Central Curry School District 1 Superintendent Tim Wilson notified parents that many activities will be canceled, but schools will remain open. His letter to parents follows.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This morning Governor Kate Brown released a statement to address the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus in the State of Oregon. She shared that her goal was to slow down the transmission of the disease and preserve hospital’s capacity to effectively respond to potential and/or confirmed cased of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
While there are no confirmed cases in our area the new guidance from Governor Brown and Oregon Department of Education will affect the typical operations of schools. Please note this situation is continuously evolving. We will do our best to provide up to date information as it becomes available. Updated information will be provided on the district website and through district-approved Facebook pages (Central Curry School District 1, Friends of Riley Creek and Gold Beach Panther Pride) At the Governors recommendation the following will be implemented:
Schools will remain open
All field trips will be cancelled through April 9. Trips scheduled after that time frame will be individually announced or announced at a later date.
Large gatherings such as concerts and family nights will be cancelled. This includes Rotary Club Basketball scheduled for March 14 and the Riley Creek Faculty vs. Kids basketball assembly next week.
Sport competitions are currently canceled through April 9, however, there may be the possibility of rescheduling baseball and softball games for participants only with no spectators. Most track meets have more than 250 attendees so track meets would continue to be canceled or postponed to a later date if possible. Check the website and Facebook for updates regarding athletics.
Parent teacher conferences scheduled for April 9-10 may be held via the telephone instead of at school. That decision will be made no later than March 20. This will not impact the current school calendar as April 10 has already been scheduled as a non-student day. Please watch for information on the specifics of scheduling/conducting parent-teacher conferences.
We understand that these announcements are concerning to you. We continue to take precautionary steps to enhance our already rigorous cleaning schedule to include daily disinfecting and sanitizing of all school environments as well as focusing on handwashing and good hygiene practices with students and staff for blowing our nose, coughing, or sneezing. We are also placing reminders for good hygiene practices and supporting our staff and students to frequently use handwashing stations. Please assist us by helping your student remain healthy by implementing the following preventative measures recommended from health officials:
- Practice good hand hygiene and help your student learn to wash their hands really well. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Use Alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. You can also cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water.
- Avoid sharing drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, dishes, towels or other items. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick whenever possible.
- Practice good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
As a reminder it is important to keep students at home when they are ill. Please see the attached handout, “Am I too sick to come to school?” for assistance. If your student has any of the following please keep them home from school: Temperature of 100.4, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, any rash not yet diagnosed by a physician, red or pink itchy eye, and/or drainage from the eye and any contagious illness such as the chicken pox, strep throat or the flu. If you have concerns about your student’s illness, please contact your local health authorities are advising families to seek medical attention.
We encourage you to continue to send your student to school if they are healthy. Should you decide to keep your student at home please call the office to report the absence and develop a plan to ensure you student stays on track with their learning.
For more information on the COVID-19 Coronavirus you may find the following resources helpful:
- Oregon Department of Education: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Pages/COVID19.aspx
- Oregon Health Authority: healthoregon.org/coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
We know you will likely have many questions and we will attempt to answer some of them. Please know that we are doing everything we can to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. Thank you for your partnership in that effort.