Schools in extreme risk counties will stay open

However, high school sports will see a change in the limit to spectators and players on the field or courts.

Posted: Apr 27, 2021 8:42 PM
Updated: Apr 28, 2021 11:05 AM

EUGENE, Ore.-- When Lane and Linn counties move to extreme risk, schools will stay open for hybrid learning.

Gov. Kate Brown announced the change to the counties' risk levels on Tuesday.

Officials with Eugene School District 4J and the Springfield and Bethel school districts said students will not see an impact on their current learning models. This is because school districts in Oregon follow separate guidelines compared to counties.

The Oregon Department of Education doesn't require schools to shut down when counties see an increase in cases. On top of that, Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order in March requiring all schools to be open by April 19.

However, high school sports will see a change in the limit to spectators and players on the field or courts. The OSAA has its guidelines approved by the Oregon Health Authority. According to OSAA, school districts in extreme counties can continue with outdoor and indoor sports. But when it comes to spectators, there's a limit to six people for indoor sports and 50 for outdoor sports.

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