Hello Camp Fire families,

Along with our district and state partners, Camp Fire Columbia is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are in daily communication with our partners to get the most up-to-date information from public health officials, our county health departments, and the Oregon Health Authority.  As always, the health and safety of Camp Fire kids, families and staff is our top priority.

A few of the preventative measures we and our school partners are taking and implementing:

  • District custodial crews will focus on and increase the frequency of disinfecting high-touch surfaces such as door knobs, desks, and sinks, as part of increased and enhanced daily cleaning practices.
  • In any case where there is an apparent contagious virus present, districts will follow cleaning and disinfection protocols from county officials and the Centers for Disease Control. We are also extending our increased cleaning protocols to school buses.
  • Encouraging visitors in buildings to wash hands when arriving and leaving schools and programs.
  • Building in extra hand washing times during program.
  • Sanitizing program spaces and rotating high-use supplies and materials out to be sanitized.
  • Suggesting waves or other hand motions to take the place of high fives and handshakes limiting hand-to-hand contact for now.

Health officials support schools in keeping or sending home students and staff members who appear unwell–consistent with the tri-county standard exclusion guidelines.

You too can help yourself and your student(s) to reduce their risk for getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, by encouraging them to take simple steps, which will also prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue, sleeve, or elbow (not hands) when you cough or sneeze, and then wash your hands.
  • If you or someone in your household is sick, stay home and follow the guidance of your healthcare provider.
  • Keep your immune system strong by eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and regular exercise, and by taking care of underlying health conditions.

It is also important to address reports that some of our Asian students and families have been targeted and discriminated against in connection to the coronavirus. This is unacceptable and contrary to our values of racial equity and social justice. It is important to distinguish medical precautions from racist and discriminatory behaviors. Our responsibility is to provide welcoming, safe, and inclusive programs where participants have the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. Camp Fire does not tolerate hate speech or acts of discrimination. This is especially important at a time when fears about the virus can easily foster suspicion without regard for facts. Please keep our core values close, continue to treat everyone in our community with respect, and recognize the dignity and humanity of everyone.

In the face of rumors, check multco.us/covid19 and www.clackamas.us/alert for reliable information.

Parts of this message were derived from other messages sent out by WLWV School District, PPS School District, Oregon Health Authority, and the Center for Disease Control.

As always, please reach out with any questions.

Sincerely,

Your Camp Fire Columbia Team