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MARCH 13th Update

Last night it was announced in consideration of health concerns due to the public health threat of coronavirus, Governor Kate Brown announced a statewide closure of Oregon K-12 schools from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31.  School is in session today (Friday, March 13, 2020).  The school district will be putting information out to parents and staff today and through the weekend concerning the closure beginning Monday, March 16.  Parents may choose to keep their children home today, but the District will have staff available at schools to complete a school day and support students.

MARCH 12th Update

Parents & Guardians:

As you are likely aware, there continues to be a lot of discussion surrounding the COVID-19 virus and its effects around the world. I wanted to provide you with an update of our current response and protective measures and make sure that you have current and accurate information about this developing situation.

In an effort to establish social distancing and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Governor Kate Brown issued a ban on gatherings of more than 250 people through April 8, 2020. The Oregon Health Authority has recommended that schools remain open, but non-essential school activities such as parent meetings, allowing spectators at sporting events, and field trips are cancelled. We are also limiting all District building accessibility to essential staff and students.

The District will be announcing the cancellation of upcoming events that meet or exceed the large gathering requirement or could be considered non-essential activities. Additionally, all non-school related activities or events using the school district facilities will be cancelled until further notice.

There are some simple, every-day steps that students and families can take to reduce the chances of exposure and to protect others from the spread of COVID-19, and fortunately, they’re the same things you do to prevent flu, the common cold, and other respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue (or sleeve) and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.

The school district has provided information on our website concerning COVID-19. As this is an evolving situation, we will continue to keep you informed with the most up-to-date information available to us from state and local health officials. 

Please also help each other by encouraging these preventative measures and sticking to the facts. If you have any other questions or concerns about the COVID-19 virus or how it may affect you, please feel free to contact me. 

Thank you,

Craig Hoppes

Superintendent

Astoria School District

MARCH 10th Update

Dear ASD Parents and Guardians:

We are writing today with information and monitoring regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Astoria School District continues to be in regular communication with the Clatsop County Health Department and is receiving guidance from the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority regarding this evolving situation.

We want to make you aware of the district's ongoing, longstanding efforts in addressing the spread of viruses. There are a number of actions we have taken and many things you can do to keep our community safe and healthy. Please review the following information:

  • Beginning Tuesday, March 10, 2020 each building entrance will have signage that communicates what to do in case a person feels ill, before entering a school building.
  • The District will be asking office staff to track illnesses that are communicated to school staff from parents. This is somewhat of an ongoing process that has been done in the past, but will be reinforced in all the buildings.
  • The District wants to make you aware of Clatsop Alerts. This is a Clatsop County website and communication system that will share the newest and best information about the coronavirus.
  • The District is continuing the process of supply inventory, which includes hand sanitizer, wipes, and masks (if needed). There is a national shortage of supplies that all entities are dealing with. The District will continue to work with county and state agencies to help with obtaining supplies.
  • The District buses have been disinfected over the last week and will be redone as needed.
  • Each of the four schools in the District will have a “deep clean” done during spring break.
  • Building custodial staff are making extra efforts to wipe down and disinfect common areas more frequently. 
  • There are some simple, every-day steps that families can do to reduce the chances of exposure and to protect others from the spread of COVID-19, and fortunately, they’re the same things you do to prevent flu, the common cold and other respiratory illnesses:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue (or sleeve) and then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched
    • Stay home if you’re sick.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
    • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient

The continual guidance from the Oregon Health Authority recommends against closing schools and campuses where no cases of COVID-19 are present. It also recommends that schools consider all alternatives before closing schools in the event that a COVID-19 case is detected among students or staff. As always, any school changes or cancellations would be communicated via email, website, local media, social media and our mobile app REMIND.

The safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority. We are working diligently, in partnership with public health experts, to minimize the disruption to schools and to provide a safe and healthy place for everyone. We will continue to monitor this matter closely and will react as appropriate.

Sincerely,

Craig Hoppes

Superintendent, Astoria School District




Coronavirus Information English.pdf

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