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    Return to Learn

    Return to Learn Health and Safety Plan

    Effective March 12, 2022

    Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah County are making adjustments to the health and safety guidelines to begin on March 12, 2022. Earlier this school year, there have been different guidance for those who are vaccinated and for those who aren’t. These new adjustments apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated, treating them the same in regards to masking, isolation, and quarantine. The goal is to finish out the school year with minimal interruption.

    Please know the Gresham-Barlow School District has always had a Communicable Disease Response plan and partnered with Multnomah Education Service District (MESD)  to manage outbreaks in our schools (norovirus, whooping cough, etc.).  These adjustments are moving us back toward a more typical, pre-pandemic response to disease outbreaks.


    Wearing face masks indoors or outdoors is optional. There will be ongoing support for students, staff, and volunteers who need or want to do so.

    • Masks on school transportation are optional.

    • When a student who was COVID-19 positive returns to school, it’s recommended the student wear a mask on days 6 - 10.

    Exceptions to Optional Masking per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) direction:

    • In order to protect students who are immunocompromised, universal masking is required in spaces:

      • where health care services are delivered.

      • where immunocompromised students would be at a higher risk of exposure.

    Social Distancing

    • Schools will strive to support physical distancing of 3 feet in all daily activities and instruction to the extent possible.

    Isolation When Positive for COVID-19

    • Students and staff can end isolation after 5 full days since symptoms of illness started and can return to school if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and their other symptoms have improved.

    • Students and staff should continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others at home and in public places for an additional 5 days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of their 5-day isolation.

    Preventing the Spread of Illness

    • Students, staff, and volunteers need to stay home if they are sick.

    • If students, staff, or families experience COVID-19 symptoms Oregon Health Authority recommends individuals seek testing.

    Contact Tracing 

    • Oregon Department of Education has directed schools to pause contact tracing and quarantine in school settings, including extracurricular activities and athletics.

    • Contact tracing may be necessary in the future that would be done in situations where there is any communicable disease outbreak in a school or cohort.


    • Schools will continue to use BINAX with symptomatic staff and students on-site, and continue to enter positive results into the OHA portal.

    • Testing at school is also available for well students for known on-site exposures.