Dear CSD Staff and Families,
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Lane County Public Health (LCPH) have recently updated their guidance to reflect the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) new COVID-19 isolation and quarantine periods. Since the pandemic started, Creswell School District has adhered to OHA, LCPH, and Oregon Department of Education (ODE) guidelines. In accordance with these new recommendations, effective January 14th, CSD is shortening the isolation/quarantine timeline from 10 to 5 days if the student or staff is symptom free. School nurses will be reaching out to those currently quarantining and isolating to provide updated timelines for returning to school.
To return to school following the initial 5-day quarantine or isolation, students and staff are required to consistently wear a well-fitting mask when around others during the following 5 days (days 6-10).
- During the first 5 days following quarantine/isolation (days 6-10), if consistent masking is not possible during an activity – including extracurricular activities and athletics – the individual cannot participate in that activity.
- If students or staff are unable to consistently wear a well-fitting mask while around others, they will need to quarantine at home for 10 days.
As a reminder, masks are still required indoors for all staff and students during the school day.
Additional information is included below:
Fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 (close contacts) DO NOT need to quarantine. They DO need to consistently wear a well-fitting mask when around others for 10 days. They should also watch for symptoms and seek testing at least 5 days after their exposure.
Close contacts who are NOT fully vaccinated should quarantine for at least 5 days. If they remain asymptomatic, close contacts may return to school provided they:
- Closely monitor for symptoms for 5 more days.
- Consistently wear a well-fitting mask when around others during the 5 days after quarantine.
- Seek testing at least 5 days after exposure. If they test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should follow recommendations for isolation.
Regardless of vaccination status, students, teachers, and staff who have presumed or confirmed COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate at home and away from others for a minimum of 5 full days, with day 0 being the first day of symptoms. For those experiencing no symptoms, the date of the positive test is considered day 0.
If ill individuals continue experiencing a fever or have other symptoms that have not improved after 5 days of in-home isolation, they should extend their in-home isolation until they have been fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication, and other symptoms have improved.
Individuals should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public places for an additional 5 days (days 6-10) after the end of their 5-day isolation.
“Up to Date” status definition of COVID-19 vaccination
The CDC recommends that individuals remain up to date with their vaccinations. Within the K-12 setting, those who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination include:
- Individuals 18+ who have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised individuals.
- Youth 5-17 years of age who have completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
I understand that it seems like recommendations are shifting constantly – they are. As we have all experienced, we are in a fluid situation and more changes are sure to arise. We will continue to keep you informed as we receive updates and thank you for your understanding, patience, and flexibility as the district adapts and implements updated guidance.