Coronavirus Message from Supt. Raymond

Dear Ashland School District community,
With all the news regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to provide you with an update, including what the Ashland School District is doing to ensure our students, staff, and community remain safe.
The Ashland School District is in contact with Jackson County Public Health, Oregon Department of Education, and is carefully following the alerts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Until a few days ago, the CDC had been emphasizing that the risk to Americans remained relatively low.  Now the CDC indicates that "community spread" appears imminent. So far, the person-to-person spread has been minimal, but Dr. Nancy Messonier, the Director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, recommended that schools, hospitals, businesses, and families begin to prepare for a domestic outbreak.  Our leadership team, nurses, and other staff are using  OHA and ODE's Communicable Disease Guidelines for prevention and potential exclusion protocols.
OHA provides the outline below regarding the current situation in Oregon: 
  • There have been zero confirmed cases to date in Oregon, although you may have read that a number of people in Oregon are being monitored for the disease. These are individuals who do not have COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, but who may have been exposed through close contact with a confirmed case or travel to mainland China. The only people in the state who have had symptoms that rose to the level of being under investigation have been cleared, as their test results were negative. There is currently low risk for the American public of contracting COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority is closely monitoring the outbreak. Please visit OHA's COVID-19 webpage for up-to-date information. For general information on COVID-19, call 211.
We are following the recommendations of the Oregon Health Authority(OHA). Key recommendations include:
  • Deferring to public health authorities to determine whether students should stay home if they suspect COVID-19.
  • Preventing stigma and discrimination by using only the guidance described by your local and state public health authorities.
  • Routinely cleaning all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs.
    • We have ramped up cleaning protocols and, as a precaution, purchased recommended sanitation products for all classrooms and office spaces at all sites.
  • Emphasizing the importance of staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all students
 
We will be putting out regular updates and information on our web sites and via district social media pages.  I have attached resources for your reference. Please reach out to your student's principal or Student Services if you have questions.
 
We take the safety of our students, staff, and community seriously. Thank you for partnering with us.
 
Sincerely,
Kelly Raymond
Superintendent
 
Resources:
  1. OHA Information on COVID-19
  2. OHA Guidance on Preventing COVID-19
  3. Local Public Health Authority Directory
  4. CDC Updates and Information
  5. SAMHSA Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
  6. CDC Helping Children Cope with Disasters
  7. ODE and OHA's Communicable Disease Guidance 
  8. Get the Facts on Corona Virus
This information has been adapted from the Oregon Health Authority, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Kelly Raymond




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