Superintendent Monthly Message (English)


Dear Dayton Families,                                                                                    January 7, 2022

 

Last week ODE and OHA released the January School Health Advisory for Continuity of Instruction. The main goal of the advisory is to prioritize in-person instruction and offer guidance to school districts to safeguard our ability to maintain in-person instruction for all of our students. We will continue to operate extracurricular activities. We are continuing to utilize and strengthen the following strategies and procedures to mitigate the risk from COVID-19.

  1. Increase air flow through the building as much as possible including opening windows and doors and utilizing air purifiers.
  2. Screen all students, staff and visitors for symptoms. This can be a quick conversation and visual screening to make sure the person is not exhibiting symptoms and has not been exposed to a person who is COVID positive in the last week.
  3. Frequent use of hand sanitizer or handwashing.
  4. Encourage all coaches, participants and community members to get vaccinated and boosted when eligible.
  5. Staff, students and visitors are required to wear masks in the building and when visiting other schools.
  6. Closely tracking student attendance for contact tracing.

We are confident that if we maintain these practices and strengthen our commitment to enforcing them we can get through this surge with a minimal amount of disruption while continuing to provide in-person instruction to our students. We will have students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and may have to switch to remote learning for a short period of time. We will keep you updated and informed about case counts and plans to transition if necessary. I am asking all staff, students and community members to wear a mask properly when in our buildings. The Omicron variant is very contagious and has the ability to spread rapidly. Our ability to continue to offer in-person instruction and activities is dependent on each one of us to do our part to keep ourselves and those around us healthy and safe.

New quarantine guidelines from ODE, OHA, and Yamhill County Public Health.

Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts

- Close contacts of confirmed and presumptive cases who are not up to date (see below for the newest definition of up to date) with their COVID-19 vaccinations are required to quarantine for the five days following exposure and remain masked when around others for an additional five days.

- Close contacts who are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations do not need to quarantine but must wear a mask around others for 10 days following their exposure.

- All close contacts, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to test five days after their exposure. If any close contacts develop symptoms, they should get a test and stay home.

 

Vaccination Status

Definition

Up to Date

Boosted

or

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna within the last 6 months

or

Completed the primary series of J&J within the last 2 months

Not Up to Date

Unvaccinated

or

Has not completed the primary series of any COVID-19 vaccine

or

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna over 6 months ago and is not boosted

or

Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and is not boosted


There are two basic situations where an individual will be required to quarantine or isolate.

  1. Any staff or student who is a positive case of COVID-19, presumptive case or suspected case of COVID-19 is required to isolate for 5 days and can return if they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and symptoms are improving.
  2. Any staff or student who is determined to be a close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19 or Presumptive for COVID-19 is required to quarantine for 5 days if they are unvaccinated or not up to date on vaccines. These individuals can utilize the test to stay program

Asymptomatic staff and students who are up to date on COVID-19 vaccines are not required to quarantine and should self-monitor for symptoms.

Asymptomatic staff and students who have had a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the past 90 days are not required to quarantine and should self-monitor for symptoms.

We are all required to wear masks in the building around other people.

Our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and our community. Our goal is to continue to offer in-person instruction to all students for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. We need everyone’s cooperation with these expectations in order to achieve this goal.

 

Sincerely,

Steven Sugg, D.Ed.

Superintendent

Dayton School District #8