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CDC updated guidance for physical distancing in schools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for schools. Yesterday (3/19), CDC announced it “recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three feet in classroom settings.” Previously, CDC guidance stated, “Physical distancing (at least six feet) should be maximized to the greatest extent possible.” The new guidelines still recommend six feet of distance between adults and students as well as in common areas and when masks are off, such as while eating. 

Hood River County School District (HRCSD) must continue to follow the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) guidance (Ready Schools, Safe Learners). ODE’s guidance has not been updated to reflect the revised CDC related to physical distancing.  If and when ODE updates its guidance, HRCSD will review the ODE’s revised guidance and consider changes to its plans.  

Please note the dates within HRCSD’s phase-in plan to return elementary and secondary students to their schools for on-site learning will remain the same. 

HRCSD will continue to provide information to HRCSD families weekly and as key changes are made.