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Oregon School District releases draft back-to-school plan

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OREGON (WREX) — Oregon School District won't require the COVID-19 vaccine or mask-wearing for unvaccinated students and staff, according to a draft plan released by the district on Friday.

There are several "non-negotiables" outlined in the plan:

  • Masks must be worn while using district transportation.
  • Masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated. 
  • Social distancing of at least 3 feet when possible.
  • Multiple mitigations strategies should be in place (screening testing, ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection)
  • Students, teachers, and staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.
  • Localities should monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies (e.g., physical distancing, screening testing).

While the district recommends mask wearing for anyone unvaccinated, it will not require masks except for on district transportation.

The district also has several metrics in place to decide if additional mitigations are required:

  • Minimal:  Cases are not increasing by >10% for two consecutive weeks OR total cases within the building are less than 3% the student population
  • Moderate: Case number increases for 2 weeks, by > 10% each week and <20% AND total cases within the building are more than 3% of the student population
  • Substantial: Case number increases for 2 weeks, by > 20% each week AND total cases within the building are more than 3% of the student population

The district used two principles to shape the planning, according to the plan:

  1. The care, safety, health (mental and physical), and welfare of children, families, staff, and community at large.
  2. Provide for the continuity of learning for our students

OSD will follow mandates from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Governor's Office if they are released.

Read the full guidance here.

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