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ODE suggests pause in extracurriculars, Culver and 509-J school districts stay the course

PMG PHOTO ARCHIVE - 509-J support services buildingOn Monday, Jan. 3 the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority called for new and increased precautions against COVID-19.

The state agencies are asking schools to either pause extracurricular activities or keep the same rules in place that are followed during the school day, like wearing masks.

The use of diagnostic testing and vaccinations is also recommended if sports or other group activities continue.

"If schools and other organizations proceed with extracurricular activities, especially as these activities move indoors and individuals are unmasked, they should expect rapid transmission of COVID-19 that will prevent students from participating in in-person learning due to isolation for those that contract COVID-19 and lengthy quarantines for those that come into close contact with infected individuals," the health advisory message warns. "This risk should be clearly communicated to families participating in these extracurricular activities."

Jefferson County 509-J school district has not yet made any adjustments to their extracurriculars.

"Right now, we are in communication with neighboring school districts in Central Oregon, school districts in the Tri-Valley League, and with local health officials about these latest guidelines and what next steps to take," said Joseph Prechtl, 509-J's communications coordinator.

In Culver, no changes have been made, and none are in the works.

"We are staying the course and going forward with our activities until we have a reason not to, meaning massive outbreak," said Culver SD 4 superintendent Stephanie Garber.

Pamplin media reporter Courtney Vaughn contributed to the reporting for this story


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