Coronavirus Information & Updates

Updates to face covering guidance
Posted 10/19/20

Setting up a safe workspace for online work and school

If you’re working mostly at home or have children who will be spending at least part of their school year at home, it’s important to have workspaces for both that are safe and healthy. For example:

  • The computer should be set up with the screen at eye level so you or your child can sit up straight and practice good posture.
  • The chair should provide enough comfort and back support to sit for long periods of time.
  • Take breaks to stretch and take a walk to avoid sitting all day.

In addition to making things ergonomically correct, it’s important to make sure the workplace is conducive to work and learning. For example:

  • Is the workspace free of clutter and distractions?
  • Are supplies like paper, books and pencils at hand and ready to use?
  • Are things organized so you and your student can easily find things?

To learn more about setting up a good student workspace, view Oregon OSHA’s Computer Ergonomics for Elementary School website. (Posted 8/31/20)

Graphic ergonomics

Public charge rule blocked amid COVID-19 pandemic

A judge issued new injunctions this week blocking the public charge immigration rule during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow immigrant communities across Oregon and the rest of the country to access critical health care and public benefits during the current health crisis. (Posted 7/31/20)

Masks Required Statewide

Masks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible. Children age 5 and up are required to wear a face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear one. (Posted 7/31/20)

Kids Ask, Doctors Answer

When it comes to COVID-19, kids have burning questions too. The Governor’s Office partnered with OHSU to answer some of their questions. Check out this video, where Baxter wants to know:“How do I wear a mask?”      (Posted 7/31/20)

School Health and Safety Metrics

Governor Brown and leaders from OHA and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) announced new guidance about schools and how they might operate this fall. There is no simple, statewide answer for every school in Oregon. It is important to get students back to class, but how we do that depends on a number of important factors. Oregon public health officials have developed evidence-based metrics to help school boards and school districts make decisions about how they can safely reopen schools. Visit ODE's Ready Schools, Safe Learners web page for more information. 
(Posted 7/31/20)

Our family is incredibly important, especially in times of crisis. They give us strength and support to overcome difficult times. COVID-19 is very harmful to our older loved ones, we want to stop the spread to protect them. During the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, protect your family and community of loved ones with these simple steps. (Posted 5/13/20)


Keeping Children Healthy While School's Out  (Posted 4/30/20)

Video: Coronavirus (COVID-19) What You Need To Know  (Posted 4/29/20)

Will seeking treatment for COVID-19 count against someone under the federal “public charge” rule?

If you or someone you know is applying to become a Legal Permanent Resident, is undocumented, or is covered by emergency-only coverage (CAWEM), you may wonder if seeking medical treatment for COVID-19 will be counted against you under the federal “public charge” rule.

Receiving emergency Medicaid, such as CAWEM, cannot be counted under the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) public charge rule. Additionally, on March 13, 2020 USCIS issued an alert on its website stating that the agency will not consider testing, treatment, or preventative care (including vaccines, if a vaccine becomes available) related to COVID-19 as part of a public charge analysis.

You should seek the medical treatment or preventive services you need to protect your health and the health of others. This includes if your care is paid for in whole or in part by Medicaid, also known as the Oregon Health Plan.

Disclaimer: This is not legal advice. Individuals who are concerned about whether and how receipt of public benefits might affect their immigration status should ask for help from an immigration attorney.

Seeking Care won't count
(Posted 4/29/20)

El sitio web de la Autoridad de Salud de Oregón (OHA) dice:

¿Buscar tratamiento para COVID-19 contará contra alguien bajó la regla federal de "carga pública"?

Si usted o alguien que conoce está solicitando convertirse en un Residente Legal Permanente, es indocumentado o está cubierto por una cobertura solo de emergencia (CAWEM), puede preguntarse si la búsqueda de tratamiento médico para COVID-19 se contará en su contra según la ley federal "carga público ".


Recibir Medicaid de emergencia, como CAWEM, no se puede contar bajo la regla de carga pública del Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS). Además, el 13 de marzo de 2020, el USCIS emitió una alerta en su sitio web que indicaba que la agencia no considerará las pruebas, el tratamiento o la atención preventiva (incluidas las vacunas, si una vacuna está disponible) relacionada con COVID-19 como parte de un análisis de carga pública .


Debe buscar el tratamiento médico o los servicios preventivos que necesita para proteger su salud y la salud de los demás. Esto incluye si su atención es pagada en su totalidad o en parte por Medicaid, también conocido como el Plan de Salud de Oregón.


Descargo de responsabilidad: Esto no es un consejo legal. Las personas que están preocupadas acerca de si la recepción de beneficios públicos podría afectar su estado migratorio y cómo deberían hacerlo, deben solicitar ayuda de un abogado de inmigración.


Fotos Indican:  

Buscar atención COVID-19 no contará en su contra bajo la regla federal de "carga pública".

Debido a COVID-19, el Departamento Federal de Seguridad Nacional y USCIS han confirmado que las pruebas, el tratamiento y la atención preventiva relacionados con COVID-19 no se considerarán como parte de la determinación de la carga pública.

(Posted 4/29/20)

Dear Staff, Parents and Students, (Spanish translation below)

NMSD staff and administration are working hard to support you during this COVID-19 pandemic and want to reassure you that we will get through this together. This is a difficult and troubling time for many of us, but we are here to help. We are all adjusting to a new way of schooling and being quarantined in our homes. Social/physical distancing (of at least 6 feet away from others) is difficult and trying, but so important if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19.  We cannot tell who is infected and potentially contagious, as some people may have mild to no symptoms. For our own safety, the safety of others and to slow the spread of the virus please do your part to observe social distancing at the workplace and in stores. Stay home as much as possible and only with those in our immediate households.  We care about you and your families and are ready to help you along the way.   

We can get lost and overwhelmed in all the information that we come across. It is best to minimize our media time and use reliable and accurate sources for our information, like:

Oregon Health Authority

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Oregon Department of Education (ODE)

Below are links on ways we can keep informed and stay healthy:
  • Refer to our NM Community Resource page for emergency numbers, local food pantries, health centers, and community resources, etc.
  • Use the Household Checklist  to help you plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • We now have COVID-19 documents available in multiple languages 

  • As we all continue taking precautions during the spread of COVID-19, BrainPOP is here to help you and your curious learners stay informed and on-track. BrainPOP is offering free family access during the COVID-19 school closure.Click here
  • For general information, call 211 (not 911)

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, or breathing problems stay home and call your doctor. If breathing difficulty or shortness of breath is mild, do not delay in calling your doctor. If it is severe, call 911. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. As your District School Nurse, I am available to you via phone (503-678-7140) and welcome your calls from 8 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday. We need to support each other, so please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.  


Estimados Personal, Padres y Estudiantes,


El personal y la administración de NMSD están trabajando arduamente para apoyarlo durante esta pandemia de COVID-19 y quieren asegurarle que lo superaremos juntos. Este es un momento difícil y problemático para muchos de nosotros, pero estamos aquí para ayudar. Todos nos estamos adaptando a una nueva forma de escolarización y a estar en cuarentena en nuestros hogares. El distanciamiento social (a 6 pies de distancia de los demás) es difícil y difícil, pero tan importante si queremos frenar la propagación de COVID-19. No podemos saber quién está infectado y es potencialmente contagioso, ya que algunas personas pueden tener síntomas leves o nulos. Por nuestra propia seguridad, la seguridad de los demás y para frenar la propagación del virus, haga su parte para observar el distanciamiento social en el lugar de trabajo y en las tiendas. Quédese en casa tanto como sea posible y solo con aquellos en nuestros hogares inmediatos. Nos preocupamos por usted y sus familias y estamos listos para ayudarlo en el camino.   

Podemos perdernos y abrumarnos con toda la información que encontramos. Es mejor minimizar el tiempo de los medios y usar fuentes confiables y precisas para nuestra información, como:

Autoridad de Salud de Oregón


Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedad (CDC)

Organización Mundial de Salud (WHO)

Departamento de Educación de Oregón (ODE)

A continuación hay enlaces sobre formas en que podemos mantenernos informados y mantenernos saludables.:

  • Refiera a nuestra página de Recursos Comunitarios de NM para números de emergencia, despensas de alimentos locales, centros de salud, y recursos comunitarios, etc.
  • Cuidarse de su Salud Emocional es importante para todos nosotros.
  • Ahora tenemos documentos de COVID-19 disponibles en múltiples idiomas
  • Mientras todos tomamos precauciones durante la propagación de COVID-19, BrainPOP está aquí para ayudarlo a usted y a sus alumnos curiosos a mantenerse informados y en buen camino. BrainPOP ofrece acceso familiar gratuito durante el cierre de la escuela COVID-19. Haga clic aquí
  • Para información general, llame 211 (no llame 911)

Si tiene síntomas de fiebre, tos o problemas respiratorios, quédese en casa y llame a su médico. Si la dificultad para respirar o la falta de aire es leve, no demore en llamar a su médico. Si es grave, llame al 911. 

Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo. Como su Enfermera escolar del distrito, estoy disponible para usted por teléfono (503-678-7140) y recibo sus llamadas de 8 am a 4 pm de lunes a viernes. Necesitamos apoyarnos mutuamente, así que comuníquese conmigo si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud.  

¡Su salud me importa!


Agnes Albert, BSN, RN, CIC
District School Nurse
North Marion School District 
Desk: 503-678-7140
Office: 503-678-8500
Fax: 503-678-8510



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