Return to School


Feb. 21 Message from Lora Nordquist, Interim Superintendent

Thanks to the hard work of staff over months of planning, our schools have reopened for in-person learning. We believe students learn best in the classroom, and with over 85 percent of our students returning to our classrooms over the last few weeks, feel support for this option from our families.

School reopening has brought a welcome sense of the familiar for our staff and families. I am filled with hope and optimism seeing our school buses driving on the streets, students waving to each other in the hallways, youngsters playing on our playgrounds, and, above all, students learning inside our classrooms. Our goal is to keep our schools open for students and families, but we need your help to do this.

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Ready for School Checklist

All Bend-La Pine Schools are now open for in-person instruction. We are excited to see student in class.

Every day, be sure to:

mask

Wear a mask: All students are required to wear a mask while at school.




water bottle


Pack a water bottle: Drinking fountains are turned off, but water bottle filling stations are available.



wellness


Check for wellness: Students feeling unwell or experiencing any of the following symptoms are expected to stay home: Fever (100.4 or higher) or chills, coughing/shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of appetite or loss of taste/smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea.




What happens when there is a positive COVID-19 case in a school setting?

En Español

As schools are reopening for more in-person instruction, we want to take a moment to share details about what to expect when there is a positive COVID-19 case in a school setting. We know many of you may have questions about the process and we want to help explain so that the steps are clear.

Positive Case Notification

When we become aware that a person positive with COVID-19 has been in our school, we will communicate with all school families. This notification is intended to raise awareness and provide transparency and does not imply that there was a close contact exposure with students

It is our hope that these updates will help to keep top of mind the ways that we can all work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and to provide you with timely information about cases in our community that have a nexus to our schools.

We understand that this notification may generate questions or concerns. Most cases of COVID-19 that we have seen to date, among our staff and students, have been community spread. And our safety practices and protocols have helped to reduce spread into our schools.

Once a positive case has been identified, we work quickly to determine if there has been an exposure at school and who, if anyone, is a close contact of that individual.

Contact Tracing

Once a report of a positive case is confirmed, our designated COVID-19 support staff take a look back, 48-hours, from the date of symptom onset (for symptomatic individuals) or the date the COVID-19 test was administered (for asymptomatic individuals). Information is collected and reviewed on staff/student attendance, transportation (bus, carpool), and staff and student interactions to help identify close contacts of the COVID positive individual. After this thorough review, our designated COVID support staff will reach out to identified close contacts and provide instructions for quarantine, based on state and local public health guidelines.

We want our families to know: If your child is ever identified as a being in a cohort where a close contact was made, please know you will receive a separate close contact communication - in addition to the school wide exposure notification. If you do not receive a separate close contact communication from the district, your student has NOT been identified as a close contact of the case. (Close contact: defined as having a cumulative of 15 minutes or more of less than 6-foot distancing within 24 hours)

You can learn more about our processes in detail by reviewing our District’s COVID-19 Communication toolkit.

We are partnering closely with our district’s nursing team and local public health officials who will provide support and direction for managing COVID-19 related scenarios that impact our school community.

Quarantine Instruction

Teachers will continue to provide learning materials and instruction to students who are quarantining. It is possible that an entire cohort or school could be closed due to quarantine requirements. In such cases, learning would continue remotely through Comprehensive Distance Learning.

Additionally, our district has hired 16 new staff members to help support and fill-in for teachers and classroom staff throughout the pandemic, as well as more than 350 individuals from the High Desert ESD substitute pool who have said that they stand ready to help.

Reminders

We want our community to protect themselves against COVID-19. Here are some ways to protect your family:

✓ Keep children who are sick at home. Don’t send them to school.

✓ Teach your children to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.

✓ Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.

✓ Limit gatherings and wear masks around individuals outside of your household.

More information can be found on the Oregon Department of Education’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners page, the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 page and our Return to School webpage.

Thank you for doing your part to help make our community safer for students, staff and families.



FAQ link

Frequently Asked Questions

We will be addressing frequently asked questions from our community, staff, students and families.

Return to School FAQ website.


COVID-19 Communication

Learn more about high- and low-risk symptoms, when to stay home, what happens when there is a positive case and more. Click below or download a copy. Or en Español


Operational Blueprints for School Reentry 2020-21

Bend-La Pine Schools has created blueprints for the 2020-2021 school re-opening plans. Please click here to view the individual school plans.

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Contact Us

Questions? Reach out to us about COVID-19 or questions about returning to school via email:

[email protected]