Oakridge schools reach COVID-19 agreement with teachers

Moving forward, teachers will continue distance learning if they choose and in-person instruction will only be expanded after consulting health authorities, according to the district.

Posted: Dec 17, 2020 5:44 PM

OAKRIDGE, Ore. – The Oakridge School district has reached a tentative agreement with the Oakridge Education Association over workplace concerns during the pandemic.

Multiple parents and teachers told KEZI 9 News their concerns about how the district was handling COVID-19 and the lack of communication from Superintendent Reta Doland.

The district has been providing in-school learning for about 100 students. Teachers said at the start of the school year, they only learned they’d be required to teach from the building nine days before classes began.

Moving forward following the recent compromise, teachers will continue distance learning if they choose until the district determines that limited in-person or hybrid instruction will be started or expanded for their assigned students.

In-school instruction will be expanded to other grade levels after talking with health authorities.

The district also agreed to extend paid leave benefits through June 30 of next year for district employees required to quarantine if the employee contracts COVID-19 on district property.

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