Superintendent Update

7.1.2021

Important Update on St. Paul District Operations

July 1, 2021


Dear St. Paul Community,


On June 25th the Oregon Department of Education released new advisory guidance for the reopening of Oregon schools in the fall. The following link will take you to the guidance document that our district will use to inform our decisions regarding the full reopening of St Paul schools in September 2021.


https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Pages/Planning-for-the-2020-21-School-Year.aspx


Although our schools may operate somewhat differently with increased sanitation protocols and guidelines for student participation in activities. Right now, the best tools to protect individuals are vaccination for those eligible, physical distancing, face coverings, ventilation and airflow, hand hygiene, and staying home if ill or exposed to someone with COVID-19. We are doing everything possible to keep our schools safe and invite you to join us in the effort to keep Covid from entering our schools and community. This past year we installed additional ultraviolet devices in our HVAC systems that will effectively kill viruses and prevent them from being circulated in our air handlers. The variants of the disease have caused additional concern from local public health authorities and as a district, we will stay in contact with these agencies to ensure that we are following all recommended health and safety practices leading up to our reopening in the fall.


We are also releasing the district school calendar so that you may start your planning early. The middle-high school day will begin at 7:55 and will end at 3:00 pm. The elementary school will begin at 8:00 am and will be dismissed at 2:45 pm. Both school buildings will be on a Wednesday early release schedule for staff professional development with the elementary dismissal at 1:45 and the middle-high school day ending at 2:00 pm.


Thank you for partnering with us in preparation for the 2021-2022 school year which will see all our students back in school on a full-time basis.


Sincerely,


Joseph M. Wehrli

School District Superintendent