COVID-19 Letter to Families
Dear Willamina Community,
With the number of confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Oregon rising, Governor Brown announced new guidance regarding group gatherings and social distancing. We remain committed to keeping our schools open and safe. With this guidance, and to minimize opportunities for the virus to spread, we will begin suspending events that bring large groups of students, adults and community members together. This action is not due to a presumed case. At this time, there are no presumed cases in Willamina Public Schools.
Suspension of non-essential activities begins immediately, effective Thursday, March 12, and will remain in effect for 30 days. This includes all school-based assemblies and events, off-campus field trips, and community-sponsored events on the school campus. With regard to athletics, we are following new state guidance denying audience admission at all school-based events, with the exception of essential personnel and credentialed media. The list of affected activities may grow, we will update you as we make those decisions, and share dates for rescheduled events.
To be clear, we are taking every step possible so that we can continue to provide high-quality education for all of our students and keep our schools open. This decision is consistent with guidance from health authorities, and is the best step to take at this time. In cases where we are mandated to offer access to community members (e.g. Board of Education meetings), we are exploring other alternatives, in order to continue the district’s business.
The safety and health of our students and staff is our priority. We will continue to work with public health authorities to minimize the spread of coronavirus and the disruption to schools and students. We continue to emphasize the importance of hand washing at school. Our custodians will prioritize high-touch surfaces in all common areas, and we will continue to ensure schools have adequate cleaning supplies. Students and community can support these efforts by washing hands frequently, covering your cough or sneeze, and using hand sanitizer. Those experiencing symptoms of the cold or flu should stay at home, only returning to school or work when symptom-free for 24 hours. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult with a doctor.
Finally, you can find district messages about COVID-19 coronavirus, resources, links to public health agencies and a question/comment form by visiting https://www.oregon.gov/oha.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time. We will continue to rely on the Oregon public health authorities, the Department of Education, and the Office of the Governor. We all collectively share concern for the health and safety of our students and communities.
Carrie Zimbrick, Superintendent