This story was updated with adjusted grant allocations from the Oregon Department of Education.
Vale schools will start Aug. 31 instead of Aug. 17 so families and staff can better prepare for online learning and adapt to expected school guidance, the Vale School Board decided Aug. 5.
Staff will start working a week later as well, on Aug 19. Families will check out Chromebooks and hotspots the week of Aug. 24.
The district was swung into online learning preparation after Gov. Kate Brown's announcement of new metrics last week which require no more than three new Covid cases in the county every week for schools to reopen.
The metrics require less than 10 new cases per 100,000 in the county every week for three weeks . . .