State colleges and public classrooms in Oregon will sit empty for the rest of the academic year, as Governor Kate Brown said on Monday that she was Previous orders turned off the campus in the entire state will be extended to June.
Brown also said incoming students had been accepted into Oregon public colleges and universities before he ordered public schools to be closed guaranteed entry this fall regardless of how they did in the final months of their high school careers.
“New students who enter need to be considered fairly given the educational disruption they are experiencing because of Covid-19,” he said.
The announcement came during a press conference where Brown and public school head Colt Gill outlined guidelines for determining how to give diplomas to high school seniors in connection with school closures triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The governor also extended the closure of the public school until the end of the current academic year.
Elders who are on track to graduate when Brown issues an initial closing order on March 16 will do so, he said, including students who pass grades at that point in every course needed for them to get a diploma.
Gill stressed that high school students in general have completed 12 1/2 years of public education from kindergarten to the present.
“These children have learned a lot,” he said.
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