▶️ RSD middle, high schoolers to return to full, in-person instruction April 19


Redmond middle and high school students will return to full, in-person learning beginning April 19th.

The move comes after the CDC and Oregon Department of Education relaxed the physical distancing requirements in school settings from 6 feet to 3 feet.

The distancing requirements were the major issue preventing many school districts from having all of their middle and high school students in schools each day.

“With a six foot distance, you can only put 18 students in a classroom at one time,” Superintendent Dr. Charan Cline said. “By reducing it down to three feet, we can put more students in a classroom.”

ODE and the CDC announced those decisions last week, but Cline said the district needs until April 19 to prepare for that change.

“We have to rebuild our bus routes,” Cline said. “We have to rebuild a huge amount of things. It’s mostly logistical issues.”

Cline thinks more students might opt-in to in-person learning now that they’re back full time. Right now, they have around 400 high school students still doing comprehensive distance learning.

“Teachers have to be able to do things both online and in the classroom, and that’s quite a challenge,” Cline said.

Elementary school students in the district have been back full-time since February.

Bend-La Pine Schools announced last week it will bring back its middle and high schoolers on April 12th. 

You can read Cline’s full letter to parents and students below.

Secondary return to full time -- 3_30_21






Top Local Stories