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SH returning to online school, but superintendent hoping for change


September 2, 2020

Oregon had 1,558 new coronavirus cases this week, down from the previous week, and the lowest number of new cases in the state since the week of July 13. Linn County had 28 new cases this week, compared to 25 new cases the week before and 45 new cases in the week of Aug. 17. That week in August was the only time Linn County peaked over the new case limit for children in grades K-3 to go back to school, though the county hasn't been low enough for all students to attend since the end of June. Cases have to remain below 30 per 100,000 for the youngest students to attend classes in person, and below 10 per 100,000 for all students to attend, along with other metrics tied to case positivity rates locally and statewide. These metrics have to be met three weeks in a row for students to be allowed to attend classes in person.

Following the Labor Day weekend, Sweet Home students will return to school Tuesday, Sept. 8, on-line, thanks to local COVID-19 case counts that the state has deemed too high to allow kids in classrooms.

Supt. Tom Yahraes said teachers returned this week for "in-service training" with Monday and Tuesday dedicated to general facility and staff preparation – "going through safety protocols, social distance, mask protocols" and training in Canvas, the online learning system the district has decided to use this fall.

Wednesday and Thursday will be dedicated to lesson preparation for teachers...

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