Dear SWCSD#1 Families and Staff,
With the number of confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Oregon increasing, Governor Brown announced new guidance on March 11, regarding group gatherings and social distancing. We remain committed to keeping our schools open and safe. In accordance with this new guidance and in order to minimize potential opportunities for the virus to spread, we have decided to proactively begin suspending events that bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together. This action is not related to a presumptive Corona Virus case. At this time, there are no presumptive cases in South Wasco County School District’s schools.
Suspension of non-essential school-based activities begins immediately, effective Thursday, March 12, and will remain in effect through April 10th (approximately 30 days). This includes the suspension of all school-based evening events and off-campus field trips. Athletic teams will continue to practice. All extracurricular activities including athletic competitions will be suspended indefinitely. The list of affected activities will grow as we work with partners and stakeholders over the coming days. We will update you as we make those decisions. You can check our website for the latest information at www.swasco.net. If you do not have internet access, please contact your school for updated information.
We realize that this decision will impact every school community, and we know that many of the events and gatherings that we are suspending are those that staff, students, and families look forward to. Suspending these events is consistent with guidance from health authorities, and we believe it is a prudent and responsible step to take at this time. We will be working with staff involved in planning these events, and others who are responsible for the affected activities.
The health, and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to work in close partnership with public health authorities to minimize both the spread of coronavirus and disruption to schools and students. We will continue emphasizing the importance of handwashing at school. During our planning and cleaning closure on Friday, March 13th, our custodians will continue to prioritize high-touch surfaces in classrooms and common areas.
Students, families, and everyone in our community can best support our efforts by washing hands frequently, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing, and using hand sanitizer. Those experiencing symptoms of the cold or flu should stay at home, only returning to school or work when symptom-free for 24 hours. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult with a doctor.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time. We will continue to rely on the guidance from Oregon public health authorities, the Department of Education, and the Office of the Governor. We all collectively share the utmost concern for the health and safety of our students, employees, and communities.