The Oregon Department of Education on Tuesday 3/17 announced that Governor Kate Brown has extended the Statewide School Closure for students in Oregon through Tuesday, April 28. Through Executive Order 20-08, Governor Kate Brown ordered public schools to remain closed to students from March 16, 2020, through April 28, 2020, unless that period is extended or terminated earlier by the Governor.
Dear Parents, Guardians and Community,
Elgin School District employees have been working during this closure to develop plans to support and supplement the nutritional needs and academic outlook for our students.
This message is to give an update of critical information as we offer support for your child through this April 28 closure mandate.
1. Elgin School District will continue to provide free lunch and breakfast to all children 0-18 at Stella Mayfield. We will not provide meals during our traditional Spring Break period. We will continue to provide lunch and breakfast once staff return from Spring Break, however the hours will expand to 8:00 – Noon, and we will offer the same on Fridays. We will post a menu on our website and Facebook page.
2. To serve our student education needs during this closure, Elgin School District staff will be working hard to develop a comprehensive distance-learning program that will allow students and families to access learning from home, supported by their classroom teacher. A detailed letter will come out soon related to logistics and implementation.
- On March 30 and 31 staff will return to work for the planning and transition to at-home learning; Teachers will prepare digital and physical learning packets as well as online curriculum links and resources.
- We have a website in the works as well as documents created to explain the logistics. When teachers return to work on March 30, and 31 this website will be operational and it will include all general education and adaptive education packets to meet the needs students with an individual education plan. At this time, more work is also being done to ensure we serve our most vulnerable populations to the best of our capacity. We are currently taking guidance from the state and other regional agencies on how to best implement these services.
- This website will also have links for student and parent support, frequently asked questions, meals, as well as logistics and technical support for packets and online resources.
- One of our highest priorities is to ensure we meet the needs of current Seniors, then Juniors, Sophomores and Freshman so that they can meet all graduation and credit requirements in this school year and future years.
On the Horizon:
- Our district will be taking more action to address mental health needs for our students once staff return to work.
I want to be clear; we have been and continue to be in constant communication with ODE and our Regional ESD as we seek to implement a process to best serve our students, staff, families and our community. This has been an evolving situation and I will continue to communicate with all our stakeholders as best I can once information is provided from the state.
This is an unprecedented and extraordinary time in our lives; I want to commend our staff on their willingness to proceed with creative ideas, changes happening daily and knowing their students will need great support. I am sad that many of our students, especially our seniors have to endure this experience in a time of such great unknown. I so appreciate our communities’ willingness to trust the process as we work forward in providing for our kids.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns. I may not have an answer right away, but I will continue to look for one.
Dianne Greif 541-437-2021 dianne.greifelginsd.org