Due to the anticipated move of Washington County to a “Red” status on the state’s Covid-19 map, local health officer Dr. Jeff Morgan ordered yesterday the move of all students to online learning beginning today.
There has been much back and forth since August with in-person education and moves to a mix of virtual and in-person when there are cases of Covid-19 reported.
The latest moves by Morgan sent all middle and high school students home before Thanksgiving while allowing elementary students to continue to attend in-person.
Students had returned to school on November 30 in Washington County in a hybrid mix of in-person and virtual learning, but will completely stay at home beginning today.
“We were hoping to finish the semester with in-person and hybrid learning,” said Salem Schools Superintendent Jon Acton.
“Unfortunately the rising Covid numbers have moved us to Remote Learning for the fourth time this school year. These are not the circumstances we hoped to work within, but we will continue to educate our children, provide emotional support, and do our best regardless of circumstances.”
Action said the school will announce food pick up and delivery plans by Friday for the next two weeks.
East Washington Schools has a link for parents to fill out for meals to be delivered by school buses over the next couple of weeks.