Updated as of: January 30th, 2019 at 1:30pm
No confirmed cases in Oregon City, but we want families to know the symptoms and where to get free immunizations and more information.
With over 30 confirmed cases in Clark County in Washington state, the spread of this disease is on our radar along with other districts and public agencies in Clackamas County. Symptoms of measles can include a high fever that may spike to 104 degrees or more; a cough; a runny nose; red, watery eyes; and a rash that breaks out 3-5 days after symptoms begin.
Anyone with suspected symptoms are urged to call (not visit) your medical provider to help prevent spreading the disease.
Health officials say one of their biggest concerns is the introduction of the measles virus into an unprotected population. According to the Oregon Department of Education Report Card for the 2017-18 school year, 92 percent of Oregon City students have received the required vaccinations.
Families with students who have not received their vaccinations are urged to contact their healthcare provider. Immunization clinics are scheduled in our community:
February 5th from 4pm-6:30pm
February 13th from 4pm-7pm
For more information about the clinics, please call 503-655-8799. Parents are urged to bring any immunization records they have; all immunizations are walk-in only, no appointments. A parent or guardian must be present to sign authorization forms for children under 15. Students 15 and older can sign their own forms.
Currently there are no confirmed measles cases in Oregon City schools. If and when any school has a confirmed case of measles, students without documentation of immunization will not be able to attend school for 21 days at the direction of Clackamas County Health. Staff, parents and community who need to enter a building with a confirmed case might be required to show proof of immunization or immunity at the direction of the health authority.
Voters approve Oregon City school bond to add security, upgrades to every school
Oregon City voters spoke loud and clear, with an overwhelming majority approving a $158 million school bond.
The bond will fund safety and security improvements, upgrades and updates to aging schools, added career/technical learning facilities, and relieve middle school overcrowding by rebuilding Gardiner and remodeling Ogden.
“We are grateful to the community for their vote of confidence in our schools,” said School Board Chair Connie Curteman. “Our children are the future of our community, and research is clear that students learn better when school facilities are improved.”
The bond funds will be matched by $7.7 from the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching Program, funds that will enable the district to complete additional updates and upgrades to school buildings.
Safety projects will impact every Oregon City school, ranging from secure school entries, security technology upgrades and school access controls to parking lot flow and safety improvements and increased play area security.
“Parents and community members absolutely understand today’s need for improvements in our schools,” said Eileen Creelman, leader of the Yes for Oregon City Schools campaign. “Our kids are the future of our community so I’m delighted voters support these safety improvements.”
The biggest investment will transform middle schools, which have been 140 percent over original capacity since 2013. Gardiner, built in 1954, will be rebuilt on the same site, eliminating 10 portable classrooms. Ogden, build in 1965, will be remodeled to expand common areas. Both schools will have upgraded security and expanded career-technical learning facilities.
All schools will receive upgrades to meet priorities at each site, from heating and ventilation improvements to energy-efficient lighting, updated plumbing, or new roofing.