January 5, 2021
Dear Parents, Students and Staff,
Welcome back. I hope everyone had a restful, relaxing, safe and healthy break. The purpose of this early newsletter is to just keep you up to date on our next steps as a school with regard to Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI).
As many of you are aware, Governor Brown came out on December 23rd and announced a shift in bringing students back to school. The shift is moving from mandatory requirements to advisory recommendations. The key for you as parents to understand is that the district is still required to meet all the requirements set forth in our Operational Blueprint that was presented to the Oregon Department of Education back in August. Please know that my number one priority is the safety of students and staff. That will continue to drive my decision making processes.
Also please understand that regardless of what instructional model we use, on-site or Hybrid, we are still required to provide a Comprehensive Distance Learning Instructional Model, or what you have become accustomed to being called CDL. Also know that any on-site instruction at this time would be limited to no more than two hours a day, similar to the opportunity we are offering our fourth and fifth grade students.
Our next phase of LIPI will be our sixth grade students. We will be sending out a survey to sixth grade parents that is similar to our survey we sent to fourth and fifth grade parents. It is simple and quick. The most important question to answer is if provided the opportunity, would your son or daughter be attending LIPI. The next important question for us centers around your family's transportation needs. Once we gather that information we will move forward communicating with families. Once sixth grade has been successfully implemented, we will begin planning for the next phase. The challenge we have with middle school is that we begin to get into content specific area teachers as opposed to self-contained teachers.
Please know that whatever is decided moving forward must still meet the guidelines set forth by the state. I want students back as much as anyone, but it has to be done safely. We want all stakeholders to be confident with our processes and systems that are created.
Our staff is doing some amazing work with your students right now. I know that everyone would love for that work to be occurring in person. The reality of the situation is that we have to be patient and follow the guidance set forth by the state. We will get there. I believe it in my heart that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Stay the course and keep encouraging your students. I believe in our entire school community and the role everyone plays in our students' future.