LCSD Response to Lifting of Mask Mandate
In response to the Oregon Health Authority’s lifting of the mask mandate, which goes into effect Saturday March 12, 2022, Lincoln County School District has made the following decisions:
- As of Saturday March 12 ,2022,masks in the LCSD are optional; mask wearing is based on individual preference, informed by individual risk. Anyone is welcome to wear a mask (staff, students, volunteers, visitors, etc.). All masking choices will be supported.
- As of Saturday, March 12, 2022, masks on school buses will become optional. The Oregon Administrative Rule requiring the wearing of masks on school buses will go away due to the CDC not requiring the wearing of masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs.
- For staff who are unvaccinated and are working under the Exception Rule (vaccination requirement has not changed OAR 333-019-1030):
i. They have the option whether or not to wear a mask.
ii. They must still test each week and be negative to work at school.
iii. Unvaccinated paid coaches of sports must request a medical or religious exception and agree to weekly testing with a negative result to work with student- athletes.
iv. We will continue to require a vaccination for volunteers.
- There will continue to be a 5-day isolation period for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19. Isolation may end after 5 full days if the individual is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved. Individuals should strongly consider and it is highly recommended to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period.
- Effective March 12,2022, Oregon will pause contact tracing and quarantine for the general population, including all K-12 settings. On February 28, 2022, the CDC updated their guidance regarding case investigation and contact tracing. Universal case investigation and contact tracing are no longer recommended outside of high-risk settings.
_____________________________________ Dr. Karen Gray, Superintendent