Frequently Asked Questions

We will continue to gather questions and research answers during this year of working and learning at home. You can submit your questions on the Your Voice: Questions, Concerns & Ideas form.

 

COVID Testing

I signed up for the individual weekly testing program and never heard anything back? I am still very interested in the program; what should I do next?

09/30/2021

Once you’ve signed up there is an additional required “opt-in” email from WVT Laboratory. We recommend that you search your email inbox. If you aren’t able to find the opt-in email from WVT Laboratory, please reach out to Staci Calkins at schooltesting.covid@dhsoha.state.or.us to inquire further.

What is the type of test that we have access to for the weekly testing option as educators?

09/27/2021

The specific test used for the K-12 Staff Screening program is a Molecular PCR test that is a self administered Nasal Swab. For more information, please visit the Oregon Health Authority FAQ page about the testing program. 

If you are interested in signing up for the weekly screening test, please fill out this form.

Will High Desert ESD pay for the mandated covid test required for exposed vaccinated individuals at the 6-7 day timeline?

09/07/2021

Working with your medical provider, your health insurance plan should include this in its coverage. At this point in time, we do not have a plan in place to cover these tests outside of the insurance package we provide to HDESD staff.

Equipment

Facilities

Health & Safety

I am concerned about my safety in some of the community sites I serve. I am noticing children presenting symptoms and not being sent home at the Community site. Is there a document from ESD that can show we don't have to serve in symptomatic conditions?

10/07/2021

Regardless of what others may be doing in any given shared space, HDESD employees are required to follow OHA/ODE health and safety guidelines. If an individual outside of HDESD states that they can’t or won’t wear a facial covering, it is appropriate and advised that HDESD employees use greater social distancing to interact (more than 6 feet away), or set up a time to interact virtually. We encourage HDESD employees to let their supervisor know if they have concerns about others who are not following OHA/ODE/ELD guidelines as supervisors may be able to support employees by communicating with the principal or supervisor of the other site.  You are also welcome to share the HDESD health & safety stance with others if you believe that would be helpful.

What kind of PPE is available to staff or do we provide our own? I would love access to surgical masks without having to purchase myself.

09/07/2021

We are currently stocked with a plentiful supply of K-N95 masks that are available to all HDESD staff. Please ask your supervisor for access to this supply.

Will HDESD who are not fully vaccinated need to wear a specific type of mask?

09/07/2021

The HDESD administrative team is currently making sense of how to specifically apply the order for staff who have provided an exception. This will become clearer as the guidance from the state and regional leaders continues.

Legal Considerations

Professional Development

Supporting Families

Teaching & Learning

Technology

Vaccines

As an educator, am I eligible for a booster shot? Would it be free? How and where to get it?

09/30/2021

Access to the COVID-19 booster shot for those who were given the Pfizer shot for their first 2 doses was just made available to frontline staff, which includes educators. If you received your second Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months ago, you are now eligible for a 3rd shot, often referred to as a “booster shot”. It is our understanding that you can get your 3rd shot at no cost to you, wherever vaccines are being administered. Contact your medical provider or pharmacist with questions.  You are not required to get a booster in order to be in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order requiring educators to be vaccinated.

Will HDESD who are not fully vaccinated need to wear a specific type of mask?

09/07/2021

The HDESD administrative team is currently making sense of how to specifically apply the order for staff who have provided an exception. This will become clearer as the guidance from the state and regional leaders continues.

Wellness

Quarantine & Isolation

It is now required to socially distance (6 feet) for 14 days if a vaccinated person has a close contact exposure to COVID. I am not sure how I can socially distance in my job working with young children

09/07/2021

We understand this will be challenging and may require a shift in service model or duties during this 14 days after exposure. Please work closely with your supervisor to work through the specific “way of work” during this time, should you as a vaccinated person be exposed to COVID.

Why is there a different plan for vaccinated vs. unvaccinated people when vaccinated people can be vectors or easily transmit Covid to others?

9/27/21

We are following our local & state public health authority recommendations, which differentiate the quarantine protocols based on a person’s vaccine status. The medical guidance we have received is that fully vaccinated individuals who have a close contact exposure (less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) need to monitor for symptoms and socially distance for 14 days and test 6-7 days after exposure. Unvaccinated individuals who have a close contact exposure need to quarantine for 10-14 days.

If unvaccinated and exposed to COVID-19 and have to quarantine, will HDESD be paying for that quarantine? Or will sick time need to be used?

09/07/2021

If you are required to quarantine because of a COVID exposure you will first work with your supervisor to evaluate the possibility of working remotely during your quarantine. If that is not possible, you will be encouraged to use your sick time to cover the days missed at work.