MCSD is encouraged by the two updates released by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Tuesday afternoon.
First and foremost, they have lifted the outdoor face covering requirement effective immediately. Students and staff will no longer be required to wear face coverings while outdoors and able to maintain physical distance. While we are headed into the winter months and have fewer outdoor activities, this does provide our students mask free time during breaks and recesses.
The second update made public is a new test to stay protocol that will allow unvaccinated students and staff to participate in in-person learning as safely as possible and reducing the amount of quarantine time for students, families, and staff. This will be an optional protocol for families and we will be providing more information on the test to stay protocol in the days to come as it applies to MCSD. In the meantime, additional information can be found here.