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  PANDEMIC   Physical distance for students in schools  

Story by Lincoln Graves - Story Source
Published on Saturday March 20, 2021 - 1:21 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. — After the CDC released updated guidelines Friday regarding physical distance for students in schools, Oregon Governor Kate Brown says the state will soon do the same.

"Throughout the pandemic, it has been our intent to align with CDC recommendations while taking COVID-19 conditions in our state into account," said Brown at a Friday news conference.

"The Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority are reviewing the new guidance, including the recommendation that three feet of spacing is sufficient when community transmission of COVID-19 is low. This is welcome news for many school districts. After ODE and OHA update their guidance, school districts will still need to have conversations at the local level to update their plans for a return to in-person instruction and go through their own decision-making processes. But I do hope this helps get even more of our kids back into classrooms."