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Lake County schools prepare for in-person classes after Oregon revises rural metrics

The Oregon Department of Education on Tuesday released new guidance for rural schools, adding flexibility that will allow Lake County students to attend class.

Posted: Aug 11, 2020 3:45 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2020 6:07 PM

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — Lake County School District #7 says it will go back-to-school this fall — with in-person classes — after the Oregon Department of Education issued updated guidance for rural schools.

District Superintendent Michael Carter told NewsWatch 12 on Tuesday that the new metrics for rural Oregon schools will allow students there to attend in-person class.

"The revised guidance gives rural and remote schools more flexibility to offer in-person instruction," ODE said in a statement. "The new metrics require close partnership between school districts and local public health authorities to oversee a return to in-person instruction in small communities not impacted by COVID-19."


RELATED: Gov. Brown, state officials outline new COVID-19 metrics for schools


Carter says the District is shifting school start times for earlier middle school classes and later high school hours. He says those shifts allow buses to run their routes twice daily for safe distancing of student passengers.

District staff have done a lot of work to exercise precautions and implement new protocols for in-person learning, Carter continued. He expects Lake County School District schools to start classes mid-September.

The District’s online-only curriculum, Lakeview Academy, remains available for patrons who want that option.

ODE's updated guidance provides a much broader list of exceptions than just for remote and rural schools. Statewide, limited in-person instruction is allowed for students with disabilities, English language learners, and hands-on career technical education (CTE) classes — as long as there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases among school staff or students in the past 14 days.

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