Oregon on verge of reopening, but cautions remain for schools
Friday, June 4, 2021
Oregon is nearing its 70% vaccination goal to fully reopen, but some health and safety precautions could remain for schools in the fall.
Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday that more than 66% of Oregonians had received a first dose. When the state reaches 70% of adults vaccinated, Oregon will lift its business capacity limits, physical distancing rules and mask requirements except where the federal government requires it. Vaccine verification won’t be required.
Brown said she expects schools to return to full-time, in-person instruction in the fall. Because students younger than 12 can’t be vaccinated yet and the state has no plans to require student vaccinations, some health and safety measures could remain for schools, Brown said.
The Oregon Department of Education said Friday that “Ready Schools, Safe Learners” guidances remain in effect. ODE is working on updating those guidances for the fall.