Medford schools begin welcoming back some students full time Feb. 22nd

MEDFORD, Ore. —With many schools reopening from pandemic closures, the governor says the number of students learning in Oregon schools in person, has doubled since December 23rd.

At Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, the staff is working on the big shift to bring its kindergarten and first graders back to campus.

This week during orientation, the two grades experienced a mixture of online learning and in-class cohorts for a couple of hours a day.

But come Monday, all of those children will begin going to campus 4 days a week.

“I mean I could start crying, this is my 6th year teaching kindergarten and it’s just been a different year for all of us, so to have the students back and hear their voices and laughter and joy, and just learn to do this new way of school makes me beyond happy and excited,” says kindergarten teacher, Brielle Olsen.

Mrs. Olsen says her kindergarteners are thrilled to be with their whole class on Monday.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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