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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.

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Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 206299

Reported Deaths: 2750
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Washington26740248
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Clackamas18872235
Lane13862162
Jackson11518146
Deschutes998682
Umatilla859287
Linn557280
Klamath477478
Yamhill477379
Polk397755
Douglas385881
Malheur361163
Josephine357572
Benton325422
Jefferson236339
Coos216637
Columbia190829
Union149124
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Lincoln142721
Crook128923
Hood River121933
Morrow115316
Clatsop10449
Baker100915
Curry70111
Tillamook6604
Grant5487
Lake4678
Harney4309
Wallowa1945
Gilliam761
Sherman671
Wheeler351
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 3806465

Reported Deaths: 63274
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Los Angeles124703324444
Riverside3015434625
San Bernardino2991864811
San Diego2815313771
Orange2729225109
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Kern1107341402
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Imperial28801741
Placer23477299
Kings23185247
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Madera16618245
Santa Cruz16232208
Marin14185229
Yolo14141212
Butte12644194
Shasta12630233
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Yuba646451
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Tehama572763
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Lake356345
Glenn243027
Siskiyou239337
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Del Norte14548
Inyo143438
Mono12954
Plumas7366
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