November 12, 2020 - Edition 18
District Must Meet County Metrics to Return to In-person Instruction
Community Listening Session Renamed Family Forum
Mt. Angel School District has been hosting Community Listening Sessions to update families and the community on Distance Learning and answering questions submitted by parents and families. The last session was on November 5, 2020. The next Family Forum is scheduled for December 3, 2020. We will be moving the start time up to 6:30 pm. Here is a zoom link to the Family Forum.
Items Donated by InterMountain ESD
Mt. Angel School District Received two pallets of items to assist families impacted by recent wildfires and smoke. The items were received as a generous donation from InterMountain Educational Service District in Pendleton and their component districts. Here is a list of items donated:
- sleeping bags
- misc bedding
- bottled water
- feminine hygiene products
- school/office supplies
- misc clothing
School Counselors are working on distributing the items to families with needs. Please contact your counselor if you need any of the items on the list above.
Mt. Angel Knights of Columbus Coat Giveaway
Keeping Our Kids Safe Online with Securly
Securly, the web filtering application used in the Mt. Angel School District to keep students safe while using school-issued Chromebooks, has a feature called SecurlyHome. This feature is a tool for parents to monitor and track the online activity of your student while using school district equipment.
- Weekly Updates - Families will receive weekly emails that summarize their child’s previous week of internet activity and searches. They will also be able to see any content that was flagged for bullying, self-harm or suicide.
- Real-Time Usage Review – Families who want real-time information about their child’s internet use can access the Securly parent portal or download the Securly Home app on their mobile device.
- Controls and Filters - The parent portal and Securly Home app will also give families the ability to modify some internet filter settings during times the Chromebook is being used off-campus. For example, if parents want the Chromebook turned off at 7 p.m. each night, they can set an offline schedule in the Securly Home app.
Oregon Lifeline Reduces Cost of Internet for Families
Oregon Lifeline is a federal and state government program that reduces the monthly cost of phone or broadband service for qualifying low-income Oregon households. If you qualify, you could get one of the following benefits of the program with a participating service provider in your area:
- Receive a discount on your phone bill of up to $19.25 per month;
- Receive a discount on your broadband bill of up to $21.25 per month; or
- Receive free cell phone and data service
Discount amounts are subject to change.
Federal and state regulations limit the Lifeline benefit to one person per household for phone or broadband service.
You may qualify for Oregon Lifeline if you receive one of the following benefits:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income
- Federal Public Housing Assistance - Documentation Required
- Veterans or Survivors Pension Benefit - Documentation Required
- Or your total household income is at or below 135 percent of federal poverty guidelines* - Documentation Required
More information can be found here.
Annual ESSA Notifications to Families
Limited In-Person Instruction Continues to Expand
We continue to plan for additional limited in-person instruction to meet the needs of our students. Limited In-person Instruction must be in addition to core instruction and students can only attend for up to 2 hours per day. Availability of staff, cohort limits and transportation require careful planning to get kids in our buildings under current state guidance. We started bringing individual students into our buildings beginning October 26th for assessment/evaluations. This also occurs under the limited in-person guidance. As state guidance allows we will continue to serve as many students as possible.
USDA Extends Food Service Waivers through end of 2020-2021 School Year
We are pleased to announce that the USDA has again extended the waiver to continue with our ability to provide free meals to children up to the age of 18. We continue to offer two programs. Grab and Go at St. Mary’s Elementary between 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. And meal delivery on school days (M-F) between 9 am – 12:30 pm to addresses within the Mt Angel School District boundary. See MASD91.org for specific address delivery times. Important changes to the delivery program that we need to mention. We cannot leave food unless we are sure someone is home at the time of delivery. Acknowledge the delivery by opening your door, or look out the window to make contact with bus drivers. Also, unless you wish to open your door to accept delivery, please place a cooler or container on your doorstep and we will place your meals in the container. Some food may be perishable. Be sure to eat, refrigerate or freeze the food as needed. If you receive meal delivery, you cannot pick up duplicate meals at the Grab and Go site.
If you are not already pre-registered for meal delivery you may complete a form online at www.masd91.org or by calling the district office at 845.2345.