(Letter sent to parents and students of the Wallowa County School District by Superintendent, Tammy Jones)
Wednesday night I shared with you that a person in our school community had been diagnosed with COVID-19. As I shared, we are working closely with our local and state health authority to respond to this news and protect the health of our community. We are engaged in the first round of deep cleaning and have plans to repeat a couple more rounds over the next couple of days.
Any individual with a positive test result requires isolation for 10 days. Those individuals who are determined to be a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, have been or are being contacted by someone from our local health officials. Close contacts are being advised to be tested and must quarantine for 14 days after the last close contact with the person who tested positive. Results from any subsequent testing of close contacts should be available in the next couple of days. Given these results, we will communicate our next steps with you. This decision will be made in collaboration with local health officials and the Oregon Health Authority. We do not have a decision at this time. Once we have more detailed information and results, the following potential scenarios could be enacted:
Only the identified close contacts/cohort would engage in quarantine and comprehensive distance learning. We purposefully created small cohorts to mitigate impacts of COVID-19 in our schools.
Move to a comprehensive distance learning model for multiple cohorts
Move to a comprehensive distance learning model for just one of our school buildings
Move to comprehensive distance learning for the entire school district.
Thank you for your continued support. Just as soon as a decision is made over the next couple of days, we will be in contact with you. Thank you for your patience.
Remember, the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is through staying home when ill, wearing face coverings, physical distancing, avoiding large gatherings, 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.
We will keep you updated with any new information as it comes out, while meeting the requirements to honor everyone’s right to privacy.
If you have any questions, please contact our school office.