Roosevelt High in Portland latest to close over COVID

Roosevelt to close Monday, transition to distance education during the week

PORTLAND, Pray. (KOIN) – Another Portland public school announced it would close Monday and transition to distance learning for a week due to the increase in omicron cases in Oregon and its impact on staff and students.

Roosevelt High School will be closed on January 10 and transition to virtual learning until January 14, PPS officials said Saturday.

All in-person extracurricular activities, including sports and performing arts, are postponed. Officials said it also includes practices, competitions, rehearsals and performances.

However, students can still eat breakfast and lunch during this time. Families can pick up meals every day from 11 am to 12:30 pm at Roosevelt High School, PPS said.

Last Thursday, PPS announced that they would be closing Cleveland and McDaniel high schools on Friday due to COVID-19 absences from both students and staff.

“We are seeing that dramatic increase, we are seeing the increase in reported absences of our students and our staff in our schools this week,” PPS Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero said at a press conference on Friday.

On that day, PPS announced that 754 students and 169 staff members in the district are currently in isolation due to COVID-19.

Guerrero also said the district is aware that last-hour school closure decisions cause a problem for parents, but the increased omicron infecting staff and students affects the ability to make an earlier decision.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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