LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KPTV) - More than 40 students at a Lake Oswego elementary school are quarantining after they were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the school district's website, the person who tested positive at Hallinan Elementary School was last on campus Sept. 2. The memo went out to parents and the school community Sept. 6.
There were no "close contacts" at school, the district said, but there were 47 people exposed on a school bus. Clackamas County Public Health defines close contact as someone who has been within 6 feet of the person who tested positive for longer than 15 total minutes in 24 hours. It doesn't matter if they were wearing a mask of if they were outside.
Fully vaccinated people who are exposed don't have to quarantine, but unvaccinated close contacts must quarantine for 14 days, or 10 days if they don't show any symptoms and continue to monitor themselves for four more days. In the classroom, students who stay at least 3 feet apart and consistently wear masks are exempt from quarantine rules. The district stressed that each COVID-19 situation will require a different response.
The alerts went out to parents a day before Gov. Kate Brown, alongside state health and education officials, urged Oregonians on Tuesday to "do your part" to ensure students can remain in the classroom. Schools in Oregon first went remote in March 2020, and many didn't reopen their doors until a year later.
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“It’s with mixed emotions that we are welcoming our kids back to school this year,” Brown said. “I know many parents are excited for kids to return to the classroom full time, and at the same time anxious about the delta variant.”
Although the school year has just begun, a few Oregon schools have already had to close or delay their start due to student and staff quarantines because of COVID-19 cases, said Colt Gill Director of Oregon Department of Education.
“We all hold some responsibility for achieving a full-time in-person school year," Gill said. “The threat to losing school time or to moving back to online school is real. But I believe that we can do better.”
The state's education department has released additional advisories, including that people in the school community and families with school aged children limit non-essential gatherings, that schools consider holding extracurricular activities outside and that large beginning of the school year events — such as open houses— be held online when possible.
The Lake Oswego School District has announced two additional confirmed cases at Lake Grove Elementary and Lake Oswego Junior High School, but officials haven't said yet how many students or staff may have been exposed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.