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The Oregon Department of Education says it will create a plan for the 2020-2021 school year. It will release this plan in June.

Posted: May 20, 2020 6:20 PM

MEDFORD, Ore -- We are starting to get an idea of what school will have to look like when students to return. 

The CDC released a 60 page document with guidelines on how to reopen America with the coronavirus. Part of those guidelines includes schools.

The Oregon Department of Education is combing through those guideline. Here is the statement sent to NewsWatch 12, "ODE is creating a plan for the 2020-2021 school year and will finalize and release the plan in June. As you can imagine, this is a complex undertaking with many moving parts as we work to ensure care, connection, and continuity of learning for Oregon's students." said Marc Siegel. He is the Communications Director for the Oregon Department of Education. 

Our local school districts are also looking through these guidelines. "It's a little bit overwhelming. There is going to be a lot of planning that our district will need to do." said Natalie Hurd. She is the Communications Specialist for the Medford School District. "As great as kids are, as great as teachers are, none of us are going to be able to be perfect. It's going to be a learning process." said Laurie Rooper. She is the Director of Human Resources & Communication for the Ashland School District. 

The guidelines emphasize the importance of cleaning and sanitation. It also describes social distancing inside classrooms. "We are poised to do it. We are actually really excited about the opportunity to re-invent education for students in the Medford School District." said Hurd. "Not all of it is going to be easy however." said Rooper. She says the biggest challenge will be social distancing.

"Anytime we get guidelines it's appreciated, because we are just in uncharted territory right now." said Hurd. She says the health and safety of students is the top priority. This summer the school district gets to test out these guidelines with summer school.

NewsWatch 12 asked both Hurd and Rooper if they think classes will be able to fully resume in classrooms this fall. "Oh definitely, I do. If it doesn't start five full days ... it will still be open for learning." said Hurd. "I think it is too soon for us to know. That will depend on what happens in the next months and ultimately it's the Governor's call." said Rooper.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 31865

Reported Deaths: 539
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Multnomah7022136
Marion456992
Washington441759
Umatilla293941
Clackamas234661
Malheur158926
Jackson11094
Lane109616
Deschutes79312
Yamhill75013
Jefferson5218
Polk51515
Linn49513
Morrow4946
Lincoln47613
Union4392
Benton2946
Klamath2792
Wasco2793
Hood River2490
Douglas2244
Josephine1952
Columbia1551
Coos1490
Clatsop1310
Baker922
Crook621
Tillamook510
Curry310
Lake290
Wallowa281
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant90
Gilliam80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 799516

Reported Deaths: 15393
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2644146455
Riverside578831179
San Bernardino53359918
Orange526221182
San Diego45596773
Kern31712360
Fresno28019362
Sacramento21872399
Alameda20951397
Santa Clara20756304
San Joaquin20126437
Stanislaus16436345
Contra Costa16238204
Tulare15829259
Ventura12591146
Imperial11741317
San Francisco1094699
San Mateo9714144
Monterey970170
Santa Barbara8973113
Merced8828140
Kings756977
Sonoma7262120
Marin6641114
Solano627863
Madera445865
Placer353544
San Luis Obispo347929
Butte279043
Yolo278255
Santa Cruz22949
Sutter168911
Napa165313
San Benito132111
Yuba11367
El Dorado10884
Mendocino89418
Shasta75916
Lassen7360
Glenn5713
Tehama5334
Lake53011
Nevada5286
Colusa5246
Humboldt4967
Calaveras31414
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18715
Mono1652
Siskiyou1630
Del Norte1381
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc250
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
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