Q. Is SSA open for in-person instruction?
Q. What safety measures is SSA taking?
A. We strive to follow all safety recommendations published by the CDC and Oregon Health Authority. We are wearing masks, physical distancing, minimizing movement, cohorting, disinfecting surfaces regularly, maximizing airflow and/or using air purifiers.
Q. What should we do if a member of our household is not well or has been exposed to COVID?
A. Please reference this flow chart for guidance.
Q. As a private school, does SSA have to follow the same requirements as the public schools?
A. Under Governor Brown’s plan, independent schools are currently required to follow the same reopening guidelines as public schools. The governor has claimed, and the courts have so far affirmed, that she has authority to enforce these guidelines and metrics for private schools because the COVID-19 pandemic has been deemed a public health crisis.
Q. What will happen if there is a COVID case in the SSA community?
A. Every situation is unique and requires a tailored response. We will work closely with the local public health authorities to determine the necessary actions/communications at that time. In certain cases, a confirmed COVID diagnosis might necessitate a student, class, cohort, or larger part of the school to stop participating in on-site meetings for a period of time.
Q. How can we work together to maintain a healthy environment at the school?
A. Even with all the precautions and safety measures we’ve put in place, our ability to provide in-person instruction for our children this year depends on all of us being careful and thoughtful in our efforts to limit our exposure to the virus in and out of school.
Q. What events do you plan to hold this year?
A. We have a number of event traditions that we treasure at SSA. With the current restrictions, it is unlikely that we will be able to hold any on-site events during Term 1 or 2. We will continue to evaluate opportunities to hold other events throughout the year and do what we can to fulfill the purposes of any canceled events in a safe and meaningful way.
Q. How does the 14-day quarantine for those traveling into or returning to Oregon affect the school?
A. On November 13, the governor issued this “Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel”:
Persons arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.
If you are connected in any way to a confirmed case of COVID-19, please notify Hayley Emly immediately.
If you have specific questions about the SSA Distance Learning Plan, please contact one of the following: