Marysville Message

Friday March 12, 2021

Dear Marysville Families

I hope that you have had an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sunshine we have had the past couple of days. I have loved watching the blossoms open all around our school property.

I continue to apologize for my imperfect communication concerning an imperfect solution to the current needs and challenges. I will provide as much information as I can at this time around the upcoming offering for Hybrid instruction.

A few updates regarding hybrid. Much of this is K-8 related. But, I made notes where it’s K-5.

  • (K-8)I’ll have a question answer session on Thursday March 18th at 5:30 pm.

  • (K-8)The district has indicated that we are now required to use the system-wide schedule for in-person learning that is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. That means that Wednesday will be a distance learning day for all students. I indicated in an earlier message that 2 full days a week with in-person instruction might be possible and it’s not.

  • (K-5)I also received district guidance at this time that I'm not able to give you all your final child’s teacher at this time for any of our students (CDL or Hybrid). I’m hoping that information can be communicated early next week as I wait to hear from Human Resources. I realize this is a difficult thing to read. However, I want you all to know that our incredible team will support each student by name whether they are transitioning to in-person or staying in CDL.

  • (K-5) We don't have schedule specifics for students at this time. Most likely CDL and In -person instruction will only be offered at either an AM or PM time for 2 hours and 15 minutes (8:00-10:15 AM or 12:15 - 2:30 PM When a student is not meeting with the teacher in person or online the school work would continue on asynchronously on Seesaw and Canvas. This will be a big shift to all of the schedules for students, teacher and families. Sorry about that! This is basically restarting the school year. Middle school changes won't happen until the week of April 19th, but K-5 changes will begin the week of March 29th. We will notify parents of these schedule changes next week.

  • (K-5) In creating the new schedules and class cohorts we are prioritizing safety and room capacities, hybrid instruction needs, siblings at the same time, and teacher continuity as much as possible. I know that a new class possibility, but that may be the reality to make the numbers and groupings work.

  • (K-8)I want to assure you all that there is a process for obtaining substitutes for teachers during hybrid and the district has indicated that substitute teachers will be available to principals as needed. As much as possible we will work to keep Marysville staff with Marysville students.

  • (K-8)Ventilation information from the district can be found here. Our classrooms also have HEPA air filtrations systems now, as well.

  • (K-8)The last day for K- students attending LIPI is Friday, March 19th.

  • (K-8)Our student support team is working to identify supports for students as they transition back into person, this includes SEL lessons, access to our counselor and social worker, and appropriate interventions, as well. Teachers and schools will receive support for this and for academic instruction planning from our district office, as well.

I completely understand families wanting to know about possible exposure and presumed cases. However, the guidelines do prohibit sharing of any information until there is a confirmed case and that can take up to 48 hrs. Here are the two specific protocols outlining this. Communication Protocol Symptomatic Student Response

You can find all other PPS standard operating procedures for safety and the return to school linked here.

So while we will do everything we can to mitigate any possible outbreak inside the building, when coming together in person there will continue to be the risk of exposure and families should proceed as if that is the case.

In order to maintain safety for cohorts returning to school, I urge families to follow the Oregon Health Authority Guidance for Spring Break and Travel Plans.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding as we navigate this important transition back to some in person learning opportunities.

We know that the decision about whether to come back or remain in distance learning will be different for every family and that is okay. We will make it work for whatever best meets the needs of each family situation.

We will all continue to learn and be in community with each other and that is the most important thing.

Take care!


Cathy Murray

Family Hybrid Instruction Information Meeting

Thursday, March 18th, 5:30pm

This is an online event.

Catherine Murray is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Family Hybrid Meeting

Time: Mar 18, 2021 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Updated Science Units:

The science units on how mask wearing and hand washing provides protection from spreading COVID 19 will be taught again before Spring Break. It is hoped that this will support safety protocols for students who are returning to face to face instruction.

More lessons will be provided to student returning to in person instruction on mask wearing and other safety protocols directly by their classroom teachers prior to their return to the building.

Phase 2 Work on PK-5 Grades Will Start In Mid-April

The start of Phase 2 of the Enrollment Balancing process has been delayed until at least after April 15th.

The Board of Education met on February 22 to discuss phase 2 of PPS’ enrollment and program balancing. Here is the “February 22, 2021 Work Session Agenda.” The focus of the 3-hour work session was to:

  • Identify the most critical issue(s) the School Board believes are the most important to address in the next 12-months on Enrollment and Program Balancing.
  • Identify the policies that require clarification, so that the PPS school district staff (and the Coalition) can effectively and clearly complete Phase 2 of its work.
  • Clarify what PPS believes to be the most important focus areas in the next 12-months.
  • Articulate the successes and opportunities they look to see executed as we plan student, family, school and community engagement on Enrollment and Program Balancing.

District staff are continuing to engage with the Board to finalize the Phase 2 scope of work with a commitment to center the lived experiences of our students and their families, especially our communities of color.

An update of the Phase 2 scope and schedule will be shared in April.

A full archive of Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC) meeting notes, presentations, meeting videos and links are available on the PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing website.

Oregon Executive Order concerning the offer of Hybrid Instruction

Attached is the Governor's Executive Order.

At Marysville we will continue to focus on the well-being (physically, emotionally and mentally) of all, even if it is not specifically addressed in the executive order.

I know that we will be able to make this transition work in a way that honors the contributions and needs of everyone in our community.