Bend-La Pine Schools welcomes back middle and high schoolers to in-person instruction this week but will keep all students at home on Friday to allow hundreds of teachers to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Interim Superintendent Lora Nordquist said it was a proactive decision to ensure adequate staffing for in-person instruction in the weeks to come.
“Offering students a robust day of comprehensive distance learning strikes a good balance of instruction and teacher contact while allowing hundreds of staff members the opportunity to drive to Redmond and back for their final vaccine, without leaving their in-person classrooms unstaffed,” Nordquist told parents in an email. “Additionally, this allows us to accommodate anticipated absences for a small but significant number of staff brought on by immune response to the second vaccine.”
Many people have reported more significant side effects following the second-dose of the vaccine.
Middle and high school students will follow a Wednesday webex schedule; elementary students will follow a schedule typical of their former CDL schedule.
The district will expand the Grab and Go meal sites on Friday as well.
Free meals will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations: Bend Senior High School, Elk Meadow Elementary School, La Pine High School, Lava Ridge Elementary School, Mountain View High School, Three Rivers School and Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School.