ROSEBURG, Ore. --Roseburg Public Schools is officially bringing students back to the classroom.
The school board voted Wednesday night to bring back all grades for in-person learning on Jan. 25.
However, students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be learning in-person full time. Students in sixth through 12th will be put on a hybrid learning model, which is a combination of remote and in-person learning.
Superintendent Jared Cordon said they’re only allowed 25 students in the classroom at a time. He said the plan they approved was the best way to limit the amount of contact among students.
“They’ll only be in contact with their class,” he said. “It will be a different experience for them, but kids are so excited to get back.”
Some parents told KEZI 9 News that they’re excited for their students, but they’re still concerned about the spread of COVID-19.
“The new strain has come out and the mutated COVID,” said parent Jesse Curry. “It’s scary for the little ones.”
Cordon said he understands some parents still have concerns about sending their students back. However, he said the district will do everything they can to keep the students safe while they’re at school.
“We’re doing visual health screenings, kids are physically distancing, they're wearing face masks, we’re doing extra cleaning and disinfecting,” he said.
As for teachers, Cordon said they’re working closely with the county and Douglas Education Service District to get their staff vaccinated. For now, he said it’s up to the students, parents and teachers to follow COVID-19 safety protocols in order to keep cases out of the schools.
“What is interesting though is that kids do a great job at embracing these new things,” he said. “It’s not odd for kids to wear a mask.”
For the next two weeks, Cordon said they will continue with their limited in-person learning option, which is when they bring in a small number of students one day a week to get extra help with distance learning.