Central Point School District #6

New metrics provide hope for re-opening D6 schools—we want kids and staff safely back in our schools, classrooms and playgrounds

Today, Governor Kate Brown announced new, relaxed metrics for re-opening schools in Oregon (you can access the new metrics here).  Although cases in Jackson County are currently too high for schools to be eligible for immediate transition to on-site learning, the metrics are within reach—community practices that include physical distancing, wearing masks and washing hands will help reduce the transfer of COVID-19 and allow our schools to open.

In addition to new metrics for re-opening, the Oregon Department of Education has revised requirements for “Ready Schools Safe Learners” including more generous rules for Limited In Person Instruction (LIPI)–larger cohort groups (up to 20 students) are now allowed and schools are no longer limited to 250 students per week.   The “2-hour” per day rule still applies and the distancing requirements for transportation on school busses remain—both a challenge for families and schools.

District 6 will continue to maximize “in person” learning wherever possible.  Schools have already begun planning to bring additional students on campus for Limited in Person Instruction (LIPI) as soon as next week.  Further, our schools are preparing to transition to more on site learning (elementary level and hybrid plans) so that when Jackson County meets the metrics, we can move quickly to return students to schools.

Finally, protocols that keep students and staff safe continue to be implemented at our schools.  Mask requirements, screening for symptoms, physical distancing and sanitation protocols assure that students and staff in our buildings are protected from the transmission of COVID-19.  We recognize the impact school closure has on kids and families and the D6 staff is working hard to maximize every opportunity for in person learning.   Don’t forget to turn your clocks back tonight—we recommend turning them back to 2019.

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