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Eagle Point School District delays decision on school plans until Friday

While some southern Oregon districts have announced their tentative plans for the school year, Eagle Point School District will delay judgment until the end of this week.

Posted: Aug 3, 2020 5:57 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2020 5:13 PM

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Eagle Point School District will hold off deciding how to interface with students this coming school year until Friday, according to a message from Superintendent Andy Kovach.

The Ashland and Phoenix-Talent school districts have already announced their tentative plans for the start of the 2020-21 school year following Governor Brown's reveal of the state's coronavirus metrics last week. But with both the state and county benchmarks continuing to change, Kovach said that he wants to wait for more input.

"It is not yet clear what the trend of the key metrics will be in September and switching our schools from one model to another will be challenging," Kovach said. "While I know parents need clarity in order to plan for the Fall, our survey information indicates that the majority of our families would prefer some level of in-person instruction. I am unwilling to set this option aside too quickly."


RELATED: Ashland School District students will start the school year remote-only


Kovach also said that there are still some unknowns regarding the state's guidance, and he would like to hear more from parents and staff before going forward.

Due to both state and county metrics, Eagle Point School District does not currently meet the requirements for in-person or hybrid instruction.

"If we were to start school tomorrow it would have to be using the Comprehensive Distance Learning model," Kovach said.

Eagle Point did say that the model, at current metrics, would allow for K-3 students to learn in class while grades 4-12 learn online — similar to what Phoenix-Talent recently announced.

Kovach said that he will hold a digital "Town Hall Meeting" via Facebook Live on Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the District's developing plans. The District is also conducting an online survey of parents to solicit more feedback.

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