Message from Superintendent Johnson: Updates for returning to school

Dear CSD Staff and Families,

As mentioned in my previous letter to you, I am providing you with an update in preparation for the return to school for the 2021-22 school year. On July 22, 2021, the Oregon Department of Education released the updated Ready Schools Safe Learners Resiliency Framework guidance (Link). With the new RSSLRF guidance, ODE shifted to a local decision-making model for health and safety protocols. Please know that we will continue to work with our local decision making partner Lane County Public Health on COVID-19 contact tracing and their authority with quarantining procedures OAR 333-019-0010 (Link) and their safety recommendations throughout the school year as community conditions may change with the spread of the virus.

What changed with the RSSLRF guidance?

School districts and local health authorities have been given more flexibility and local control in creating their operational safety plans. 

What will the changes mean for returning to school in the fall of 2021?

The RSSLRF guidance strongly recommends mask wearing while inside schools, but does not require it. At CSD, we will maintain alignment with the guidance from ODE and will strongly recommend that staff and students wear masks while in school buildings, but we will not require it. Additionally, we will not require proof of vaccination. 

What about the other safety protocols?

The other safety precautions such as air filtering, hand washing, sanitation and hygiene measures, social distancing, etc., will remain in place. Additionally, the CDC requires that masks be worn while on public transportation, which includes school buses (Link to CDC Information).

As always, we thank you for your patience and support. I will provide you with additional updates as they come to me, and details on our return to school operational Blueprints in the coming weeks.

Sincerely,

Mike Johnson, Superintendent

Creswell SD: Planning for the new school year

Creswell School District expects to fully reopen schools to five-day, in-person learning this fall.

We would like to share with families and the public that Creswell School District expects to fully be reopen for in-person learning K-12 on a full 5-day schedule with early release Wednesdays. We maintain those expectations today in light of the Oregon Department of Education announcement of the Resiliency Framework for the 2021-2022 school year.

There are always many details to opening school in the fall, and this year those details will include things like COVID-19 safety measures. We of course will continue to partner with public health officials and plan to keep families updated as we finalize those details over the summer.

For further information, please follow this link

On June 2, Superintendent Johnson communicated the ongoing planning and happenings for Creswell School District. Review that post here: Message from Superintendent Johnson: Next year planning, Updates, Accomplishments, & Summer Experience information 

Creswell SD Community Notification: COVID-19

Dear CSD Staff and Families,

This afternoon, we were notified that two CHS students were confirmed positive for COVID-19. One of the students is on the CHS volleyball team. 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 students and community.

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

  • I am communicating closely with LCPH.
  • The Athletic Director and coach have been informed.
  • Contact tracing is being conducted.
  • 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 page, the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 page .

Sincerely,

Mike Johnson, Superintendent