NSSD COVID-19 Parent Update

April 2, 2020

Andy Gardner Message

Hello NSSD Parents,


This update is to communicate new developments in Oregon K-12 Education. At the current time, Oregon public schools are closed through April 28th and have been required to provide students with “Supplementary Education”. This was updated on Monday evening, March 30th, when the Oregon Department of Education issued a new guidance due to the progressing nature of the pandemic. ODE Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Colt Gill stated:


As we continue the effective measures of Governor Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order, we also foresee the strong possibility that our students may not come back through our school house doors this academic year. This calls for a shift from providing supplementary education to a formidable effort to provide Distance Learning for All.”


The order calls for all Oregon school districts to shift to distance learning by April 13th. Over the next ten days, the North Santiam School District will be working with staff and families to ramp up distance learning. We know our staff is busy reaching out to you this week as we prepare to offer the best education we can in these challenging circumstances. Please note that distance learning means that we will need to be creative to have learning materials for all; some students will not be able to be reached through on-line methods. The District is striving to identify those students in the coming week and plan for alternatives so that each student will have access to the content.

Chromebook Distribution Schedule

Each building has done amazing work to prepare an efficient and safe process for Chromebook distribution to families in need. We have decided not to limit the devices families may need to support their children at home. We ask families to retrieve Chromebooks from their resident school if possible. Parents who receive the devices are agreeing to the check out policy.


Please review the following information;


Process:

  • Each location will have a separate entry and exit points. Blue tape will be on the floor to ensure social distancing.
  • Parents will pick up an envelope and show the staff member the number on the envelope and tell them your name or your child's name.
  • Staff will write the name down on the inventory list.
  • Parents are to exit.


Safety:

  • We ask families to limit pick up to one family member to the maximum extent possible to limit the number of people in the gym at one time.


Schedule:

Stayton High School (Field House)

  • Monday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00am - 3:00pm


Stayton Intermediate Middle School (Intermediate Gym)

  • Monday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 5:00pm - 7:00pm


Stayton Elementary School

  • Monday: 9:30am - 11:30am and 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00am - 3:00pm and 5:00pm - 7:00pm


Sublimity Elementary

  • Monday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 12:00pm


Mari-Linn

  • Monday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Tuesday: 11:00am - 1:00pm and 4:00 - 6:00


Policy

  • Chromebooks are provided for checkout to assist students in having access to school authorized programs and to complete coursework or homework. Parents and students are agreeing to utilize this device for educational purposes in compliance with board policies IIBGA, IIBGA/AR and the Electronic Communication Agreement signed at the time of registration. Any intentional or negligent damage that occurs will be handled through the technology department and parents may be liable for the repair and/or replacement cost (value est. $200)

Additional Information

District Meal Service

The District has been serving a large number of meals daily. Those times are posted on the District website.


Daycare for Health Care Providers

The District is offering daycare at Stayton Elementary School for local healthcare providers. The directive from the Governor has been to prioritize essential healthcare employees and emergency responders. For information about the daycare, please e-mail Gary Rychard, District Safety and Security Director, at Gary.Rychard@nsantiam.k12.or.us.


High School Graduation

This remains a high priority for all of us. The State has developed adjusted graduation requirements, but this is still being vetted with colleges, etc. We apologize that this has taken longer than anticipated, but we hope you understand that it helps create more confidence in these diplomas as your child enters the world of college and work. We anticipate an announcement within a few days.


We know that parents of seniors have expressed concern about an actual graduation ceremony. This is a common concern in every district in the State, and we will be evaluating the progress of the pandemic and working in concert with other districts to see how we can provide the best recognition we can for this important moment. We will update parents as we move forward.

We expect the State to also make a determination at some point about the credit standing for high school juniors, sophomores and freshmen. We will be communicating this as well.