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Sisters High School, Middle School to resume classes Monday after ‘pause’ due to COVID-19 cases

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(Update: Adding Sisters School District update)

SISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) – Two COVID-19 cases at Sisters High School and a possible connection to Sisters Middle School closed both schools Thursday, for a return to distance learning, but contact tracing and other steps will allow in-person classes to resume Monday, Superintendent Curt Scholl said.

Here’s an update Scholl emailed Thursday morning to the community:

"We are thankful that we have been open to in-person learning and it is our desire to keep our students in-person as we know that it is best for their social, emotional and academic wellbeing.  Unfortunately, yesterday, April 28, 2021, we were notified that two members of Sisters High School tested positive for COVID-19 and initial contact tracing identified a potential connection to our middle school.  We paused school today to ensure we did a thorough job of contact tracing to inform our next steps.

"As a result of our contact tracing and working closely with Deschutes County Health Department to respond to this situation and protect the health of our community,  we have taken the following steps: 

  • Impacted individuals have been notified to stay home for 14 days of quarantine.  If you have not been notified that your student was exposed, they can return to school on Monday.
  • All classrooms and common areas in the school connected with this cohort have been disinfected and deep cleaned.
  • All after school activities may resume today.

"We appreciate your efforts to help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school by 

  • Ensuring we all wear freshly laundered mask each day
  • Individuals should stay home when any family member displays any symptoms of illness
  • Keep contact bubbles in the community small
  • Self-quarantining after travel
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and avoid contact with people who have signs of illness.
  • Get plenty of rest, exercise, and eat a healthy diet.

"We will keep you updated with any new information as it comes out, while meeting the requirements to honor everyone's right to privacy. More information can be found on the Oregon Department of Education’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners page, the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 page and the SSD website.

"Again, school will resume on Monday for both the middle and high school, unless your student has otherwise been notified.

Stay safe,

Curt Scholl


Sisters School District"

Scholl said in a note to the community on Wednesday that after discussing the situation with Deschutes County health officials, “We need to move grades 5 through 12 to distance learning” Thursday,

"This will allow us the time to conduct more thorough contact tracing to truly identify who was impacted and to help us determine the next steps," Scholl said in an email.  

The school district also had canceled all school-related activities for the middle and high schools until Thursday afternoon, while Sisters Elementary had in-person classes Thursday.

Meanwhile, Culver High School also closed and reverted to distance learning for the next two weeks “due to increasing cases of COVID-19,” Superintendent Stefanie Garber informed parents Tuesday.

Students will take part in distance learning from Wednesday through May 11, and plan to return to on-campus learning on Wednesday, May 12, Garber said. “Grab and Go” meals can be picked up at the cafeteria door during normal lunch time, she added.

“Our priority is to keep your students safe,” Garber wrote, “and we regret we have to make this move.”

Parents were told students who need something from school “can call and work with building staff to make arrangements to come pick it up.”

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      1. Mortality rate for kids with COVID is 0.03%. Mortality rate for adults is 1.8%. I’m very sorry to those who have lost loved ones from COVID over the last 12-14 months but let’s move on. Shutting down schools (again) and restricting businesses (again) is ridiculous. If you’re worried about getting COVID, stay home and isolate yourself. Parents should determine if their kids are going to attend school and businesses should have the right to determine whether or not they want to be open.

      2. Either masks work or they don’t. Vaccines work or they don’t. I don’t see people in public places indoors without masks. The students are wearing masks, the teachers are presumably vaccinated. The vaccines are available to everyone over 16. Open everything, get rid of masks, and for those who choose not to get vaccinated, let the chips fall where they may, that’s on them!

  1. Superintendent said “Our priority is to keep your students safe,” Garber wrote, “and we regret we have to make this move.”….
    Funny, I haven’t seen much data on COVID being lethal to kids of this age. It’s sad that our kids are being left behind in this whole deal. Vaccines are pretty much available to everyone at this point. Yet we continue to punish our children. We will see the downfall in intelligence in 10-15 years when this generation is expected to take leadership roles in our society. We’re harming kids for a disease that kills less than 2% of people. (Who by the way have health co-morbidites or are obese.

  2. Don’t worry about education…. Biden is unveiling plans where money grows on trees and the rich will take care of everything. Relax and enjoy Central Oregon kids, check is in the mail. Utopia.

  3. Everything is about protecting teachers. The teachers want to go back to distance learning because they have become lazy. It’s that simple.

    Dont forget that close to 80% of all teaching staff a HAVE BEEN VACCINATED! Go back to work and do your job that you say you were called to do. Pathetic

    1. The vaccinated teachers are working you jerk, it’s the non-vaccinated idiots who have to quarantine all the time and make he others pick up their slack! Yes it’s the conservative anti-vaxers screwing this up!

    1. Wanting your kids to attend school is selfish? Rather than sending everyone home, why don’t we do some contact tracing and test/quarantine the kids that may be at risk? Seems like the smart thing to do would be keep as many kids in school as we can, given the length of time they were previously out. ALL of the teachers are vaccinated and most of us are now eligible to get vaccinated. You’re worried about getting COVID? Get vaccinated, and if you’re still worried, isolate yourself! Go ahead and blame this on the GOP…I can see the “unity” message really resonates with you.

      1. Having a student at SHS, I can speak first hand on the matter… they ARE doing contact tracing. We were notified of school cancelation yesterday afternoon by one of the teachers through email, then an official notification from the district came out a few hours later. We then received a pre-recorded call from SHS Principal Hosang later in the evening. They’re following protocol, and students are attending class today remotely. Today (Thursday) is also the last day of their current 6 week class rotation, so finals are happening. Reading the front page of the Bulletin this morning, I see that 700 students are quarantined from Bend / LaPine district. I’d say that SHS is handling the situation well…

        Anybody making statements about teachers being lazy, or the school districts are overreacting, or the virus “ONLY KILLS 2%” are part of the problem – not the solution. The saying “Ignorance is Bliss” was coined well before the invention of the internet.

        1. SHS and SMS are back in class on Monday. The protocol has been followed, those with potential exposure are quarantined – and the process WORKED.

  4. At least they are admitting their mistake and making a change based on new information and an evolving situation, unlike Bend LaPine Schools. That’s how real leadership should work. Bend LaPine administration will just dig their heels in and listen to the loudest voices.

  5. The super rich of Sisters love to travel the globe and bring back cooties to Sisters .One of the inconvenience of raising children in that school district

    1. How about all of the entitled elitists traveling here NONSTOP since early last year from the valley and other states bringing their cooties to us? Plenty of non-essential travel! If you saw the crowds at Black Butte Ranch and endless lines of traffic piling into town for the past 14 months you would have a better picture of how things are spreading. Its a two-way street (highway)!

  6. The folks saying covid doesn’t kill kids so why stop in person schooling are selfish Trumpers. You do realize little Johnny or Mary go home to mom, dad, uncles, grandparents, etc, and that can kill. Imagine if former guy hadn’t lied all along about this pandemic! How many lives would have been saved? Many. Ironically, if former guy had just PRETENDED to care about others instead of his re-election he probably would have won, the swing states could very well have gone another way. Yet so many brainwashed folks think all Dems are bad, and they still won’t admit former guy is a narcissistic person who couldn’t care less if his cult followers live or die.

    1. It’s really frustrating that most people seem to forget that the point of the initial mitigation efforts was NOT to prevent people from getting Covid-19! The main goal was to keep the hospitals from getting inundated! Remember “TWO WEEKS TO FLATTEN THE CURVE”? Here we are over a year later. People are going to get Covid, it’s insidious. Over half of the U.S. adult population have been vaccinated or gotten Covid, with roughly 3 million a day getting added to that number. If people choose not to get vaccinated, they are accepting the risk from other unvaccinated people.

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