Klamath County School District’s request to adjust physical distancing requirements in classrooms was not part of new state guidance released Monday. Without this change, students will continue attending school under their current hybrid and in-person schedules and models.

“We are disappointed that the governor and the Oregon Department of Education did not make the changes to Ready Schools, Safe Learners that would have returned all of our students to classrooms full time,” said Glen Szymoniak, superintendent of the Klamath County School District. “However, we are hopeful that future adjustments to the guidance will enable us to do so.”

The KCSD Board of Directors on March 4 approved a resolution asking Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Department of Education to adjust the space-per-student from 35-square-feet to 9-square-feet, increasing the number of students allowed in classrooms. The resolution had the support of Klamath County Public Health.

School districts in Southern and Central Oregon had joined KCSD in asking the state to adjust the RSSL space-per-student requirements.