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School districts reviewing new CDC guidelines

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.

Cases: 357526

Reported Deaths: 4284
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55810707
Washington38782324
Marion36837455
Clackamas29779309
Lane27744302
Jackson23059310
Deschutes20336125
Umatilla14492150
Linn12911131
Douglas12118243
Josephine9384196
Yamhill8715113
Klamath8020119
Polk737381
Malheur563677
Benton549431
Coos503794
Columbia382644
Jefferson376052
Lincoln319939
Union319549
Crook291846
Wasco288841
Clatsop244328
Baker203529
Tillamook196932
Hood River192837
Morrow185023
Curry180625
Harney113927
Grant100013
Lake93912
Wallowa68612
Gilliam1544
Sherman1523
Wheeler1121
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Cases: 4848946

Reported Deaths: 71328
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Los Angeles148303126527
Riverside3716705041
San Diego3666614183
San Bernardino3586775692
Orange3242885562
Sacramento1596362309
Kern1463481648
Fresno1463182094
Santa Clara1455431897
Alameda1206921400
San Joaquin1027761721
Ventura1010381167
Contra Costa1000181008
Stanislaus862991335
Tulare80375978
San Francisco54440649
San Mateo54168623
Monterey50911586
Solano46063341
Santa Barbara45223523
Merced42422581
Sonoma40997404
Placer39435429
Imperial36071766
Kings32938325
San Luis Obispo29973333
Madera23955285
Shasta23924352
Butte23818273
Santa Cruz21034221
Yolo20397248
Marin17706244
El Dorado17207149
Sutter13937175
Napa12898100
Yuba1011582
Tehama9534110
Humboldt9269109
Nevada916790
Mendocino766787
Lassen754347
San Benito744972
Tuolumne691790
Lake6631105
Amador547364
Siskiyou451246
Glenn438433
Calaveras391481
Del Norte358742
Colusa307618
Inyo214241
Mono16723
Plumas16607
Mariposa133916
Trinity88011
Modoc6895
Sierra1880
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