Warrenton Hammond School District Families:
Last week we shifted to comprehensive distance learning (CDL) for all grades in response to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Pacific Seafood facility in Warrenton. To date, there have been about 90 cases linked to that outbreak. We decided to close schools for two weeks (through Oct. 9th) out of concern that such a high case count in our community might mean that there had been positive cases in our schools. So far, this has not been the case. There have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases on our campuses. While public health authorities continue to monitor for additional cases stemming from last week's outbreak, as a district we feel fortunate that the outbreak has not yet resulted in any cases in our schools.
Clatsop County COVID-19 Metrics Mean Continued Comprehensive Distance Learning
As you know, our ability to offer in-person instruction depends mostly on the weekly county COVID-19 metrics. The surge in county cases last week marked the second week in a row that the county case rate per 100,000 was above 30. As per the Oregon Department of Education guidelines, all Clatsop County schools are now required to implement comprehensive distance learning (CDL) for at least the next three weeks. As a result, the Warrenton Hammond School District will now continue with comprehensive distance learning (CDL) in all grades through at least Friday, October 16th. Our exact reopening date will depend on the COVID metrics over the next few weeks.
The Warrenton Hammond School District remains committed to offering in-person instruction to the extent the COVID-metrics allow and to the extent that state and local public health authorities support. I will update you weekly with information on when in-person instruction will be able to resume in our district.