NSSD Closure Updates & Survey

March 19, 2020

Household Technology Access Survey

The District is exploring all options to provide supplemental learning activities and ways for students to connect with their teacher during this closure. By completing the survey, the District will be able to identify how feasible it would be to provide families with Chromebooks for home use. We ask that all families complete the survey by March 27 so we can identify and further reach out to families that are in need.

English Household Technology Access Survey

Spanish Household Technology Access Survey

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Recomendations

● Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. ● Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. ● Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy. ● Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. ● Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

At-Home Learning Activities For Students

The District has developed a list of supplemental activities for students to engage in during this closure. More detailed supplemental activities will be communicated to families the week of March 30 by their local school. Click here to access.

Grab and Go Meal Service

"Grab & Go" meal service started on March 16. These items are free to any children between the ages of 1-18 who reside in our District boundaries. We have pick-up stations at Stayton Elementary, Stayton Middle, Sublimity and Mari-Linn Schools. Times are listed below and include breakfast items as well. We are investigating ways to deliver items to students who may not be able to access these locations. It would be helpful to identify these areas so if transportation is a barrier to your student being able to access meals, please email us at communications@nsantiam.k12.or.us.

SES: 9:30-10:30
SMS: 10:00-10:30
SUB: 10:45-11:15
ML: 11:45-12:30

Message From Superintendent Gardner (Repeat from 3-18-20)

Last night Governor Brown extended the closure of Oregon Public Schools through April 28th. In her message, she calls on schools to provide some key services to students and families in their communities.

First and foremost, districts are required to deliver learning opportunities for students. As this may sound simple, there are many elements to be considered, including meeting the learning needs of ALL students equitably. During the week of March 30th, staff will work on a solid plan, develop lessons, and assess student technology needs. Lessons will be ready for your students on Monday, April 6th. High school seniors and graduation requirements are a top priority. Please rest assured the State is very aware of this and is working on a process to allow seniors meet their requirements. Information on supplemental learning opportunities will be made available to families on or before Friday, April 3rd.

Second, the District began serving breakfast and lunch to students on Monday and will continue to do so. A list of sites and times has been published on social media and the District website. We hope to expand the availability of these meals for students who are not able to get to the current sites. There will be more information to come.

Finally, the District is asked to provide daycare of school-aged children (grades K-5) to essential employees in the area. This would include, but not be limited to, medical staff, first responders, etc. Again, more information will be made available soon.

There are many questions that families may have that have not been answered here. We encourage parents who are interested to check out the State’s current FAQ regarding the closing of Oregon schools at https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Pages/COVID-19-FAQ.aspx We will keep you updated as new information becomes available.

As you can guess, there are many unknowns and details to work through. What you can be sure of, however, is that the health and safety of our staff and students is top priority. With patience and compassion, we will get through this very difficult situation together.

Thank you,

Andy Gardner, Superintendent