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Health protocols and Summer Experience

Will all the safety protocols currently in place in schools also be enforced in Medford’s Summer Experience?

— no name given

According to a 31-page summer learning guide released last week by the Oregon Department of Education, school districts must adhere to the state’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance at their various summer programs. That means health screenings, face coverings and physical distancing.

Furthermore, some state grants and funding sources “may have additional health and safety requirements,” according to the guide, and districts have been instructed to review the funding requirements when planning summer programs to ensure compliance. This will mostly concern section Oa and 0b of the RSSL guidance, which cover the protocols related to in-person instruction.

The Summer Learning Best Practice Guide was released April 14, four days after the Medford School District began promoting Summer Experience — a new name for a new kind of summer school — and includes some overall strategies that districts should employ, programming essentials, programming “possibilities” and a breakdown of state and federal funding streams.

According to the guide, the guiding principles of summer learning in 2021 are: to ensure safety and wellness; center health and well-being; cultivate connection and relationship; prioritize equity; and innovate.

Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; or by email to youasked@rosebudmedia.com. We’re sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.