CSD40 Update – 9.16.21

Dear CSD Families,
I hope you and your students have had a wonderful week. Please click here to enjoy our first CSD40 Update of the 2021-22 school year. This week, we share back to school highlights, COVID-19 updates, and more. I hope that, through these updates, you’ll enjoy having the opportunity to hear the latest from CSD and see images of what’s happening on our school campuses.
Sincerely,
Mike Johnson
Superintendent

Reminder: Early Release Wednesdays at CSD

Dear CSD Families,

I hope you and your students are enjoying a pleasant start to your week. I wanted to share a quick reminder that all schools in Creswell School District have early release on Wednesdays. Early release schedules provide teachers the opportunity to work in both small and large groups to learn about instructional strategies and ways to meet the needs of their student learners. Following are the Wednesday early release times for each school in CSD:

  • Creslane Elementary School: 1:00 p.m.
  • Creswell Middle School: 1:50 p.m.
  • Creswell High School: 1:45 p.m.

If you have questions about early release or any other schedule queries, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our school office staff. They will be glad to provide additional details.

Sincerely,
Mike Johnson
Superintendent

Message from Superintendent Mike Johnson

Dear CSD Families,

What a great start to the new academic year! Whether watching kindergartners begin their school experience at Creslane or seeing high school seniors arrive for their final first day of school at CHS, there’s always an excitement and appreciation for the learning that will happen all year long. Educators are drawn to the profession to support students and we are thrilled to be returning to full-time, in-person instruction.

While the new school year is exciting with in-person learning, I know many of you may have concerns regarding what happens if your child is asked to stay home due to being exposed to a person with COVID-19, or if they become ill themselves.

You may also wonder what isolation and quarantine could mean for your family. Quarantine and isolation are measures that help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Isolation means that someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 stays home and stays away from other people in their home as much as possible. If your child, or anyone else in your home, tests positive for COVID-19, we ask that they follow isolation guidelines, including any specific instructions from Lane County Public Health. Current guidelines require a 10-day isolation period, provided the individual is symptom free at the end of the isolation period.
  • Quarantine means keeping someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others outside their home. A person can spread COVID-19 48 hours before they have symptoms. Quarantine reduces the risk of accidentally spreading the virus to other people. Due to current high-risk levels in Lane County, individuals are asked to quarantine for 14 days.

What happens if there is a COVID-19 exposure at Creswell schools?

At Creswell School District, we collaborate closely with Lane County Public Health to notify families if their student has been exposed and needs to isolate or quarantine. In the K-12 setting, there are now exceptions to the exposure definition:

  • Students who were within 3-6 feet of someone with confirmed COVID-19, but were engaged in consistent and correct use of masks and adherence to other prevention strategies (This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults).
  • Close contacts who have been fully immunized with a COVID-19 vaccine (received both doses of a 2-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-vaccine) for at least 14 days following the series at the time of exposure are not subject to quarantine. Fully immunized close contacts should continue to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 during the two weeks following their exposure and, if symptoms develop, should isolate and seek testing.
  • Close contacts who themselves had a previous confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 case (verified by a positive COVID-19 test or local public health authority) and have completed their isolation are not required to quarantine if the new exposure happened within 90 days of their symptom onset or first positive test, whichever is earlier.

Quarantine is only recommended for people who have direct contact with a confirmed CASE, not close contact with a CONTACT.

COVID-19 Communication

If we have a student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19, we will be contacting all persons who had close contact with the person who tested positive. If you hear of a positive case in our school community and are not contacted, that means it was not reported that your or your student had close contact with the infected person.

What should I do if my child is ill?

First and foremost, your student should stay home from school if:

  • They have a temperature of 100.5 or higher.
  • They are feeling ill, even if they do not have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • They are showing symptoms of COVID-19 and should be isolated.
  • They test positive for COVID-19, even if they show no symptoms.
  • They have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and the school and local public health department recommends quarantine.
  • If a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19.

If you or your child is sick with COVID symptoms, please notify the school office immediately and DO NOT send your child to school.

Thank you for partnering with us to do all we can to slow the spread. Please continue to wear your masks, get vaccinated if you are eligible, limit gatherings with other households and, when possible, move social activities outside. Our goal is to keep students safe, healthy, and engaged in our classrooms all year long.

Sincerely,

Mike Johnson
Superintendent

Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year at CSD

Dear CSD Families,

I wish you a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend and a healthy beginning to the school year ahead. Over the past few months, many of our students and staff continued enhancing their skills through CSD’s fun and effective summer school programs. This fall, we are delighted to be welcoming our students back to full-week, in-person instruction and are eager to partner with you throughout the year.

Over the past week, our buildings have been buzzing as teachers and staff have been busy preparing their classrooms and our facilities for your student’s arrival. During this time, our district kick-off and school in-service sessions have provided a wonderful opportunity to collaborate, reconnect and inspire one another with new ideas and energy.

As we begin the year, please know that your student’s health and safety have been central in our back-to-school planning process. With guidance from Oregon Department of Education’s (ODE) Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework, we are working closely with officials from the Oregon Department of Education, Lane County Public Health (LCPH) and the Oregon Health Authority to put mitigation strategies in place and follow rules mandated by state and national agencies, including those regarding face covering and vaccination requirements. Our Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service Plan outlines measures that have been implemented to promote safety and wellness, and provide support for the mental, social, and emotional health of our students and staff. As positive or presumptive cases of COVID are identified, we will coordinate with Nurse Melissa Cole and LCPH to follow contact tracing protocols, notify families if quarantines or isolations are required, and keep the community informed.

As we have seen, the COVID situation remains fluid and we are ready to adjust if plans must change. You can help us keep students in class by doing your part. While regular attendance is key to student success, it is important for students and staff who have symptoms of infectious illness such as COVID-19 to stay home. If your child has been exposed or received a positive COVID test, please alert the school. Wearing face coverings and vaccinations for those who are eligible help minimize quarantines and time away from the classroom.

As we launch the 2021-22 academic year, I’d like to offer my thanks to the entire CSD team for working tirelessly to prepare our schools for a safe return and to you, our CSD community, for your continued, tremendous support. Working together, we will make Creswell School District the best it can be and create a healthy, enriching environment where students can thrive.

Sincerely,
Mike Johnson
Superintendent