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David Marshall, Superintendent of Brookings-Harbor School District, announced on Friday afternoon, Oct. 16 that the recent spike in cases in Curry County will delay holding in-person classes for grades 4 to 12.

The weekly report from Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education (ODE) that was released on Oct. 12 confirmed Curry County experienced a spike in cases that pushed the county significantly over the 30 cases per 100,000 people metric.

“Under the ODE rules that permit us to have in-person classes for our kindergarten through third-grade students, we are permitted to continue in-person classes as long as the outbreak or spike is not connected to the school,” Marshall said.

The increases in local cases are attributed to an isolated outbreak in an elder care facility and not indicative of expanded community spread, and no current active cases have been traced to the schools, according to Curry County Public Health.

“We will continue to keep in contact with Curry County Public Health to ensure that we are aware and can take action should the information change,” he said.

“Unfortunately, the new cases do impact our county-wide metrics that determine the district’s ability to start regular in-person classes under the hybrid model for grades 4 to 12.”

County and state virus metrics must meet the target numbers for three weeks in a row in order for regular in-person instruction to begin in grades 4-12. 

The BHSD Board of Directors will discuss potential timelines and options for returning to in-person instruction allowable under state guidelines at its upcoming meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Azalea Middle School gymnasium, 505 Pacific Ave. The meeting will be open to the public with face coverings and social distancing required.

A recording of the meeting will be posted to the district website following the meeting. Check the district’s webpage at brookings.k12.or.us for additional updates.

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