Face coverings indoors
The school’s goal is to move closer to a pre-pandemic rhythm of school life and community, while complying with local regulations and while maintaining measures necessary for the health of students.
In alignment with the CDC's recommendations regarding face coverings in schools, on August 3, the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued updated guidelines for all Oregon schools for the 2021-2022 school year which include the following:
“On August 2, 2021 OHA adopted a rule requiring face coverings in all K-12 indoor school settings. This rule applies to public, private, parochial, charter, youth corrections education programs (YCEP) and juvenile detention education programs (JDEP) or alternative educational programs offering kindergarten through grade 12 or any part thereof. The rule requires all individuals ages five and above to wear a face covering while indoors in a K-12 school, during school hours. Certain accommodations for medical needs or disability may be necessary. OHA will review this rule monthly to determine the need for it to continue. Other COVID-19 mitigation protocols (physical distancing, airflow/ventilation, etc.) remain local decisions.”
While masks will be required when the school year begins, other aspects of school life will feel more normal. The dining room and classrooms will be at their usual capacity, restrictions on students visiting friends in other dorms have been lifted, our students will be participating in interscholastic sports, and we plan to start offering off-campus activities again.
As always, we will stay alert to any illness in the student body and immediately isolate and care for students who are ill.
Full details on the guidelines from the Oregon Department of Education can be found at: Ready Schools Safe Learners 21-22.
Before arriving on campus testing requirements
All students and parents who are arriving on campus are required to have a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arriving at the school. This guideline applies regardless of vaccination status. We are accepting both rapid antigen tests and PCR tests. You can pick up a rapid antigen test at your local CVS/Walgreens or from Amazon, or you can schedule an appointment at a doctor’s office.
Please be aware the results from a medical office can take a few days, and you may not get them in time for arrival day. If you schedule an appointment, please ask them beforehand how long it will take to get your results and assume the longest amount of time they give you and decide accordingly.
Please email test results to our Medical Office at least 24 hours prior to arriving at the school. A picture of the test along with the student’s or parent’s name is acceptable.
In all cases, if your child or anyone in your household experiences possible COVID symptoms in the two weeks prior to your child’s arrival at school (regardless of vaccination status or prior COVID infection), please coordinate with our medical liaison, Misty Vannier, before having your child travel.