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UPDATES: State says Oregon schools will open full-time, in-person in fall

June 2, 2021 at 5:08pm

Free dental services offered Friday in Salem

Hunsaker Dental will be holding its 7th Annual Day of Free Dentistry at its Salem office on Friday, June 4. Anyone over the age of 18 can receive free cleanings, extractions or fillings. 

The event is the office’s way of giving back to the community and will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1595 Commercial St S.E. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. 

The dental office guarantees the first 75 patients will be seen and recommends those seeking service to arrive early. All Covid social distancing protocols will be followed. 

More information is available on the Hunsaker Dental website.

-Jake Thomas

June 2, 2021 at 3:25pm

Enchanted Forest opens Saturday

Taped arrows direct traffic at Enchanted Forest on Tuesday, October 27. The park was limited to 250 people at a time, including staff this last year. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)  

Enchanted Forest has announced it’ll try again to open for the summer season after a dust-up over masking requirements caused the amusement park to scuttle its plans last month

On Tuesday, the amusement park, located just south of Salem, announced on Facebook that tickets were on sale for its opening weekend: Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6. Tickets can be purchased here.

According to its website, Enchanted Forest will have limited capacity under its Covid guidelines and masks will be required indoors. 

-Jake Thomas

June 2, 2021 at 1:31pm

State planning for Oregon schools to open full-time, in-person in fall

Lucas Gage arrives by bus for the first day of in-person kindergarten at Richmond Elementary on Tuesday, March 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Oregon public schools will open full-time, five days per week for students in the fall under a set of draft guidelines released last week.

Salem-Keizer School District said earlier this spring they're planning for full-time school in the fall, though an online program will remain available for students who want it.

The Oregon Department of Education is currently gathering input on the health and safety guidelines schools would operate under starting in the fall and expects to issue final rules by July 22.

Some Covid mitigation strategies will likely remain in place, including the use of masks in some settings.

State requirements that schools offer a certain number of instructional hours will also return. Schools won't be able to hold students back a grade or limit their ability to participate in athletics or clubs based solely on their academic performance during the pandemic.

The guidelines also call for new rules for all-online schools, including a requirement that at least half of instructional time be offered live.

People can view the plan here and submit comments to [email protected] through June 10.

-Rachel Alexander