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.
Mike Johnson, Superintendent