Message from Superintendent Johnson: New Guidelines, CSD Next Steps, & Returning from Spring Break

March 24, 2021

Dear CSD Families,

My hope is that this letter finds you enjoying a safe, fun and relaxing Spring Break. Please read this update for important information.

New Guidelines for Social Distancing in Schools

As you may have heard, on March 19, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced their revised recommendation for schools social distancing and safe spacing from 6’ to 3’. Please see this article for more information.

In response to the announcement from the CDC, Governor Brown announced early this week that Oregon will reduce social distancing in schools to align to the new CDC revised guidelines, and directed the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to review and revise the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidelines to accommodate the new change. On March 22, 2021, ODE released the new Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance for Oregon schools. Please see this article from ODE.

CSD’s Next Steps for In-Person Learning

When we return from Spring Break, ODE and OHA will hold a statewide Superintendent’s meeting to process the social distancing revisions and all of the new changes to the RSSL guidance. Once I have clarity on the changes and aligned school safety protocols, I will process the information with the CSD leadership team and the leadership representatives of the Creswell Education Association and the Oregon School Employees Association. The final step will involve an Operational Blueprint review at each building by the principal and their planning committee members to process the new information for operational recommendations.

Students Returning to School from Spring Break  

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 or has come into contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, please read about the COVID-19 reporting procedures on our website and contact CSD’s nurse, Melissa Cole, mcole@creswell.k12.or.us. This is a critical step in our mitigation plan as successful in-person teaching and learning opportunities depend on our community’s efforts to properly report positive cases of COVID-19.

Also, remember that 2020-21 is a “low threshold for illness year,” which means that schools cannot permit students on campus who are ill. Please reference this chart for specific information regarding when a child must stay home due to illness.

Recommended Quarantining After Travel

With many of our students returning from Spring Break to in-person learning, it’s a good time to clarify the statewide guidance for travel. It is recommended that people who are not vaccinated and who travel outside of the state of Oregon consider quarantining upon returning home. In accordance with the Oregon Statewide Guidance for Travel people are recommended to practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival in the state and limit their interactions to their immediate household. People may consider ending quarantine if they have no symptoms after 10 days with no testing or after 7 days with an antigen or PCR test.

If students choose to quarantine, instructional materials will be provided while out of school.

We are happy that our positive case numbers are dropping in Lane County and in Creswell. However, we will still require everyone on campus to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash/sanitize their hands frequently.  We appreciate the support our families have given us and look forward to a successful and healthy finish to the school year.

Together, we will finish strong!

Sincerely,

Mike Johnson, Superintendent