All Oregon public schools will be closed until April 28, 2020 in order to address the spread of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). In light of this, OEA maintains three key priorities for the safety of our students, staff and schools as we move forward in addressing the Novel Coronavirus pandemic.
- Protecting Vulnerable Students and Educators from Exposure: Districts should ensure that any educator or student who is considered to be of high risk of infection, or who lives with or cares for an individual who is at high risk, be allowed to remain home in order to protect their own health and the health of their families.
- Maintaining Student Access to Nutritional Meals: As districts make contingency plans that include potential long-term closures, they should also work with local and state government agencies to ensure that students who rely on their public schools for nutritional services will continue to receive meals.
- Ensuring Educators Are Kept Whole During The Crisis: Educators who are not able to report to schools during the COVID-19 epidemic, either due to self-quarantine or because of district-mandated school closures, should be placed on paid administrative leave and kept financially whole.
Our Coronavirus resources will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. Related questions may be directed to OEA's Public Affairs team at email@example.com.
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