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Update 4/1/20

posted Apr 1, 2020, 12:22 PM by Angela Gorham


Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

Of utmost importance Joseph School District #6 staff are thinking of you all and would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you all in these uncertain times.  We understand your frustrations and are sorry that we are all put in this position. We would be ecstatic to be able to teach your kids inside of our newly cleaned building, but that is not the case as of today and maybe even for the rest of the year.  We promise to do our best to educate your children with your assistance and consistently communicate with you and your child. Again, please know that we are thinking of you and are here to assist you in any way we can.

How did we get here?  On Thursday, March 12th, we were directed that our schools would be closed until April 1st.  Then we were ordered to close until April 28th and provide all of our students with supplemental education (not mandatory work, not graded, just work to sustain current levels).  Our staff was working on Monday, March 30th to get systems in place for all of our K-12 students. Later that night around 9 pm I was sent an order to change this system completely to a “Distance Learning for All” and be ready to implement by April 13th.  What does this mean?  It means that the state is potentially looking at longer school closures and we (JCS) need to provide a more structured form of education requiring education that may include assignments, assessments, lessons, grades, credits, etc. through various forms of education (paper pencil, online, etc.).  This is a huge shift in our initial thinking of what we were expected to provide. We now have this week and next week to prepare to roll out “Distance Learning for All” on April 13th.  If you or your child have not been contacted by their teachers, this will happen soon.  As we move forward there will be lots of questions and hiccups, but we will do our best to address everything as it comes in.  For more information on “Distance Learning for All” go to https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/standards/Pages/Distance-Learning-for-all.aspx.


Respectfully,


Lance Homan

Joseph Superintendent


Update From Mr. Homan 3/26/20

posted Mar 26, 2020, 11:57 AM by Angela Gorham

Hello Everyone - In these times of uncertainty we are working hard to keep up with the ever changing state of education in Oregon, as well as monitoring the COVID-19 situation.  We are planning to give every opportunity for our employees to work remotely.  In saying that, we will have some hiccups along the way, but we will work hard to minimize the disruptions to your child's education.  It is important to remember this is NOT normal school.  The assignments and activities are intended to be supplemental. We know this provides a burden on you and your family during these difficult times, but together we will get through this.  Our teachers will be in touch with each and everyone of you as we move forward next week.  Each class or grade may look different (online, paper/pencil, online activities, video lessons, etc) as developed by your child's teacher(s).  Each teacher, aids, and principal are on spring break so I expect communication to begin by Monday.  Don't forget we are delivering meals, please contact the school if you would like breakfast/lunch delivered.  We are up to 63 meals at his point, but we would love to deliver even more.

Stay safe and take care.

Lance Homan

Lunch & Breakfast Deliveries

posted Mar 24, 2020, 9:37 AM by Angela Gorham   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 9:41 AM ]



Hello Everyone - I am writing everyone regarding our breakfast/lunch program.  We are changing how we are doing things, but we need everyone's attention so we can be more efficient and effective at providing school meals. Currently we have two locations that we are providing meals - cafeteria and Enterprise little league field.  Our goal now is to utilize our transportation department to distribute meals.  The hard part in this is trying to plan without knowing who would like breakfast/lunch.  I am asking that you please email or call me at lance.homan@staff.josephcharter.org or leave a message at 541-432-7311 to let me know if one you would like breakfast/lunch, two your location, and three how many meals you would like.  We can provide meals for kids 0-18 years old.  We will provide our breakfast and lunch during our lunch run (you will get breakfast and lunch at the same time).  Our goal is to get meals out to as many children as possible. Once we have a pretty good idea on who would like meals, we will come up with a route in order to get he meals in the hands of as many children as we can.  If you know people that do not have email, or do not have access to social media to pass the word on and have them call the school.  

Thank you for your patience as we move through a very difficult time.  Things are changing almost hourly and I will do my best to keep everyone updated as I know more.

Take Care,

Lance Homan

OSAA News Release 3/18/20

posted Mar 18, 2020, 5:02 PM by Angela Gorham

 

OSAA NEWS RELEASE

MEDIA RELEASE
 
 
OSAA EXTENDS SPRING SUSPENSION THROUGH APRIL 28; CANCELS SPEECH, SOLO MUSIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
March 18, 2020 – (Wilsonville, OR)
 
Per Governor Brown’s announcement yesterday regarding statewide school closures, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) has extended the suspension of interscholastic practices and contests for sports and activities for all member schools through April 28.  The OSAA Executive Board, during a conference call today, clarified the language regarding usage of high school facilities and communication between coaches and participants during the moratorium-like suspension period.  This updated information, in the form of questions and answers, may be accessed at http://www.osaa.org/coronavirus
 
The OSAA Executive Board had general discussion around each Spring activity and sport, varying timelines for decisions based on chronological order of the events, host venue availability and issues with following CDC, state and local protocols for gatherings, especially given event formats and that some events are indoor vs. outdoor.  The Board made the following determinations regarding the Speech and Solo Music State Championships:
 
Speech State Championships (currently scheduled for April 23-25, 2020): Only four of the 14 special districts were able to complete qualifying events prior to the school closures.  The event’s cutoff date for entries (April 11) and the event itself fall within the school closure window.  Western Oregon University remains open but delaying the event does not fit within the school’s current schedule of events.  Due to the aforementioned issues, along with no clear option for technology solutions to be implemented, the OSAA Executive Board voted to cancel the Speech State Championships for 2020.
 
Solo Music State Championships (currently scheduled for May 2, 2020):  All 15 OMEA districts were able to complete qualifying events prior to the March 17 district deadline.  The rest of the deadlines for submitting school information, accompanist changes, etc. all fall within the statewide school closure window.  Pacific University has notified the OSAA that all on-campus events are cancelled and the OSAA Solo Music State Championship cannot be held on their campus.  The OSAA relies heavily on the arts programs at Pacific University, along with staff and student personnel, to facilitate the event.  Due to the aforementioned issues, along with no clear option for technology solutions to be implemented, the OSAA Executive Board voted to cancel the Solo Music State Championships for 2020.
 
“As parents and former participants, the Executive Board and staff share in the disappointment of students, schools and communities regarding the cancellation of these state championships,” said Peter Weber, OSAA Executive Director.  "We all remain committed to the health and safety of students throughout Oregon during this evolving public health emergency.”
 
The OSAA Executive Board has committed to meeting on April 1, and again on April 15, to re-evaluate the suspension of Spring activities and sports, along with the remaining Spring State Championships.  This will allow the Board to review any updated guidelines and directives in collaboration with the Governor’s Office, the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Department of Education, the OSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and member school administrators from throughout the state as this situation continues to evolve.
 
The OSAA Track and Field State Championships, originally scheduled to be held at the University of Oregon, will be split out and moved to different venues due to construction timelines for the completion of Hayward Field.  New arrangements have the 6A, 5A, 4A events being held at Mt. Hood Community College and the 3A, 2A, 1A events at Western Oregon University, both on May 29-30. 
 
Upcoming OSAA meetings, including the April 6 Delegate Assembly meeting, have been postponed until further notice. 
 
Additionally, while the OSAA office will remain open, most staff will be working remotely through April 28.  Please access staff contact information at http://www.osaa.org/contact

More information will be communicated via http://www.osaa.org as it becomes available.

Update 3/18/20 from Mr. Homan

posted Mar 18, 2020, 3:16 PM by Angela Gorham


The Governor’s Office announced yesterday that schools will remain closed through April 28, 2020.


Joseph School District is in the process of developing plans to supplement the education of our students during this closure. The highest priority will be putting plans together to serve all children. Additional information will be forthcoming as we develop viable strategies for students and their families to meet the educational needs of their children. We anticipate educational materials and supports K-12 will be available the week after Spring Break.  This will undoubtedly need to be a partnership between our staff and the families we serve. We will be seeking clarification on a number of issues from the Oregon Department of Education. We will keep our parents and community updated as we know more. 

 

JSD, along with community partners, will continue to provide breakfast and lunch both at our cafeteria and at the little league field in Enterprise. This program is for all children in our communities 18 years old and younger. The Governor has also charged schools to implement childcare for first responders, emergency workers and health care professions as directed by the state. JSD is in communication with management of each of these organizations and are developing plans for staffing and logistics if the need arises.

 

We will continue to update our families, staff and community as further information is disseminated from State Authorities. This is a time when we are being asked to sacrifice. Our children and families will not be able to experience many opportunities that they have worked so hard to achieve. Examples include State FFA Convention, FBLA, prom, spring sports, senior ag trip, kindergarten roundup, spring concerts, conferences, and many others.  This truly saddens us, these sacrifices are meant to protect those we care about and love. Our parents, our grandparents and those who have underlying health issues. We are appreciative of how our community is pulling together to address these challenges.


Our student mental health counselor will be available while school is out as a resource for any families and students who feel they need extra support during this time. Students/parents, please feel free to call Lance Homan at school 541-432-7311 and I will connect you with our counselor.

Respectfully,


Lance Homan


Continued School Closures through 4/28/20

posted Mar 17, 2020, 6:01 PM by Angela Gorham

We have just received notice that school is now closed until April 28. We will be working over the next few days to finalize plans for providing learning opportunities to students. We are committed to finding ways to serve students with/without Internet access while we know such options will not replace school entirely, we will do all we can to help during this time. Meals will continue as they have this week. Thank you for your patience and consideration as we work through this difficult time.

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE 3/16/20 - A letter from Mr. Homan

posted Mar 16, 2020, 1:01 PM by Angela Gorham


Hello Everyone – I know there has been a lot of coverage and concern regarding the COVID-19.  We were ordered to shut schools down until April 1st.  We hope this date will not change and we will be back to normal on April 1st.  I honestly can see this date move to a later date, so we will update you as we hear more.  

As far as what we are doing as a school:

  • Lunch – We are providing sack lunches for students.  We will offer lunch from 11 am – 12 pm in the Joseph cafeteria.  We will then take school lunches to the bus stop in Enterprise (by the skate park and little league field) from 12 pm – 1 pm.  We are asking that if you would like a lunch then please text Christine Eaves at 541-263-2683 which will help us get a head count each day.

  • Classes – I have heard from several teachers that they are communicating things that kids can be doing in the mean time.  If you haven’t received anything, please don’t hesitate to call the school or email Lance Homan – lance.homan@staff.josephcharter.org or Sherri Kilgore – sherri.kilgore@staff.josephcharter.org.  If assignments are online and you need a device, please let Lance Homan know and we can schedule a time for you to pick up a chromebook.  We are looking at ways to get other forms of work out to students who do not have wi-fi capabilities. We are also looking into a couple of different platforms to teach class and we will continue to update you on what we find out.

Timeline as of 3/16/20 at 12:11 PM for the school: 

  • March 30th and 31st will be staff work days to prepare for either school in our building with kids, or those days will be used to plan how to best educate our students in a different manner.

  • Conferences are cancelled that were scheduled for April 2nd and 3rd and rescheduled barring any closures again for April 17th and April 18th.

  • Kindergarten roundup is scheduled for April 16th from 5:30-6:30 pm.

  • Athletics are cancelled and facilities at our school are closed.

  • This timeline I believe will be fluid and ever changing, so I will send out information that I receive as soon as I can.

Building update:

  • Cafeteria and stage are up and running.

  • The middle classrooms (Mr. Crenshaw, Mrs. Connolly, and Ms. Weaver) are cleaned and painted.

  • The library is currently being cleaned and will get new paint soon.

  • Mr. Hite and Mrs. Hayes rooms are being cleaned and painted as well, but they will be done the latest of that area.

  • The gym is being cleaned as they can get to it.  Another engineer is coming this week to take another look at the beams in the gym and the roof so we can make a plan to move forward.


Respectfully,

Lance Homan


CORONA VIRUS UPDATE 3/13/20

posted Mar 13, 2020, 11:35 AM by Angela Gorham   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 11:39 AM ]

Update on Corona Virus 3/12/20

posted Mar 12, 2020, 3:41 PM by Angela Gorham


Dear Parents,

The purpose of this letter is update you on state and local decisions that have been made to help control the spread of Corona Virus.

  

At this time, there are no known cases, or suspected cases, of Corona Virus in Wallowa County. We believe the risk to our students, faculty, and staff remains low, but it is our responsibility to you and our greater community to be proactive in our efforts to encourage social distancing as a means of preventing the spread of illness. At the same time, we are committed to continuing the academic excellence and vital work of our school district. 


On Wednesday, March 11, the Oregon Health Authority, under direction of Governor Kate Brown, issued the following measures too help control the spread of the Corona Virus:

  • “Large gatherings (250+ people) are suspended through April 8th. This applies to organized public gatherings, not stores, malls, etc.

  • Schools are not being closed, but non-essential school activities such as parent meetings, allowing spectators at sporting events, and field trips are cancelled.

  • The Governor emphasized that school closure will be a last resort.

  • The Governor emphasized that these measures are being taken to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and 2, and to preserve hospital capacity for the most severely impacted individuals.”

We are in the process of determining which school events meet the criteria for cancellation during the timeline provided by the Governor.  At this time, the following school events have been canceled or postponed between now and the end of Spring Break, March 27th:

  • State Conventions -  FCCLA, FBLA, FFA

  • District Band & Choir

  • All middle school basketball contests

  • All high school sports contests.  Sports teams will continue to practice, but remember if you are not at school you can not practice. 


We continue to work with our local health authority to closely monitor developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak; the health and safety of our students is at the forefront of our decision-making.  We will send updates as often as needed – watch for future announcements around closures, additional cancellation of school events, or other relevant information.  

Our highest priority is the well-being of our students and staff, and the well-being of anyone who visits our school campus. 


FACEBOOK Pages to follow with Corona Virus updates

posted Mar 4, 2020, 9:48 AM by Angela Gorham


Here are some great resources to follow to keep you up to date with what is happening in the state and county:


WALLOWA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FACEBOOK





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