COVID-19 (coronavirus) community updates

COVID-19 UPDATES from the Governor and Oregon Dept. of Education

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March 29, 2020 - Message to Families:  

Education Activities Continue at Home and School Campus Remains Closed 

North Marion School District Teachers have a Curriculum Workday tomorrow to begin planning for this month’s activities and receive training.  The COVID-19 situation changes rapidly and key decisions will continue to be made in Salem.  We will communicate new information as it becomes available. In the meantime:

  • Teachers will be working from home, calling students weekly, and building principals will post information daily on School Facebook pages about teacher activities throughout the week.Be ready for updates from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) for 1) Guidance on learning activities we send home, technology surveys and, 2) How we will manage High School Seniors at this time.
  • Food service will continue as scheduled.

 We appreciate your patience and understanding as all school employees are adapting as quickly as possible.  Lastly, staff genuinely miss seeing students every day and hope they can return to school soon.

Las actividades educativas continúan en el hogar y la escuela  / El campus cerrado

Los maestros del Distrito Escolar de North Marion tienen un día de trabajo de Curirculum mañana para comenzar a planificar las actividades de este mes y recibir capacitación. La situación de COVID-19 cambia rápidamente y las decisiones clave continuarán en Salem. Comunicaremos nueva información a medida que esté disponible. Mientras tanto:

Los maestros trabajarán desde casa, llamando a los estudiantes semanalmente, y los directores de los edificios publicarán información diariamente en las páginas de la escuela en Facebook sobre las actividades de los maestros durante la semana.

Esté preparado para las actualizaciones de ODE para 1) Orientación sobre las actividades de aprendizaje que enviamos a casa, encuestas de tecnología y, 2) Cómo manejaremos a las personas mayores en este momento.

El servicio de comida continuará según lo programado.

Agradecemos su paciencia y comprensión, ya que todos los empleados de la escuela se están adaptando lo más rápido posible.

Por último, el personal realmente extraña ver a los estudiantes todos los días y espera que puedan regresar a la escuela pronto.

Contact Info:
Ginger Redlinger ginger.redlinger@nmarion.k12.or.us


Update March 26, 2020:

Bond Construction Project Continues:Construction and manufacturing were specifically exempted under Governor’s Executive Order 20-12 so long as employer “ensures that employees are maintaining social distancing measures.”  The district’s bond project manager is ensuring that our contractor is in compliance with this requirement and the High School project will continue as planned until further direction prohibiting it is given or social distancing measures become unattainable.

If you would like the most up to date information about COVID-19 and schools, please visit this website.  This link is to the FAQ page, but you can also access additional pages from this site.  https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Pages/COVID-19-FAQ.aspx

Oregon Department of Education Guidance:  ODE has developed a set of resources to provide mental health and social emotional support to districts. These resources provide trauma- and social emotional-informed guidance for students, families and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak as it disrupts everyday life in Oregon. We encourage school districts to share these resources with staff, students and families.

ODE Guidance on Long-Term School Closure - March 26, 2020

Updated March 17, 2020:

This is an update about the statewide school closure information we received from the Governor today at 4:45 pm.  The school closure is extended through April 28th. At this time, students are scheduled to return to school on April 29th.  Over the next few days, district staff will review the Governor’s new guidance for required school operations and create a plan to support student learning and academic growth. We will communicate the plan by the end of this week. 

Daily deliveries of breakfast and lunch to the existing seven (7) neighborhood sites will continue throughout the school closure period.  School events scheduled through April 28th will either be rescheduled to a later date, or will be canceled. Schools will provide updates for their events on their websites.  

We share with students and families the sharp feeling of loss as important activities and events that are part of North Marion School District traditions are lost to the COVID-19 closure.  Please continue to care for yourself, your family and our community members.

Esta es una actualización sobre la información de cierre de escuelas en todo el estado que recibimos del Gobernador hoy a las 4:45 p.m. El cierre de la escuela se extiende hasta el 28 de abril. En este momento, los estudiantes tienen programado regresar a la escuela el 29 de abril. Durante los próximos días, el personal del distrito revisará la nueva guía del gobernador para las operaciones escolares requeridas y creará un plan para apoyar el aprendizaje y el crecimiento académico de los estudiantes. Comunicaremos el plan a fines de esta semana.


Las entregas diarias de desayuno y almuerzo a los siete (7) sitios del vecindario existentes continuarán durante el período de cierre de la escuela. Los eventos escolares programados hasta el 28 de abril serán reprogramados para una fecha posterior o serán cancelados. Las escuelas proporcionarán actualizaciones para sus eventos en sus sitios web.


Compartimos con los estudiantes y las familias el sentimiento agudo de pérdida, ya que las actividades y eventos importantes que forman parte de las tradiciones del Distrito Escolar de North Marion se pierden con el cierre de COVID-19. Continúe cuidándose a sí mismo, a su familia y a los miembros de nuestra comunidad.


Updated March 13, 2020 - 

Our city, our state and much of the world are now dealing with an unprecedented public health crisis, unlike anything we as educators have ever seen before.

Since the COVID-19 coronavirus first emerged in Oregon, we have followed the guidance of our public health agency partners in making preventative changes in our schools and programs. As this situation continues to evolve, public health experts now believe the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Willamette Valley will grow. While we do not have any presumptive cases in the NMSD, we believe it is time for us to act more urgently to protect our students, employees and community, 

We will extend spring break, beginning Monday, March 16 with a plan for students to return to schools on Wednesday, April 1.  All schools and locations will be open today. 

During the closure, all school-based sports and extracurricular activities will also be cancelled.

Staff will be expected to return on Monday, March 30. The state will assess and either confirm or adjust return dates by Wednesday, March 25. 

Starting Monday, March 16, and until we reopen schools on Wednesday, April 1st, schools will be closed to students.  We are determining next steps for staff and will communicate those on Friday. 

Schools are essential to communities, especially ones with as many unique needs as ours. We know that extending spring break will cause difficulties for many families who rely on their schools for meals, mental health supports and a safe place to be during the day. Because of this, we do not take this decision lightly. Extending spring break is a preventative measure to help slow the rate of spread of coronavirus and, as public health agencies explain, flatten the curve of the virus’s impact on our citizens and health care systems. 

We are working on identifying ways to provide meals to students during the break and will have more information about later today Friday. 

Given the seriousness of the current situation, we firmly believe that this decision is the best one we can make given all available information and keeping the best interests of our students, staff, and community at the center.

We appreciate our partnership with our local districts (Woodburn, Gervais, St. Paul, and Mt. Angel) as we collaborate to find ways to help each other during this critical situation.

We will continue to monitor this very dynamic public health situation and will plan to provide an update during the course of this extended break. Thank you for your support and cooperation

Estimadas familias de North Marion,

Nuestra ciudad, nuestro estado y gran parte del mundo ahora se enfrentan a una crisis de salud pública sin precedentes, a diferencia de lo que nosotros, como educadores, hemos visto antes.

Desde que surgió el coronavirus COVID-19 por primera vez en Oregón, hemos seguido la guía de nuestros socios de agencias de salud pública para realizar cambios preventivos en nuestras escuelas y programas. A medida que esta situación continúa evolucionando, los expertos en salud pública ahora creen que el número de casos confirmados de coronavirus en el Valle de Willamette crecerá. Si bien no tenemos ningún caso presunto en el NMSD, creemos que es hora de que actuemos con mayor urgencia para proteger a nuestros estudiantes, empleados y comunidad,

Extendiremos las vacaciones de primavera, comenzando el lunes 16 de marzo con un plan para que los estudiantes regresen a las escuelas el miércoles 1 de abril. Todas las escuelas y ubicaciones estarán abiertas hoy.

Durante el cierre, todos los deportes escolares y actividades extracurriculares también serán cancelados.

Se espera que el personal regrese el lunes 30 de marzo. El estado evaluará y confirmará o ajustará las fechas de regreso antes del miércoles 25 de marzo.

A partir del lunes 16 de marzo, y hasta que volvamos a abrir las escuelas el 1 de abril, las escuelas estarán cerradas para los estudiantes. Estamos determinando los próximos pasos para el personal y los comunicaremos el viernes.

Las escuelas son esenciales para las comunidades, especialmente las que tienen tantas necesidades únicas como las nuestras. Sabemos que extender las vacaciones de primavera causará dificultades a muchas familias que dependen de sus escuelas para las comidas, apoyo de salud mental y un lugar seguro para estar durante el día. Debido a esto, no tomamos esta decisión a la ligera. La extensión de las vacaciones de primavera es una medida preventiva para ayudar a disminuir la tasa de propagación del coronavirus y, como explican las agencias de salud pública, aplanar la curva del impacto del virus en nuestros ciudadanos y sistemas de atención médica.

Estamos trabajando para identificar formas de proporcionar comidas a los estudiantes durante el descanso y tendremos más información sobre el viernes de hoy.

Dada la seriedad de la situación actual, creemos firmemente que esta decisión es la mejor que podemos tomar dada toda la información disponible y manteniendo los mejores intereses de nuestros estudiantes, personal y comunidad en el centro.

Apreciamos nuestra asociación con nuestros distritos locales (Woodburn, Gervais, St. Paul y Mt. Angel) a medida que colaboramos para encontrar formas de ayudarse mutuamente durante esta situación crítica.

Continuaremos monitoreando esta situación de salud pública muy dinámica y planearemos proporcionar una actualización durante el transcurso de este descanso prolongado. Gracias por su apoyo y cooperación

Updated March 12, 2020: 

With the number of confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Oregon increasing, Governor Brown announced new guidance regarding group gatherings and social distancing. We remain committed to keeping our schools open and safe. In accordance with the guidance and in order to minimize potential opportunities for the virus to spread, we have decided to proactively begin suspending events that bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together. This action is not related to a presumptive case. At this time, there are no presumptive cases in North Marion Schools.

Suspension of non-essential school-based activities begins immediately, effective Thursday, March 12, and will remain in effect for 30 days. This includes the suspension of all school-based assemblies and events, off-campus field trips, and professional development meetings and events. 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 will grow as we work with partners and stakeholders over the coming days. We will update you as we make those decisions.  Click here to link to the status of events and activities.  

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.

We realize that this decision will impact every school community, and we know that many of the events, student performances and other gatherings that we are suspending are those that schools, students and families look forward to all year long. Suspending these events is consistent with guidance from health authorities, and we believe it is a prudent and responsible step to take at this time. We will be working with trip planners, event organizers and others who are responsible for the affected activities. In cases when we are mandated to offer access to community members (e.g. Board of Education meetings), we hope to offer continued online streaming and are currently exploring other alternatives, including virtual meeting platforms in order to continue the district’s governance and business.

The safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to work in close partnership with public health authorities to minimize both the spread of coronavirus and disruption to schools and students. We will continue emphasizing the importance of handwashing at school. Our custodians will continue to prioritize high-touch surfaces in classrooms and common areas. And we are making sure schools have adequate cleaning supplies.

Students, families and everyone in our community can best support our efforts by washing hands frequently, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing, 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 guidance from Oregon public health authorities, the Department of Education, and the Office of the Governor.  Please know that this message and the decisions being made at this time are being done in collaboration with school districts statewide. A high tide raises all boats, and we all collectively share concern for the health and safety of our students and communities.

Updated March 9, 2020: 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and Marion County Health Department (MCHD) are monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  Even though Oregon cases have increased, we are following guidance from our state educational agency and public health federal and state agencies.  They recommend people in Oregon take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of many respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and Influenza.

Schools can play an important role in the effort for prevention and spread of the COVID-19 or Influenza.  Through consultation, collaboration and coordination with local health departments, our district is taking steps to disseminate information about the disease and its potential transmission within our school community, and provide accurate up-to-date information about the outbreak and how to best protect our school community’s health. 

Our plans build on everyday practices (e.g., encouraging hand hygiene, monitoring absenteeism, communicating routinely) and staying informed with up to date information.  They include minimizing disruption to teaching and learning and help protect the whole school community, including those with special health needs or compromised immune systems.

STAFF AND STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO STAY HOME IF SICK

  • If you or your child have symptoms of fever, persistent, sustained cough or shortness of breath, stay home from school or work and call your health care provider.  They will help you decide if you need an appointment to be tested, and avoid exposing others.

COVER YOUR COUGHS, SNEEZES AND PROPER HAND HYGIENE

  • Cover: Encourage Coughing and Sneezing etiquette.  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trashcan.
  • Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating and after eating, or preparing food.
  • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Clean and disinfect:  Practice routine cleaning of objects and surfaces you frequently touch. High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
  • Keep your body healthy:  Eat a healthy diet, Exercise, Get plenty of rest, Stay  up-to-date on routine vaccines.

Resources and Links (in multiple languages): 

 The risk of getting influenza is much higher than the risk of exposure to COVID-19.  Please see our "Preventing Influenza" page (page link here) for more information.

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