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MSD: Online academy to take 307 transfers

About 2% of Medford School District’s 14,444 students, or 307, have decided to transfer from their current school to Medford Online Academy, MSD communications specialist Leah Thompson said Tuesday.

District families had until Friday, Feb. 5, to complete the transfer form to join the first-year online school, which had close to 600 students on the first day of school. The district is still determining how many teachers will be required to fully staff MOA.

On Jan. 21, the district announced its hybrid reopening plan and stated in a message to parents that the plan, which prioritizes in-person instruction for kindergarten through third-grade, would stand as the only on-site instructional model available to families for the rest of the school year. Kindergartners and first-graders are slated to return to school four full days a week starting Feb. 22.

“The one school that will offer full online learning will be the Medford Online Academy, which will be the option for families who don’t want their students to return to in-person learning,” the district announced on its website.

Last week, Medford Superintendent Bret Champion said the grade-level breakdown of MOA transfers seems to have worked out in the district’s favor.

“It does look like it’s ... pretty evenly split between elementary and secondary who are interested in moving, and so the good news on that is there will be opportunities for teachers from a variety of grade levels and subject areas,” he said. “For some of those teachers who need to move over to Medford Online Academy, they should be able to do so.”

Joe Zavala can be reached at 541-821-0829 or jzavala@rosebudmedia.com.

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune Molly Nutting, left, freshman, and Ashley Rowton, Junior, take study at North Medford High School.