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Klamath County School District prepares to welcome back students full-time

Starting next week, most Klamath County School District students will be in classrooms full-time for the first time in more than a year.

Posted: Apr 1, 2021 1:03 PM
Updated: Apr 1, 2021 1:04 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — For the first time in more than a year, most students in the Klamath County School District will be back in the classroom full-time beginning next week. The change is made possible by Oregon's updated guidance for required spacing in classrooms.

Previous spacing requirements, prompted by the original recommendations from the CDC, necessitated that most Oregon students stay on a hybrid schedule. Spacing limitations simply did not allow for all students in a given class to be in the same room at the same time.

Since the Oregon Department of Education released its new guidance, southern Oregon districts have been developing how they will make the return to full-time classroom learning.

"We are not making this move lightly," KCSD said. "CDC data indicates that the virus has not been spreading in schools even with a 3-foot space-per-student distance in classrooms. Many of our students are struggling with distance learning, and earlier this year, we told parents we would work to bring as many students as possible, as soon as possible, into our classrooms while following all state and public health requirements."

The District said that, even though many of its schools have been open four days a week already, public health officials have yet to link any COVID-19 cases to school exposure.

"Teaming with public health to quickly quarantine cohorts has been working. To continue this trend, we need your commitment," KCSD said.

Administrators urged families to keep wearing masks, washing hands, and staying home when sick.

On Wednesday, KCSD rolled out its comprehensive schedule for each school in the district. School officials remarked that details differ by school because of the district's "diverse schools and scheduling needs."


Monday, April 5

Students at the following schools will start full-time, five-day a week schedules. All school start and end times remain the same as they are now.

  • Bonanza Elementary
  • Chiloquin Elementary
  • Chiloquin Junior/Senior High
  • Ferguson Elementary
  • Gearhart Elementary
  • Henley Elementary
  • Keno Elementary
  • Klamath County Transition Program
  • Lost River Junior/Senior High
  • Malin Elementary
  • Merrill Elementary
  • Peterson Elementary
  • Shasta Elementary (including Special Programs)
  • Stearns Elementary (including Special Programs)

Monday, April 12

Students at the following schools will start full-time, five-day a week schedules. All school start and end times remain the same as they are now.

  • Bonanza Junior/Senior High
  • Brixner Junior/Senior High (including Special Programs)
  • Gilchrist Elementary
  • Gilchrist Junior/Senior High
  • Henley Middle
  • Henley High

Exceptions:

Mazama High School: All students will continue on their current hybrid schedules, including students in Special Programs. Starting the week of April 12, all 9th- and 10th-graders will add a full-day of in-person instruction on Fridays; 11th and 12th graders will continue with asynchronous learning on Fridays. The reason: To maximize safety and educational options for students, Mazama created two master schedules that cannot be changed mid-semester without impacting credits and course completion. Keeping the current hybrid schedule and adding a day for freshmen and sophomores has been determined the best move for students academically.

Falcon Heights: Students will remain on their current AM/PM schedules but will begin attending five days a week starting the week of Monday, April 12.

Note: Online and homeschool options will remain available for families

Food service and meals

  • Breakfast: Some schools will send grab-and-go breakfasts home at the end of each day for students to eat before coming to school the next day. These schools would otherwise need to serve breakfast in shifts to accommodate the 6-foot distance while eating requirement, causing a late start to the instruction day.
  • Lunch: Students must maintain 6-feet of physical distance while eating. To accommodate this, some schools may provide grab-and-go lunches so students are able to eat in various locations on campus.
  • Grab-and-Go Meals: KCSD Online and Great Basin Homeschool students may continue to pickup meals from specific school sites. See the link for details: Grab-and-Go Meals.

Transportation and busing

  • Riding the bus: If you are currently transporting your student to school, please continue to do so if possible. Our ability to transport students by bus on a full-time schedule is based on the number of students currently using bus transportation. There are limited spaces on some routes. If you need to change your transportation plan, please contact the KCSD Transportation Department at 541- 883-5013.
  • Routes: Some schools will need to make changes to their bus routes. Updated route information is on our website. Click here for a direct link: Bus routes.

Cohorts and quarantining

  • Quarantining and cohorts: Cohort sizes (stable groups of students) will increase with the return to full-time learning. It is important the district maintains student confidentiality. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, full classes may need to quarantine to maintain that confidentiality, depending on the wishes of the family. If your student is part of a quarantined cohort, you will be contacted directly by a school nurse or staff member. The district maintains lists of active quarantined cohorts on its website.
  • Isolation rooms: Each school has an isolation room for people who have COVID-19 symptoms. Parents will be called and asked to arrange pick up for an ill student.
  • Testing: Schools will be receiving rapid COVID-19 tests. Students who have symptoms may be tested by a trained staff member only if a parent has signed an authorization form. If you have not yet signed and want to sign the form, please contact your school.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
CountyCasesDeaths
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Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5061240

Reported Deaths: 74159
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152548627128
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581504
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
Unassigned2430
Sierra2170
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