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Superintendent Kathy Ludwig asks for patience as leaders plan; students remain in distance learning for now.

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District is preparing to open its doors to students again.

As districts across the state closed for winter break, Gov. Kate Brown announced new COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools. The Dec. 23 announcement called for schools to reopen for in-person instruction as soon as possible, with a goal of Feb. 15.

As of Jan. 1, the health metrics for returning to in-person instruction changed from mandatory to recommended, meaning districts could decide to return even if metrics are not met.

West Linn-Wilsonville School District Superintendent Kathy Ludwig said in a message to the district community that patience will be needed as the district prepares for in-person instruction.

"We know there will be many questions during the transition period and many families will be anxious to start right away," she said.

As staff returned to work Jan. 4, the district began creating a timeline for reopening. Students will remain in comprehensive distance learning until the district is ready to phase students into in-person instruction using its hybrid model.

Ludwig's message to the community noted several steps that need to happen before students get back in the classroom.

The district will consult with Clackamas County Public Health, hire staff members who weren't needed during distance learning and train teachers on in-person health and safety protocols.

Director of Communications Andrew Kilstrom said additional staff will mostly include health assistants to aid in screening and paraeducators to help with classroom supervision.

Kilstrom said the district hopes to share more information with families by the end of this week.


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