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Medford School District prepares for gradual return to in-person learning, beginning late February

The Medford School District plan gradually brings students back into classrooms throughout February and March on a hybrid model.

Posted: Jan 21, 2021 12:40 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2021 5:28 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District has revealed its plan for returning students to classrooms after gathering feedback from families and staff, laying out a gradual timeline for in-person learning that will unfold over the course of February and March.

Governor Kate Brown announced last month that Oregon's coronavirus metrics for schools would become "advisory" instead of mandatory effective January 1. Many local school districts immediately began planning for a return to in-person learning, with classroom instruction underway by mid-January in some cases.

Medford School District in-person timeline

Elementary
Kindergarten - Grade 3:

  • All Day, Four Days a Week (Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.)
  • Wednesday, Minimum of Two-Hours Synchronous Remote Learning
  • Grades K-1 begins February 22
  • Grades 2-3 begins February 25
  • Student Orientations begin February 16

Grade 4 - Grade 6:

  • Hybrid, A/B Schedule (Mon., Thurs. OR Tues., Fri.)
  • Wednesday, Minimum of Two-Hours Synchronous Remote Learning
  • Grades 4-6 begins March 1
  • Student Orientations begin February 22

Middle School

  • Hybrid, A/B Schedule (Mon., Thurs. or Tues., Fri.)
  • Wednesday, CDL Support Days
  • Full Hybrid Begins March 29
  • Orientations and Hybrid Ramp-In Begins February 16

High School
North Medford HS and South Medford HS

  • Hybrid, A/B Schedule (Mon., Thurs. or Tues., Fri.)
  • Every Other Wednesday In-Person
  • Full Hybrid Begins March 29
  • Orientations and Hybrid Ramp-In Begins February 16

Central Medford High School: In-Person (Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.)

Medford School District in particular has opted for a more cautious approach. The District issued a survey to parents and staff at the end of December, seeking feedback on the decision before moving forward.

The plan released on Thursday continues to reflect that caution, with a phased return to hybrid learning set to unfold over the space of a month — and not beginning until late February. Under the plan, elementary schools students would start heading back to the classroom on February 22, and high school students would not begin until after Spring Break, on March 29.

"Our plan will be centered on prioritizing health and safety for all by following the guidance outlined in our safety standards," MSD said in a letter to families. "Please know if you plan to attend in-person (and we hope you do!), we will be asking families to agree to a social contract that will protect our friends and community that includes wearing face coverings as well as practicing physical distancing and hand-washing."

Families that don't want to have their students return to the classroom will not have the option of continuing remote learning in the same way that they were before. Instead, they'll be referred to the Medford Online Academy, a separate online-only program that has been underway since the beginning of the school year.

Those interested in the online-only option will have to fill out and return a transfer form by January 29.

Under the Medford plan, grades K-1 will start February 22, followed by grades 2-3 on February 25. These students will be learning in-person four days per week, with at least two hours of remote learning on Wednesdays.

Grades 4-6 will start a hybrid schedule on March 1, divided into two cohorts — each group in the classroom two days per week. As with the younger kids, Wednesday has been set aside as a remote learning day for all students, with a minimum of two hours of synchronous learning.

Middle school students will also be on a hybrid model, beginning March 29. Wednesdays will be comprehensive distance learning support days for all students.

Students of North and South Medford High will begin hybrid learning on March 29, with in-person learning every other Wednesday for the two cohorts. Central Medford High students will be on a flat in-person schedule four days per week.

"We know that there will be some difficult decisions for some of you to make in the next couple of weeks," Superintendent Bret Champion said. "Please know we are here to support you and we continue to be honored to serve your students, in all learning models!"

MSD has published an FAQ page to cover some of the other details, and promises more information to come.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
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Polk813698
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Malheur591586
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Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
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Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
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Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5057759

Reported Deaths: 74098
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152224027074
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
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