NSSD COVID-19 Parent Update

March 26, 2020

Andy Gardner Message:

First, we so greatly appreciate your patience as we work through the many details involved with this crisis. Know that your children are missed. This is a short message to update you on the NSSD’s focus during the emergency closure period.


At this time, schools will remain closed through April 28th. We will notify parents of any change in that status as early as possible. NSSD District Office Staff and Administrators have been working over the past week to make preparations for student and teacher supports. All teachers will be working on Tuesday, March 31 to further develop instructional plans for supplementing students’ education. These plans will be communicated out to you between March 31 and April 3. Teachers will be connecting with families early next week and we anticipate a variety of online and packet supports will be available for students beginning April 6.


In the meantime, I hope that all of you are doing well, that your families are OK, and that you are getting some rest. As always, do not hesitate to ask us for help or to clarify something further. Our goal is to support our communities, staff, families and students through this crisis and to lay the groundwork for our eventual (and certain!) return. Thanks for all you do! Stay safe.

High School Seniors:

The District is expecting that ODE’s guidance on high school seniors will be released soon. We will communicate this out to parents and students as soon as it is released.


State Testing:

ODE has been notified that their application for a waiver for state testing has been “Conditionally Approved” by the US Dept. of Education. This will mean that the State will not conduct State Assessments this year, which will also eliminate many related requirements.


Meal Service:

The District’s meal service continues to run at the four sites as advertised. Please check the website to learn about the locations and times.


Daycare at Stayton Elementary:

The District is planning to run a daycare for health care workers and area first responders. The daycare will be at Stayton Elementary. Parents, please note that at the current time, we are planning to provide this to those professions described in the Governor’s order, with a first priority reserved for health care providers and their support personnel at hospitals and clinics, along with emergency responders. The daycare will remain in place through the Emergency Declaration. More information will be released in the coming week.

Household Technology Access Survey Update:

Thank you for completing this survey. This provided the District great information for our planning.


  • 805 families completed the survey (Mari-Linn 78, Sublimity 166, Stayton Elementary 169, Stayton Intermediate/Middle 169, Stayton High 401)
  • 93% of families reported they have internet access
  • 64% reported needing one Chromebook
  • 30% reported needing two Chromebooks