Governor Kate Brown announces school health and safety metrics

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Governor Kate Brown held a press conference Tuesday to discuss new COVID-19 health and safety metrics for schools.

Oregon school districts are currently preparing for the upcoming school year using the Oregon Department of Education’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance. Working with the ODE, the Oregon Department of Health is establishing metrics that set requirements for when in-person instruction can resume and when community-spread of COVID-19 warrants a transition to distance learning.

For in-person learning to return on a county-wide and K-12 basis, cases need to be under 10 per 100,000 people in the preceding 7 days for three weeks in a row. In addition, test positivity must be under 5% in the preceding 7 days for three weeks straight in individual counties and on a statewide basis.

Schools are expected to make in-person classes available to K-3 students if possible.

You can read more about the metrics here: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Emerging%20Respitory%20Infections/Ready-Schools-Safe-Learners-Community-COVID-19-Metrics.pdf

Watch the video above to view Gov. Brown discussing the metrics along with Director Colt Gill of the Oregon Department of Education, Director Miriam Calderon of the Oregon Early Learning Division, and Dr. Dean Sidelinger from the Oregon Health Authority.

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