CORVALLIS — Corvallis school administrators said the decision to close the district's Primary School is being driven as much by staffing issues as COVID-19 cases involving students.
Under the plan recommended by the administrators -- and approved by the school board -- the Primary School is closed through Nov. 6.
Grades 2 through 4 will receive lessons through Google Classroom, and younger students pick up instructional packets on Wednesday.
Superintendent Jon Konen said the seven active cases in the Primary School are impacting not only students, but teachers as well.
"A few of our cases have been staff cases, and unfortunately, you know trying to come up with coverage for them has become more and more difficult," Konen explained.
"And once you reach that tipping point of not being able to find enough people to cover it just becomes a problem," he added.
The district recommends students and families "stay home as much as possible" between now, and when classes resume to try and slow the spread of the virus in Corvallis.