Local COVID-19 Update as of October 17

Dear CBSD Families,

We are in the sixth week of school and I’m taking a moment to thank everyone, families, staff, and the community, for your continued efforts during this challenging time. The latest state and county metrics were released, and although the Case Rate per 100,000 for Coos County has decreased, the test positive rate has increased to 4.2% in the county.

Due to our latest requirement to quarantine two classroom cohorts and exposed individuals, I wanted to emphasize the need to continue to practice our protocols for slowing the spread of the virus. Social distancing, frequent hand-washing, wearing a face covering, and staying home when ill are essential to slowing the spread. There have been some questions and comments about face coverings for our staff and students and I would like to clarify the topic.

Face coverings or face shields are required for all staff and students in grades Kindergarten and up following OHA and CDC guidelines. Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth while being secured under the chin. Gaiters and bandanas do not satisfy face covering requirements. Face shields must cover the forehead, extend below the chin, and wrap around the sides of the face. I understand these practices can be difficult to turn into habit but we must do so to protect ourselves, each other, and our students.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your child’s teacher or school so we can best assist you and your child. Have a great week!

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

Bryan Trendell
Coos Bay  Public Schools