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Guidance for School Year 2020-2021

posted Jun 12, 2020, 2:21 PM by Angela Gorham
First of all I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for the part you have played finishing this year out.  Know that we have been thinking of you and the hardships this year has created.  The purpose of this email is to provide a quick update on where we are today, June 12th as far as returning to school in the fall.  If you have questions today or moving forward, know that we don’t have all the answers at this point and we fully expect things to change throughout the summer.

As you may or may not know, the state came out with reopening guidance for school districts this past Wednesday, June 10th.  The guidance from the state is lengthy and will require much collaboration, thought, and quite simply lots of time.  My best advice to you as parents and guardians is to not panic or respond to the public guidance.  As a district we have begun to break down the guidance and have been creating potential scenarios to insure we have our students back on campus in August of 2020.  We are going to ask for your input through a survey soon.  For more information on reopening and resources for the public, parents, and schools can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Pages/Planning-for-the-2020-21-School-Year.aspx

As a district we will have many scenarios prepared from worst case (online schooling from home), to the middle scenario (hybrid of online and face to face), to the face to face full day scenario on campus.  Our preference for the fall of 2020 is to have students on campus learning face to face.  Our concerns with creating plans quickly and presenting them to you all is that changes may come down from the state that will affect our plans.  We will be meeting with the state several times in the coming weeks centered around this guidance.  We are going to utilize patience as we create our plans.  Plans are due August 15th to the state.  Please stay tuned as we continue to wade through these times.   There will be much more to follow.  We are working to put a committee together to begin working on our reopening plan.  If you are interested in being a part of the committee please email me.  We would like a parent or two to be on our committee.

 

Stay safe and enjoy the warmer weather.

 

Lance

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