EPSD9 Blueprint for Re-opening 9/17/2020

EPSD9 Blueprint for Re-opening 9/17/2020
Posted on 10/07/2020

August 7, 2020

August 3, 2020

Eagle Point School District 9 Families,

I would like to update you on our reopening status. We have been preparing plans for September under three possibilities. These are:

  • A return to in-person instruction
  • A hybrid model that combines in-person and “virtual” instruction 
  • Comprehensive Distance Learning (but better than what we did in the spring)

Last Wednesday, Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Authority and the ODE COVID--19 Support Team announced health “metrics” under which schools can reopen. These metrics are broken out by state level measures and county level measures. The critical measurements are the state and county case rates for COVID-19 and the county testing positivity rate. The full document can be located HERE.
At this time, Eagle Point School District does not meet the requirements that would allow for in-person (A) AND hybrid instruction (B). If we were to start school tomorrow it would have to be using the Comprehensive Distance Learning model (C).In the event we need to start the school year with most students learning at home, we would implement a Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) model. This model would include in-person, on-site instruction for K-3 students and distance learning for 4-12 students. You can learn more about the rigorous state requirements for CDL by clicking HERE.

However, I am delaying the final decision under which model to open until Friday, August 7. My reasons for this are:

  • It is not yet clear what the trend of the key metrics will be in September and switching our schools from one model to another will be challenging. While I know parents need clarity in order to plan for the Fall, our survey information indicates that the majority of our families would prefer some level of in-person instruction. I am unwilling to set this option aside too quickly.
  • The interpretation of the new guidelines is not yet entirely known.
  • I would like to hear additional input from parents and staff.
I would invite you to join us for another Town Hall Meeting with me, Superintendent Kovach, via Facebook Live TOMORROW, August 4, 5:30-6:30 PM. Also check out our District website and social media for updates.

In case you missed the live broadcast, click on this link to rewatch it.


Right now we need your help with two things.
  •  First, if you have not already, log into ParentVUE and register all of your children for school.
  • Secondly, click on this link and let us know which option you think you will be using for your child(ren) next year.

 Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate the pandemic.The health, safety, and wellness of our students and staff will continue to be the district’s top priority. I also thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust to the circumstances.


Respectfully,

Andy Kovach

Superintendent





July 1, 2020

To: EPSD9 Families and Community Members

Re: Operational Blueprint for Reentry for School Year 2020-21
A copy of this can be found on the Reopen page

All of us at EPSD9 miss being together in-person in school and as a community. We hope you are healthy and safe, and we appreciate all you are doing to support one another in this me of need. I would especially like to thank you for your hard work in making distance learning work this past spring.

Looking to next year, we are preparing plans that focus on every student having access to an equitable, high quality education with the nutrition, health, and social support that come with it.

Here’s where we’re at. Governor Brown has begun the process of reopening and building a safe and strong Oregon. On June 30, 2020, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released ReadySchools, Safe Learners Guidance designed for school leaders that puts forward the requirements and recommendations we will use to plan for the fall. Oregon Health Authority epidemiologists helped create this guidance so that we could have clear health and safety protocols to follow for a variety of scenarios. The guidance will be updated during the summer.

This fall EPSD9 intends to provide in-person instruction in our schools. EPSD9 Administrators have prepared a first draft of an Operational Blueprint for Reentry. Please click on this link to see a Q & A about the draft for next year so you can anticipate how school might look for your child as they come back to school this fall. The blueprint also includes a communicable disease plan requiring close coordination between our schools and the local public health authorities. We anticipate changes along the way as we navigate the state’s evolving efforts to mitigate COVID-19.

We are honored to work beside you to meet the challenges and opportunities of this moment. As we have all come to learn, patience and flexibility will be necessary. Community health circumstances will shi. What is non-negotiable is that we will do our best work to ensure EPSD9 students will be taught in a safe and prepared school environment.

Yours in teaching and learning for all,

Andy Kovach
Superintendent