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What the first several weeks of school have been like for students and staff in the Woodburn School District

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

In September, a high school staffer sent a message to acting Woodburn School District superintendent Juan Larios, asking for more support and resources.

"Students, staff and families are not okay," read the email. "We are exhausted, stressed, worried nd scared."

At the end of the last school year, the sense was that COVID-19 would not impact the 2021-22 school year as much as it had the past two years. With vaccines, and cases declining, schools prepared to return to full-time, in-person learning. School leaders hoped to offer students a warm welcome back to classrooms after 18 months of interrupted learning and lives affected by COVID-19.

The delta variant changed all that, and as the return to school this fall got closer, excitement for a return to "normal" was undermined by anxiety about what "normal" even means. Among the places navigating the enormous difficulties at Oregon schools this fall, is the Woodburn School District, in Marion County.

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