This is the time of year when we begin registering kindergarten students for school in the fall. However, due to COVID-19 and the fact that we are still on a Stay Home Stay Safe order from the Governor, we are restructuring kindergarten registration. Staff is currently learning how to register families through an online process. With the move to an online process, we know some families may need assistance with the process. When staff are ready and have a plan for supporting families with the registration process, we will communicate the plan on all school websites.
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The state of Oregon has closed all schools, including South Lane schools, to close through April 28th in response to the impact of the novel coronavirus situation. South Lane School District, its teachers, staff and administration are working to develop a method to deliver a quality education experience in such a trying time. Your child's school will be in touch with you shortly. For children, 0-18 years old, grab and go breakfasts and lunches will continue to at these locations and bus stops. Children do not need to be present for a meal to be picked up: Schools: CGHS 9-10am London 9-10am Dorena 9-10am Bus stops: 8th & Arthur 9:00 Bohemia Park 9:15 16th & Pritchett 9:25 new 16th & Ostrander 9:30 new 22nd & E. Whiteaker 9:40 2424 Whiteaker Ave. 9:50 new Faith Ctr. on Row River 10:05 new 125 Gateway Blvd. 10:20 11th St. & Lord 10:40 Saginaw Trailer Park 11:00 Bus stops: 948 S 6th St. 9:00 Harrison & 10th 9:10 new 700 E. Gibbs Ave. 9:20 Frontier Trailer Park 9:40 new Goodwill/Dollar Tree lot 9:40 Holly & River Rd. 9:50 new Birch Ave & J St. 10:00 Bohemia Elementary 10:10 new 5th St. near Madison 10:25 River Walk Place 10:40
Dear Families, The South Lane School District staff and I want you to know you are on our minds and hearts. We continue working to prepare communications, ensure students receive meals and provide you with ways to assist your students with learning while at home. Additionally, we are committed to the values set by the state and will work to improve that ways we: Ensure safety and wellness Cultivate connection and relationships Center in equity and efficacy Innovate The following information provides some general ideas about how to continue learning at home. Teachers will continue to develop learning ideas more specific to grade levels and content areas by April 13. We remain committed to the well-being and the education of every student. Warm Regard, Dr. Yvonne Curtis
Dear Families, As we all get accustomed to spending more time at home, I hope you are finding out how special we can make this time with family. It provides an opportunity to reflect on what is really important, pay attention to our relationships and explore the outdoors, play, read, work on projects and talk with our children. Isolation with family can be a very precious time as it allows time for us to listen to our children and engage together in ways we often don’t have time to do. Please know that in the last two weeks, our staff has been planning for a reconnection with our students. Yesterday, our staff returned to work with a goal to reach every student and family by phone. It is important for us to know how our students are doing during this time of isolation. Staff will continue making calls today to find out if you have enough food, how the family is doing, if any of you need mental health supports and to learn about your child’s access to a device and wifi. Until last night, our intention was to remotely offer Supplemental Education and Learning Supports through April 28, however, last night, I received a message from our Director at the Oregon Department of Education, Colt Gill, with a new directive. Now we will be ensuring all students engage in Distance Learning quite possibly through the remainder of the school year. Here are his words: "Our state’s response to COVID-19 has responsibly and necessarily evolved with the use of data and knowledge of effective suppression measures. We now have a moral imperative to meet the changing nature of the pandemic and evolve our approach to serving our children." "As we continue the effective measures of Governor Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order, we also foresee the strong possibility that our students may not come back through our school house doors this academic year. This calls for a shift from providing supplementary education to a formidable effort to provide Distance Learning for All.” (Full message below.) Today we will study the many pages of guidance and then begin planning for Distance Learning for All. On April 13, your student(s) will receive learning in a new way. We are excited about the possibilities that will emerge as staff engage in professional development and learn how to design and deliver Distance Learning for every student. Please know that we are here for you and believe we will provide your students with high quality learning experiences. Please keep in touch with your student(s) teacher regarding your child’s or family needs. Watch for further information regarding your student(s) education. We are honored to serve you and are committed to each child. Have a wonderful day! Dr. Curtis Yvonne Curtis, D.Ed.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility with this entire coronavirus/COVID-19 situation. As you probably know, late Thursday night, Governor Kate Brown directed all Oregon schools to close March 16th through March 31st, with students returning April 1st. Also late on Thursday, district administrators noticed that we had an abnormally large number of substitute requests for Friday the 13th, which would have made daily operations difficult for students and staff. With that information, district administration decided to close our schools. All events, performances, functions, competitions and meetings will continue to be canceled through April 8th.