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Grants Pass, Three Rivers School District plan for in-person instruction

The Grants Pass and Three Rivers School Districts are planning for students returning to in-person instruction.

Posted: Jan 5, 2021 8:39 PM
Updated: Jan 5, 2021 8:41 PM

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. -- The Grants Pass and Three Rivers School Districts are planning for students returning to in-person instruction.

Each district sent out a survey to parents, teachers and staff to get feedback.

“Grants Pass School District 7 remains committed to bringing students back for in-person instruction as soon as possible. The governor’s latest announcement gives us great hope that we can accomplish this in the new year," said Superintendent Kirk Kolb. "Allowing metrics to be ‘advisory’ rather than ‘mandatory’ means school districts have more local control in deciding when they can safely bring students back for in-person learning and prioritizes bringing elementary students back by mid-February. We will work closely with our school community and Public Health officials before making an official announcement, but we believe that is an attainable goal for District 7".

“So, right now in the planning phase, we're taking that information, using what we knew to be successful in the first half of the year when we had students in person and applying it to that," said Three River School District Superintendent Dave Valenzuela. "So, taking all that and combining it to make the safest possible scenario, because it's really important to us that we create a sustainable, in-person learning environment.”

If COVID-19 case numbers spike or climb any higher than they are currently, Valenzuela says that's something the district will consider as they move forward.

For families who aren't ready to send their students back to classrooms, online learning will still be an option.

“Right now there's so much uncertainty, there's so little that we know about how the virus is actually impacting our communities," Valenzuela said. "So, I think to make sure that we are addressing that in our offerings and how we're serving our families is really important right now.”

Both districts are working closely with Josephine County Public Health to safely bring students back into classrooms.

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