SISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Sisters School District welcomed kindergarten through third-graders back to in-person classes this week, but the superintendent says it’s likely older students won’t be able to do the same until at least Nov. 2, due to the recent rise in Deschutes County COVID-19 cases.
Here's the message Superintendent Curt Scholl sent to parents on Tuesday:
"Dear Sisters Schools Community,
"We are off to a great “end of the month” for September. Although we are experiencing an exposure bump from the Labor Day weekend, we met the metrics for our K-3 students to return to school on Monday.
"We are very excited to get our students back in the building! Our return to school was based on meeting the metrics on September 21. Although this past week’s metrics are high, they do not require us to have our K-3 return to comprehensive distance learning. For schools that have opened under one of the exceptions, they work with their Local Public Health Authority (LPHA), Deschutes County Public Health, to look at COVID activity in the school and broader community to decide if the school needs to return to CDL. According to the Deschutes County COVID webpage updated on September 25th, there have been no new cases in the Sisters zip code since September 2nd.
"Again, with the return of our K-3 students, this requires us to shift our Grab-and Go lunch pick-up at SES to between 12:15 and 1pm.
"For our 4th-12th grade students, as we track our county and state metrics, we will continue to communicate about the possibility of a re-open for these students. We have shifted our target to re-open for our 4th through 12th grades to November 2nd. Please keep doing your part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
"Finally, I want to take a moment to celebrate our SES staff and the work they have done to be ready for our students to transition to in-person instruction. It has been amazing to see our students back in school.
"Again, I remind you to take the time to take care of yourselves and those that you love.
Sisters School District