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Corvallis schools to be mostly in-person starting May 3

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Kindergarten teacher Katherine Phillips uses hand sanitizer at the start of class on March 8.

Corvallis School District students in all grades will return to in-person learning on May 3, Superintendent Ryan Noss announced at Thursday night’s virtual school board meeting.

On March 8, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut schools down last spring, the district began bringing some students back into classrooms two days a week as part of a hybrid model that still included some distance learning.

The district used a phased approach that started with kindergartners and added older students one grade and one week at a time. Fifth-graders returned to classrooms this week, with sixth- and ninth-graders scheduled to come back next week and all remaining grades the week after.

Officials say Tiger Woods was driving nearly 40 miles per hour over the speed limit in February near Los Angeles before he veered off the road, hit a tree and flipped over."Estimated speeds at the first area of impact were 84-87 miles per hour," Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. "And the estimated speed before the vehicle struck the tree was 75 miles per hour."The posted speed limit for the road is 45 miles per hour. However, officials say they won't give Woods a citation."Part of it was the circumstance he endured during the collision and in order to issue a citation, usually you need something to indicate an independent witness or an observation from a peace officer," said Capt. James Powers of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Investigators examined a data recorder from inside the vehicle. They believe Woods may have hit the accelerator mistakenly, instead of the brake."We don't know that. He doesn't have any recollection of the incident. And like I said that is a speculation. There is zero braking on the data on the data recorder and 99% acceleration on the pedal," James said.One of the lingering questions: whether Woods was distracted while driving. Police decided not to even try to find out. They didnt check his phone."It's not going to change anything. The cause of the collision was the speed, an inability to maintain the road way. And so all it would have been is an associated factor, which wouldn't have caused the collision," Powers said.Investigators stressed the golfer wasn't under the influence and didn't find any substances or open containers in the vehicle. They defended their decision not to test Woods."Due to his injuries and the traumatic nature of his injuries, it would not be appropriate to do any field sobriety test," James saidThey explained there was no probable cause to get a blood sample and his history of prescription drug use was not enough for a search warrant. The L.A. County Sheriff insists Woods didn't receive any special treatment."The decision not to issue a citation would be the exact same for anyone in this room who went through the same situation-- solo collision. No witnesses. Infraction only. We're not going to issue a citation that wasn't in the peace officer's presence. Period," Villanueva said.For Newsy, I'm Austin Kim

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Starting May 3, most students enrolled in the hybrid model will be in class four days a week while continuing to learn online on Wednesdays, Noss told the board. Students who are unable to return to in-person instruction will continue to engage in comprehensive distance learning.

According to Noss, two main factors enabled the district to bring students back into school buildings four days a week: new state guidance that allows students to be 3 feet rather than 6 feet apart in classrooms, and a COVID-19 vaccine rollout that is proceeding ahead of schedule in Benton County.

Daily on-site schedules will vary between elementary and secondary schools because of transportation requirements.

“As with every decision we have faced throughout the pandemic, this schedule includes considerations for health and safety and accounts for the diverse needs of the 6,700 students we serve,” Noss said in a news release.

“This schedule is inclusive of students that are able to return for on-site learning and those who need to continue to learn from home,” he added. “It also maintains the academic relationship between students and the teacher(s) they have been learning with throughout the school year. This schedule also takes into consideration the role transportation plays in getting our students to and from school and the requirements to maintain additional space between students during recess or when eating at school.”


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