Schools urged to stop sports for a month


January 5, 2022

Sweet Home school officials were scrambling Monday evening, Jan. 3, after the Oregon Department of Education recommended earlier in the day that schools cease after-school extracurricular activities to reduce the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

The ODE issued the School Health Advisory as “the most critical and urgent issued to date” on Monday after announcements by medical authorities that omicron numbers were pushing up COVID rates around the state.

The ODE’s advisory stopped short of requiring school shutdowns and cessation of athletics, which are indoor sports – bask...

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