Governor Closes Oregon K-12 Schools For Remainder Of Academic Year

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said the state’s K-12 schools will remain closed though the end of the academic year due to the coronavirus outbreak.  That leaves school districts and their teachers and students trying to plan for weeks of remote learning that they haven’t done before.  Brown said seniors who had passing grades and were on track to graduate when the state’s stay-at-home order began in mid-March will be able to graduate.  Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill said school districts are being pushed to work closely with seniors who did not have passing grades when the schools closed to help them earn credits needed to graduate.  He said those students will have until August 31 to improve their grades and graduate with the Class of 2020.   Proms, graduation ceremonies and other year-end celebrations will be put on hold or held online.  Gill says districts are being asked to work with students and parents to come up with an alternative ways to celebrate.

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