Camas Ridge News 8.14.20

Technology for 2020, Updates, Kindergarten and More

Good Afternoon Camas Community,

I hope you are well and enjoying this wonderful weather with some time outside. It is going to be a hot one tomorrow! Be sure to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we continue to plan for fall. There are still many unknowns at the district and building level and we are working to hammer out details, secure resources and prepare information for staff and families for our first day of comprehensive distance learning of 2020, which will be September 14th.

We continue to adjust based on the most recent information from the CDC, Governor's office and Lane County Health and Human Services. The Camas staff and 4J are committed to keeping kids and staff safe and providing the best experience and education possible under the circumstances.

What We Are Working On...

Content and Lesson Planning

We are looking at content for the elementary level and planning how to pick up where we left off in the spring. We know that students will need to start each grade differently than we have in the past to accommodate for curriculum that we did not get to. This means some review, some reteaching and redesigning of lessons and units of study for all our kids.

Library Check Out

We are working on offering library check out from the Camas library this fall with protocols in place to get books to kids while keeping families, staff and students safe

Camas Ridge PTO

Camas PTO is working to support keeping our community bonds strong and caring of one another during this challenging back-to-school season. Look for more information from them soon

Instructional Technology for ALL

We are preparing to issue updated district technology to ALL Camas students to use from home this year. Watch for information about distribution of these devices. If you still have an ipad from the spring, please return it to school so we can update it and make it functional for the upcoming school year

Reliable Internet Connection

It will be critical that families have a reliable internet connection for students to access distance learning. If you need assistance with having reliable internet for the school year, please complete this short form:

What We Do NOT Know Yet...

So many things....

We do not have class lists finalized for the school year at this time, nor do we have a schedule for what a day of distance learning looks like for your learner.

We are striving to provide maximum flexibility for families and students and for staff who are navigating this new work. We have many teams collaborating to address these unknowns and will share that information as soon as it is available as we are approaching this school year very differently than years past.

Kindergarten Enrollment Continues... Spread the Word!

If you or someone you know are planning on enrolling a kindergartner for the 2020-21 school year, please go to the link below and fill out our Kindergarten Registration Questionnaire. This will help us to plan for the upcoming school year, and will allow us to get you the information you need about our current modified registration process. We will follow up by phone to make sure you understand the process and to answer any questions you might have.

Recent News Updates from 4J

School year will start online for first trimester - through December 4th

School districts’ plans for the coming school year continue to evolve along with the public health situation.

Our students, families and staff deserve as much certainty and stability as possible in an uncertain time. We also know that both Lane County and the state of Oregon are currently not meeting the lower rate of new coronavirus infections to safely return students to buildings under the updated state guidelines. This leads to an important update for the return to learning this fall.

4J schools will teach and learn online for the first trimester of the school year. The district had previously planned to start the school year online for at least the first several weeks, with some on-site school days for the youngest students, and welcome students back to school buildings starting as early as mid-October.

Now, students in all grades will learn online through the beginning of December, while teachers will teach online from school buildings or remotely. Some limited, targeted supports may be provided on-site for individual students or small groups, but not regular classes in-person.

Students may return to school buildings in Trimester 2 for a hybrid of online and on-site learning, with all appropriate health and safety measures in place, if public health conditions allow. The district will decide in mid-November if on-site learning will begin on December 7. (This is the start of the second trimester for middle and high schools, and these dates apply for elementary schools as well.) If school buildings do not reopen on December 7, the district will decide in January if on-site learning can begin with the second half of the trimester, starting February 1.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to many questions about returning to learning in 4J schools can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page. New questions and answers will be added over time.

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