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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


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