District says it's meeting standards for instruction time

The Medford School District is in compliance with the minimum state standards for instruction time, district officials reported this afternoon.

Todd Bloomquist, director of secondary education, and Julie Evans, director of elementary education, said schools aren't currently at risk of coming up short and needing to make up days.

"We are totally compliant for quite awhile," Bloomquist said.

Oregon requires that each district implements a calendar year that includes 990 hours of instruction time for high school students, 900 hours for fourth- through eighth-grade students, 810 hours for first- through third-grade students and 405 hours for kindergartners.

High school seniors are allowed a little more leeway and have a minimum commitment of 960 hours.

Even if schools continue operating on a half-day schedule through next week, graduations will be on time with North and South students graduating June 7 and Central Medford students on June 14, Bloomquist said.

District officials also have had conversations with Southern Oregon University staff and verified that students registered for Advanced Southern Credit are still eligible to receive college credits for credit-approved advanced placement classes.

— Teresa Thomas

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