The South Umpqua School District said Tuesday that due to an influx of COVID-19 cases among staff members, South Umpqua High School has been forced to delay its opening to in-person learning for one week.
The high school will now open for classes on Sept. 7.
"Currently, we have multiple high school staff members in isolation or quarantine, and have sadly lost a beloved staff member due to COVID-19," Superintendent Kate McLaughlin said in a press release Tuesday. "We do not have the number of staff needed to provide in-person instruction. This one-week delay will allow the high school community to grieve the passing of our staff member, but also allow our staff currently sick with COVID-19 the opportunity to heal and return from quarantine."
It was unclear exactly how many cases of the coronavirus were present among high school staff.
While other South Umpqua schools are also facing staffing shortfalls due to COVID-19, they remain adequately staffed with will be able to open to in-person instruction on Tuesday, Aug. 30, as scheduled. The delayed opening applies only to the high school.