ROGUE RIVER, Ore. -- Rogue River School District delayed the first day back for students at Rogue River Junior Senior High School from Monday, August 30, to Tuesday, September 7.
The Superintendent, Patrick Lee told Newswatch 12 this was due to key faculty and staff in the main office needing to quarantine because of Covid exposure.
Lee said it was a difficult decision to make at the last minute. He said the district considered hiring a temporary staff, but thought it would be challenging to train them with the chaos of the first day back.
In a statement sent to out to families Lee wrote, "Rogue River Elementary School and South Valley Academy will still have school as planned and will begin tomorrow morning, August 30, 2021.
This was an incredibly difficult decision to make on short notice, but as the weekend progressed, more quarantines made it clear that we would not have the staff we needed at RRJSHS to have an orderly and strong start to the year. We know this is likely a great disappointment to many. We share in that disappointment with you.
Later this afternoon or evening you should receive more detailed information from the leaders of RRJSHS regarding student registration, the start of the school year, sports and more. There will be administrative staff available at the Jr/Sr High School throughout the week to help you with any questions or concerns you may have."
Lee said the district looks forward to the first day back for the students and will continue to follow standard Covid guidance for schools in Oregon.