Gov. Brown releases new metrics for reopening Oregon schools

SALEM, Ore. — As COVID-19 cases in Oregon reach over 17,000, state health and education officials are trying to figure out how to safely educate students in the fall.

On Tuesday, Governor Kate Brown led a press conference to release new metrics for reopening classrooms.

“Health and safety serve as our north star,” said Gov. Brown. “We are taking a cautious and careful approach that protects public health just as we have over the past five months in tackling this disease.”

Last month, the State Department of Education released a guiding document for individual school districts called Ready Schools, Safe Learners. Tuesday’s update added to the original guidelines.

For example, going forward, in order to have any on-site learning, a school district’s county must see less than ten cases per 100,000 people for a full week beforehand and a less than 5% test positivity rate.

However, there is room for some exceptions to be made in order to prioritize younger students being in classrooms or prioritize students with special needs.

To read the full list of new metrics, click here.