Oregon significantly loosens school COVID-19 protocols
Oregon significantly loosens school COVID-19 protocols

Oregon significantly loosens school COVID-19 protocols

The Oregon Department of Education on Wednesday released a new COVID-19 guide for schools that is making significant changes to what schools are required to do.

In addition to the initial game changer of leaving masking decisions to schools and districts, the new guide loosens most demands from the pandemic era, removing things like contact tracking and quarantine from March 12 and continuing to make isolation optional or “on it. most strongly advised. “

It encourages schools to lean on their communicable disease plans with local public health agencies, as they did before the pandemic.

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“This may feel like it signals the end of the pandemic, and I would like to be aware that that is not the intention here,” ODE Director Colt Gill said during a news conference Wednesday. “Every shift over the last two years has been in response to a new phase of the pandemic and its effects, as well as our experience and learning about the effectiveness of various mitigation efforts. The shift we are discussing today signals just that: a new phase of the pandemic, and one in which our state has a built-in immunity for at least the next few months. “


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