We promised to keep you updated on health developments and masking at school. You may have heard about the announcement yesterday from the Oregon Health Authority stating that the COVID-19 mask mandate for Oregon schools (and all public indoor spaces) will now end March 19 rather than March 31.
From the onset of the pandemic, McKenzie schools have relied upon the guidance and expertise of our state health authority and state partner agencies as the experts in response to this health crisis. This continues with the newest announcement. It is encouraging to hear that the Oregon Health Authority remains confident in the declining impact of COVID-19 on our day-to-day activities. We are still waiting for information from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
We will begin the engagement process with families and staff when we have all of the information regarding protocols for quarantine, contact tracing, and testing that meet the current conditions of the pandemic. We want your input but want to make sure we have all of the correct information to share with you.
For the time being, face coverings, as well as all current COVID 19 protocols, will remain in place.
Vaccination still proves to be the best way to protect you and your family from COVID-19.
Thank you for your continued flexibility and patience over the past two years. We look forward to having clear information from ODE and hearing your perspectives soon.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions,