Beaverton School District extends online learning for grades 4-12
At least some students in the Beaverton School District will have to wait until 2021 to see the inside of a classroom.
In a press release on Wednesday, Sept. 30, the district announced a decision made by administrators to extend comprehensive distance learning through the end of the first semester, Feb. 8. This applies to fourth- through 12th-grade students.
District officials say they're watching county and state COVID-19 metrics closely.
"While the Beaverton School District is located in Washington County, we're linked with Multnomah County because more than 10% of our employees live in that neighboring county," said the district in a statement.
The district added that certain metrics must be made to start hybrid learning for the fourth through 12th grades, which would require students to be at school two days every week while learning three days per week online.
The metrics include having 10 or fewer cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Washington and Multnomah County over seven days for three weeks in a row, with a 5% or less test positivity rate in both counties.
The test positivity for the virus must also be 5% or less statewide over seven days for three weeks in a row.
"Given the trajectory of the health metrics, we don't believe that we'll realistically meet those numbers by November 16, the end of the first quarter," announced the district. "We have previously communicated that we'd be making the decision to continue in (comprehensive distance learning) on a quarter-by-quarter basis."
As for pre-K through third grade, the hybrid learning criteria — established by Gov. Kate Brown — is different for those grades.
The standard includes 30 or fewer cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Washington and Multnomah County over seven days for three weeks in a row with a 5% or less test positivity rate in both counties.
The virus must also not be actively spreading in the school community.
District officials say the current health metrics aren't trending in a positive direction for hybrid learning to happen for those grades, but they will wait until Oct. 19 to make a final decision for the quarter.
"Know that if we were to see a drastic change in metrics or the Oregon Department of Education/Oregon Health Authority changed the guidance, we could alter our decision," said the district. "Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible so that your family can make plans accordingly."
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