• COVID-19 Updates

    IMPORTANT! - CHANGES TO ABSENCE REPORTING DURING INCREASED COVID CASES (1/10/22)
    Parents, please complete either the symptom tracking tool or the non-illness absence tracking tool when reporting a student is absent from school.  
     
    Please complete the symptom tracking tool if your student has any of the following:
    • Tested positive for COVID-19
      Exposure to a positive covid case for more than 15 minutes in close proximity that took place outside of school
    • Fever (100.4 F or above)
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Chills
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Rash
    • Nausea or abdominal cramping
    • Congestion or runny noses
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Body Aches
    Please complete the Non-Illness Absence form for the following absences:
    • Appointment
    • College Visit
    • Family Emergency
    • Funeral
    • Illness (for subsequent days after the STT form was completed already) or other non-covid related illnesses such as menstrual cramps or migraine
    • Mental Health Day
    • Religious Holiday
    • Vacation
    • Other 
    TEMPORARY CHANGE TO CALLING OUT STUDENTS FOR APPOINTMENTS, ETC. (1/10/22)
    If your student needs to be called out of class to go to an appointment, please do not call our attendance number but rather, please call our main office line at 503-916-5280 between 8:00-4:00pm.  Please do not leave an email or phone message as our inbox is very full right now. If we do not answer, please call back as we may be on the other line.
     
    RETURN FROM WINTER BREAK - MESSAGE FROM PPS, (1/2/22)
    Dear PPS Community, We hope that you had a restful and joyful winter break. As we welcome students and staff back to campus tomorrow, we know that the surge in COVID-19 cases as a result of the Omicron variant is at the top of many minds. We continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in our region and on the latest Omicron variant impact on schools. We are working with our local and state public health authorities, as well as the Oregon Department of Education, to modify, as necessary, our health and safety protocols in order to keep students and staff healthy and safe, while keeping students learning in-person all school year.   To continue reading: Community Letter from PPS regarding COVID protocols
     
    REGISTERING COVID INFORMATION
    To better assist with COVID cases, please register your student's vaccine information in ParentVue
    Register COVID Vaccine Information in ParentVue
     
    TEST TO STAY PROGRAM
    As part of our ongoing commitment to increase in-person learning for all students, we are pleased to announce that in partnership with OHA/ODE we started the Test to Stay program last Wednesday, January 5th.

    Benefits of Test to Stay: Given the lower level of COVID-19 in schools, students exposed at school will have the opportunity to stay in in-person learning and minimize the impact quarantine has had on their education. This is called a modified quarantine and requires students to continue to wear masks during any activity that does not require its use, for example band, athletics, etc., until day eight (8). Students must remain symptom free and will be provided two tests during their quarantine period. You can help expedite the process by signing and returning the consent form for the BinaxNOW rapid nasal swab test, unless you already did it this year. Here is the form.

    For students who were exposed outside of the school day (at home, extracurricular activities, etc), we will have available the Test to Return process. This process will allow students to return on Day 8 after an exposure with any negative antigen or pcr COVID-19 test performed between days 5-7. 

    As always, vaccinated students who do not have symptoms do not have to quarantine or Test to Stay. We will share more specifics about this program in early January. 5-Step Process for Parents and Families

    PPS COVID DASHBOARD
    With our ongoing commitment to keeping you informed, PPS has built an improved and more informative COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard: PPS COVID Dashboard


    COVID-19 TESTING AT IBWHS- Please return forms to the main office

    There is no Covid-19 testing at IBWHS unless symptoms appear after a student arrives at school and a COVID-19 Testing Consent Form is on file for the student.  A new form needs to be completed for the 2021-2022 school year.  Completed forms can be turned into the Main Office.

    K-12 COVID-19 SCREENING PROGRAM

    K-12 students can sign up to get free weekly COVID-19, PCR tests through their school during the 2021-2022 school year. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has contracted with OHSU to provide these tests to participating K-12 schools in Oregon.  Ida B. Wells High School will be participating in this important program.  Parents can Opt their students in to this program by completing the attached forms (Opt in form + OHSU Authorization form) and returning both forms to the main office at In the coming days we will be communicating the process for students who opt in to this program.

    Opt-In form for 15+ years old:  Opt IN 15+ (1).pdf 

    Opt-In form under 15 years old students: Opt IN younger than 15 (1).pdf 

    OHSU Covid Test Authorization form:  EN Auth Form (1 of 2) (1).pdf 

    FAQ Sheet about the program:  OHSU-K12-COVID-19-Testing-Program-Introduction-English-091621 (3).pdf 


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