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Oregon removes 100-person weekly contact limit for students

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Oregon has removed a 100-person cap on the number of individual contacts students can have per week in a return to in-person classes, a move that should make bringing older students back for in-person learning less of a challenge for school districts.

The revised guidance for COVID-19 in-person learning protocols released Monday did not make any changes to the amount of space schools must give each student and teacher. The current rules require 35-square-feet of space per person in the classroom, although many educators and parents want to see that reduced to 9-square-feet. State education officials said last week they are considering reducing the space requirements but have not done so.

Gov. Kate Brown ordered all schools in counties where infection rates do not exceed certain limits to offer at least some in-person learning for all grades by April 29, with elementary students phased in no later than March 29. School districts that had already set a timeline for return to class that varies slightly from these dates will be allowed to continue as planned, education officials said Monday.

https://apnews.com/article/health-coronavirus-pandemic-oregon-portland-education-e451ff686a41b77857c8ecc3f35013e8

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