New guidance for meals; Chromebook update; note for seniors

Date: April 9, 2020

Dear KCSD families,

In this newsletter, you will find information about:

  1. New guidelines for our Grab and Go meal program
  2. Updates on Chromebooks and Help Desk information
  3. A note to seniors on state graduation guidance
  4. A list of Wi-Fi hotspots provided by the district

New Grab and Go meal distribution guidelines

Klamath County School District is committed to providing nutritious meals to all its students. Unfortunately, due to abuse of the district’s food distribution program for students, the following measures are now in place for the remainder of this program.

For KCSD urban schools:

· Brixner Junior High School

· Shasta Elementary

· Peterson Elementary

· Ferguson Elementary

· Stearns Elementary

Meals will be distributed by KCSD staff members in front of school buildings on Tuesdays and Fridays between 11 a.m. and noon. Meals will be provided only to students identified as KCSD students. Enrollment will be verified at all distribution sites.

Students may receive a meal at a school other than their home school if there is a hardship in receiving a meal at their home school. KCSD enrollment will be verified at all distribution sites.

For KCSD rural schools

Meals will be delivered Tuesdays and Fridays on established bus routes at previously designated times and locations. Meals will be provided only to students who are identified as KCSD students.

Chromebook checkout update

During this past week, KCSD schools began checking out Chromebooks to families that indicated they needed one for online learning. Families with three or more students in KCSD schools qualify for an additional Chromebook. If your family has more than two Chromebooks at this time, please contact your school to return it.

We ask families to only borrow a Chromebook if they have need. We want devices available to as many families as possible so every student has access to learning.

Help Desk for Chromebook internet issues

The school district has set up a Help Desk for families who are having issues with connecting their Chromebooks to the internet. If you have a connectivity issue, please contact the Help Desk at 541-851-8735 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please note: The Help Desk is for Chromebook internet issues only. For issues with assignments and software, please contact your school.

Graduation guidance for seniors

The Oregon Department of Education has released guidance for districts regarding seniors and graduation requirements. Click Graduation Pathways 2020 to read the full document.

KCSD parents or their student will receive a call from their school guidance office in the next two weeks to discuss their specific situation. Seniors who were on track for graduation as of March 12 will receive their diplomas. More information will follow regarding graduation celebrations in June.

KCSD providing Wi-Fi hotspots

The district has installed free Wi-Fi hot spots to allow county students to download and upload assignments and access online lessons. Anyone can connect to network at kcsd-covid19. Students with Chromebooks will be automatically connected to the school-based Wi-Fi. Students with their own devices can connect to kcsd-covid19 or log in with their school email and password.

Access is available from parking lots at the following locations:

  • Henley Complex
  • Lost River Junior/Senior High School
  • Mazama High School
  • Chiloquin Junior/Senior High School
  • Brixner Junior High School
  • Bonanza Schools
  • Gilchrist Schools
  • Merrill Elementary
  • Malin Elementary
  • Keno Elementary
  • Chiloquin Elementary
  • Stearns Elementary
  • Shasta Elementary
  • Ferguson Elementary
  • Peterson Elementary
  • Gearhart School in Bly (free Wi-Fi access is available through the Klamath County Library branch based at the school)

In addition to school building parking lots, several community businesses are allowing free access to their Wi-Fi. Click here for a google map of all community locations so far.

We want to remind parents that these school and community Wi-Fi access sites will not be supervised. The district prefers parents accompany students, and that students and parents stay in their vehicles while using the service.

Spectrum (1-844-488-8395) and Comcast (1-866-203-0432) also have indicated they will provide two months of free internet for families. Indicate when you call that you have students learning from home because of covid19 school closures.