(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Department of Education is advising schools to strictly follow COVID-19 protocols or risk outbreaks because of the omicron variant. The advisory is in place from now through January 31st. Students or staff with COVID-19 symptoms should quarantine for seven days and follow the test to stay protocols. Schools are asked to pause extracurricular activities, or make sure they closely follow COVID protocols. They say schools that allow extracurricular activities to continue without precautions will see COVID-19 outbreaks.