Roseburg schools returning to in-person classes this month

Some students will be returning to in-person learning full time and others will be on a hybrid learning model.

Posted: Jan 7, 2021 5:37 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2021 6:16 PM

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.

RELATED: ROSEBURG SCHOOLS LOOK TO BRING STUDENTS BACK TO CLASSROOM

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.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 154878

Reported Deaths: 2206
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah31824528
Washington21099212
Marion18373285
Clackamas13328175
Lane10200126
Jackson8315111
Umatilla763982
Deschutes593459
Yamhill376764
Linn357756
Malheur334458
Polk303942
Klamath278455
Douglas244754
Josephine232849
Benton232516
Jefferson195128
Coos144019
Union128119
Columbia124821
Wasco122026
Lincoln112820
Hood River106429
Morrow104614
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6507
Curry4246
Tillamook4142
Lake3746
Harney2736
Grant2221
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00
Eugene
Mostly Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 41°
Corvallis
Mostly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 39°
Roseburg
Partly Cloudy
37° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 37°
North Bend
Partly Cloudy
37° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 31°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events