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Understanding the State Metrics

The Three COVID Metrics

As per ODE guidelines, there are three COVID metrics that determine what grade levels (if any) are permitted to have in-person instruction.  
 
For students in all K -12 grades to have  in-person instruction:
1.  The state positivity rate needs to be at or below 5% for three weeks in a row.
2. The Clatsop County positivity rate needs to be at or below 5% for three weeks in a row.
3.  The Clatsop County cases per 100,000 rate needs to be at or below 10 for three weeks in a row.
 
For students in grade K - 3 to have in-person instruction:
1. The county positivity rate needs to be at or below 5% for three weeks.
2. The county cases per 100,000 rate needs to be at or below 30 for three weeks in a row.
 
On Tuesday, September 8th the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) updated the COVID metrics that impact the opening of schools.   For the second week in a row, the metrics were below the required levels for in-person instruction to be offered for all grades K through 12. If the metrics stay below these required levels for one more week, WHSD students in grades 4 through 12 would begin in-person instruction the week of September 21st.  As it stands now:
  • Our first day of school is Monday, September 14th for all students including those enrolled in the WAVE program.

  • Grades K - 3 students will start the year on-campus with in-person instruction Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 1:30 PM. Friday will be a distance learning day.  

  • Grades 4 - 12 students will start the year with distance learning only for at least the first week of this school year. 

  • If the metrics stay below the required levels for one more week, WHSD students in grades 4 - 12 would begin in-person, on-campus instruction in a hybrid model the week of September 21st.
    • Students in grades 4 and 5 would have in-person instruction on campus from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM two days per week (either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday) with distance learning on Friday.
    • Students in grades 6 - 12 would have in-person instruction on campus from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM two days per week (either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday) with distance learning on Friday.
    • You will be contacted by your child's school office with specific information regarding your child's schedule and arrangements for transportation if needed.
The COVID metrics will be updated by OHA next Tuesday, September 15th.  That update will determine if, in fact, we can offer in-person instruction for grades 4 - 12 starting the week of September 21st.   
 
 

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