 will still receive informational notification from the district. Those that have tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate at home for five days and until they are 24 hours fever free (whichever comes later). 

The district will continue to have safety measures in place to protect the health of the children and adults in our schools. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and rapid tests will be available to those that choose to utilize these tools. Quality ventilation and airflow will also continue to be maintained. The district will also continue to deep clean and sanitize high touch areas at a higher frequency.