Safety & Prevention
The safety of our students is paramount and central to our mission of teaching, learning, and relationship-building.
The Ontario School District routinely trains and discusses how to enhance our practices important to school safety. We have dedicated staff resources to ensure that our safety practices are up-to-date and coordinated with local law enforcement agencies.
Beyond the drills and building upgrades, the Ontario School District mindfully works to build strong relationships with students and to create a school culture and climate that is welcoming and nurturing. This work is not only intended to improve learning outcomes but is also designed to create and sustain safe schools.
Some of the School Safety Practices Added or Enhanced for the 22-23 School Year:
- Security cameras have been added (in addition to what we already had) at all campuses
- Exterior door lockout at all district campuses
- Security doorbell camera system installed at each school/building entrance
- Hired a School Safety and Prevention Supervisor for the district
- Coordination with state and local law enforcement to conduct active shooter training/drills
- Budgeted for office remodels to enhance security at the front entrances of our buildings
- Adding a robust Emergency Management System/streamlining response protocols
- Educating parents and the public about what we are doing to prioritize students and staff safety and what part they play in keeping our schools safe
- Finalizing an Emergency Operation Plan to submit to the state that outlines roles and responsibilities in the case of an event
Ontario School District Emergency Operations Plan (In Progress)
COVID-19 Information & Updates
COVID-19 Information & Updates
- If a student has one primary symptom of covid they can return once symptoms are improving or 24 hours fever free if only reporting fever.
- If the student has two primary symptoms (cough, chills/fever over 100.4, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing & new loss of taste or smell) then we will do what we have done for the last 2 years. Student will be excluded for 5 days. They can return sooner with improvement of symptoms AND negative covid test or medical note stating student has an alternative medical diagnosis.
The Ontario School District will not require masks for students or staff for the 2022-2023 school year. We will recommend masks to those who wish to wear them, those who have been exposed recently, or who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
We may need to require masks in certain outbreak cenarios, or if local public health authorities give schools the directive to require masks.
Safe Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Service Plan
2022-2023 COVID-19 Plans
2021-2022 COVID-19 Plans
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)
- 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 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 when possible
- Staff and students frequently wash and/or sanitize hands
- 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)
- Student cohorts will still be monitored for infection spread
- Students stay in cohorts throughout the day, and physical distance when possible
- 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)
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.