We are hiring a Custodian!

posted Sep 17, 2020, 11:46 AM by Angela Gorham


Joseph School District is seeking temporary custodian for the 2020-2021 school year. Position will be 34 hours a week, located at Joseph Charter School. For a job description, requirements, and application contact the Joseph School District, 400 E. William E. Williams Ave., Joseph, Oregon (541-432-7311). Position open until filled.


Oregon Health Authority release - September 16, 2020

posted Sep 16, 2020, 3:15 PM by Angela Gorham   [ updated Sep 16, 2020, 3:18 PM ]

400 East Wm. E. Williams Ave. Ÿ P.O. Box 787 Ÿ Joseph, OR 97846

September 16, 2020


Parents and Community,


The Oregon Health Authority September 16th update, released at approximately 1:00 p.m. today, reports six (6) new cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County.  You will find the information here:

Dr. Jeanne (OHA) has reviewed the information about the cases closely with Dr. Powers (Wallowa Co.) and at this time we have not identified any risk to the community or schools in Wallowa County.  Since Wallowa County schools reopened under the small-county exception, the districts would make any decision to transition to comprehensive distance learning based not on the county case rate (which will be much higher this week), but instead on an assessment of the spread within schools and the broader community.  OHA’s conclusion is that there is no indication of either at this time and thus a public health recommendation to shift to comprehensive distance learning is not warranted based on the information we have at this time.


Given the confidence of both our local health providers and staff from Oregon Health Authority, we are confident in our decision to keep our schools open.  We will continue to reevaluate our status and update our families and students as information becomes available. 


Thank you for your continued partnership in educating our students and keeping our community safe.





Lance Homan

Joseph School District Superintendent

A Note from Mr. Homan

posted Sep 7, 2020, 3:45 PM by Angela Gorham

Hello Everyone - I can't tell you how excited I am for us to get started tomorrow whether in person or online.  We know we will have hiccups online for a little while, but we will get them worked out.  For our face to face students things have definitely changed, but we are ecstatic to welcome you all back.  Below are a few updates with returning to face to face:
  • Please do not drop your child(ren) off before 7:45 am.  If you have an emergency and you need to drop them off sooner please call the school and let us know so we can have a place for them in their cohorts.
  • No microwave will be available in the cafeteria due to mixing cohorts.  We apologize for this inconvenience, but it is necessary.  
  • Please screen your child(ren) before school each day and if they are sick, please keep them home. If they come to school sick you will more than likely have to come get them.  
  • Students will be visually screened when entering the bus, entering school, and entering the classroom.
  • Temperature checks will only be used if a student is sick and is in the sick room.
  • Free breakfast/lunch for everyone has been extended.  We are working on our end to continue to offer free breakfast/lunch for all students.
This will be our new "normal" for a while, but we will make the best of it and we are extremely excited to see everyone.  Please don't hesitate to call or email me.



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posted Aug 27, 2020, 10:21 AM by Angela Gorham

Communicable Disease Plan

posted Aug 27, 2020, 10:20 AM by Angela Gorham

Welcome Back Letter 8/18/20

posted Aug 18, 2020, 3:38 PM by Angela Gorham   [ updated Aug 18, 2020, 3:40 PM ]

HES First Grade: Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

Welcome Back! A letter from Mr. Homan and Mrs. Kilgore!


School Re-opening Plan as of 8.11.2020

posted Aug 11, 2020, 4:06 PM by Angela Gorham

Dear Parents/Guardians – In light of the recent new metrics for our county (as of 1 PM today), we plan to open the fall with face-to-face instruction.  The new metrics exceptions for Wallowa County states:

·         Total County COVID-19 case in the last three weeks is less than 30 total cases, with less than half of cases reported in the last week of the three-week period.

·         We have a reopening blueprint approved by the Oregon Department of Education.

·         Students cannot be part of any single cohort, or part of multiple cohorts that is greater than 50 students.

·         There is no community spread in the school area.

·         There is not community spread in the communities that serve as primary employment and community centers (for shopping and other in-person services)

·         Schools should consider community spread, public health should take into consideration the cases in the community, COVID-19 test availability in the community, recent percent positivity rates, capacity in the community to respond to cases and outbreaks and the regional hospital capacity available for those with severe disease.

·         The school does not serve a significant number of transfer students from outside its area that are from communities reporting COVID-19 community spread in the previous three weeks.

As of today, August 11th, 2020 we meet the new metrics and we are good to open our doors this fall.  What is the timeline for reopening?  There has been a change as described below:

·         August 25th, 26th, and 27th Teacher In-service/Professional Development

·         August 31st – September 3rd – “Soft Opening” where we will have specific classes come in at specific scheduled times that week to go over protocols, structure, class set up, ask questions, etc.  Look for a schedule next week.  Aug. 31st – Sept. 3rd will also allow for our teachers to get more professional development, time to communicate with families, and develop concrete plans for distance learning if, and when our cases jump to where we have to move into distance learning for a period of time. 

·         September 8th – First official day back for students on campus!!

If you are opting for Comprehensive Distance Learning Online your schedule will go as follows:

·         Deadline to sign up for the online only option is August 19th

·         August 31st – September 3rd – An assigned teacher will communicate with you and your child about expectations, timelines, how to use Pearson online, and a host of other things.

·         September 8th – First day of official online school!!

We know that pushing off the official start date for school to September 8th may cause a hardship and we apologize, but we feel it is necessary with the circumstances we are facing in returning to school face-to-face.  We are excited to finally feel like we have a solid plan and can move forward with planning for face to face instruction, while planning for the possible quick transition to online instruction due to COVID-19 cases in our school, school community, community, or county.  Stay tuned for more updates to follow.

Thank you so much for your patience and support! 



Lance Homan

Instruction and Transportation Survey

posted Aug 5, 2020, 9:19 AM by Angela Gorham   [ updated Aug 5, 2020, 9:22 AM ]

Thank you so much for taking the time to fill out this short survey so we can gather important information in order to build our bus routes, fine tune our schedules, prepare rigorous curriculum for both face-to-face and on-line options, and finalize all of our sanitation, personnel, facilities and operational plans.  
Our goal is to secure the safest and most meaningful and purposeful education possible for the 2020-2021, get our kids back in school and let you get back to work and start a new normal.   

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