Gov. Brown issues executive order to reopen schools

ODE is expected to release updated guidance for schools early next week.

Posted: Mar 12, 2021 12:49 PM

SALEM, Ore. – It’s official: Oregon public schools will soon be required to offer in-person instruction to students.

Gov. Kate Brown issued Executive Order 21-06 on Friday a week after announcing her plans in a letter to the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority.

The order directs schools to offer access to hybrid or full in-person learning by the weeks of March 29 for kindergarten through fifth grade and April 19 for sixth through 12th grade.

“On March 12, 2020, I issued my executive order closing Oregon schools for what was then an extended spring break,” said Brown. “One year later, thanks to the hard work and smart choices of Oregonians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, I am so pleased to see over 174,000 students back in the learning environment that serves them best: in-person instruction. While parents can keep their children in distance learning if they choose, this order will give every Oregon student the option to return to school this year.”

ODE is expected to release updated guidance for schools early next week.

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