Reopening of Schools - Letter from the Superintendent


Dear Families and Students,

As the 2020-21 School year nears, we want to thank each and every one who took the time to complete our survey either on-line, by mail, or via phone conversation with one of our staff members. Between the data collected through this survey and the latest directive from the Oregon Governor’s Office we are working on a plan to best serve the students of our community in regard to both education and safety.

On July 28th the Governor released the School Health and Safety Metrics giving us the parameters under which Oregon schools would be able to open their doors to students. Armed with this knowledge, it is highly likely that we will have our Kindergarten through 3rd Grade students return to in-person instruction, while the 4th through 12th Grade classes will start the school year on a Comprehensive Distance Learning until we are able to return to in-person instruction.

Our Reopening Committee has met several times reviewing and discussing the latest guidance provided by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to build a foundation from which to return to school for all students. We want our students back in the building! We believe that students learn better when they are in class with their teacher. It is our goal to offer as much in-person learning as possible given the guidance provided by the ODE and the OHA. Please review our Fall Reopening flyer linked HERE. We have also included it as an attached PDF.

Key Points in Flyer

• Calendar – When Staff and Students Return

• Comprehensive Distance Learning – Is not Spring 2020

• Homeschooling – Parent Pod or fully online

o Stay enrolled in the North Douglas School District

o Complete the interest form linked HERE

o Call the District Office if you have questions, 541-836-2223

Our Reopening Committee will be finishing up the details to our plan and will share that soon. We will continue to provide meal service for all students whether they are learning in-person or remotely from home via Comprehensive Distance Learning or a Hybrid Model.

Professionally, Terry Bennett

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