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Happy New Years: OHA/ODE Guidance & Attendance

Dear CGHS Families:

Happy New Year! We hope you found time to rest and enjoy the holiday season with family and friends. As we welcome our students back to school today, we wanted to address news released yesterday afternoon by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and remind families of our attendance policies and expectations. 

ODE and OHA are recommending either a pause in extracurricular activities or ensuring schools follow specific COVD-19 safety protocols. At this time, our intentions are to carry on with our extracurricular activities. Therefore, we need your support in reminding students to wear masks over their nose and mouth inside of our school buildings at all times. We will also require all spectators to wear masks inside during our athletic contests. We want all of our students to continue to participate in their extracurricular activities, so please help us do so by following the mask guidelines. 


Winter is here, the darkness and cold may keep us in bed longer in the mornings and inclement weather can cause delays on the way to school, so please plan accordingly. Before the break, we saw an increase in the number of students arriving late for school in the mornings and returning late from lunch. Please help us by having conversations with your students regarding the following:

 Anytime a student arrives late for school or returns late from lunch they need to sign in at the attendance office

  • Students leaving school early must sign out at the attendance office and have their parent/guardian contact us before they can leave 
  • If your student is absent from school please let us know by calling the attendance office 

Attendance Office 541 780-2132

Excessive tardiness and unexcused absences can result in students being assigned a lunch detention and/or Wednesday school. 

If your student is exhibiting any of the following symptoms please keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hours

Primary Covid-19 Symptoms

Non-Primary Covid-19 Symptoms

Fever of 100.4 or higher


New or disruptive cough

Body aches

Loss of taste or smell



Sore throat

Shortness of breath

Nasal congestion

Difficulty breathing



Thank you for your continued support.

Go Lions!


Kevin Herington

Principal, Cottage Grove High School