Updated: July 20, 2021
The Medford School District remains committed to striking a balance between managing risks associated with the COVID preventative measures and the quality and effectiveness of the educational experience. We do not take our responsibility to students and staff lightly and are working diligently to establish a safe and effective educational environment.
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the State of Oregon have made the preventative measure guidance advisory so that local school districts may make decisions based on their community’s current circumstances, while holistically managing the student educational experience along the continuum of risk.
On July 7, we shared our COVID guidance for our students and staff in our Summer Experience. We continue to have a multi-layered mitigation approach that includes: encouraging and providing masks, requiring masks on school buses, physical distancing at 3’ to the fullest extent possible, screening, contact tracing, quarantining and isolation, training staff and students, signage, high contact surface disinfection throughout the day, daily disinfection of all spaces, increased run times on HVAC systems, increased fresh air supply, and the use of MERV 13 air filtration.
As we work toward opening schools this fall, we are receiving a lot of feedback on whether or not to require face coverings. In order to get a complete picture, please mark the statement in this survey that aligns most closely with your thoughts regarding face coverings for the 2021-22 school year:
July 7, 2021
Greetings, Medford School District Staff and Families,
At the end of June, the Governor lifted the majority of COVID-19 restrictions in Oregon. Additionally, our state governing body, the Oregon Department of Education, in conjunction with the Oregon Health Authority, has given greater flexibility to local districts on COVID protocols.
For the last 16 months, the Medford School District has worked closely with Jackson County Public Health (JCPH) to thoughtfully implement all mandated health and safety guidance. We were one of the largest districts in the state to get back to full-time in-person learning last spring, and did so with minimal COVID-19 spread in schools. Moving forward, we will continue to partner with JCPH to prioritize the safety and wellness of our students, staff, and community.
Beginning July 12, 2021, we will be implementing the following regarding COVID guidance: