February 16, 2021 - Superintendent and County Metric Update

Dear Coos Bay Schools Parents and Community,

The latest two-week totals were posted for Jan. 31-Feb. 13. Unfortunately, the case numbers are continuing to trend the wrong direction. The latest two-week look back is up eight additional cases which pushed us up to 297 cases per 100,000 residents in Coos County. Last week’s two-week total of actual cases was 180, while this week’s two-week total was 188. This will cause us to postpone the return to in-person instruction for 8-12 to at least March 1. This decision follows the ODE and OHA guidance which states that when cases are trending up that we pause adding our High School students back in-person. The numbers do not require us to pause the grades that we already have in-person. As long as we are able to handle cases that impact our schools by using the safety protocols we have in place and isolating them to prevent spread between classes or cohorts then we can remain open at the K-7 level. We continue to monitor cases daily and I am hopeful that we will soon see a decrease in cases in our county. I will update you again next Monday or if there is new information to share.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy,  
Bryan Trendell
Coos Bay Public Schools