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COVID Weekly Update 5-4

Dear SLSD Staff and Families, Last Friday, May 1, we completed seven weeks of the “Stay Home Stay Safe” order. During these weeks of remote learning, we faced challenges, completely changed the way we teach and learn and adapted to a new normal. Now there are only six weeks remaining in the 2019-2020 school year, let’s encourage one another to finish strong. If you are encountering challenges, please connect with your teachers and administrators who are always willing to help.
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Closure extension

Governor Kate Brown announced she is extending Oregon’s physical school closures for the K-12 education systems through the end of the current school year. She directed school districts to complete the final weeks of the academic year by continuing distance education and support to students. We will begin our distance education on Monday, April 13. If your student has not already done so please have them check their email and sign into the google classroom for each of their teachers. We understand we have families without connectivity and we will provide student work for those families.


We will continue to:
Connect with our students and families;
Learn about and support your physical needs for food, shelter, clothing;
Support your social-emotional and mental health needs; and
Continue educating our students through Distance Learning.


In closing, we understand this entire ordeal has placed undue stress on all of us, students and families, staff members, and our community. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate uncharted territory. Our number one priority continues to be the health and safety of our staff members, our students and families, and our community. Students, we miss you!
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All SLSD School Closed through April 28th

The state of Oregon has closed all schools, including South Lane schools, to close through April 28th in response to the impact of the novel coronavirus situation. South Lane School District, its teachers, staff and administration are working to develop a method to deliver a quality education experience in such a trying time. Your child's school will be in touch with you shortly.

For children, 0-18 years old, grab and go breakfasts and lunches will continue to at these locations and bus stops. Children do not need to be present for a meal to be picked up:

Schools:
CGHS 9-10am
London 9-10am
Dorena 9-10am

Bus stops:
8th & Arthur 9:00
Bohemia Park 9:15
16th & Pritchett 9:25 new
16th & Ostrander 9:30 new
22nd & E. Whiteaker 9:40
2424 Whiteaker Ave. 9:50 new
Faith Ctr. on Row River 10:05 new
125 Gateway Blvd. 10:20
11th St. & Lord 10:40
Saginaw Trailer Park 11:00

Bus stops:
948 S 6th St. 9:00
Harrison & 10th 9:10 new
700 E. Gibbs Ave. 9:20
Frontier Trailer Park 9:40 new
Goodwill/Dollar Tree lot 9:40
Holly & River Rd. 9:50 new
Birch Ave & J St. 10:00
Bohemia Elementary 10:10 new
5th St. near Madison 10:25
River Walk Place 10:40
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SLSD Online SEALS for Parents

Dear Families,

The South Lane School District staff and I want you to know you are on our minds and hearts. We continue working to prepare communications, ensure students receive meals and provide you with ways to assist your students with learning while at home. Additionally, we are committed to the values set by the state and will work to improve that ways we:

Ensure safety and wellness

Cultivate connection and relationships
Center in equity and efficacy
Innovate

The following information provides some general ideas about how to continue learning at home. Teachers will continue to develop learning ideas more specific to grade levels and content areas by April 13. We remain committed to the well-being and the education of every student.

Warm Regard,

Dr. Yvonne Curtis
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3-30 Update from SLSD Superintendent

Dear Families,

As we all get accustomed to spending more time at home, I hope you are finding out how special we can make this time with family. It provides an opportunity to reflect on what is really important, pay attention to our relationships and explore the outdoors, play, read, work on projects and talk with our children. Isolation with family can be a very precious time as it allows time for us to listen to our children and engage together in ways we often don’t have time to do.
Please know that in the last two weeks, our staff has been planning for a reconnection with our students. Yesterday, our staff returned to work with a goal to reach every student and family by phone. It is important for us to know how our students are doing during this time of isolation. Staff will continue making calls today to find out if you have enough food, how the family is doing, if any of you need mental health supports and to learn about your child’s access to a device and wifi.

Until last night, our intention was to remotely offer Supplemental Education and Learning Supports through April 28, however, last night, I received a message from our Director at the Oregon Department of Education, Colt Gill, with a new directive. Now we will be ensuring all students engage in Distance Learning quite possibly through the remainder of the school year.

Here are his words:

"Our state’s response to COVID-19 has responsibly and necessarily evolved with the use of data and knowledge of effective suppression measures. We now have a moral imperative to meet the changing nature of the pandemic and evolve our approach to serving our children."

"As we continue the effective measures of Governor Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order, we also foresee the strong possibility that our students may not come back through our school house doors this academic year. This calls for a shift from providing supplementary education to a formidable effort to provide Distance Learning for All.” (Full message below.)

Today we will study the many pages of guidance and then begin planning for Distance Learning for All. On April 13, your student(s) will receive learning in a new way. We are excited about the possibilities that will emerge as staff engage in professional development and learn how to design and deliver Distance Learning for every student. Please know that we are here for you and believe we will provide your students with high quality learning experiences.

Please keep in touch with your student(s) teacher regarding your child’s or family needs. Watch for further information regarding your student(s) education. We are honored to serve you and are committed to each child.

Have a wonderful day!

Dr. Curtis

Yvonne Curtis, D.Ed.
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