HERMISTON — Hermiston School District’s decision to begin the school year with distance-learning instructional classes only is due to Hermiston’s rise in COVID-19 cases, among other factors, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tricia Mooney.

The Hermiston School District announced the decision on Thursday, July 23, following the guidance of the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority. Mooney said when the most recent rounds of guidance were released by the Department of Education, the district realized it needed to move to comprehensive distance learning.

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