Roseburg schools change plans for fall reopening

In a statement, school officials said Douglas County does not meet the requirements right now so they have to switch back to distance learning.

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 6:09 PM
Updated: Sep 1, 2020 1:25 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Just two weeks after Roseburg Public Schools released a reopening plan, school officials said they are switching gear to remote learning full-time.

This comes after Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that schools need to meet specific guidelines if they want to hold in-person instruction. The county they are in can only have so many cases over a seven-day period for three straight weeks.

In a statement, school officials said Douglas County does not meet those requirements right now so they have to plan for distance learning.

However, Roseburg Education Association president Cameron Pope said many teachers in the district are looking forward to this new plan. He said it will them give more time to prepare their online classroom.

“Having the hybrid model was difficult,” said Pope. "We were trying to do a hybrid model with some kids at school some at home and do that well while trying to teach online and do that well.”

However, some parents said they are still uneasy about this plan.

“I can’t offer what my kids need that a school can offer them,” said Viki Palmer.

Earlier this month, school officials released a reopening plan that would allow elementary students to attend class five days a week. However, they would be split up into smaller cohorts. School officials said sanitation and social distancing would be emphasized. They said middle and high schoolers would attend a mix of online and in-person classes.

Right now, the school year is slated to begin on August 31.

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