Updates to Communicable Disease Exclusion Guidance

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To: Superintendents, Communicable Disease Preparedness Liaisons, Charter School Leaders, Principals, School Nurses, K-12 PIOs
From: Kati Moseley; Administrator, Health in Education
Date: May 24, 2023
Re: Updates to Communicable Disease Exclusion Guidance

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for all that you do each day for Oregon’s students. The 2022-23 school year has been an exceptional year of progress, growth and success in Oregon’s schools – and we know it hasn’t always been easy. The success of this school year is only possible because of your hard work and dedication. Thank you.

Today, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are sharing updated communicable disease and exclusion guidance for schools. These changes are in alignment with the changes made by OHA on May 11 with the ending of the federal public health emergency and with ODE’s May 10th release of new communicable disease planning expectations for the 2023-24 school year.

The updates include:

  • Symptom-based exclusion for those with COVID-19. A five-day period of isolation for those infected with COVID-19 is no longer recommended. Individuals should stay home until fever free for 24 hours and symptoms are improving, avoid contact with individuals at increased risk for severe disease, and consider masking for 10 days.
  • Updated exclusion guidance for symptoms formally identified as primary COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Removal of COVID-19 as a restrictable or reportable disease for schools.

For more information, please see the updated documents:

*The translated communicable disease guidance letters for parents and families will be available in a few weeks.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to ODE’s support inbox with any questions related to these communicable disease and exclusion documents, ODE.HealthySchools@ode.oregon.gov (formerly ODECOVID19@ode.oregon.gov).