September 3, 2021

Please take a moment to read some of the important Covid updates below. As we approach the start of school, it is important for all of us to work together to minimize our community’s health risk, understand the regulations and support our students returning to the classroom.  For more detailed information, our overall Covid prevention guidance/plans can be found here.

BUSING (IMPORTANT)  -Very strict quarantine regulations are in effect for students riding buses.

We have been working closely with First Student to recruit, hire and train additional bus drivers.  The impact of Covid cases/exposure may impact routes, so if your student rides the bus, please stay informed of delays by checking our District webpage and Facebook pages.  Updated bus routes for 2021-2022 will be posted Sunday September 5, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. and can be found on our website. Important to note, all students on a bus must quarantine in the event of an exposure on the bus. To minimize quarantine risk, parents might consider driving or walking their student(s) to school.

The Jackson County Health Department has provided the following information for schools regarding isolation & quarantine rules:


If a student is exposed to COVID either at school, on a bus, or at home, the student is required to quarantine.  There are exceptions outlined in ODE’s exclusion summary guidance.  If a student is vaccinated, they are exempt from quarantine, as long as they provide proof of vaccination status to the school.

Close contact is anyone within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes.   The ONLY exception to that is students that are masked in a classroom and at least 3 feet apart.     

Isolation period is the amount of time that a case must isolate.  It is 10 days from symptom onset AND 24 hours fever free without using fever-reducing medications.  Return to school is on day 11.  So, if a case has symptom onset on August 10th, they can return on August 21st. 

Quarantine period is the amount of time that a close contact must quarantine.  It will ALWAYS initially be 14 days – return on day 15 because we have no idea who will develop symptoms.  Quarantine can be shortened if the close contact never has any symptoms, then they can return on day 11.   If they are able to get a test from a provider (not a Binax test and not an “at home” test)  and they test negative AFTER day 5, they can return AFTER day 7.     

Quarantine Period for continuous exposure–   If a student lives with a case and they do not test positive or develop two or more covid symptoms to meet case definition as presumptive, then their quarantine will begin when the case finishes isolation.    So, if Mom is the case and her symptoms begin on August 10th, she finishes her isolation on August 21st, this is the same day that the student will begin their quarantine.   They can return to school on September 5th.   (quarantine can be shortened in the absence of symptoms).  

Quarantine always begins after the last exposure.  So, if a family is able to isolate the case from the student then quarantine begins when they were separated.   For example, if dad is the case and he is able to stay in the master bedroom/bath with the door shut.    Then quarantine for the student begins the day after  dad goes into the bedroom and shuts the door.    In the above timeline if dad had onset of symptoms on August 10th, but he went into the bedroom August 15, student begins their quarantine august 16th and can return to school August 31st (or shorter depending on their symptoms and testing.)  

Presumptive case:    A person can become a presumptive case in two ways. 1. Documented exposure to a confirmed case and at least two or more covid symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell, abnormal xray) OR 2. Positive over the counter test and at least  one Covid symptom

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we prepare for the 2021-2022 school year.