Rise In COVID Cases Pushes School Reopening Goal Further Away

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Governor Brown has issued new two-week restrictions throughout the state in an attempt to curb the surging number of COVID-19 cases. If the restrictions (including travel restrictions) are successful, the COVID rates could decline and allow us to inch closer to reopening schools to Hybrid Instruction (2 days in school and 3 days online from home).

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Click here for a look at this week’s COVID rates in Lane County and how they relate to the reopening of our schools. We continue to prepare for limited-in-person instruction and hybrid instruction, should the county numbers move below the required mark.

Willamette High School does not have a target date for the start of Hybrid Instruction, as we are the final tier of metrics for transition. However, we are continuing to prepare our schools and update our COVID Operational Blueprints for the eventual return of students when the COVID rates allow. K-6 would commence first, and their successful return would allow for higher grade levels to follow.

Lowering the COVID rates so students can return to school has to be a community-wide goal. Just as you model behavior for your children, you can do your part by being diligent in your own health and safety protocols, particularly around holiday gatherings and travel.