HRCSD Update

December 14, 2020

Message from Superintendent, Rich Polkinghorn

Dear, Hood River County School District families,


You are receiving this message because you have a student(s) who is enrolled in a middle school or high school program with Hood River County School District (HRCSD). In September, HRCSD made a commitment to offer families the opportunity to transfer between programs for the second semester of the 2020-21 school year.


Between now and January 8, 2021, your family may choose for your secondary student(s) to transfer between your neighborhood school and Hood River Options Academy (HROA) by completing the steps outlined below. Families with elementary students will have the same opportunity to transfer programs at the end of the second trimester (March 1, 2021). As that date approaches, those families will receive a similar message that outlines the steps for the transfer process.


In addition to outlining the steps to complete to transfer programs, the end of this message includes information on COVID-19 in Hood River County and plans to reopen schools. Please review this information, too, as you consider educational options for your family.


Steps to Complete to Transfer Programs

This list includes the items you need to complete by Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in order to transfer your student between your neighborhood school and HROA. Your student will make that transition on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, which is the first day of the second semester, and will remain in this program for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

  • First, complete this Google Form to request materials to transfer programs

  • Second, review, complete, and submit the agreement form required to transfer programs. This form will be distributed to you via email and postal mail.

    • Read the information that provides an overview of Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) at HRCSD schools and HROA

    • Sign and submit the agreement form to transfer educational programs for the second semester by Friday, Jan. 8, 2021


COVID-19 in Hood River County

On Monday, Dec. 14, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released the latest county health data for the past two-weeks. Hood River County reported 176 COVID-19 cases and 8.1% test positivity rate, which keeps Hood River County School District (HRCSD) in the red zone according to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) metrics. In this zone, HRCSD must continue to provide Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL).

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Plans to Reopen Schools

After winter break, pending a positive trend in COVID-19 data and support from Hood River County Health Department, HRCSD plans to offer limited in-person instruction (LIPI) to students who need additional help with attendance, behavior, and/or academics during CDL. All schools will follow the safety protocols that are outlined in the Operational Blueprints, which may be found on the HRCSD website. HRCSD plans to reopen neighborhood schools for students as soon as it is safe, according to ODE, OHA, and the Hood River County Health Department.


Please contact your school office if you have any questions regarding the process for transferring programs in the middle of the school year.


Warm regards,


Rich Polkinghorn, Superintendent