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Gov. Brown addresses Oregon students returning back to the classroom

On Monday in a Facebook live press conference Governor Kate Brown along side Colt Gill, the director for the Oregon Department of Education and Yosalin Arenas Alvarez, a Medford High School student and a student member of my Healthy Schools Reopening Council, addressed the return of Oregon students returning to the classroom.

Posted: Mar 29, 2021 4:38 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2021 4:51 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- In a Facebook Live press conference on Monday, Governor Kate Brown was joined by Oregon Department of Education director Colt Gill, and Yosalin Arenas Alvarez — a South Medford High School student and a student member of my Healthy Schools Reopening Council — addressed the return of Oregon students to classrooms.

"Its truly a moment worth celebrating," said Gov. Brown. "I know that students, parents, educators and all of us have been looking forward to this for months."

For over a year now, Oregon students have mostly been restricted to comprehensive distance learning, with only limited in-person learning available to some students. The effects of CDL have taken their toll on Oregon's students — whether that be mentally, physically, or their drive to want to continue to learn.

Although the challenges of students having to learn in CDL haven't been easy, Colt Gill says that Oregon's students will be stronger than ever going forward, especially after dealing with this type of adversity.

"I believe that we are stronger today," Gill said. "We have certainly learned a lot, but not just about Covid-19 and how to prevent exposure and spread. But about our inner strength and how to face new challenges and grow from our experiences."

According to Yosalin Alvarez, although her senior year traditions at South Medford have been cancelled or changed because of the pandemic, that's the last thing on her mind. 

Her biggest concern, is the stress, anxiety, depression and grief that many students are having to deal with because of the Covid-19 pandemic. She also says that she is just glad that students can return to some sort of normalcy with the return of more in-person instruction and hopes that the healing process can begin.

"I went back home on Wednesday to go show some freshmen around and they loved being on campus," said Alvarez. "A lot of them came to me and told me about their stress, anxiety and depression. Although it was really nerve racking, I was able to connect them with various sources to help to get them the help that they needed."

"I would like to thank Oregon students who have persevered during this difficult year," said Gov. Brown. "Distance learning has never ever been attempted on such a large scale and I know it hasn't been easy."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 392197

Reported Deaths: 5186
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Multnomah60432839
Washington42082398
Marion39986507
Clackamas32861382
Lane30179358
Jackson24956361
Deschutes23639185
Umatilla15135182
Linn14704179
Douglas13438292
Josephine10201246
Yamhill9787143
Klamath9072147
Polk8248102
Benton611138
Malheur592790
Coos5693107
Columbia433356
Jefferson420866
Lincoln363852
Union339255
Crook336356
Wasco317046
Clatsop262735
Baker220833
Tillamook217045
Hood River214537
Morrow197825
Curry192439
Harney119933
Grant108515
Lake105616
Wallowa76013
Sherman1913
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
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Cases: 5087907

Reported Deaths: 74561
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Los Angeles152858627184
San Diego4074794340
Riverside3880835358
San Bernardino3748555967
Orange3346265736
Sacramento1684922447
Kern1578751804
Fresno1568972259
Santa Clara1522681929
Alameda1252361507
San Joaquin1076041834
Ventura1040841191
Contra Costa1038691046
Stanislaus915481417
Tulare861371099
San Francisco56931672
San Mateo56354629
Monterey52521626
Solano47693358
Santa Barbara47345553
Merced45086668
Sonoma43207412
Placer42204470
Imperial38516773
Kings35221362
San Luis Obispo31511360
Madera26233311
Shasta26113458
Butte25476318
Santa Cruz22268224
Yolo21590260
Marin18495249
El Dorado18325166
Sutter14577186
Napa13424105
Yuba1076389
Tehama10282130
Humboldt10183119
Nevada10029105
Mendocino857799
Lassen797656
San Benito782979
Tuolumne774691
Lake7046110
Amador578366
Siskiyou475855
Glenn457436
Calaveras442288
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Colusa325921
Inyo256746
Plumas19397
Mono18924
Mariposa160718
Trinity99817
Modoc7725
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