We need your help! Please keep students home when they are sick.

Dear CSD families,

With the omicron variant of COVID-19 surging across the country and positive case counts increasing daily in Lane County and Creswell, we are counting on everyone to do their part to help keep our students and staff in school and protect the wellbeing of all Creswell community members. It is critical during the next few weeks that you keep your children home when they are sick.

How can you help?

  • If your child is ill, do NOT send them to school. If they have COVID-19 symptoms, seek a COVID-19 test and notify your student’s school.

As a reminder, COVID-19 symptoms can include:

Cough or sore throat
Temperature of 100.4 F or higher
Chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
A new loss of taste or smell
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headaches
Nasal congestion or runny nose
Nausea or Vomiting
Diarrhea.

  • If you aren’t vaccinated, schedule an appointment. Vaccination remains the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19 and reduces spread of the disease. See the Get Vaccinated Oregon or Lane County Public Health websites for more information..
  • Get your booster if you haven’t yet done so. If you’re eligible for a booster, make your appointment today. Boosters provide an extra layer of protection needed to slow the spread of the omicron variant.
  • Limit gatherings with people from other households to the extent possible. If you are visiting people from another household, you should wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, and keep activities outdoors whenever possible.

Many thanks go out to our families for keeping their children home when they are sick and to our health services staff for their exceptional work. Together, we must do all we can to minimize disruptions to our classrooms, keep our students learning in-person, and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community.

Sincerely,

Mike Johnson
Superintendent

Statewide Tests / 2021-22 Opt-out information

Hello Creswell School District Families,

For the 2021-22 school year, state testing has returned to a mostly “normal” (pre-COVID) format. In accordance with federal and state accountability requirements, Oregon public schools annually test students in English language arts and math in grades 3-8 & 11 and science in grades 5, 8, & 11. These summative assessments, also known as assessments of learning, are given toward the end of the academic year to gather and report evidence of what was learned and evaluate student performance against specific content standards.

Teachers and administrators use state tests, work samples, and other forms of assessments to measure how well students are learning and determine how to best support them moving forward. Quality assessments offer meaningful feedback and actionable data that educators can use to help students succeed; results also provide information used to inform a broad range of decisions at the classroom, district, and state level.

In the coming weeks, each CSD school will provide families with specific testing windows for all Creswell students. This also includes students who are accessing online modes of education.

Under Oregon law, a parent or adult student may opt out of Oregon’s summative statewide assessments of math and language arts for any reason by submitting a form provided each year by the Oregon Department of Education. Should you wish to opt out your student, complete the 2021-2022 Opt-Out form, available at the link below or from the school district website, and submit it to your child’s school.

2021-2022 State Testing Notice and Opt-out form (English / Español)

For science assessments, a WRITTEN REQUEST to opt out on the basis of accommodating a student’s disability or religious beliefs must be submitted.

While opting out is an option, we do encourage student participation in these summative tests. A student’s scores have no consequences for their grades, credits, or advancement to the next grade, although they may be used to inform appropriate course placement. Assessments are an integral part of education in our state and all public schools in the U.S. are required to assess student learning and report participation and results.

If you would like more information about state assessments, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly or reach out to your child’s principal. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Kind regards,

Amy Aguero
Director of Student Services

Creswell School Board Meeting: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Creswell School Board Meeting for January 2022

The Creswell School Board will hold their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 7:00 PM. This will be a virtual meeting. Review the meeting agenda (link)

Please click the link below to join the School Board Meeting as an audience member (Meeting registration required): https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L_bGKWjgSryE4WZOwHQQIw (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.)

The active weblink to view this meeting on YouTube will be provided here on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. Board Meeting Link:

Written comments will be accepted and should be sent by email to info@creswell.k12.or.us . Comments must be received by noon on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. Comments must be limited in length to be read in 3 minutes. Comments will be read into public record by the Board Chair at the meeting.

For more information, please contact Marilyn Cruzan at 541-895-6000

COVID-19 Updates / Extracurricular Activities

Dear CSD Staff and Families,

As you have likely seen in the news, the Centers for Disease Control recently released updated guidance, shortening quarantine and isolation recommendations for members of the general public who are exposed to COVID-19.

As state and local agencies evaluate these new guidelines for educational environments, Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon Department of Education (ODE), and local public health authorities will clarify details for Oregon K-12 schools and update the Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework accordingly. Once we receive updated guidance from ODE, OHA, and Lane County Public Health (LCPH), we will evaluate and implement the changes necessary in our school procedures.

Until then, our current isolation and quarantine guidelines will remain in effect. As a reminder, under these guidelines, unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated students who are determined to have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive or is presumed positive for COVID-19 in school settings where universal masking is fully implemented* should quarantine for seven (7) days. If the close contact has a negative result on a test collected on day 7 by antigen or PCR test, they may return to normal activities on day eight (8). If a student chooses not to test, they must quarantine for 10 days.

*Note that the modified quarantine is not available to students whose exposure was outside of school or was at a time during or after the regular school day where masks were not consistently worn.

Current District Guidance on Extracurricular Activities

As activities move indoors, extracurricular activities do present an increased risk for transmission and exposure that may lead to isolation or quarantine for those who come into contact with individuals who test positive for COVID-19. In a School Health Advisory issued this week, OHA and ODE recommended that schools and other organizations should pause extracurricular activities OR ensure they follow the same layered mitigation safety protocols practiced during the school day.

At CSD, our goal for students is to “let them play” while taking every precaution possible to keep them and our community safe. Our kids deserve the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities; we also want to do everything possible to prevent the spread of COVID in our schools. We are currently continuing with our extracurricular activities and reviewing our safety protocols to protect the safety of our student participants, coaches, staff, and spectators. We request that you comply with the statewide indoor masking mandate and wear your mask while indoors attending our extracurricular activities. Additionally, wearing your mask at indoor extracurricular activities will help the district avoid non-compliance fees assessed by OSHA and OHA.

To minimize disruption of in-person learning due to quarantine and isolation, ODE and OHA ask for help from families and communities.

  • If your child is ill, do NOT send them to school. If they have COVID-19 symptoms, seek a COVID-19 test. Primary COVID-19 symptoms include cough, temperature of 100.4 F or higher, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or a new loss of taste or smell. Other symptoms include fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, sore throat, nasal congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Get vaccinated now if you’re not. Vaccination remains the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19 and reduces spread of the disease. Get Vaccinated Oregon.
  • Get boosted if you’re not. If you’re eligible for a booster, make your appointment today. Boosters provide an extra layer of protection needed to slow spread of the omicron variant.
  • Limit gatherings with people from other households to the extent possible. If you are visiting people from another household, you should wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, and keep activities outdoors whenever possible.

As details are offered and plans develop, I will keep you informed and provide an update soon. As we navigate the uncertainty that the omicron variant brings, the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students, staff, and community remain our highest priority.

Sincerely,
Mike Johnson
Superintendent