School update announcement for Fall 2021

Dear MSD Community

On July 22nd Oregon Department of Education released the Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework for the 2021-2022 School Year.

This update provided the guidance needed for MSD to prepare for the students returning to school on September 8th . All of the Resiliency Framework is advisory guidance, except where compliance is mandated by existing state for federal law.

The best news is that “All schools will operate full-time, in-person instruction, every day”. Here are a few of the key updates to the guidance;

  • Face coverings for all staff and students are being strongly advised, but not required while indoors.
  • The CDC requires face coverings for passengers and drivers on public school buses. This order will remain in effect until lifted by the federal government and cannot be waived by state or local authorities.
  • Physical distancing of at least 3 feet will be maintained when possible, but will not prevent the return of all students to full-time, in-person instruction, every day.

*NOTE: MSD will expand on our existing prescreening safety efforts; visual screeners, hand washing, temperature checks if needed and adult check-ins each morning for students, staff and or visitors when they enter the buildings.

There is still the risk of two-week quarantines due to potential illness, which would require returning to a possible CDL model. Therefore, we will continue to follow health and safety protocols for hand washing/sanitizing, distancing when possible and some level of cohorting. Our goal will be to maintain full-time, in-person instruction without interruptions due to illness. As we have experienced many times over the past 18 months, the state’s guidance is always subject to change, depending on the number of COVID cases in our local area. We will be focused on following health and safety practices while highly advising the use of face coverings, but not requiring them for staff and students.

We will provide additional updates as we progress in preparing for school to start in September. You can refer to the Marcola School District Website for updated information.

Mr. A