Central Oregon high school goes online after nearly half of staff and students are quarantined – OregonLive

A COVID-19 outbreak at La Pine High School that forced nearly half its staff and students into quarantine has prompted school officials to send students back online for nearly two weeks.

As of Friday afternoon, 15 staff members and students from La Pine High had been diagnosed with COVID-19, which resulted in the massive quarantine, according to a letter sent to families Friday by interim principal Anne-Marie Schmidt.

That quarantine resulted in many classes being taught by substitutes, and some students becoming nervous about contracting COVID-19, Schmidt told The Bulletin. So although it was frustrating putting students back into distance learning, it was the best decision, she said.

“I would describe it as hitting the pause button for a minute,” Schmidt told The Bulletin Monday. “It could help those cases from spreading, give everybody some distance.”

La Pine High students are expected to return to in-person school on June 4 — the same day seniors graduate. School ends for the rest of the school’s students on June 17.

Plans for a graduation ceremony that day, which is expected to be held in-person and outdoors at the school’s football stadium, are not expected to change, Schmidt said.

All three major Bend high schools — Bend, Mountain View and Summit — have had slightly more COVID-19 cases in the past 28 days than La Pine High, according to Bend-La Pine Schools data.