Education

Oregon will allow less space between students amid COVID

Oregon will reduce the required amount of space between students from six feet to three feet in most cases, a revision of COVID-19 school precautions that will give districts more flexibility as students return to in-person class. The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education cited new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in making the change. Oregon still requires students to wear masks and will maintain six feet of distance when passing in the hallways and eating. The new rules mean schools can put four times as many students in a classroom.

Oregon State president out for handling of cases at LSU

Oregon State’s trustees have accepted the resignation of university president F. King Alexander. They concluded Alexander was unable to rebuild trust at the school because of his role in the mishandling of sexual misconduct cases during his tenure at LSU. The Oregon State board of trustees had placed the president on probation last week but on Sunday received his offer to resign, effective April 1. Board chair Rani Borkar said that because of the outpouring of comments since the probation decision from students, alumni and people who have alleged sexual misconduct, “we now know that rebuilding trust is no longer possible.”

Gonzaga planning in-person commencement ceremonies

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga University is planning five in-person commencement ceremonies this year. The Spokesman-Review reports the outdoor ceremonies are scheduled for May 8-9 at Union Stadium, the Mead School District’s new 4,500-seat venue just north of Spokane. Gonzaga President Thayne…

Mid-Columbia Libraries offering limited in-person access

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Mid-Columbia Libraries announced that they are offering limited in-person access to browse books and use computers at their 12 locations. The libraries are open for "Curbside Plus," which includes looking for books and using computers, as well…

POLL: Should Washington legalize magic mushrooms for therapeutic use?

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POLL: How much social distancing do you think is necessary in schools?

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WSU no longer requiring SAT, ACT scores for admissions

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University Board of Regents has voted to stop requiring and using SAT and ACT test scores in its admissions process. The school said it will rely on other metrics that better reflect a potential student's ability to succeed. In…