COVID-19 vaccination rates for 12- to 17-year-olds in Oregon vary by county, with 59.6% vaccinated statewide.
Districts decry the loss of “local control” in health and safety decisions following the governor's order that schools require masks inside this fall.
Only a handful of Oregon’s counties have met the metrics to allow in-person instruction since the Department of Education published its guidance on COVID-19 in mid-August.
Classrooms for younger students could open in many districts, including in Clackamas County, through lower benchmarks that measure whether schools may conduct in-person classes.
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