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Schools canceling events, activities after governor's announcement

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Posted: Mar 12, 2020 12:00 PM
Updated: Sep 1, 2020 1:47 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- School districts are changing event plans after Gov. Kate Brown announced gatherings of more than 250 people will be banned through April 8 in hopes of slowing the spread of novel coronavirus.

Eugene School District 4J is suspending school events, gatherings and field trips based on the latest recommendations from health officials. The action is not related to an identified COVID-19 case, officials said. The new guideline will be in place for 30 days, effective March 12.

The Bethel School District is suspending all large non-essential school and district-based gatherings and group activities such as Oregon Battle of the Books, music concerts, school assemblies, field trips, PTO meetings, KIDSPORTS practices and games, and family nights for the next four weeks.

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On Thursday, the Siuslaw School District announced it is canceling all afternoon and evening activities, including parent conferences scheduled for Thursday. They said they will reschedule them to be held by phone at a later time. 

South Lane School District said its plans are to cancel all non-essential events for the next 30 days, including assemblies, field trips, sport competitions, performances and more. 

Through April 10, Roseburg Public Schools will be implementing restrictions to protect students, including postponing events and gatherings. They will also be taking additional steps including using hospital-grade disinfectant to clean schools, decreasing the use of shared school supplies and suspending salad bar service during meals. 

Albany Public Schools have also issued a similar statement, saying they are suspending non-essential large events.

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