North Santiam School District
Message from Supt. Gardner
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January 14, 2022
Dear NSSD Families & Staff,
We regret that today we had to close Stayton High School. As of Thursday night, while there were increasing absences, we had those covered. Substitutes, SHS administrators, two principals from other schools in the District as well as District Office administrators were set up to cover classes. However, even more staff notified us of illness overnight and we could not overcome the deteriorating circumstances.
The District will monitor the situation as we move through the weekend. Our intent will be to open SHS again on Tuesday. Should we be unable to open, we will send a communication out. We want to remind all parents that our efforts to keep schools open until we absolutely can't will potentially result in late notice that a school or classroom has to be closed.
We will continue to run sports and activities. Staff shortages during the school day will not keep kids from participating in activities after school that are so important to them. Should specific circumstances lead to a postponement or cancellation of any activities or athletics event, that will be announced separately. Even if a school closes, parents should assume athletics are on.
We have received news this morning that there will be some significant changes to the guidance from the Oregon Health Authority regarding contact tracing in K-12 settings. We believe this will reduce the number of students required to quarantine. Official guidance is expected out shortly and we will pass it on to everyone as soon as possible.
Lastly, we want to recognize the teachers and coaches for their tireless work this year, as well as all of the parents who continue to adapt to the changing conditions caused by the variants. We know the next few weeks will require grace and flexibility, and we assure you that our goal remains in-person school.
The dashboard was updated on the website earlier this week but in case you missed it, here are the numbers from last week.
Upcoming Dates to Remember
Jan. 17, 2022 - NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King Jr Day
Jan 28, 2022 - NO SCHOOL, Grading Day - Term 1
Feb. 4, 2022 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day
Feb. 12, 2022 - Stayton Boosters Auction
Feb. 21 - NO SCHOOL -Presidents Day
March 21-25 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break