We have some very good news for our boarding families!
We have been working closely with the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority in the hopes of establishing an exception that would allow K-12 boarding schools to bring their boarding students back to campus. An agreement was reached on this, and we will be able to bring our boarding students back to campus soon!
In addition to being in compliance with all points on our required Operational Blueprint we must meet the following requirements to bring boarding students back to campus:
- The school must maintain a fully-closed residential campus (no non-essential visitors allowed).
- Day students may not come to campus until the state and county metrics that allow all day students to return to in-person instruction are met.
- We strongly encourage all day students in Elementary School on up to board until we’re able to reopen to day students.
- Day students who cannot or choose not to board will continue distance learning classes until the metrics are met. If your child is a day student who will not be boarding, your child’s school head will provide you with more information as it becomes available.
- There must be no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or students in the 14 days prior to students returning to campus. (We have not had any cases.)
- Staff must limit their outings to essential functions only.
- The majority of our staff who live off campus will be required to work from home.
- Boarding students newly arriving to campus must first complete a 14-day quarantine at home prior to returning to school.
- Once boarding students are back on campus, they may not leave campus other than for medical care.
Our arrival day for boarding students will be Monday, October 19. Boarding students must begin their quarantine on October 5 to meet the 14-day quarantine requirement. Students in the local area who have been participating in a learning pod will be required to quarantine at their local home and instead attend Zoom classes for that two-week period.
During the 14-day quarantine period, students must stay at home and only go out for necessities (medical appointments and grocery shopping, if no one else is available to get groceries).
When traveling back to the school, we're asking that students take a direct flight to Portland when available and that they travel on their own. Unfortunately, per state COVID-19 regulations, parents may not come to the campus at this time. While traveling, students must wear a mask, wash their hands frequently and practice proper hygiene. Please provide your child’s travel information in the linked form.
If your child or any household members experience any primary COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing) during the 2-week quarantine period, your child may not return to campus without first having been cleared by the Medical Liaison, Kelly Olivares. A screening form will be sent to all parents to complete prior to their child returning to campus. Upon arrival on campus, students will have their temperatures checked and will again be screened for primary COVID-19 symptoms.
April Ott, Director of Tuition and Financial Aid, will be sending out new contracts to all re-enrolling boarding families over the next two weeks. If your child is typically a day student, but you are interested in having him or her board, please contact April Ott. Parents of newly enrolling students will receive their revised contract from their Admissions Associate.
International students who are currently outside of the United States should check the current CDC travel restrictions before making their travel plans. Students coming from China, Brazil and certain European countries may not be able to fly directly to the United States. Students in this situation may need to travel to a country not on the restricted list, complete their 2-week quarantine there, and then fly to the US from that country. If your child will not be able to travel back to the school at this time due to travel restrictions, please let their school head know immediately so that online learning arrangements can be made.
We know you may have questions that have not been answered here. We wanted to get the news out to parents as quickly as possible, while we continue to work out some of the logistics. Over the next couple of weeks, more information will be coming out to parents.
The campus just isn’t the same without students here, and we cannot wait to have our boarding students back very soon! While we wish our day students could also return immediately, the number of COVID-19 cases in Yamhill County has been trending down over the last few weeks, and we’re crossing our fingers that the trend continues. We hope to see day students back on campus in the near future, too!