Oregon middle school closes over safety concerns, student 'socialization' issues from year of virtual learning
Reynolds Middle School, outside of Portland, will shift back to virtual learning temporarily
November 19, 2021
A middle school outside of Portland, Oregon is abruptly transitioning back to virtual learning for the next three weeks to implement new "safety protocols" as many children are lacking "socialization skills" necessary in a classroom after a year of at-home learning during the pandemic.
Reynolds Middle School in Fairview, Oregon, about 14 miles east of Portland, cancelled in-person classes for the next three weeks to ensure the "necessary social-emotional supports" and "safety protocols" are in place "to provide a safe learning environment for all students," according to superintendent Dr. Danna Diaz. She said the time will allow administrators, teachers, and support staff to work together to implement "operational safety procedures" before in-person instruction resumes on Dec. 7.
It’s unclear what those safety measures and student support systems will entail.