CRESWELL – Four people within the Creswell School District have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within days of each other, as the virus surged in Lane County.

As of April 26, two students at Creswell High School and one student at Creswell Middle School have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Three days prior, a staff member at CMS was diagnosed. District Safety Officer Joel Higdon, who made the announcement on the district’s website, said CSD will follow these next steps:

-Communicate closely with Lane County Public Health and school nurse Melissa Cole

-Conduct close contact tracing

-All CMS and CHS staff and students in close contact with the students have been notified

-A letter is posted to the website

-Any additional students/families that need to be notified will be contacted by LCPH

In a message from superintendent Mike Johnson, physical-distancing regulations have been updated to include increased in-person instruction, desks are three feet apart, adjusted transportation schedules and CDL accommodations.

The updated learning schedule for all three schools includes four days a week and is as follows:

Creslane Elementary: Mon.-Tue., Thu.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. beginning May 10.

CMS: Mon.-Tue., Thu.-Fri., 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m. beginning May 10.

CHS: Mon.-Tue., Thu.-Fri., 12:30-3:30 p.m. since April 19.

Spring and summer extracurriculars are in the planning stages. Johnson said the Oregon Schools Athletic Association informed the district that Season 4 sports such as basketball, wrestling, and cheer will begin in May.  

Johnson also said CSD is offering The Summer Experience, a program for all grade levels.

Springfield Public Schools reported 29 cases, mostly among 11-year-olds, followed by 14- and 15-year-olds. Pleasant Hill had less than nine cases and South Lane reported zero cases, according to LCPH spokesperson Jason Davis.