The Hermiston School District is excited to welcome our kindergarten and first grade students back into classrooms this week as we also continue to bring back more secondary students for limited in-person instruction. This is only possible because of the dedication of our teachers and staff along with the hard work our community has been doing to help reduce our COVID case counts.

The school board appreciates everyone who has attended board meetings, provided public comment, asked questions, and written to us and other leaders to express your concerns. We also thank Superintendent Tricia Mooney for her leadership and addressing the concerns in the constantly shifting landscape while balancing the needs of the local community and the requirements of the state.

This has been a difficult time for our students who have been missing out on their usual school experiences. It has been difficult for our teachers, who have worked so incredibly hard to teach remotely and adapt their lessons to this new format. It has been difficult for families who have had to juggle the challenges of health, work, and education during this pandemic. It has been difficult for the community that is exhausted and desires a sense of normalcy.

We all share the same goal of returning to the classroom in the safest way possible for our students, staff, and the community. We are confident that bringing these students back will serve as a springboard to continue adding more and more students in the coming weeks. We will continue to update you as metrics allow for more students to return and plans continue to evolve.

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The Hermiston School District Board of Education

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