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Crook County Schools Open For 4th To 12th Graders October 5th

Crook County Students in Grades 4-12 Return to Class October 5th

Crook County School District declares hybrid model to Oregon Department of Education


Suspension of the state’s test positivity rate last week due to recent wildfires was a gift to the Crook County School District. Students in grades 4-12 will now begin returning to class on Monday, October 5th after Crook County met the required Covid-19 metrics over the weekend.


Under the Oregon Department of Education’s requirements, Crook County could only have two cases per week for three weeks in a row. That requirement was met on Saturday when the Oregon Health Authority released its report for last the week. Superintendent Dr. Sara Johnson will now send a letter to the Oregon Department of Education declaring the school district’s transition to a hybrid model.


“It’s the understatement of the century to say we’re thrilled to welcome the rest of our students back to the classrooms. Students learn best when they interact face-to-face with teachers and other students, and I know our parents are ready for schools to reopen,” said Dr. Johnson.


The plan is to bring 4th- and 5th-grade students back full-time next week. Students at Crook County Middle School and Crook County High School will begin in a hybrid model with a rotating schedule because of space limitations and social-distancing protocols required by the state. Each school will be communicating specific schedules with families this week. 


“It’s important that we take a week and make sure we have everything ready to go. We’ll be communicating consistently with parents all week about what to expect as we know they’ll be wondering about bus routes, daily schedules, safety for students, and have other questions.”


Crook County School District has successfully served over 650 students in several schools since the beginning of September. District leaders say they’re constantly reviewing Covid-19 guidelines and working closely with the Crook County Health Department to ensure safety in the buildings.


The return to in-person instruction for grades 4-12 will not impact those families enrolled in the Crook County Online Option or Homeschool Partner Program. These are programs available to families who prefer their children continue learning from home because of health concerns.


The school district will provide additional details about reopening plans on Tuesday.






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