Education

'Do your part' to keep kids in school, Oregon officials say

As students return to Oregon classrooms for another school year, health officials warn the threat of having to shut down schools and go back to distance learning is “real if we don’t all do our part” and slow the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Kate Brown, alongside state health and education officials, urged Oregonians on Tuesday to wear masks and get vaccinated as the highly transmissible delta variant continues to run rampant throughout the state. Although the school year has just begun, a few Oregon schools have already had to close or delay their start due to student and staff quarantines because of COVID-19 cases.

Yakima School District hosts COVID-19 vaccine clinics

YAKIMA, Wash. — The Yakima School District is hosting mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics at its back-to-school open houses to provide an opportunity for parents and their children to get vaccinated. All clinics will be administering the Pfizer vaccine and while…

Portland schools to require all employees to be vaccinated

Oregon’s largest school district will require all employees to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Portland Public Schools announced Wednesday workers must submit proof of vaccination by the end of the month. Classes start Sept. 1. The district negotiated the requirement with its labor unions, officials said in a statement.  Some staff qualify for an exemption from the mandate. But those employees must be tested regularly until they are vaccinated. The Portland School District has about 49,000 students.