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Medford School District's plans 'upended' by new COVID-19 metrics

New statewide coronavirus metrics announced on Tuesday have set the bar for school districts to hold in-person classes this fall.

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 10:29 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — School districts throughout the state of Oregon are scrambling this week after Governor Kate Brown and state officials announced new coronavirus metrics that will determine when schools can allow in-person learning.

Superintendent of the Medford School District Dr. Bret Champion joined NewsWatch 12 following the press briefing to describe how his district is adjusting to the changes.

Like many districts, MSD already had tentative back-to-school plans in place, including full in-person classes for K-6th grade and a hybrid model for 7-12th. The revelation of Oregon's new metrics may dramatically alter that plan.

A previous update to state guidance included face covering requirements for all students in Oregon.

"As of today (and please know things change quickly!), grades four through 12 will be fully virtual," Dr. Champion said in a letter to MSD families. "Students will be taught by their teachers from the school the students attend."

Because Jackson County's COVID-19 numbers are currently below the metric threshold, schools would have the option of offering in-person classes to grades K-3.

"We will be studying our options and sharing updated and detailed information in the coming days," Dr. Champion said. "We know that this continues to be a roller coaster for our families and staff. Please know that we continue to work to ensure that our system provides the best possible education for ALL our students, while protecting the health of our students, our staff, and our community."

MSD will be holding a virtual town hall on August 5 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the evolving plans.

"In the Medford School District, we have a shared vision: ALL are learning and learning is for ALL," Champion said. "That has never been more true than right now. This isn’t going to be perfect, but we will do our very best (along with you) to support students learning and wellbeing as we work toward opening this unprecedented school year."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 309841

Reported Deaths: 3569
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah50840642
Washington34683272
Marion32181388
Clackamas26315270
Lane23632246
Jackson20753255
Deschutes16401100
Umatilla12552125
Douglas10599185
Linn1030285
Josephine8536163
Yamhill737299
Klamath637891
Polk617770
Malheur475867
Benton454027
Coos406469
Columbia320237
Jefferson310446
Lincoln272829
Union266036
Wasco236739
Crook212137
Clatsop210225
Tillamook179623
Baker171920
Morrow166621
Curry166317
Hood River161635
Harney77115
Grant7538
Lake6608
Wallowa50111
Gilliam1364
Sherman1283
Wheeler651
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California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 4636268

Reported Deaths: 67966
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles144412725849
Riverside3575584802
San Diego3492274006
San Bernardino3468955501
Orange3135295354
Sacramento1498662070
Santa Clara1403871841
Fresno1356471889
Kern1343971515
Alameda1160681320
Ventura976231120
San Joaquin971621615
Contra Costa95595924
Stanislaus800341229
Tulare72812896
San Mateo52172607
San Francisco51808605
Monterey49445565
Solano44061312
Santa Barbara43065500
Sonoma39376376
Merced39279535
Placer36390364
Imperial34235755
Kings30038285
San Luis Obispo28273313
Madera21672258
Butte21205230
Shasta20647276
Santa Cruz20134211
Yolo19118239
Marin17080242
El Dorado15964127
Sutter13055153
Napa1224695
Yuba923461
Nevada845685
Humboldt826284
Tehama821184
San Benito708567
Mendocino681971
Lassen636827
Tuolumne612593
Lake601087
Amador489759
Glenn396430
Siskiyou388841
Calaveras339366
Del Norte334234
Colusa290718
Inyo166239
Mono14935
Plumas12336
Mariposa96712
Trinity71910
Modoc6278
Sierra1980
Unassigned1180
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