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Schools will offer in-person, full-time instruction come Sept. 7, with a few remaining precautions.

While this year brings fewer COVID-19 restrictions, the district will still be implementing a number of safety protocols when schools reopen for full-time, in-person instruction on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority recommend the following precautions, and OTSD plans to keep them in place:

• School cleaning and disinfecting;

• Hand washing and sanitizing;

• Student cohorts and 3-feet physical distancing, to the extent possible;

• Isolation and quarantine when necessary; and

• COVID-19 testing for symptomatic or exposed students and staff provided upon request.

Though instruction will be offered full-time and in-person, the district will also provide options for K-12 students to participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning and online programs for students in grades 6-12. Bringing some normalcy back into the schools, staff will host meals in the school cafeterias again and offer recess breaks.

While the CDC still requires face coverings to be worn on school buses, the district will not require but recommend that unvaccinated students and staff members wear face coverings in the schools.

"Our plan for fall 2021 has been developed in consultation with Oregon Trail parents, educators and local public health," district representatives said in a statement to parents. "It considers the health and safety recommendations made by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). Still, its focus is keenly on reconnecting with one another, reengaging kids in their education and meeting the academic needs of our students."

More information will be made available as the district receives updates from state agencies.


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