Teacher Appreciation Week May 3-7

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week.

Teacher Appreciation Week is observed annually during the first full week in May.

Although the week only comes around once a year we APPRECIATE our teachers all year long.

Please join us in letting our teachers know how grateful we are for the wonderful work they do for the youth of our community. Their dedication is timeless!

Message from Superintendent Johnson

Dear CSD Staff and Families,

As you may have heard in the latest news broadcasts, Lane County is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 positive case counts and percentages, and will be moving to the Extreme Risk level on Friday 4/30. In the past two weeks, the COVID-19 positive case counts in Creswell has increased to the high-risk level as well.

At this time, we will remain in our current hybrid learning modes in our schools and our plans to increase in-person learning time will continue moving forward. However, the increasing infection rate in our area may impact other important school-related events, such as graduation ceremonies and attending athletics in-person. Therefore, it’s extremely important that we take the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and the community at-large.

Here are some ways to protect your family and our community:

  • Keep children who are sick at home. Please do not send them to school.
  • Teach your children to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow.
  • Teach your children to maintain at least 3 feet distance from other people outside of your immediate household.
  • At all times, people who are sick should stay home from work or school and avoid other people until they are better.

Please be advised that during our in-person learning times (7:30am – 4:00pm), our outdoor facilities – playgrounds, fields, tracks, and paths – will be closed to the general public for the safety of our students and staff. Additionally, the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Athletics Association has restricted spectators at sporting events which also requires that the general public not access district facilities when sporting events – practices and games – are in session.

Beyond the school day and after sports activities, families are welcome to use playgrounds, fields, tracks, and do so at their own risk. However, please be mindful and respectful to staff that continue to work in the buildings after the instructional school hours.

Also, please note that playground equipment will not be sanitized by school staff after school, so visitors are recommended to take precautions for health and safety:

  • Follow state guidelines on outdoor recreation activities and face coverings.
  • Wash hands before and after visiting the playground.
  • Maintain physical distancing at least 6 feet from people outside your immediate household.
  • Bring hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes for use on surfaces that you touch.
  • Stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. Primary symptoms include cough, fever, headache, and shortness of breath.

I understand that this pandemic has been a long and challenging event, but we have demonstrated that when we work on this together in our community, we can slow the spread of COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Mike Johnson, Superintendent

 

Creswell SD Community Notification: COVID-19

Dear CSD Staff and Families,

This afternoon, we were notified that two students at Creswell High School have been diagnosed with COVID-19. As members of the school community, we understand that this might raise concerns alongside a caring response. We are working closely with Lane County Health Department to respond to this news and protect the health of our community.

Each situation calls for different protocols. In this case, we will follow the following steps:

  • I am communicating closely with LCPH.
  • Close contact tracing has been conducted.
  • Nurse Melissa has been notified and is in communication with LCPH.
  • All CHS staff and students in close contact with the students have been notified.
  • A letter has been posted on our website.
  • Any additional students/families that need to be notified will be contacted by LCPH.

The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is through staying home when ill, wearing face coverings, physical distancing, and practicing good health hygiene habits. Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and avoid contact with people who have signs of illness. Get plenty of rest, exercise, and eat a healthy diet. Protect the community by following the Governor’s safety requirements. Wearing cloth face coverings reduces the spread of virus. Social distancing at least 6’ is recommended by OHA.

We will keep you updated with any new information as it comes out, while meeting the requirements to honor everyone’s right to privacy.

More information can be found on the Oregon Department of Education’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners pagethe Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 page and Creswell SD Ready Schools, Safe Schools. If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Melissa at mcole@creswell.k12.or.us

Sincerely,

Mike Johnson, Superintendent

 

 

Creswell SD Community Notification: COVID-19

Dear CSD Staff and Families, 

This morning, we were notified that a person on the Creswell Middle School staff has been diagnosed with COVID-19. As members of the school community, we understand that this might raise concerns alongside a caring response. We are working closely with Lane County Health Department to respond to this news and protect the health of our community. 

Each situation calls for different protocols. In this case, we will follow the following steps:

  • I am communicating closely with LCPH. 
  • Close contact tracing has been conducted.
  • Nurse Melissa has been notified and is in communication with LCPH.
  • All CMS staff and students in close contact with the staff member have been notified.
  • A letter has been posted on our website. 
  • Any additional students/families that need to be notified will be contacted by LCPH.

The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is through staying home when ill, wearing face coverings, physical distancing, and practicing good health hygiene habits. Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and avoid contact with people who have signs of illness. Get plenty of rest, exercise, and eat a healthy diet. Protect the community by following the Governor’s safety requirements. Wearing cloth face coverings reduces the spread of virus. Social distancing at least 6’ is recommended by OHA. 

We will keep you updated with any new information as it comes out, while meeting the requirements to honor everyone’s right to privacy. 

Sincerely, 

Mike Johnson, Superintendent