September 11th, 2020

Ashland High School


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Principal Update

Hello Grizzlies,

This was supposed to be a week to celebrate with the start of the school year. Unfortunately, tragedy has struck our community as the Almeda Fire has radically transformed our valley. I know that all of us have been affected by this to varying degrees. Some of us have lost internet and power, some are temporarily displaced and some of us have lost our homes. Right now, the greatest resource we have is one another as we pull together to offer support, shelter, food and clothing to those that have lost everything.

As someone who is new to our community it has been inspiring to see the degree to which people want to reach out and help one another. I have never been a part of a community that is so willing to organize and support one another. I know it will take time for us to turn the corner and begin to heal, but I know that we will do it together.

As of right now, school is not scheduled to resume until Wednesday, September 16. Many of our students and staff live in Phoenix and Talent and need time to reorganize their lives. Many students and staff that live in Ashland have been dealing with internet outages. Given that we are in distance learning, we are totally reliant on reliable internet service to our students in order to make school happen. Ashland School District continues to work closely with the city of Ashland and local utilities to monitor when services will be restored and thus when school can resume.

To our students and staff that have been evacuated or have lost homes, know that we are all thinking of you. If you haven’t heard directly from someone at the school yet, you will next week. We are putting together a list of resources that we can connect to those in need.

We are pulling together and we will get through this!


Ben Bell



We have made the decision to postpone the start of school until Wednesday, September 16. We are currently planning a half-day on Wednesday and Thursday next week. The start date may change based on conditions. We will review this decision as we get more information about the return of critical infrastructure (internet/water/power) to those that can return to their homes, our staffing capacity and the number of families impacted by loss of housing or available internet. Our focus now is on immediate needs of those students and staff most impacted.


Visit our website for information on how to get help and how to help. Click HERE for Wildlife Emergency Relief Resources:

  • Free meals and Food Resources
  • Emergency Shelters
  • Ashland YMCA Emergency Response
  • Up to Date Info
  • Mental Health Support
  • Community Resource Organizations
  • Ashland Schools Foundation Donations
  • Donate Funds to Wildfire Victims
  • Donation Drives for Clothing, Food and Other Items

Ashland High School Resource Center

Many in the community have donated loads of clothing, food, hygiene products, and more to Ashland High School's Donation Drive at the AHS Mountain Avenue Theater. If your family is in need of any supplies, come by this weekend from 11am-2pm (and most likely Monday & Tuesday 11am-2pm).


  • Food
  • Water
  • Gatorade
  • Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Wipes
  • Baby supplies (not clothes, but cribs, strollers, pack ‘n play)
  • Baby food
  • Boy clothes and boy shoes (NO OTHER CLOTHING, PLEASE!)
  • Pet supplies (carriers, small to medium bags of food, bowls)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Air mattresses
  • Face masks
  • Large bins (for families to store their things in as they don’t have homes)
  • Buckets (5-gal or smaller)
  • Phone chargers!! Variety
  • Phone charging bases
  • Wagons (like many elementary classrooms have for lunches)
  • Air purifier
  • Luggage with rollers
  • Tortillas
  • Beans (canned)
  • Rice
  • Car (Yes, cars!)

Food Service


Ashland School District will be offering FREE MEALS to ALL children ages 1-18. We will be resuming lunch and breakfast meals on Monday 9/14.

Any adult can pick up meals for children at the following school cafeteria locations between 11:00am and 1:00pm, Monday through Friday:

  • Ashland High School
  • Ashland Middle School
  • Helman Elementary
  • Walker Elementary
  • Bellview Elemenary
  • We will also be serving Family Solutions, Pinehurst and the YMCA.

Bus route and home deliveries will continue as well.


  • 99 to Colestin Rd
  • Hwy 66 to Pinehurst
  • North end of Ashland to Human bean, then Ashland hospital and Lithia park
  • The only mountain route we will not be doing is the Dead Indian Memorial Rd.

For more information on other free meal locations and other food resources, CLICK HERE.

Ashland Fire Relief Survey

Click HERE to fill out the Ashland Fire Relief Survey. Please fill out this survey, if you are able, so we can best support ASD community members that are in distress due to the recent and on-going wildfires.


If you or someone you know has trouble with the survey due to lack of internet access, or would prefer to call, please call Christine McCollom at 541-482-2811 x1117.

Please spread the word to families who may not have access to internet.

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