ROSEBURG, Ore.-- Roseburg Public Schools announced Monday evening the district will be changing their plans to get students back in the classroom amid a growing number of COVID-19 cases.
District officials made the decision to move all pre-kindergarten through third-grade classes back to remote learning. This will begin on Nov. 23 with the goal of returning students back into the classroom by Dec. 7. Older elementary school students will continue their remote learning through at least Dec. 7 as well. Middle and high school students will remain in remote learning until Jan. 22 with hybrid instruction starting Jan. 25.
All athletic events will be canceled from Nov. 17 to Dec. 7.
Cameron Pope, president of the Roseburg Education Association, said teachers want their students back in the classroom, but safety comes first.
"Some of these kids are in multi-generational homes," Pope said. "They go home to possibly elderly grandparents and we have teachers in the same boat. Some are taking care of a parent or a grandparent who is elderly."
Pope said the education association and the school district will continue to monitor the state metrics and adjust their reopening plan when necessary.