See the SFSD Safe Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Services Plan, as well as the Specific Communicable Disease Management Plan for complete details on the reopening plans for the 2021-22 school year, and check back at this page in the future for FAQ’s and other information as changes occur.
To see archived information for the 2020-21 School Year, see the 2020-21 Planning Updates page.
For help determining whether or not you or your child should come to school today, please utilize these flowcharts:
- COVID-19 Can my student go to school today 8.2021
- COVID-19 Can my student go to school today ESPANOL 8.2021
- COVID-19 Can I go to work today 8.2021
Q. Will masks be required in schools this year?
A. Yes. Per a state mandate, all persons aged 5 and older (or 2 and older on buses) must wear a mask inside all school facilities.
Q. Will masks be required outside?
A. As of August 24, 2021, Governor Kate Brown issued a mandate requiring masks outdoors in most situations. The mandate went into effect on Friday, August 27, and also applies to schools in many situations where social distancing can’t be maintained.
Q. Are staff and students required to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
A. Teachers, educators, support staff, and volunteers in K-12 schools are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th or six weeks from FDA approval, whichever is later. This requirement applies to all K-12 schools across the state, including both public and private institutions. Religious and medical exceptions apply. At this time, students are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of school attendance.
Q: What counts as a close contact/exposure to COVID-19?
A: The important numbers to remember here are 6 feet, and 15 minutes. That is, a close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 case for 15 minutes or more within one day. However, there are potential exceptions and mitigating factors:
When indoors in a K-12 classroom setting where both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks and other K-12 school prevention strategies were in place (physical distancing, universal and correct mask usage, increased ventilation, etc.), students are not considered exposed unless within 3 feet for 15 minutes or more during a single day. This does not apply to staff members or other adults.
When students remove their masks for activities like eating lunch, or when outside without consistent mask use, the 6 feet, 15 minutes rule applies. This also applies to buses.
Q: How long is the quarantine period after a close contact with a person with COVID-19?
A: The current guidance from our Local Public Health Authority (LPHA), Marion County Health and Human Services, is to quarantine for 10 days since last exposure, and to monitor symptoms closely for 14 days. If an exposed person develops COVID-19 symptoms during quarantine, they should isolate and seek testing, and their guidance will change.
If the exposure is within a household and additional household members become ill with COVID-19, or if the exposed person can’t avoid continued close contact, the total duration of quarantine may be extended.
Q: How will my student keep up with school during the quarantine period?
A: This will depend on the teacher and the class, but in general online learning platforms such as Canvas are used to provide and turn-in work in classes. Additionally, teachers may use emails, phone calls, or video conferencing to keep in touch with quarantined students.
Q: If my student is vaccinated, do they still have to quarantine in the case of a close contact?
A: At this time, individuals who are fully vaccinated at the time of a close contact are not required to quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. These individuals should still monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 during the 14 days following exposure, and if symptoms develop they should isolate themselves and seek testing. They are also encouraged to seek COVID-19 testing 3-5 days following their exposure.
Note that “fully vaccinated” means an individual has received either both doses of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or one dose of a single dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson), and 14 days have passed since the final dose in the series.