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State evaluating re-opening public schools….

Governor’s Healthy Schools Reopening Council Reviews Steps Necessary for Safe School Reopening

Rising community spread of COVID-19 is main obstacle to returning students to classrooms

(Salem, OR) — The Governor’s Healthy Schools Reopening Council met today to review the steps Oregon will need to take to return more students to in-person instruction in schools. While new nationwide data on schools reopening for in-person instruction has become available since Oregon’s metrics were first released at the end of July, the increasing community spread of COVID-19 in counties across Oregon presents a major obstacle to returning more students to the classroom.

“Returning to in-person instruction safely is key to ensuring Oregon’s students are receiving a high-quality education that prepares them for lifelong success,” said Governor Kate Brown. “But our schools and our educators do so much more than teach and inspire students.

“Our schools provide warm and nutritious meals to students who are hungry. There are health centers that provide students’ mental health and well-being and at the center of it all, are the teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians, and support professionals who, every day, build the personal, individual connections with students that are so crucial to their lifelong success.” (more…)

Letter to the Editor – Re-elect Dean Sawyer for Newport Mayor

I am writing to explain why our household is voting to re-elect Dean Sawyer as Mayor of Newport. It is an understatement that 2020 has been a crazy year. Despite that craziness, Dean has been the right person at the helm as we continue to navigate this year. He has been an avid, transparent communicator through social media for the things our community needs to do. But there’s more.

He has posted hilarious things on Facebook when what we needed most was a good laugh. He has been as instantaneous as possible in relaying information from the Governor and the Lincoln County Health Department.

He has shown us this year that local government is more than just pushing programs and pointing to years of experience. He has put a kind, compassionate face on the Mayor’s office, something that we’ve needed desperately this year. He knows our community, and he has invited us to get to know him better, too. He is the face of Newport, for which I’m very grateful. And my wife thinks he’s adorable.

That’s why our household is voting to re-elect Dean Sawyer as Mayor of Newport.

Mark C Phillips

Newport

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