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COVID-19 update: Outdoor masking requirements and testing options

Last week, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE) announced updates to COVID-19 protocols for K-12 schools, based on the effectiveness of layered mitigation strategies in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in school settings.

Outdoor mask wearing: Effective Thursday, Dec. 2, masks will no longer be required outdoors. This guidance includes recess and other times when students might be outdoors for a break or class. Students should still try to maintain appropriate physical distance from one another and are still required to wash or sanitize their hands upon reentering the building. Students and staff must continue to wear masks while indoors in school settings. 

Testing options: OHA and ODE added guidance surrounding testing options, including early release (modified quarantine) and test to stay. HRCSD is tracking this guidance with the state and working closely with the Hood River County Health Department to develop new protocols for these testing options.

The goal of these testing options (early release and test to stay) is to allow students and staff to participate in in-person learning as safely as possible while lessening the burden of quarantine on students, families, and teachers.

It is important to remember that if your child is exposed to COVID-19, they do not have to be quarantined or tested if they are vaccinated and not showing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation as HRCSD aims to keep students and staff as safe and healthy as possible.