Walk To School Day

MEDFORD, Ore. — On Wednesday, dozens of kids were joined by parents, pets, police and firefighters walking or riding to Medford’s Jackson Elementary School. That’s because it’s International Walk or Bike to School Day. The principal says she hopes kids will continue to walk to school throughout the year, and keep safety in mind. “We … Continue reading »

School Mental Health Services Expand

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford schools are expanding their mental health services for students. This comes as the school board identified mental health as one of the biggest issues facing the district. The school district has shored up $200,000 in funds to hire mental health counselors. They’ll be taking bids from mental health providers this week … Continue reading »

Program Preparing Kids for Kindergarten

MEDFORD, Ore. — One Medford elementary school is offering a program where young students can practice for kindergarten. An open house for the new program is being held at Jackson Elementary School. The brand new “Family Neighborhood Center” is opening its doors to students up to five-years-old in hopes of getting them prepared for kindergarten. … Continue reading »

Medford School Enrollment Up

MEDFORD, Ore. — Enrollment in Medford schools has dramatically increased this year. So, the district is looking for new ways to handle the increase in students. Some new teachers have already been hired, and the district says it wants to work within its budget to find more. The Medford School District has increased by more … Continue reading »

Medford Schools Upgrade Security

MEDFORD, Ore. — School has been back in session in the Medford School District for a few days now and both students and parents may have noticed some changes at a handful of schools. Three elementary schools and one middle school underwent some security upgrades to the layout of their campuses. Doorways were closed off, … Continue reading »

Schools Improving Air Quality Indoors

MEDFORD, Ore. — The recent wild-land fires across southwest Oregon and northern California are pushing smoke into the area causing concern for school officials. School districts are concerned about exposing students to the smoke when it comes to outdoor activities. Before school begins in less than a month, they want to have plan to protect … Continue reading »

Rogue Valley Schools Prepare for Smoke

MEDFORD, Ore. — As the smoke begins to settle in yet again in the Rogue Valley, it has health and school officials worrying about how kids will handle the air quality when school activities begin. But some plans are already in place to help students in the smoke. Officials with Jackson County Health will hold … Continue reading »

Medford Schools Get Extra Day

MEDFORD, Ore. — Students in the Medford School District now have one more day of school. Monday June 10 will now be a regular school day for all students, except graduated seniors, to make up for a day they missed last winter because of bad weather. Busses will run on their regular schedules, and the … Continue reading »

Local School Praised For Anti-Bullying

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford students are using new techniques to prevent bullying and those techniques are getting the school recognized. Washington Elementary is considered an “exemplary school” for how its staff members implement anti-bullying strategies. Paul Messenger is the school’s Positive Behavior Coach. He works with students every day teaching what he calls “recess school.” … Continue reading »

Judge Sides On Medford School Complaint

MEDFORD, Ore. — An administrative judge has sided with Medford school employees in their recent complaint against the district. The complaint was filed with a labor union board claiming the contract given to employees in 2011 was unfair. The district faced a budget shortfall and asked its employees to take an 8% pay cut. The … Continue reading »

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