Gov. Brown issues plan for schools to be allowed to open fully by February

The Banks School District offices. Photo: Chas Hundley

Thousands of Oregon students could be back in classrooms by Feb. 15 under a new plan issued by Governor Kate Brown on Wednesday that will turn control of school reopening to local school districts. 

Until now, district reopening plans have been tied directly to COVID-19 metrics within the county the district is located in; under the new directive, beginning Jan. 1, that mandate will be advisory only, and districts will choose whether to reopen or not, Brown said in a press release. 

The hope, Brown said, is for more students to be back in a physical classroom by February 15, especially elementary school-aged children. 

The decision to reopen schools will be in the hands of local districts, but Brown urged Oregonians to take measures to limit . . .

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