In a statement issued Tuesday morning, Lincoln County School District Superintendent Karen Gray warned about the possibility of some cessation of in-person classes with the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
“We have watched as districts across Oregon have closed their doors for several days or weeks at a time due to unfilled classrooms (meaning there are no substitutes) and low percentages of students in attendance,” Gray wrote.
Gray said the local number of students and staff in quarantine was also increasing, and the district’s “ability to provide consistent, high-quality instruction is teetering on the brink.”
Gray wrote, “I would like everyone to think about having a plan for added day care in case we have to temporarily go back to another model of instruction until the Omicron surge goes away and we can get and keep teachers in our classrooms. We have kept our athletics programs alive, but just barely. So many teams have had to cancel due to COVID exposures — ours and other school districts. Our bus drivers are trying their best to meet the district’s needs, and we are using other appropriate personnel to drive vans to sporting events. We may be asking parents to transport.”
The superintendent said she was not sure that any classrooms would close, nor whether any closure would be districtwide or specific to certain areas, but she wanted families have some warning.
“I don’t know yet, but the numbers are increasing, and our ability to adjust to it is failing,” she wrote.