Roseburg parents split over school district's reopening plan

Superintendent Jared Cordon said staff are excited about the plan. However, he said they are aware it won’t always be easy.

Posted: Jul 17, 2020 5:33 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2020 6:15 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- After Roseburg Public Schools released their plan to reopen Thursday, the response from parents has been fairly mixed.

District staff said elementary students will come back five days a week, but they will be spilt up into smaller cohorts. They said social distancing and sanitation will be emphasized.

Middle and high schoolers will attend a mix of in-person and virtual classes.


“It will be a four-period day in a block schedule,” said superintendent Jared Cordon. “The intent there is to reduce the movement between different cohorts and kids.”

Cordon said staff are excited about the plan. However, he said they are aware it won’t always be easy.

“Will we have to make some changes? Yeah,” said Cordon. “Will we learn lots of things? Certainly. I’m not panicked about this year.”

Some parents told KEZI 9 News their looking forward to sending their students back in the fall under the plan.

“Although I have concerns about the virus, because I care about our bodies and our health, we need community,” said Rachel Hess.

Other parents said they’re still uneasy about it.

“They need to be safe and I don’t think we need to rush into anything,” said Shellie Russell. “I don’t think we know how this is going to affect kids.”

Cordon said he is aware of parents' concerns. He said they will have the option to opt out of in-person learning completely and utilize distance learning full-time if they would like.

“It doesn’t guarantee that each of our kids and staff will be safe in returning to school,” said Cordon. “But there’s always a risk in daily decisions that we make.”

Cordon said the plan could be changed if the state changes their guidelines for reopening schools.

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