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  • Dear Jefferson Families,

    The school district understands that when an incident of violence takes place, parents want answers to ensure their child will be safe in school. That is completely reasonable.

    I think it is important to convey that by law and for ethical reasons, we are not able to provide details related to individual students. Whether a student is in school, or what consequences were given, if any, all fall under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

    While we cannot provide details on an ongoing investigation, we can say that Jefferson High School is doing everything it can to keep your children safe. Please know that we are taking this situation very seriously.

    We have increased adult presence and supervision when students are out of classrooms.
    Our administrators are working on this issue with complete focus and intention.
    We are working with the Willamette Education Service District’s (WESD)Threat Assessment Team. These are experts in school safety and they help schools make informed decisions related to school safety.
    Marion County Sheriff’s Department has an ongoing investigation into this incident
    Jefferson School District is conducting its own investigation.

    For students who are scared or traumatized by the event, we have counselors and adult mental health professionals available to them. We encourage any student with any information regarding this incident, or any safety related incident we appreciate them coming forward to a school administrator or counselor. Any information shared is confidential.

    While these incidents are scary, I appreciate our students, staff and families working together to
    maintain a sense of calm, and trust that we are handling the situation. Also, I think it is important to remember that many details on social media are not accurate.

    We are taking multiple steps to ensure your child or children are safe in school. We believe our students are safe to be in our schools at this time, and we are doing everything within our scope to ensure their safety.

    Brad Capener, Superintendent
    Jefferson School District
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  • Jefferson School District 14J

    COVID-19 Protocols for Students


    As COVID-19 continues to be part of our daily lives, we will continually assess district operations and facilities to prioritize health and safety.  The following information is meant to be an overview.  If you have questions don’t hesitate to reach out to Cathy Emmert at 541-327-3337 ext. 1011.


    Face Coverings:  Currently face coverings are optional for students, staff and visitors.  We will continue to monitor Marion County’s community case rate data.  When our county moves to high risk, we will consult with the Marion County Health Department regarding face coverings.We will provide a face covering to any individual who chooses to wear one.


    Sick Child/Positive Covid Cases: It is important to keep your child home when they are sick.    If they test positive for COVID-19 make sure to report your student(s) positive COVID case to the building where they attend school.  Someone will help you determine their return to school.  For most cases, students will be able to return on day 6 if symptoms have resolved, but will need to wear a mask at all times (including on the bus) from day 6-10.  


    Contact Tracing:  We will notify you if we are aware that your student has been in close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 at school.  If your child has been in close contact with someone who tests positive, closely monitor them for symptoms, but they do not have to quarantine. We will report all absenteeism numbers meeting the threshold, to MCHD. 


    Volunteers (anyone that interacts with students on a volunteer basis):  All volunteers must be able to show proof of vaccination to work with, and ensure the safety of all students. As a matter of practice, exceptions are not accepted due to time and effort involved in managing requests and maintaining them with limited staff resources. Exceptions to this rule must be made to the Superintendent by the school Principal in charge of the event at least three (3) -weeks in advance of the event. 

    1.) Once an exception is approved by the Superintendent, the volunteer must then provide to the  District Office one of the two available options:  
      a.) If available, have the designated school personnel provide a rapid test on the day of the event. 
    b.)Provide a negative COVID test prior to the trip. The PCR test is at the expense  of volunteer.  
    2.)Volunteers with an exception may be asked to wear a mask and/or distance themselves by 3-feet from the students.  

    Hand Sanitizing:  Regular hand washing and hand sanitizing will be encouraged.  Hand sanitizer will be available in each building.


    Learning Environments:  We will continue to maintain clean learning environments and working environments.  


    Social Distancing:  We will continue to space students whenever possible. When appropriate, learning activities will be moved outdoors.


    COVID-19 Testing:  COVID testing will be conducted on premises with parent permission.  We will also offer drive-through testing options (for students with parent permission) if needed.


    Air Filtration:  We will continue to use special air filters, air filtration systems in certain areas, and fresh air whenever possible in district facilities.


    Health Authority:  We will consult with the Marion County Health Department and Oregon Department of Education whenever necessary.  We will adapt our plans as needed.
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