Schools postpone bringing in more students


LINCOLN COUNTY — The Lincoln County School District plans to wait until late January to continue its transition to hybrid learning.

In an update sent to the school community on Monday, Superintendent Karen Gray said the district will not return fourth and fifth-graders for hybrid instruction next Monday, Nov. 23, as planned. 

In keeping with the two-week statewide freeze announced by Gov. Kate Brown on Friday, Gray notified the school community on Monday that the in-person contingent of the student body would remain kindergarten though third grade until a few weeks after winter break.

The governor’s two-week freeze, which requires restaurants and bars to stop on-site food and beverage service, limits social gathering sizes to six people and closes many indoor venues, does not apply to schools, but the superintendent said the district was taking independent action.

In her emailed update, Gray wrote, “We don’t feel it makes sense to add back to campus any more students during a freeze, but we also don’t think it is right to make K-3 students have to go back to comprehensive distance learning. The governor implemented a freeze, and that is exactly what we are doing. Barring any forthcoming information, this is our plan until Jan. 28, 2021.”

Current on-site instruction will be maintained, which, in addition to hybrid classes for younger elementary students, includes two hours a day in buildings for career technical education students and four days a week for wildfire-impacted students, as well as on-site services for some high school students who have no internet connectivity.

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