Superintendent Monthly Message (English)

Dear Dayton Families,                                                                                    September 21, 2021


We have now begun week three of the 2021-22 school year. It has been an exciting start to the year with over 98% of our students choosing to attend in-person learning. The construction is winding down and we thank you for your support, understanding and patience. We hope you can join us this Friday the 24 of September as we share the improvements made in our buildings with you. Both the JH/HS and grade school will be open from 5 to 7 pm for you to see and learn about the improvements your tax dollars have provided the students and staff of the Dayton School District. We hope you will also attend the varsity football game at 7 pm at the high school stadium free of charge. Please stop by to see the schools and cheer the Pirates on to victory!

We know many of you are concerned about COVID-19 as students return to in-person learning. We are following all of the mandates and mitigation measures required by the state. The bond has updated our HVAC systems. We are requiring masks, using hand washing or sanitizer and social distancing where possible. Over 95% of our staff have been or will be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. Every day the administration is following the number of students and staff in quarantine or testing positive to help guide us in our decisions. We currently have two students in isolation (meaning they have tested positive or are a presumptive case) and 12 students in quarantine because they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.  The most important thing for all of us to do, is to not come to school when we are not feeling well. There are many other mitigation factors we can do such as getting vaccinated, wearing a mask when in crowds and limiting our contact with people from other households.

When school staff learn of an exposure or positive case we work with the Yamhill County Health department to figure out who the close contacts are who may have been exposed. We contact the families of the students and place them in quarantine if required. Students and staff who are quarantined for an exposure are usually quarantined for 10 days after their last exposure as long as they remain symptom-free. There are exceptions where the quarantine is longer and that is all based on guidance from the health department. Students and staff who are vaccinated are not required to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. If the student was in a classroom we notify the families of other students in the classroom to let them know of the case and to watch for symptoms. Students who are not deemed to be close contacts (exposed) do not need to quarantine.

In the event of an outbreak, a classroom, grade level or even an entire school may shift to remote learning for a short period of time. The staff at both buildings have developed plans for this contingency and we certainly hope we do not have to implement those plans. This shift would most likely only be for a week or two.

Our goal is to have all of our students in-person every day this year. In order for that to happen we all need to be vigilant about staying home or keeping our students home when they do not feel well. We will work with families to maintain education opportunities while students are out ill, in quarantine or isolation.

We thank you for your continued support of the Dayton School District. Go Pirates!

Steve Sugg, Superintendent

Dayton School District