Siuslaw School District announces educator COVID case


Sept. 1, 2021 — This week, just days before the start of the 2021-22 school year, Siuslaw School District learned that a professional educator at Siuslaw Elementary tested positive for COVID-19.

“The school district is working closely with Lane County Public Health to respond to this news to protect the health of the staff and the community,” said Superintendent Andrew Grzeskowiak.

According to the district, each situation calls for different protocols. In this case, the district will follow the following steps:

  1. The person will be in quarantine, as per the direction of Lane County Public Health, for a period of up to 14 days.
  2. The building administration has notified the person determined to be a ‘close contact’ and is following Lane County Public Health isolation protocol.
  3. The common planning space used has been disinfected with an electrostatic sprayer, in addition to the high-touch disinfection routines of the custodial staff.

“The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is through vaccinations for those who are eligible, wearing face coverings, physical distancing and to practice good health hygiene habits,” Grzeskowiak stated. “Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and avoid contact with people who have signs of illness. Get plenty of rest, exercise and eat healthy food.”

The Siuslaw School District will keep families and the community updated with any new information as it comes out, while meeting the requirements to honor everyone's right to privacy.

More information can be found on the Oregon Department of Education’s “Ready Schools, Safe Learners” page at www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Pages/Planning-for-the-2020-21-School-Year.aspx and the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 page at healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

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