Attention EPHS families

Attention EPHS families
Posted on 04/10/2020
Graduates

Dear Eagle Point High School Family, 


As of Wednesday afternoon 4/8/20, Governor Kate Brown has ruled that schools in Oregon will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. Although this takes away the potential to reunite with friends and teachers before the summer break, school will continue daily. As further communication is released from the Governor and the Oregon Department of Education, we will continue to send updated information. 

 

First and foremost, Eagle Point High School is committed to helping all of our students and their families during this stressful time. The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the resulting economic shutdown and state mandated school closure, is unprecedented in modern history. Please know that we here at EPHS are striving everyday to do what is best for your student in a landscape that is changing almost daily. We are hoping that this letter will help answer some questions and offer some clarity on school procedures during the shutdown period. 


Seniors:

As graduation looms, this is an especially stressful time for our Class of 2020.  The latest information we have states that our current seniors who had accrued credits in all required areas and had earned passing grades as of March 13, 2020 have met all requirements for graduation. Essential skills, work samples, and NEST requirements have been removed for this year.  For those that are still working towards meeting those requirements the staff of EPHS will provide a specific and dedicated plan for them to achieve graduation this school year. The grades that will be posted April 10th will reflect a student’s status as of the closure on March 13th.  


Guidelines for grades 9 through 11


Attendance:

Students should be checking in with their NEST teachers twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, for attendance purposes. NEST teachers should have already reached out by email to begin these attendance check-in’s and to inquire about each student's internet connectivity. If your student has not been contacted please reach out to (541)830-1300 for assistance. 


Instructional Delivery:

There will be NO mandatory live "classes” during this closure period. We know that every family in our district is in a unique scheduling situation right now, and we know that scheduled times would add additional stressors. Teachers will be using instructional platforms that are familiar to both themselves and their students. Many of these platforms, such as Canvas and Google Classroom, were already set up and being used before the closure.

Beginning April 13th, teachers will be providing lessons or activities two times per week with an estimated time commitment of approximately 30 minutes per activity. For the average high school student enrolled in a full 7 class schedule, this is approximately 7 hours per week. Student progress will be monitored by teachers, and timing and lessons will be adjusted as needed once students get used to the schedule. Once an assignment is given, students will have a minimum of a week to turn that assignment back in. All supports that were being provided in school will be provided in this new distance learning environment as well. This includes TAG, SPED, and ELL modifications. Internet access is a major obstacle for some of our students. A connectivity survey has been conducted to identify all students who will not be able to access online curriculum. These students and their families will be contacted separately to work out arrangements for getting work. 


Grades:

According to the latest information from the Oregon  Department of Education, grades over this period will count towards course credit and graduation. Teachers will be assigning work that students are expected to complete and turn in. If any issues arise over connectivity, communication, or students simply do not understand the work that has been assigned, please reach out to your student’s teacher. The staff at EPHS is committed to providing the best quality education possible under these circumstances. Open communication and flexibility is a must for us all to be successful. 


Office Hours:

Instead of live lessons, teachers are going to be available in different formats each week during office hours. These are times where students can reach out to teachers to get more immediate feedback on their assignments, to ask their teachers specific questions, or to just get a chance to say hello. These office hours are designed for more immediate feedback, but parents and students should feel free to reach out to their teachers by email any time a question arises.  For reference, the schedule is attached below. 

EPHS Weekly Office Hours Schedule:


Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9:00-11:00 am

English Language Arts

Social Studies


Health/PE

Career and Technical Ed

By scheduled appointments 

1:00-3:00 pm

Science

Math


Fine Arts


We want to thank our community for their support, flexibility and understanding during this transition to distance learning. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s NEST teacher.