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Portland Public Schools Bringing Back Coivd Protocols

Portland, Ore – Portland Public Schools is bringing back many of the COVID precautions it used last year for extracurricular activities, like sports and band. They include a limited locker room use, no overnight travel, and a mask requirement. The district said the Oregon Department of Education gave them the option to bring back the COVID protections or HALT all extracurricular activities.

In a statement sent to parents and families the district said:

  • Student athletes and performers must wear masks at all times, including during competition and performances, with one exception:

    • Musicians who play a wind instrument that can only be played without a mask must utilize a bell cover, which goes over the opening through which air and sound escape. The exceptions are the flute and recorder, which have been shown to not spread virus particles. Musicians will continue to practice and perform 6 feet apart from one another, to the extent possible.
  • Access to locker rooms will be limited.

  • No overnight travel for athletic competitions or performances.

  • Concession stands will not be open at extracurricular activities or games

  • Spectators age 5 and up must show proof of being fully vaccinated or offer documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours.

  • Opportunities will be increased to receive COVID-19 tests and possible return to participation after five to seven days with negative tests.

These protocols will be in place at least until February 4th.


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