To avoid having students collide with the Covid-19 virus in Oregon classrooms, Governor Kate Brown authorized parental supervision for instruction at home. But it appears that Gov. Brown has changed her mind.
Elementary Schools will begin classroom instruction by March 29th – putting students back in school at well-spaced desks. Then on April 19th, middle and high school students will be brought back to the schools. Governor Brown said “Whether or not public schools should return kids to their classrooms this spring is no long up for discussion. They will return to school.”
Virtual learning (studying from home) will still be an option for families but districts must offer full in-person instruction or a hybrid model depending on community infection rates.
The Governor says that school districts across Oregon that fail to meet certain deadlines will see their funding lowered although that threat may be removed and put back on the shelf. It depends on the rate of viral infections throughout the community.
Governor Brown’s staff agrees with her that kids must get back into school. They say individual school districts, rather than state officials, will make the final decision on whether to offer in-person classroom instruction.