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With Oregon schools likely closed for the year, officials shift to 'distance learning for all'

With Oregon schools closed until at least April 28, the state department of education shared guidance Monday night with superintendents, making a move from supplemental learning to "Distance Learning For All."

In addition to Gov. Kate Brown's order to stay home, Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill said school may be out for longer than a month.

"We also foresee the strong possibility that our students may not come back through our school house doors this academic year," Gill said in a message to superintendents.

Since Brown ordered schools closed March 12, districts have offered free, optional resources for families to utilize during the school closure.

Now back from spring break, the state's guidance offers a more structured look at how schools should operate in April — and perhaps, through the end of the school year.

The state's guidelines for families include recommended daily instructional times:

  • Grade K-1: 45 minutes
  • Grades 2-3: 60 minutes
  • Grades 4-5: 90 minutes
  • Grades 6-12: 30 minutes per teacher (3 hours in a day)
  • ODE is working on an instructional time requirement adjustment for the school closures.

    For high schools students, schools are advised to keep credit-earning options the same as they would in a physical school setting.

    "Districts may want to consider the full variety of options to ensure students have clear pathways to earning credits and meeting graduation requirements" including online coursework, passing an advanced test or completing a portfolio.

    This OPB story is shared as part of a local media project to increase COVID-19 news coverage.

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