Oregon schools close for the remainder of year amidst coronavirus

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To no surprise, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday all schools in the Beaver State will remain closed through  the end of the 2019-20 school year in an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

At this time, according to Brown, all in-person classes are canceled. For the remainder of the year, students in Oregon will continue through distance learning. Distance learning is a way of learning remotely without being in regular face-to-face contact with a teacher in the classroom.

“Deciding to close now … allows us to invest time and resources in the delivery of learning and supporting our students through distance education and remote means,” Brown said.

KGW reports all seniors who were on track to graduate prior to the abrupt cancellation,  including having passing grades in all courses required for graduation, will receive passing grades and earn a diploma. Brown added seniors who were not passing have the opportunity to work with schools on improving their grades.

While a lot of school districts have already launched distance learning, the Oregon Department of Education’s “Distance Learning For All” will be required to be in place for all districts by April 13 of 2020.