The Burnt River School District is planning to open its school building and provide on-site, in-person instruction for students this fall, while following safety protocols as mandated by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
According to Lou Lyon, district superintendent, Burnt River Charter School’s student/staff population lends itself to on-site, in-person instruction due to a small student population and buildings designed for a larger student/staff population.
On Tuesday, July 28, the Governor’s Office, Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education released metrics that school districts must meet in order to start in-person instruction this fall. According to the metrics, remote and rural school districts with less than 100 total students may qualify for exceptions depending on COVID-19 numbers in their county.
“Due to the small size of our rural district, we are hopeful that if numbers in Baker County allow, our district will be able to provide a more traditional school setting to begin the 20-21 school year,” Lyon said.
In addition to in-person learning, the district will also offer full online learning.
Burnt River School District recently completed their Operational Blueprint for School Reentry 20-21, a document required by ODE for all Oregon districts. Lyon said that many individuals collaborated to develop the blueprint, including community representatives, the district’s Facilities Manager, Head Teacher, Food Services Manager, teaching staff, Baker County Health department and the district’s Board of Directors.
The blueprint outlines the protocols the district will employ about face coverings, physical distancing, cohorts, meals, transportation, screening and entry, plans for outbreaks and more.