Salem-Keizer students in grades 4-12 will continue learning online through Feb. 1, the district announced Tuesday evening. 

“Unfortunately, the metrics for both Marion and Polk counties are back on the rise. Because of this we will not be able to return to in-person/blended learning on the timeline as we had originally planned,” district officials wrote in a news release. 

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Suleika McCaughey practices letters with her son Sami Adham, 8, at their Salem home in April. (Photo: STATESMAN JOURNAL FILE)

The targets, related to COVID-19 infections, are less restrictive for grades K-3, so those students may be able to return sooner. 

“We do not know if this is possible, but we remain committed to in-person instruction for our youngest learners as soon as it is safe,” officials wrote. The district will make a decision about the lower grades in early December. 

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District officials had said in July that at least the first nine weeks of the school year would begin with the largely online model known as comprehensive distance learning.

Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Department of Education have set COVID-19 targets, including case numbers and test positivity rates, that each county must meet before resuming in-person instruction. 

The district also is extending the timeline for students to transfer between CDL and the district’s new online EDGE academy, to Feb. 1. The transfer application window will be open from Nov. 9 through Dec. 4.

This story will be updated.

Tracy Loew is a reporter at the Statesman Journal. She can be reached at [email protected], 503-399-6779 or on Twitter at @Tracy_Loew. Support local journalism by subscribing to the Statesman Journal.

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