Stoops' Scoop

March 17, 2021 - Edition 20

Students Returning to Classrooms for Hybrid Instruction

Superintendent Stoops and school administrators presented the latest information for transitioning students to in-person instruction at the Regular Board Meeting on March 8th. The presentation can be found here on the District Website. Kindergarten and First Grade students started Hybrid Instruction on March 1st, Grades 2 and 3 started March 15. Grades 4, 5, 6, and 9 transition to Hybrid Instruction on March 29th and all grades are transitioned by April 5th. Each building has recorded a short video for parents and students on building procedures during Hybrid Instruction. The Transition Calendar can be found here, In-Person Transition Calendar. All information for Hybrid Instruction can be found on our website.

Governor Brown Issues New Executive Order and RSSL Updates

On March 12, 2021 Governor Brown issued Executive Order 21-06 relaxing a few restrictions and requiring deadlines for districts to provide In-person instruction. The updated Ready Schools, Safe Learner's Guidance was released on March 15, 2021. Mt. Angel Schools are in compliance with the Governor's Orders and continue to make adjustments as students slowly return to in-person instruction.

Next Family Forum is April 8th

Mt. Angel School District continues to host Family Forums to update families and the community on teaching and learning during the restrictions of the pandemic. This is a recurring opportunity for parents to receive the latest updates and ask questions from school administrators. Here is a zoom link to the Family Forum. Family Forum in Spanish. Resources are also available on our website and updated regularly. Thank you for continuing to advocate for your kids as we do our best to keep you informed with the latest information.

Mt. Angel Schools Food Service Still Going Strong

In conjunction with Grab and Go meals on Friday, March 19th, we will be distributing Spring Break Food Boxes provided by Marion-Polk Food Share at St. Mary's Public School from 11:30 am -12:30 pm.

We continue to provide free meals to children up to the age of 18 due to a USDA waiver through the end of the school year. We are providing in school meal service, Grab and Go at St. Mary’s Elementary between 11:30 – 12:30 pm, and meal delivery on school days between 9 am – 12:30 pm to addresses within the Mt. Angel School District boundary. As a reminder, we will not leave food unless we are sure someone is home at the time of delivery. Please acknowledge the delivery by opening your door, or look out the window to make contact with the bus driver. If you prefer you may leave a cooler on your doorstep and we will place your meals in the container. Some food may be perishable. Be sure to eat, refrigerate or freeze the food as needed. If you receive meal delivery, you cannot pick up duplicate meals at the Grab and Go or at school.

If you want your student to receive meals at school, please complete the survey sent to you by your building administrator, call your school office, or the district office at (503) 845-2345.

If you are not already pre-registered for meal delivery and you want meals delivered you may complete a form online at or by calling the district office at (503) 845-2345.

State Assessment Requirements Still Uncertain

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has applied for a waiver to the U.S. Department of Education to postpone requiring students to take the State Assessments during the 2020-2021 school year. Spring has arrived and districts still have no answer from ODE whether testing will be required, so we are preparing for testing in the event the requirement stands. The current testing schedule is posted on the ODE website. Each year districts are required to provide notice and an option to opt-out of their students participating in state assessments. The notice and opt-out forms can be found on the ODE Website at the links below, and on our district website.

English Combined 30-Day Notice and Opt-Out Form

Spanish Combined 30-Day Notice and Opt-Out Form

Sports Activities are now in Session

Sports are starting up at various levels of contact. OSAA has been updated for schools. You can access new COVID-related sports information on the OSAA Website.

Annual ESSA Notifications to Families

Annual parent notifications can be found here: Annual Notifications