ROSEBURG, Ore.--Roseburg Public Schools announced Tuesday that Pre-K through 5th grade will return to in-person learning on Jan. 25.
District officials said they made this decision based on the new guidelines set out by the Oregon Department of Education. For younger grades, the infection rate must be below 350 cases per 100,000 people. Douglas County's current infection rate is 211 per 100,000 people.
For 6th through 12th grade to return to the classroom, a county's infection rate must below 200 cases per 100,000 people. The county falls short under that requirement. However, the district said, when older students are given the all-clear to return to campus by the Oregon Health Authority, they will return to in-person instruction that following Monday.
Superintendent Jared Cordon said this in a statement:
“Since the beginning of the school year, Roseburg Public Schools has strictly adhered to the state’s mandates and guidance to best protect student and staff health, adjusting our plans as needed,” Cordon said. “We believe that following the path we have set throughout the year to manage these adjustments has been the safest and most responsible option for our district.”