COVID-19 Info & Updates
2021-2022 School Year Info.
2021-2022 School Year Update
OSD families, staff, students, and community, the Ontario School District is excited to share that we are able to fully reopen schools (full-time, five-day, in-person learning)!
We will maintain a high commitment to cleanliness and other safety measures, as well as continuing to partner with our local health authority, the Malheur County Health Department.
Full guidance for the 21-22 school year can be found here: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/
Mask FAQ's and Info!
Will all students and staff be required to wear masks at school?
Governor Kate Brown has instructed the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to require masks indoors in all K-12 schools for staff, students and visitors, regardless of whether they’re vaccinated or not. The rule applies to individuals ages 5 and older. If using public transportation (including school buses), the rule applies to individuals ages 2 and older. The governor is aligning all Oregon schools with the most recent guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Both recommend mandatory indoor masking in schools because of the recent spread of the delta variant of COVID-19.Here are some other factors that the Governor considered in her decision:
The vaccine is not yet approved for children ages 11 and under, meaning we have students in our elementary and middle schools who aren't protected by the COVID-19 vaccine.
The CDC has indicated that, unlike the alpha variant in May, the highly transmissive delta variant can be spread by vaccinated individuals as well as unvaccinated individuals. Masking combined with social distancing makes spread less likely.
When is my student able to take their mask off?
Face coverings are not required when an individual:
- Is sleeping.
-Is actively eating or drinking.
-Is engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face-covering, or face shield not feasible, such as when actively swimming.
-Is in a private individual workspace, meaning an indoor space within a public or private workplace used for work by one individual at a time that is enclosed on all sides with walls from floor to ceiling and with a closed door.
-Is practicing or playing a competitive sport at any level.
-is performing, including but not limited to playing music, delivering a speech to an audience, and theater.
Can a student be exempted from wearing a mask?
Similar to last year, students with documented medical issues that prevent mask wearing may be exempt. Talk to your school principal for more information.
Will masks be required on school buses?
As part of a federal mandate, passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses. Drivers do not need to wear masks if they're the only person on the bus or while driving, if their face covering impairs their field of view.
What should I do if I don’t want my student to wear a mask?
If you do not want your student to wear a mask, we would advise you look into alternative schooling opportunities. At this time, we are not able to make accommodations for families who simply wish to not wear a mask without a documented exemption. Please remember that masks are a tool to keep our kids in school, in-person, full-time.
Will students be able to remove masks while eating or drinking?
Students will be able to remove masks while eating and drinking, but they will still need to physically distance.
Will students be able to remove masks during band?
Students will be able to remove their masks while playing instruments. Alternatively, they can opt to wear masks with openings designed for this purpose.
Will students be able to remove masks during P.E.?
Students participating in certain indoor sports during P.E. where masks may present a strangulation hazard may remove their masks. Otherwise, masks will remain on.
Students participating in outdoor P.E. classes won't be required to wear masks.
When else are masks required?
Students and staff must wear masks when engaging in educational activities such as field trips or off-campus classes during regular school hours and when engaging in educational activities indoors but outside of regular school hours.
Can students wear face shields instead of masks?
A face shield may be worn instead of a mask if an individual cannot wear a mask for medical reasons. Students must have documentation from their doctors. Masks are preferred over face shields, as they provide better containment of small aerosols that can be produced while talking.
Safe Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Service Plan
*Pending Review, will be updated soon
2020-2021 School Year Blueprints for Reentry
Local Health Resources
New Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Standards
It is important that our staff are supported through reentry at any capacity back into our buildings. Teachers and other school and district staff are essential partners with vital expertise. The OSD is committed to providing ongoing professional development and communication, so staff have the most-up-to-date understanding of all ODE and OHA guidance.
Supporting Staff in Schools & Building Safety
- Developed protocols for communicating possible COVID-19 exposure to staff
- Properly communicate leave notification requirements in federal and state laws to staff members (See below for more information)
- Communicate a return-to-work protocol; develop a plan to protect the safety and well-being
- of all staff, including physical distancing and isolation protocols
- Staff are expected to follow building-specific safety procedures and rules (if you are unsure of your building's rules, please contact your building administrator)
- Staff are expected to wear proper PPE for their position at all times while in the OSD facilities
- Staff can remove PPE during meals or if they are properly isolated to their own confined classroom/workspace
Staff COVID Leave Information
- For specific questions or scenarios, please contact Eric Norton, Director of Human Resources 541-889-5374 ext. 3230
The priority of the Ontario School District has and always will be the health and safety of our students and staff. While we would like nothing more than to operate school as if everything were normal, we must continue our best practices to help in lowering the spread of COVID-19. We, as a district, are committed to practicing the guidelines put in place by Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Department of Education, and Malheur Country Health Department.
Inside the Classroom
- Students will physically distance to the greatest extent possible, 3-6ft
- Staff and students frequently wash and/or sanitize hands
- Staff and students will be required to wear face coverings while in our district buildings
- Touch-points (light switches, doorknobs, railings, tops/sides of chairs and tables, etc.) will be cleaned and disinfected frequently
- Students will be taught safety procedures for maintaining good hygiene and for maneuvering around the school campuses
- Staff greeting students, watching for students that may be exhibiting signs of illness
Inside the School
- Buildings will be cleaned prior to student entry (before and after each cohort)
- Students will still be cohorted
- Students and staff sanitize hands upon entry to the building
- Students stay in cohorts throughout the day, and physical distance
- Students may walk by other students, not in their cohort, but will not physically socialize or attend class with them while at school
- Visitors will only be allowed into the school office, and masks are required in all building office spaces
- Attendance and student/staff locations throughout the building will be tracked to help with contract tracing in the event of an outbreak (contact tracing logs will be shared with the LPHA)
Here's what to consider if your student will be riding the bus to school
- Students will be required to wear face coverings when on the bus
- Drivers will visually screen students while they are getting on the bus for indications that they are not feeling well
Can my student attend school today?
If your student is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms below, please record their absence, HERE:
- Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or loss of smell
The Ontario School District will be following the Oregon Department of Education's "COVID-19 Exclusion Summary" guidance.
Isolation Plan & COVID-19 Infection Control Plan
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Aiken Elementary: (541) 889 - 5584
Alameda Elementary: (541) 889 -5497
Cairo Elementary: (541) 889 - 5745
May Roberts Elementary: (541) 889 -5379
Pioneer Elementary: (541) 262 - 3902
Ontario Middle School: (541) 889-5377
Ontario High School: (541) 889 -5309
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