Oregon recommends against closing schools

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Clackamas County understands that there are many questions about potential school closures. Yesterday, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and other officials issued guidance to schools for decision-making concerning the coronavirus.

As of yesterday, the guidance recommends against closing schools and campuses where no cases of COVID-19 are present. It also recommends that schools, colleges and universities consider all alternatives before closing if a COVID-19 case is detected among students or staff. 

For students, teachers should be identifying ill children at the beginning of the school day. Students should be sent to the nurse for assessment then, if sent home, should remain at home for at least 24 hours after the symptoms are gone.

For teachers, school districts should review and enforce their sick policies for employees. Employees should be encouraged to stay home when they are ill, and stay home for 24 hours after the symptoms are gone.

For parents and volunteers, they should be checking in and could be asked if they are experiencing symptoms (cold, cough, fever). If so, they should be asked to leave.

Full details about the recommendation can be viewed on the OHA website. Many of the measures closely mirror the key precautions that all residents should be taking, including:

  • Frequent handwashing
  • Cleaning high-touch, high-traffic areas
  • Stay home if you are sick

Check www.clackamas.us/alert for updates and resources about the coronavirus.