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    April 29, 2021


    Update: COVID-19 Events in Schools or School District


    Dear Parents / Guardians, and Staff,

    This letter will help you prepare for COVID-19 events in our school or school district. Events may include positive cases, outbreaks, or exposures. We want you to know that your health and safety is our top priority. We are partnering closely with the Multnomah County Health Department and the Multnomah Education Service District, and they will provide support and direction for managing COVID-19 related events that impact our school community.


    When a positive case is identified in your school you will receive notification from the district. Individuals who have been exposed and need to quarantine will receive additional information.


    We want our community members to protect themselves against COVID-19, which will help prevent spread in our schools. Here are some ways to protect your family and your school community:

    • Wear a close-fitting, multi-layered face mask when interacting with those outside of your household, or if you have COVID-19 positive individuals within your household.
    • Minimize your time with those outside of your household - avoid social gatherings.
    • Stay at least six feet away from people outside of your household.
    • Screen all family members for symptoms of illness before leaving the house. People who are sick should stay home from work or school and avoid other people until they are better. Please let your student’s school know if they are sick.
    • Let the school know if your student tests positive for COVID-19, or if your student has been in close contact with a positive case.
    • Teach your student to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and teach them how to use hand sanitizer effectively. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
    • Teach your student to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by completely covering the nose and mouth with the inside of the elbow. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
    • Receive the COVID-19 vaccination when it becomes available to you and your family members.


    If a student becomes sick while at school, they will be supervised in a space that is separate from the healthy students while they briefly wait to be picked up by their parent/guardian. Parents and guardians, it is important that you provide your school with an updated emergency contact list, so that someone can be reached quickly to pick your student up from school.


    If you have health related questions, please contact your school nurse, your healthcare provider, your local health department, or check the CDC website. If you have school-related questions, please contact your student’s school.



    Gresham-Barlow School District