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Bend City Council Engaged In Goal Setting

BEND, OR -- Every two years the City of Bend conducts a Community Survey and it helps guide the City Council’s goal setting. City Manager Eric King says two years ago transportation rated number one and affordable housing rated number two but this year it flipped and affordable housing is first. He says it’s not surprising because Bend is a sought-after Zoom town where people can work from home. King says  housing availability is short and driving prices up. He says the council will wrap up their work on goal setting by early summer and the goals will guide council decisions through June 2023.

 


Crook County Schools Have Highest Graduation Rate In 2020 Since 2008

PRINEVILLE, OR -- The Crook County School District has seen an 80-per cent graduation rate in 2020, the highest since 2008. Spokesman Jason Carr at the district says when Superintendent Sara Johnson arrived three years ago, she focused on improvements in three key areas.,,,Career and Technical Education, Disabled Students and Hispanic Students. Carr says graduation rate improvements ranged from 92-to-96-per cent in the key areas. He says the school district is helping students who are struggling and missing credits…especially seniors…to make sure they graduate.


At the beginning of January,  31 caregivers at Saint Charles Redmond tested positive or showed symptoms of COVID-19.

Chief Operating Officer Iman Simmons says 10 of the 31 caregivers had received their first vaccination shot but.not enough time had passed for them to get the second. She was asked if any of the caregivers are asymptomatic. She says there are some who are asymptomatic but didn't know how many. Simmons says infected caregivers must be symptom free for 11 days following a 14 day quarantine in order to go back to work. She says at this time none of the caregivers have been tested for the virus variant believed to have originated in Great Britian. Simmons also says contact tracing is being handled by county health with the Oregon Health Authroity but results aren’t in. 


Young Bend Students Return to the Classroom on Monday

Students in Kindergarten through third grade return to in-person learning on Monday, and the Bend Police Department is asking drivers to be mindful of that as you make your way around the schools and school zones.  They’re asking you to leave extra time to get to where you’re going next week as the transition back to school takes place for those young students.  School zone signs will be coupled with staff helping to direct students into the schools, and the police department says the school zone restrictions will be enforced.

Teachers in Deschutes County to Get Covid Vaccines this Weekend

Deschutes County Health has gotten approval from the state to begin Phase 1B of Covid vaccines by vaccinating 25 hundred K thru 12 teachers and staff this weekend.  School administrators have told them how to sign up, and all of the vaccinations are being done by appointment only.  County health officials say the next group would be child care providers if vaccine supplies hold out, followed by adults 80 and over set to begin on February 8th - also by appointment.


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