Doctors Discuss Strep Risk

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. – Sams Valley Elementary School will reopen Friday, after being closed because of the sudden illness and death of a staff member. Teacher’s Aid Tami Smurzynski died Tuesday due to complications from strep. The school closed Tuesday and Wednesday while workers cleaned and sanitized the campus. The exact details of what led … Continue reading »

Strep Throat Death Causes School Closure

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. — Strep throat is being blamed for the sudden illness and death of a school staff member at Sams Valley Elementary School. Because the illness came on so fast, and had such a severe result, the school was closed for cleaning Wednesday, and will remain closed Thursday. The Jackson County Public Health … Continue reading »

School Report Cards Released

MEDFORD, Ore. — The state has released its re-designed report cards for Oregon’s public schools and districts. The new report cards track focus on student performance and student growth. State officials say the goal of the new system is to reward schools that help all students improve, not just give good grades to those with … Continue reading »