February 10, 2021

Dear Staff and Families of Warm Springs School,

Recently, we were notified that a person in Warm Springs school has been diagnosed with COVID-19. As members of the school community, we understand that this might raise concerns alongside a caring response. We are working closely with Indian Health Services (I.H.S.) to respond to this news and protect the health of our community.

Each situation calls for different protocols. In this case, we will follow the following steps:

Contact Tracing
Deep Cleaning
Communication Protocol

The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is through staying home when ill, wearing face coverings, physical distancing, and practicing good health hygiene habits. Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and avoid contact with people who have signs of illness. Get plenty of rest, exercise, and eat a healthy diet. Protect the community by following the Governor’s safety requirements. Wearing cloth face coverings reduces the spread of the virus.

We will keep you updated with any new information as it comes out while meeting the requirements to honor everyone’s right to privacy. More information can be found on the Oregon Department of Education’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners page, the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 page.

For more information on COVID-19, including symptoms of which you may want to be aware, please visit the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 website or the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19 website. For information or questions regarding district COVID-19 protocols contact our district health services at 541-475-0337 or email Kristine Hohulin, khohulin@509j.net.

Sincerely,

Bambi Van Dyke, Building Principal

Warm Springs K-8 Academy

A community of Students, Families, and Staff

Phone:  541-553-1128
PO Box 1269
50 Chukar Road
Warm Springs, OR  97761

Bambi Van Dyke, Principal
Julia Fall, Assistant Principal
Lonnie Henderson, Assistant Principal
Anna Keifer, Grade 5-8 Counselor
Brinna Keillor, Grade K-4 Counselor
Michale Brick, Grade K-4 Counselor
Kristina McElroy, Mental Health Specialist