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SchoolWatch

The coronavirus pandemic continues to have wide-ranging impacts on schools in Oregon and California, as state officials and individual districts work to develop plans for the coming school year that will keep students safe and healthy.

While most districts have tentatively planned for a mix of in-person and online learning, continually evolving requirements at the state level may force those plans to change right up until the first day of school — possibly beyond even that.

NewsWatch 12 has launched the SchoolWatch initiative to keep people in southern Oregon and Siskiyou County updated with the latest on how the 2020-21 school year will look in each district and school.

SchoolWatch Stories

Image for Local high school participates in the great Shake-out
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Local high school participates in the great Shake-out

Image for SchoolWatch: Families notified after knife incident on Talent Middle School bus

SchoolWatch: Families notified after knife incident on Talent Middle School bus

Image for Vaccine Watch: Medford School District says more than 97% of staff are in compliance with vaccine mandate
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Vaccine Watch: Medford School District says more than 97% of staff are in compliance with vaccine mandate

Image for Coronavirus Watch: Local school creates pumpkin patch for students
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Coronavirus Watch: Local school creates pumpkin patch for students

Image for SchoolWatch: Ashland High School mural vandalized, school officials say
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SchoolWatch: Ashland High School mural vandalized, school officials say

Image for Oregon is changing its substitute teacher license rules to combat an 'extraordinary shortage'

Oregon is changing its substitute teacher license rules to combat an 'extraordinary shortage'

Image for Oregon State University drafts presidential search timeline

Oregon State University drafts presidential search timeline

Image for SchoolWatch: Josephine County students give back to teachers with $23K in grants
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SchoolWatch: Josephine County students give back to teachers with $23K in grants

Image for California makes ethnic studies a high school requirement

California makes ethnic studies a high school requirement

Image for SchoolWatch: Despite the Almeda Fire and a pandemic, Phoenix-Talent Schools show strong progress toward graduation
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SchoolWatch: Despite the Almeda Fire and a pandemic, Phoenix-Talent Schools show strong progress toward graduation

Image for Josephine County Foundation awards more than $23K in grants to local teachers

Josephine County Foundation awards more than $23K in grants to local teachers

Image for Medford School District receives $50K for electric vehicle kits

Medford School District receives $50K for electric vehicle kits

Image for Oregon school board adopts stricter political symbols ban

Oregon school board adopts stricter political symbols ban

Image for SchoolWatch: Oak Grove Elementary bus route impacted by staffing shortage

SchoolWatch: Oak Grove Elementary bus route impacted by staffing shortage

Image for Oregon Democratic lawmakers condemn Newberg blackface incident

Oregon Democratic lawmakers condemn Newberg blackface incident

Image for SchoolWatch: Grants Pass School District adds bus routes for afterschool activities

SchoolWatch: Grants Pass School District adds bus routes for afterschool activities

Image for School Watch: Medford School District approaches October 18th Covid vaccine deadline
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School Watch: Medford School District approaches October 18th Covid vaccine deadline

Image for SchoolWatch: Oregon school employee placed on leave after district says they showed up in blackface

SchoolWatch: Oregon school employee placed on leave after district says they showed up in blackface

Image for SchoolWatch: Klamath County School District again lobbies Gov. Brown for local control of COVID-19 decisions

SchoolWatch: Klamath County School District again lobbies Gov. Brown for local control of COVID-19 decisions

Image for SchoolWatch: New Hope Christian middle school students quarantined due to COVID-19 case

SchoolWatch: New Hope Christian middle school students quarantined due to COVID-19 case

2020-21 School plans and updates by County/District


Curry County

Jackson County

Josephine County

Klamath County

Lake County

Siskiyou County