According to our partners at Oak Ridge Today, after fall break, students in the Oak Ridge Schools will continue using exclusively in-person instruction for students in Pre-K through the fourth grade and staggered schedules for students in fifth grade through 12th grades.
The younger students have five days of in-person instruction per week, while the older students have staggered schedules made up of two days of in-person instruction and three days of online learning each week.
In a letter sent Tuesday to staff members and families, Superintendent Borchers said school staff and students have kept the spread of COVID-19 low during the first term using contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; practicing good personal hygiene such as hand washing; maintaining physical distances and wearing face masks; and providing or being able to use hand sanitizing stations and clean facilities.
The school system says that it “hopes its measures will continue to keep the spread of COVID-19 low,” according to ORT.
It’s not clear when all Oak Ridge students might be able to return to a full-time, “in-the-classroom” schedule, and officials say that decision will be guided by COVID data and recommendations from state and local health authorities.