COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
Catlin Gabel is monitoring the situation as it unfolds in Oregon, the United States, and around the globe. We have implemented precautionary measures to help protect our community and are working closely with the Oregon Health Authority and other professional agencies.
We place a high value on the health and well-being of our students and school employees. We have designed this webpage as a resource to help our community stay informed on how we are responding to current and breaking news regarding COVID-19.
Campus Events & Activities Cancelled
Beginning Saturday, March 14, the Catlin Gabel campus will be closed with no access to the buildings, and this closure remains in effect at this time through Monday, May 4. Spring Break has been extended through Tuesday, 31 with remote learning starting again on Wednesday, April 1. Teachers will have professional learning days on Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31.
All on-campus clubs, activities, meetings, and athletics will be suspended through this time.
- What precautions has the school taken?
- What is the Barn doing to help keep the space sanitary?
- How do you properly clean Computers & Mobile Devices?
- How can each person help?
- How are event cancellations being determined?
- What about student activities that involve travel?
- Are there any people who have been exposed to the virus right now at the school?
- Will the school let employees or parents know if there is an exposure?
- What happens when a student or employee appears to be sick and is in class or the office?
- What happens when a student or employee arrives at school sick or who becomes sick while at school?
- When can the person return? Is a doctor’s note required (even if 3 days or more?)
- How would the school make the decision to close?
- Should a shutdown be necessary, how is the school planning to continue teaching students?
- If I have additional questions about what the school is doing, who do I contact?
Catlin Gabel Preventive Measures
The school is following guidelines from public health partners, infectious disease experts, and governing agencies to help prevent the spread of illness. To help keep our community well, we’ve expanded our regular protocols. We also ask for your help in reducing the spread of germs by having all community members stay home if they are sick.
Expanded Cleanings: Our facilities team is increasing the frequency of cleaning high traffic areas, such as doorknobs, railings, bathrooms, and tables. Hand sanitizers have been placed around campus and two hand-washing stations have been set-up outside The Barn. Buses are being cleaned after every use, and riders are being asked to not eat or drink while on the bus to avoid sharing germs.
SAGE Dining Sanitary Measures: Staff have enhanced already-stringent protocols, which include frequent hand-washing and glove changing. All surface areas (buffet, shelves, keyboards) are cleaned after break and before lunch. Publicly-handled serving utensils are replaced every 15 minutes. Students are asked to use hand sanitizer before entering the Barn and are reminded to use serving utensils.
New Waiting Room: If any employee or student becomes ill while at school, we have a new waiting space (the Holodeck) located in the lower-level of the Barn. Please note our exclusion policies regarding when children or employees should stay home due to illness remains the same.
Resources for Families
Oregon Health Authority and Department of Education Fact Sheet
These two agencies have recently put together a fact sheet detailing information related to when children should stay at home, best practices for avoiding illness, and information related to the virus and schools.
Travel Advisory Information
Catlin Gabel is requesting that anyone who has traveled to or had close contact with someone who has traveled to any country identified by the CDC as a “Level 3” high risk area to refrain from visiting campus for 14 days. The CDC website should be checked daily for the latest updates, as the list of “Level 3” countries may change.
State and Federal Coronavirus Information
Below are a variety of sites that house the most up-to-date and accurate information.
Oregon Health Authority
World Health Organization Official Coronavirus Webpage
CDC Official Map of Confirmed US Cases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Official Coronavirus Web page
Johns Hopkins CSSE Map of Global Cases