SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – This fall, students, staff and families share a homework assignment: doing what is needed in our communities to keep schools open and growing.
“I know that many parents are concerned about the impact of Delta on schools, and at the same time encourage children to return to the classroom. My goal for this school year is to get students to learn in the classroom, with little interruptions, ”said Governor Kate Brown. “The more we do to protect our families at home, the more we help our students succeed in school. By wearing masks, getting vaccinated, and working together to bring these simple and effective precautions to one, our classrooms can also be centers for learning, growth, and success throughout the year. ”
“We know that self-directed, safe delivery, provides our children and families with greater access to a balanced education system,” said Oregon Department Director Colt Gill. “The entire school community is implementing health and safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and combining those steps with these recommendations for families is the best way to ensure that self-directed learning will not be obstacle.”
To promote simple ways for students, staff, parents and families to join forces to reduce the spread of high-risk Delta diversity, ODE and the Oregon Health Authority offer health and safety advice five for students and families:
- Plan to vaccinate all eligible students. As school begins, help protect your child and their fellow students, including those who are too young to get vaccinated, by making sure to vaccinate all eligible students.
- Wear face masks or masks in public and in cars. Face masks are effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and can reduce the need to isolate and lose in-person training.
- End gatherings with other families for now – including big events for children, such as birthday celebrations. If your children have an early fall birthday, just celebrate with your family. You might think to postpone the big celebrations until Delta’s speed spread has slowed down (plan mid-birthday!).
- Move social services outside. To help reduce children’s exposure to COVID-19, try to plan outdoor activities when possible — especially when with other families.
- Make a plan in case your child needs to miss school. Preparation can make this difficult time easier and will help your child transition to and from class.
“Back to school is my favorite time of the year,” OTA PTA President Kristi Dille shared. “We have heard from many parents and families who have concerns about sending their children to school. These five tips make it easier for everyone to play their part in reducing COVID-19 spread in Oregon areas. ”
“As many families are preparing to return to self-directed learning and others are choosing to stay home, we know that many are very worried about how their disabled child will turn to school, ”Said Roberta Dunn, Executive Director of FACT Oregon.
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