Schools and Day Care

The information below is intended for school administrators. Parents, families and school staff should contact their school district directly with any questions about their own schools. 

If you work at a school or childcare center and want to ask questions about coronavirus symptoms, safety protocols, isolation, quarantine or screening, or you want to report a case or an outbreak please call our school strike team line at 503-846-5404. 

Masks Required in K-12 

July 29, 2021: The state of Oregon is mandating that students and staff in K-12 schools wear masks indoors this fall to limit spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant. Read Governor Brown's press release

Read Oregon Health Authority's detailed mask requirements and recommendations.

Public and Private Schools

What to do when someone tests positive or is exposed to someone who is COVID+ 
ODE has developed 12 scenarios regarding exposure and testing which can provide guidance for your situation.  

When can a COVID+ student or staff member return? 
People who test positive for COVID-19 are directed to stay home until the following things have happened:  

  • They have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine; and 
  • Other symptoms have improved; and 
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 

People who DID NOT have COVID-19 symptoms, but tested positive and have stayed home may leave home under the following conditions: 

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive test for COVID-19, and
  • They continue to have no symptoms (no cough or shortness of breath) since the test. 

Onsite Rapid Testing
Oregon Health Authority's Testing Plan
If interested in offering rapid tests at your site(s), email the state.

Day Care

Health and Safety Guidelines for Child Care and Early Education 

Emergency Childcare Guidance FAQ and toolkit 

Reporting an Outbreak

If you work at a school or child care center and want to report a suspected case or outbreak, or ask questions about coronavirus symptoms, safety protocols, isolation, quarantine or screening, please call our school strike team line at 503-846-5404.  

When do we need to report a case or outbreak? 

  1. If the staff or student is confirmed COVID+ and was in the school either: 
  • Two days prior to their symptom onset or any time after symptom onset OR 
  • Two days prior to their positive test collection or any time after positive test collection, if non-symptomatic. 
  1. If the staff or student is a presumptive case (per Oregon’s Investigative Guidelines) and has been in the school during the two days prior to symptom onset or any time after symptom onset. 

Colleges and Universities

Guidance for the Conduct of In-Person Instructional, Residential, and Research Activities at Oregon Colleges and Universities (HECC/OHA)

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission and OHA put out this Facebook video on going back to university or community college during the pandemic.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Higher Education Establishments

To connect with Washington County Public Health, email

Resources Created by Washington County Public Health

Environmental Health Checklist for Sanitation and Disinfection

Cohort Daily School Log

COVID School Respiratory Illness Log (Line List)

COVID School Reporting Form (for reference)

Resources Created by ODE 

Ready School, Safe Learners Guidance for School Year 2021-22 and companion documents 

Resources for implementing comprehensive distance learning 

Comprehensive Distance Learning Requirement Overview 

New ‘Scenarios Document’ for ODE's K-12 protocol

Operational Blueprint Template (assessment) Click 'Operational Blueprint Template' in the School Leaders Box. 

Sample Plans (Ready Schools, Safe Learners)  

Communication Toolkit 

General Resources

CDC Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Schools 

Testing sites in Washington County  

Washington County Health Care Resource Guide 

Oregon Department of Education COVID-19 Page  

Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 page  

Operating schools during COVID-19: CDC's Considerations 

Disinfecting your Non-Emergency Vehicle 

Contact Us 

If your question is not covered, email ODE at and also copy Washington County at