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Central Point School District plans for more classroom time in April

The Central Point School District has released a preliminary plan for adopting Oregon's new spacing guidelines in the classroom.

Posted: Mar 24, 2021 5:41 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2021 5:59 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Central Point School District on Wednesday released a preliminary plan for adopting Oregon's new classroom spacing guidelines, with the first changes set to begin in April.

The Oregon Department of Education released its updated guidance on Monday, adjusting school restrictions based on new recommendations from the CDC. Elementary schools were broadly cleared to adopt three feet of spacing between students in the classroom, but middle and high schools are only allowed to adopt the reduced spacing if county COVID-19 case rates allow.

With Spring Break underway and logistical challenges posed by the new guidance, many local districts said that it would take some time before they could get their affairs in order — particularly for middle and high school students. In some cases, younger students have already been back in the classroom on a full-time schedule.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to utilize more space and have all our students back in the building. We will be working with the county to implement these changes as soon as the county metrics and new guidance align,” said Superintendent Dave Valenzuela with the Three Rivers School District in Josephine County.

As of last week, Jackson County's COVID-19 case rates were low enough to allow for the spacing reduction at middle and high schools. The Central Point School District issued a statement on Wednesday, laying out its initial plan for the transition to full-time learning.

"Governor Brown and the Oregon Department of Education have released new guidance for schools that reduces physical distancing requirements from 6 feet to 3 feet and allows us to serve more students in our schools and classrooms," the District said. "We are excited to make the changes necessary to bring students back! Our District Leadership Team met today to develop a plan to welcome students back for significantly more time in person."

Central Point Elementary, Mae Richardson Elementary, and Jewett Elementary will begin a four-day per week schedule for all K-5 students on April 5. Patrick and Sams Valley elementary schools were already on a four-day schedule.

For Hanby Middle School, Scenic Middle School, Crater School of Business, and Crater Academy, an updated schedule is anticipated starting April 12. Crater Renaissance was already on a four-day schedule.

"These changes will require school day start and end times to change at the secondary level to accommodate a second bus run," Central Point School District said. "Please look for information from your principal about these changes."

Oregon's guidance requires that every district continue to offer Comprehensive Distance Learning for any students who do not wish a return to full-time learning in the classroom. As a result, Central Point is keeping Wednesdays as a distance learning day for all students.

Earlier this week, the Klamath County School District released a similar preliminary schedule, planning to bring all students back to full-time classroom learning five days per week beginning April 5.

"The district will receive its most accurate information on March 29, and at that time, we will verify we can meet all the requirements," KCSD said. "We will update our families by March 30."

Many other districts are still developing their plans. NewsWatch 12 will offer updates on those transitions as more information becomes available.

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