Associated Press
Monday, March 15, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland Public Schools and the teachers’ union have reached a tentative agreement on in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

KOIN reports that under the agreement, which must be approved by Portland Association of Teachers members and the city’s Board of Education, hybrid in-person instruction could begin as early as April 1. The agreement follows months of bargaining discussions between the teachers union and the school district.

The plan is for the youngest students - pre-school through 1st grade - to begin on April 1. Students in 2nd through 5th grade would begin in-person instruction on April 5, while students in 6th through 12th grades will start the week of April 19.

The Portland district is Oregon’s largest, with about 49,000 students.

In an effort to get students back into classroom faster, Gov. Kate Brown prioritized teachres for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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