High schools in Oregon face dilemma over pandemic, instruction… and football – OPB News


The view out of an upstairs room at Roosevelt High onto the school's track and football field.

Gov. Kate Brown has told school leaders that for football games to take place on fields like this one next to Portland’s Roosevelt High School, instruction has to be taking place indoors, at least in a limited capacity.

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In the topsy-turvy world created by the global pandemic, it’s suddenly football season for Oregon high schools — at least for some of them. Football season was canceled last fall, and the Oregon School Activities Association worked with school administrators to move the season to late winter. But actual kickoffs and touchdowns involving Portland-area high schools will depend on what’s going on inside those school buildings.

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Gov. Kate Brown has been pressing schools for some time to open for in-person learning, and by the most recent count, more than 116,000 Oregon school children are back in classrooms, at least part of the time. In recent weeks, Brown has moved teachers toward the front of the line to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and she revised reopening rules to make it easier for schools to meet the county-level health metrics.

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