Roseburg elementary students back in class

Many parents at Fir Grove Elementary School said they are so excited for their students to be back, especially after struggling through distance learning for the past few months.

Posted: Jan 25, 2021 5:40 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2021 6:39 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Elementary students in Roseburg Public Schools are officially back in the classroom.

District officials said they were able to return pre-kindergarten through fifth grade to in-person learning based on the recent school metrics released by the state.

They said the county only has to be under 350 cases per 100,000 people in order to bring elementary-age students back.

Many parents at Fir Grove Elementary School said they are so excited for their students to be back, especially after struggling through distance learning for the past few months.

“I feel great about it,” said parent Robert Wells. “I think a lot of parents feel good about it because I know a lot of parents are struggling to have their students perform well.”

Other parents said having their student back with their classmates is more important now than ever.

“There are so many kids who need the socialization, they need to be in their class, they need their teacher one-on-one to where they can focus and get the help they need,” said Nicole Handel. “Get their friends and play outside at recess.”

Right now, middle and high school students in Roseburg Public Schools remain in full-time distance learning. However, with declining case rates, district officials say they plan on bringing back grades six through 12 on Monday for hybrid learning. 

The requirement they needed to hit to bring those students back was fewer than 200 cases per 100,000 people in the county.

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