We are excited to announce a change in the timeline for mask requirements in our schools. Today, OHA announced the alignment of lifting mask requirements for indoor public spaces and schools on March 19th based on a significant decline in hospitalizations. Please see the press release here. As stated previously, Central Point Schools will pursue an optional mask policy. The Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority are also reviewing feedback from local leaders and communities regarding practical updates to the safety protocols for quarantine, contact tracing and testing. Details regarding these updates will be shared with schools next week.
Even though the mask mandate will be lifted, it will be important for us to continue in our diligence to other health and safety protocols (sanitizing, hand washing, ventilation, etc.). State officials are still recommending individuals in high risk categories continue to wear masks in indoor public settings. With that said, some of our students and staff may elect to continue wearing masks and we respect those personal decisions.
We want to thank our entire community for the tremendous effort and level of patience that has been evident during the past 2 years as we have navigated the pandemic and operation of our schools.