Keeping Our Community Healthy
Posted 02/10/2015 04:22PM

The news of a single measles case in Oregon has put focused attention on communicable diseases. French American International School wants our community to be aware of the protocols we follow in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority to maintain the health and well-being of our students and community.

Our school's current rate of students with a nonmedical exemption from required vaccines is approximately 6.5 percent. The Oregon State Health Department and the CDC maintain that the best way to guard your child from measles, specifically, is to confirm that your student's immunizations are up to date, and that the school has all the current records.

Vaccine Requirements for Measles

  • All children should get two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Children can receive the second dose earlier as long as it is at least 28 days after the first dose.
  • Oregon law requires measles vaccinations for children in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, childcare facilities, and Head Start programs. Unvaccinated children may be excluded from school following exposure to someone with a vaccine-preventable disease, if directed by the Oregon Health Authority.

What is the protocol if a student is confirmed with a communicable disease, namely measles?

Measles is a communicable disease that immediately must be reported to The Oregon Health Authority. The State works closely with the child's medical provider to confirm the illness, and with the child's school to investigate the illness/reduce further exposure. The Health Authority communicates to all parties promptly regarding the length of time a student must remain out of school. In addition, an investigation is launched to determine:

  • The risk to other children exposed to the ill child, including siblings.
  • The risk to unvaccinated children at the child's school.

The Health Authority advises French American International School of what other children, if any, must be kept home from school and for how long. Because the health and safety of our students and our community at large is our utmost priority, we will continue to be vigilant. Please take a moment to review the signs and symptoms of measles, as listed by the CDC:

Measles starts with a fever that can get very high. Some of the other symptoms that may occur are:

  • Cough, runny nose, and red eyes
  • Rash of tiny, red spots that start at the head and spread to the rest of the body
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infection

Feel free to refer to the this link at the CDC's website for any further questions you may have about the illness.


Celebrate our school community while enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres and wines from local vineyards and wineries! Tickets are now available for Fête du Vin: 6 PM on November 3, 2018 at FlexSpace.

Registration is open for both ACE Week (Lower School students) and Arts Week (Middle School students).

ACE / Arts Week is an optional extracurricular program that takes place during one week in fall (Oct. 22-26) and one week in spring when school is not in session. Students may sign up for as many days as they wish throughout the week.

The theme for this October's ACE Week is "Cooking: A Chef in the Making." Sign up now!


    • FriSep21 New Lower School Parent Café 8:30 AM to 9:30 AMJardin de Jeu, FAIS Campus

      New Lower School parents are invited to connect with other members of the FAIS community over coffee and pastries.

    • MonSep24 New Middle School Parent Meet & Greet 5:00 PM to 6:00 PMMyler Plaza, FAIS Campus

      New Middle School parents are invited to connect with other members of the FAIS community over cheese and wine.

    • WedOct03 Middle School PLC Meeting 8:30 AMRose Préau Commons
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      Join us at an All-School Open Tour! RSVPs appreciated, but not necessary.

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      FAIS will have a booth at the 6th Annual Portland Independent and Private School Fair held at OMSI, where members of the admissions team will be on hand to talk about our programs and answer questions about our school. This event is free and open to all families in the greater Portland area interested in preschool-12th grade. No registration required.

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