What's happening at SPS: May
Furlough days, meal service updates, Teacher Voices & more
SPS implements furlough days to save dollars
At a special board meeting Monday evening, the SPS Board of Directors approved a recommendation to reduce the 2019-20 academic calendar by four school days.
The action allows the district to save approximately $1.4 million in current staffing costs by implementing furlough days and carrying over the savings to use in the 2020-21 school year. The approach will help mitigate likely reductions to the State School Fund from the impact of COVID-19 on Oregon's economy.
The savings will result from reducing the school year calendar by four (4) days - one Friday per week from May 18 through June 12. Eleven and twelve-month employees will continue to furlough one day per week through July 31. SPS employees who have been furloughed are eligible to partake in the Oregon Work Share Program.
For SPS families this means that distance learning will no longer take place on Fridays through the end of the school year beginning May 22. For more information about the furlough days and how they impact the rest of the school year, visit the SPS website.
Some amazing SPS employees have submitted short essays about what it's like to be an educator during a pandemic. These inspiring first-person essays shed light on how teachers and other educators are connecting with students, the struggles and triumphs of their peers and how they're working together to help students, families and each other make it through trying times.
This unique and challenging season of life has left us all with a lot of thoughts and questions - as well as some fresh perspective. Check out what these educators have been up to and how they're maintaining a positive outlook during this time.
In an effort to provide more families with access to the Internet, Springfield Public Schools strategically placed buses - equipped with Wi-Fi - around the Springfield District area.
Extra routers were installed at Hamlin Middle School for better Wi-Fi access and connectivity, which has prompted a big response from students and families who are able to access the Internet, with more than 1,000 unique logins per week just at Hamlin Middle School. Needless to say, the parking lot has been relatively full each day.
Hamlin’s not the only location where wifi buses are available. Buses are placed at 12 different locations across town and are up and running from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. To see the whole list of locations, follow this link: bit.ly/3anDut2.
SPS food services kudos + Memorial Day changes
The last several weeks have been challenging for students, staff and the entire community. But there’s also been some commendable work taking place, including several SPS staff members who have helped to ensure that students are fed - regardless of whether school buildings are open.
SPS Nutrition Services employees will not be staffed on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day, therefore SPS meal sites will not be operating. A list of locations where meals will be served that day can be found by following this link.
Like many other significant events and long-standing traditions, graduations of all types have been affected by Covid-19. We know that Springfield Public Schools seniors have worked incredibly hard to get to this point and we hope they get to celebrate their K-12 accomplishments with their families, peers and friends.
Despite the circumstances – we will still recognize and celebrate those seniors.
SPS will provide individual opportunities for each senior to have their name called and for them to walk across the graduation stage to be recognized for the tremendous accomplishment that is high school graduation and the culmination of their K-12 career.
The decision to hold an event – albeit much different and much more socially distant than ever before – was made with careful consideration of the health and safety restrictions currently in place across Oregon. In the coming days, we will be working with a production company to iron out the details of the event, scheduling seniors for their walk across the stage and convening a planning committee to help create a memorable experience.
While this likely brings many emotions to the surface for us all, we want to thank families, friends and the surrounding community for their support of our students throughout these last few months.
To the class of 2020: the ending of this year did not play out the way anyone would have planned, and for that we’re sorry, but through it all, you have shown us is you are a resilient, resourceful, and an inspiring group of students. You have bright futures before you and we are proud of you!
(Seniors: you should have received communication from your building leaders with further information about commencement, caps and gowns and ceremony logistics.)
The number of graduates from each of our high schools!
o SHS – 270 students
o THS – 221 students
o A3 – 48 students
o GHS – 24 students