School closure extended to April 28

PORTLAND — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has extended the closure of state K-12 schools to a total of six weeks, until April 28.

The Tuesday afternoon announcement follows an initial order issued last week that closed schools through the end of March.

Brown said, “I do not take the decision to extend school closures lightly. This will have real impacts on Oregon’s students, parents, and educators. But we must act now to flatten the curve and slow the rate of COVID-19 transmission in Oregon, otherwise we face a higher strain on our medical system and greater loss of life to this disease.”

The governor’s order was accompanied by additional guidance for school districts, directing them to provide learning supports and supplemental services to students and families during the closure period, including meals and child care.

Each district will pay all their regular employees during the closure.