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less sick and spread the
virus less than older stu-
dents and adults,” offi-
cials wrote. “Younger stu-
dents also need more in-
person instruction to
build literacy and math
skills critical for lifelong
“Schools in remote and
rural communities are
less likely to contribute to
the community spread of
COVID-19 cases that can-
not be traced and con-
To have in-person in-
struction for K-3 or re-
mote and rural students,
the following conditions
must be met:
h Fewer than 30 cases
per 100,000 over seven
h Test positivity of 5%
or less over seven days
h COVID-19 is not ac-
tively spreading in the
school community
h School districts are
in compliance with sec-
tions 1-3 of Ready
Schools, Safe Learners
For districts doing in-
person instruction, offi-
cials said they still need
to create plans to switch
to comprehensive dis-
tance learning should
they need to again.
This should include
training for staff and no-
tification of the commu-
nity, if one or both condi-
tions are met:
h 20 or greater cases
per 100,000 over seven
h Test positivity of
7.5% or greater over seven
All school districts
must implement compre-
hensive distance learning
if the following condi-
tions are met:
h 30 or more cases per
100,000 over seven days
h Test positivity of
10% or greater over seven
Brown said Tuesday
that all options are still on
the table when it comes
to additional restrictions
being put in place to stop
the spread of the virus
moving forward.
“Predictability is not
part of this pandemic,”
said Jim Green, executive
director of the Oregon
School Boards Associa-
“While it’s extremely
disappointing to weigh
not reopening schools
this September in some
areas,” he said, “we have
to make hard decisions
based on protecting the
health of our students,
our staffs and our com-
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Families recently visiting one of the Silver Falls State Park viewpoints were able to maintain social distancing between groups. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY OREGON PARKS AND
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forest again,” Cross said.
Ethically, people aren’t
supposed to create new
campsites and there are
laws limiting it, but trying
to stop people in vast na-
tional forests is next to
impossible, Cross said.
Another problem is
that many visitors don’t
appear to have as much
experience recreating in a
national forest with limit-
ed facilities.
“We’ve seen a lot of is-
sues with people not
knowing how to bury
poop, or use maps or even
have the right footwear,”
Cross said. Rangers said
trash was luring bears to
campsites in some areas.
In addition to over-
flowing trash, parking is
the other main concern
statewide. Many trail-
heads and recreation
sites are full by early af-
ternoon, leading to illegal
parking that could block
emergency vehicles.
“The best way to help
is to come early, pick less
crowded places and make
sure to pack out all of
your trash,” Havel said.
“It’s strange time. Nor-
mally, with this level of
use, we’d expand capaci-
ty at campgrounds and
trailheads. But we can’t
do that right now.”
Less experience leads
to accidents
The rise in visitors has
also led to an uptick of ac-
cidents in the outdoors.
In the last week alone,
a 19-year-old died climb-
ing Three Fingered Jack,
swimming in the Willam-
ette River and a 6-year-
old died after being hit by
a runaway jet-ski at Fos-
ter Lake.
In addition, search and
rescue teams have con-
ducted 10 rescues in two
Public Notices
months at Blue Pool, also
known as Tamolitch
Falls, on the McKenzie
River Trail. The most re-
cent rescue required a
person airlifted to a hos-
pital after jumping off the
high cliffs and into the
A lost hiker required
an overnight search party
last Friday into Saturday
in the Opal Creek area.
“We’ve seen an in-
throughout the county
and (are) asking the pub-
lic to take precautions
when visiting,” the Linn
County Sheriff ’s Office
said in a news release.
Beyond accidents and
crowding, the other ele-
phant in the room is hu-
man-caused wildfires.
As Oregon dries out,
and temperatures rise
into the 100s, the forests
will become increasingly
ready to ignite, and with
more people with less ex-
perience, the concern of a
wayward cigarette or
someone parking on
grass that ignites in-
creases, officials said.
A summer-long trend
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The number of people
in the forest is only ex-
pected to rise.
The virus is still
spreading, leading Ore-
gon Gov. Kate Brown to
announce additional lim-
its on gatherings and
events. Many sports that
begin practice in August
will be delayed, and it’s
unclear how and when
kids will return to school.
That means the out-
doors will remain the last
best place to find enjoy-
Agate Beach, like many reopened state parks, has seen overflowing garbage in
recent weeks.
ment for many Orego-
But the outdoors will
only remain a refuge as
long as wildfires aren’t
roaring and people are
doing their best to treat
the land with respect.
‘Know before you go’
To address the con-
cerns due to crowding,
the Forest Service sent
out the following mes-
1: Be prepared for large
crowds and no parking. If
you don’t show up early
parking may be limited.
We ask that you have a
prepared alternative lo-
cation before arriving. If
illegally parked on the
sides of the road, emer-
gency vehicles won’t be
able to reach you in your
time of need.
2: Bears are coming for
your trash! Please pack
out what you take in and
clean up after yourself.
Due to these challenging
times, the Forest Service
has limited services
3: Be safe by bringing
and wearing proper gear.
There are limited emer-
gency services but in-
creased amounts of safe-
ty incidents are occur-
4: Fire Awareness –
Don’t leave fire pits smol-
dering and unattended.
Do not light fires where
not allowed. Several fires
have wildly escaped and
expanded through the
5: Check forest area
availability through web-
site, social media feeds or
Forest Service Interactive
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