MEDFORD, Ore. -- The Medford School District is looking for feedback on how they’ll reintroduce in-person learning next year.
This follows Governor Kate Brown’s announcement that school districts can make their own decisions beginning January 1st.
The school district currently has 150 students per building each week for elementary, 200 for middle school and 350 for high school.
If COVID-19 case rates in Jackson County decline, officials say they would like to bring in more students. They’re continuing to work with Jackson County Public Health to determine this.
"We need to keep working as a community to bring our case rates down," said communications coordinator Natalie Hurd. "Just because we can plan for more of a return to in-person instruction doesn't mean that we can't do that while simultaneously working as a community to wear our masks, avoid large gatherings, practice physical distancing and good hygiene in order to reduce the number of COVID cases, because that's really the key to keeping schools open."
Right now, the district is forming a task force, with members from each group representing teachers, staff and parents.
“We just want to make sure that we honor all of the voices in our community and really have members of each of those groups taking a close look at the guidance, looking at what folks' needs are, what our students' needs are and really carefully planning as we transition to this next phase,” Hurd said.
The school district will send out a survey to families, teachers and staff this week.
Their goal is to have a finalized plan by the end of January.