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Oregon Dept. of Education ‘strongly advises’ masks for unvaccinated students, staff this fall


'Resiliency framework' updates also says too little physical distancing should not prevent return to school

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Oregon Department of Education released Thursday an updated COVID-19 "resiliency framework" for schools this fall, including that the state still "strongly advises" face coverings for unvaccinated students and staff while indoors.

Here's the full note sent to all Oregon school districts:

Dear Oregon School and District Leaders:

Today we’re sharing updates to the Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework for the 2021-22 School Year. The Resiliency Framework prioritizes student and staff health and well-being through care, connection, and the creation of safe, inclusive and supportive learning environments. As summer progresses, planning for a return to full-time, in-person instruction this fall is generating both excitement and stress for many of us. I’m grateful for your steady presence for Oregon’s students and families through the challenges and shifts of the last school years, and look forward to our collective success in keeping students safe, healthy and learning during the next school year. 

When the Resiliency Framework was initially shared on June 25, 2021, we outlined key pillars that remain constant:

  • All schools will operate full-time, in-person instruction every day.
  • School districts and charter schools may continue to offer online programs for students at their discretion. 
  • All of the Resiliency Framework is advisory guidance, except where compliance is mandated by existing state and federal law. 
  • School district leaders are empowered to make local decisions about health and safety protocols and mitigation strategies that best serve students and staff in their community. 
  • The Resiliency Framework replaces Ready Schools, Safe Learners version 7.5.2 and applies to the 2021-22 school year. The framework may also be used for 2021 summer school.

The updates to the Resiliency Framework as of July 22, 2021 are identified by green text in the document itself and include:

  • Acknowledgement that K-12 schools will vary when it comes to the number of students and staff fully vaccinated. Elementary schools primarily serve children under 12 years of age who are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine at this time. Some schools may have a low percentage of students and staff fully vaccinated despite vaccine eligibility. These variations necessitate that K-12 administrators make decisions about the use of COVID-19 prevention strategies in their schools to protect people who are not fully vaccinated (Page 4).
  • Alignment to CDC guidance which states that people who are fully vaccinated and do not have COVID-19 symptoms do not need to quarantine or get tested after exposure to someone with COVID-19. This protects the student’s access to in-person learning, sports and extracurricular activities. People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or 2 weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (Page 12).
  • The CDC’s order for mandatory use of face coverings for passengers and drivers on public transit applies to school buses. This order remains in effect until lifted by the federal government and cannot be waived by state or local authorities (Page 6).
  • Clarification that maintaining physical distancing should not prevent return to full-time, in-person instruction for all students. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet between students, school leaders are reminded of the importance of layering multiple other prevention strategies, such as face coverings, indoors (Page 14).
  • In grades kindergarten and up, OHA and ODE still strongly advise face coverings for all staff and students who are unvaccinated while indoors. Certain accommodations for medical needs or disability may be necessary (Page 13).
  • Information about how school districts submit an Operational Plan/Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan via Smartsheet. These plans must be submitted to ODE by Monday, August 23, 2021 to fulfill the requirements of American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) State plan and the State Board of Education. The Smartsheet link, tools and directions will be shared later today. Information for public charter schools will be shared next week (Page 7). 
  • Details about COVID-19 Testing in Schools, a program sponsored by OHA. OHA continues to offer a diagnostic testing program for schools, and has added a screening program for schools that may be interested (Pages 18-19).
  • communications toolkit with resources to help school and district leaders communicate to students, staff and families (Page 19).

Thank you for your partnership as we prepare for the 2021-22 school year. Please email with any questions.

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      1. The University of Louisville hardly peddles “propaganda”…that would be CNN (Russia-Russia-Russia) and Demokant dimwits who promote a yet to be FDA approved vaccine- learn the diff or keep yer yap shut.

    1. It’s been two months since that’s been up and it hasn’t been peer reviewed or published. I hate to tell you this but the authors have a few questions to answer to before this becomes the latest study. If you knew anything about science you would understand this.

  1. Why is getting a vaccination and/or requiring masks for the unvaccinated such a difficult concept to understand? Geez, how about someone publishing a “pandemics for dummies” handbook to explain it for the politically corrupted and educationally challenged.

  2. Outbreaks are going to happen soon in Oregon and once again possibly impact school operations. The finger points directly at the parents who have refused vaccinations. These are the parents that complain the most and a majority do not understand irony.

    1. so i’d like to know how exactly you know that the vaccines are safe. Isn’t choosing not to get the vaccine about as risky as getting the vaccine? Nobody knows the long term effects to being injected with a rushed vaccine. Now booster shots? Let people have their freedom to choose what they want to do without ridiculing them. I don’t go around sticking my chest out and talking **** to people that choose to be vaccinated, that is their choice. Some of us believe in natural remedies.

      1. But, but some hillbilly here has a friend whose mother’s second cousin’s first wife’s brother knows someone whose grandfather’s neighbors boyfriend got the vaccine and died!

        1. Actually using the cdc website over 6,000 have died from the vax. Another 1,200 ended up with myocarditis, mostly youth that have gotten the vax. Also, since it’s not FDA approved and any of that were to happen, these manufacturers are free from liability. In other words, you are on your own and there is no way to hold the manufacturers accountable. I understand that the numbers are a small percentage of the total number of vax given, but teenagers have only recently been given the ok for emergency use, so these numbers will increase in time. Also, we are using positive pcr results for a lot of the panic, which a pcr is not even close to effective and is easily manipulated, the creator of the PCR (Kary Mullis) even discussed this.

          But, go ahead, ignore that science and tell us that we should all mask with cloth and Walgreen’s masks that are NOT effective against the transmission of viruses. The science is N95’s are really the only realistic option for the public, but that hasn’t happened.

          Also, there are a lot of reports of vaxxed getting the virus (PCR positive and deaths).

            1. Barney- I’m confused. For months Z21 reported deaths “due to” the covid19 virus- you all pushed a lie ignoring the existence and impact of “underlying conditions”. Then the OHA changed the terminology with no explanation to- “deaths related to” the covid virus… why were you allowed 8 months of lies- without a correction or apology ?

          1. Do you know how common myocarditis is and how often it goes undiagnosed? Are you aware that most of the time it is treated with aspirin? Of course you don’t and you aren’t.

    2. Outbreaks ? Soon ?? You mean after a year of Dumb Guvs failed leadership, moving goalposts, and blatant lies- you vaxxers aint outta the woods yet ? Yup- such irony.

  3. Enough! Kids are rarely an issue when it comes to the virus, so if a kid has a weak immune system or has concerns, they can wear a mask. Adults have had the opportunity to get vaccinated, so there is no longer any reason to continue the old regimen. The imposed mandates have scared our children beyond any reasonable doubt and most are suffering from some type of anxiety issues caused by this situation. It is time to move on and get this place back to as normal as we can be.

  4. Funny thing is if the government has let us do what we wanted we would have been over this already. A bunch of jobs would have been saved…. They know what they are doing and it’s sheep that don’t know how to think for them selfs. I’m scared for the generations growing up with phones and believing everything they hear on social media… you see it now. We are doomed

    1. but how do you know that being vaccinated is the right choice? Now certain vaccines are offering booster shots for the newest strain, so what if new strains continue to come out? Keep injecting? We will see what happens to everyone long term from putting unknown poisons in their body

        1. Actually No. Many of the ingredients are noted as to cause tumors in lab rats. A key ingredient in the Pfizer vaccine contains “N-butyl-N-(4-hydroxybutyl) nitrosamine” which is both toxic and carcinogenic. There are many other vaccines (the flu) that use “Formaldehyde” during the manufacturing process, residual quantities of formaldehyde are found in many vaccines.

      1. Guess you haven’t noticed that over 99% of Covid deaths now are the unvaccinated. Any rational person would agree that’s definitive proof the vaccines work very well.

        1. BS, remember when they told you breakthrough cases were rare. LA Times reports that 20% of their cases are vaccinated people. 20% doesn’t sound very rare. Maybe you need 2 of each vaccine and to triple mask.

          1. cases yeah
            But… “Vaccinated people are still far more likely to be able to fight off the virus when exposed. Vaccinated people are also much less likely to advance to serious illness or death, with 90 percent of nationwide hospitalizations or fatalities occurring in unvaccinated people.

            “If you’re vaccinated, the chance of you ending up in the hospital, winding up in the ICU, the chance of you winding up intubated are much less,” Ferrer said.”

    2. “Don’t get vaccinated, don’t wear a mask- put down the bong the twinkies- the beer- and allow herd immunity to get us out of Biden’s disaster !

    1. Study was retracted.
      “The Research Letter, “Experimental Assessment of Carbon Dioxide Content in Inhaled Air With or Without Face Masks in Healthy Children: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” by Harald Walach, PhD, and colleagues published online in JAMA Pediatrics on June 30, 2021,1 is hereby retracted. Following publication, numerous scientific issues were raised regarding the study methodology, including concerns about the applicability of the device used for assessment of carbon dioxide levels in this study setting, and whether the measurements obtained accurately represented carbon dioxide content in inhaled air, as well as issues related to the validity of the study conclusions. In their invited responses to these and other concerns, the authors did not provide sufficiently convincing evidence to resolve these issues, as determined by editorial evaluation and additional scientific review. Given fundamental concerns about the study methodology, uncertainty regarding the validity of the findings and conclusions, and the potential public health implications, the editors have retracted this Research Letter.”

      1. “Sufficient is a subjective term. Reminds of the 1984 NBA Draft when this young prospect was passed over a couple of times because they said he wasn’t big enough- not really a great ball handler- liked to talk baseball… That kid- Michael Jordan !

  5. “Face coverings” are not N95 surgical masks (complete with tie twist under the chin and fit testing requirements)- the masks that Fauci has derided are meant to protect the non-infected by the sneezing and coughing exposed. Masks are for carriers- not the healthy !

  6. Once again, the vitriol continues. Perhaps, a little more respect is warranted. I am not going to get the Covid vaccination. However, I am not an idiot. I am allergic to sulfonamides and have Guillain Barre Syndrome, both no no’s when it comes to getting the vaccination.
    Furthermore, my late father (a former LCA Lutheran pastor, 2nd Lieutenant US Army Air Corps WW2 veteran, 47 year member of Mensa, security cleared employee of NA Rockwell) finished up his working life after 30 years in the Research Department of Merck. He and the rest of that department always said that the public should never take any medication, in any form, until it has tested and proven for at least 10-15 years.
    We are not stupid and do not need “Pandemic for Dummies.”
    Daddy would be the first to say that respect and kindness are two of the most important aspects of humanity,
    All of this ridiculous putting each other down does absolutely no good, whatsoever.

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