HOOD RIVER, OR (KPTV) – As school districts around Oregon continue to prepare for the possibility of opening back up to in-person classes, they have to make tough decisions along the way.

The Hood River School District is in a position where state metrics allow for some students to return to classrooms, but the district will wait until at least Nov. 5 to do so.

“I think we would look at our K-5 as a priority to return to school and think about how we would phase in the upper grades afterwards,” Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn said.

The district is currently reviewing its initial blueprint for re-entry with an eye toward how best to meet physical distancing requirements.

“We had all of our classrooms measured this summer,” Polkinghorn said. “It was looking like 17 or 16 students per class could potentially fit, but then when you go out and actually walk in those spaces and take a look at how you would fit 17 students in a classroom six feet apart from each other, it’s really hard to envision that.”

Polkinghorn said he understands parents’ desire to get their kids back in class but said the district must first be assured a return to class can be done safely.

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