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Dear McKenzie Families,

With the number of confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Oregon increasing, Governor Kate Brown announced new guidance regarding gatherings and social distancing.  We remain committed to keeping our school open and safe. 

In accordance with the Governor’s guidance and in order to minimize potential opportunities for the virus to spread, we will be suspending events that bring larger groups of students, adults, and community members together.  At this time, there are no cases identified at McKenzie or in Lane County.  

Suspension of non-essential school-based activities begins immediately, effective Thursday, March 12, and will remain in effect for 30 days.  This includes the suspension of all school based assemblies and events, off-campus field trips, athletic events and practices, and may include professional development and other events.  

The safety, health and well-being of our students and staff is our priority. We will continue to work in close partnership with public health authorities to minimize both the spread of coronavirus and disruption to schools and students. We will continue emphasizing the importance of handwashing at school. Our custodians will continue to prioritize high-touch surfaces in classrooms and common areas, and make sure schools have adequate hand washing and cleaning supplies.

Students, families and everyone in our community can best support our efforts by washing hands frequently, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing, and using hand sanitizer. Those experiencing fever and/or flu or cold symptoms should stay at home, only returning to school or work when symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medicine. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult your healthcare provider.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this challenging time. We will continue to rely on the guidance of Oregon public health authorities, the Department of Education, and the Office of the Governor. This is a fluid situation, and circumstances may change over the course of the next several days.  Please know that this message and the decisions being made at this time are being done in collaboration with many of the districts in Lane County. We appreciate their partnership. Know we all collectively share the utmost concern for the health and safety of our students, employees, and communities.

We will provide you with updates and information on our district website as we learn more: 

Lane County Public Health

Oregon Health Authority 

Centers for Disease Control