Update 3/18/20 from Mr. Homan

Post date: Mar 18, 2020 10:16:23 PM

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.


Lance Homan