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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