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Updated Covid-19 rates & numbers: What they mean for SPS

Covid-19 infection rates & numbers

Springfield Public Schools is expected to meet certain state-mandated requirements before any in-person learning can take place in the district. The number of positive Covid-19 cases in both Lane County must reach and stay below a certain number over the course of two weeks. Students in kindergarten through grade three (and up to grade 6) adhere to slightly different standards.

The Oregon Department of Education on Oct. 30 announced new metrics that specify when schools can return for in-person learning. The new metrics reflect updated research and CDC recommendations and are consistent with those being used by many other states which are successfully holding school in person.

Link to updated ODE Metrics

Under the new metrics, Lane County does not currently meet the requirements for a return to in-person learning for students. This is specifically based on the current rate of new COVID-19 cases in our county. However, our community continues to show strong interest in some level of in-person learning. We will continue to monitor the local metrics and will share information with you and our families as those metrics indicate the ability to resume in-person learning.

In an effort to provide clear information about those rates, as well as how the numbers affect in-person learning, SPS will share weekly updates with the relevant numbers on social media and the district website. Here's a link to the data that the district will pull from each week:

By the numbers

In order for SPS to hold in-person instruction for all SPS students, Lane County must meet the following standards:

  • Fewer than 50 positive cases per 100,000 people over 14 days
  • AND and a less than 5% positivity rate in the county in the same time frame.
  • Students in grades K-3 (and up to grade 6) have slightly different standards and can return to in-person learning when there are fewer than 100 positive cases per 100,000 people over a 14-day period. Should numbers drop to such levels, students would slowly be phased in by grade level.

For up-to-date numbers, please follow these two links: Lane County Public Health & Oregon Health Authority

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