ROSEBURG, Ore. – Following Gov. Kate Brown’s announcement districts will soon be in control of reopening, Roseburg Public Schools said they’re working on a plan to bring students back to the classroom.
The district said they are working with the Douglas Public Health Network in deciding the next steps.
Local cases are on a downtrend, district officials said, and the area has moved into the orange phase of the current risk level framework. Also, vaccines are expected to be made available to school staff in the coming weeks.
However, clarity is needed in some areas of Brown’s latest directive before students can be brought back, including how rapid on-site testing could be used within schools.
Moving forward, students will continue with remote learning the week of Jan. 4, including elementary school students who were expected to return Jan. 7, as the district finalizes their plans.
Limited in-person learning opportunities will continue as planned. Elementary school students will be able to participate on Tuesdays starting Jan. 12. Middle and high school students will be able to participate on Wednesdays starting Jan. 13.
The school board will meet Jan. 6 to consider various scenarios for reopening to all students.