EAGLE POINT, Ore. — A draft version of the Eagle Point School District's plan for the coming school year includes full in-person learning at elementary schools and a hybrid method for secondary schools.
EPSD superintendent Andy Kovach released a letter to families and the community on Wednesday, referencing guidance from the Oregon Department of Education that has largely left the decision to hold in-person classes up to each individual district — provided that health and safety requirements are met.
Among the ODE requirements is a consistent social distance for students and staff of six feet in each direction, or 35 square feet.
"Looking to next year, we are preparing plans that focus on every student having access to an equitable, high quality education with the nutrition, health, and social support that come with it," Kovach said.
The District's first draft for the Fall describes two different strategies for elementary and secondary schools. The plan has Pre-K through Fifth graders in school five days a week, beginning with a "soft launch" in the first full week of September where only half of each class would attend two days, followed by the other half. Full classes would begin the next week.
For middle and high school students, administrators are planning for a hybrid method that they are calling "Brick and Click." Under this model only half of the student population will come each day to the brick-and-mortar school while the other half learns virtually, on an alternating day schedule.
Teachers will be wearing either masks or face shields while interacting with students.
EPSD said that it does not know the status of athletics and activities for next year yet, pending guidance from ODE and the OSAA.
"We are honored to work beside you to meet the challenges and opportunities of this moment," Kovach said. "As we have all come to learn, patience and ﬂexibility will be necessary. Community health circumstances will shift. What is non-negotiable is that we will do our best work to ensure EPSD9 students will be taught in a safe and prepared school environment."