Omicron raises need for layered mitigation efforts, state says
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
With omicron continuing to threaten in-person learning, Oregon’s latest “School Health Advisory” emphasizes COVID-19 preventative measures.
Layered mitigation protocols – including vaccinations, face coverings, physical distancing, ventilation and frequent handwashing – remain the best way to avoid school transmissions, say the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority.
The advisory reminds school leaders that under Oregon rules, “susceptible” students or staff who show COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with an infected person must stay away from school. Individuals facing quarantine can test negative to remain in school, and ODE encourages schools to use the shortened five-day quarantine if needed.
The advisory renewed its recommendation that schools either pause extracurricular activities or apply the same level of layered mitigation protocols they use during the school day.
ODE also reminded school leaders that to remain eligible for federal emergency funds, they must update their “Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan” by Feb. 25.