Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Info on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Posted on 03/20/2020
CoronavirusMessage from superintendent Kovach - March 20, 2020

To our Eagle Point Community:

Tomorrow spring break begins for Eagle Point School District. I want to thank all staff members, students, parents and community members for their hard work and ‘can do’ spirit. In the past five days we’ve made decisions and plans that in normal times would have taken months. Great job and my sincerest thanks to every one of you. 

Next week, it’s important for you to take the time to relax and recharge. I encourage you to use the time to connect with your family and to take the opportunity to do the things you love. I fully intend to do some fishing.

Our District plan is to use March 30 and 31st to prepare our teachers for providing education services to all of our students. The ‘all’ is important. Our goal is to reach every scholar. Although, I know many of you are already working and connecting with students, our official start will be April 1st.  

Let’s recognize that our practice, in the beginning, may be flawed. Teacher, students and parents are going to learn to work, communicate and teach remotely. At the same time, our kids and their families will be adjusting to stressful personal circumstances. It’s going to be messy. We need to be flexible and most of all professional. Our kids will be looking to us for leadership. We are going to fix our mistakes and get better day-by-day. Our goal will be that Eagle Point will be the state’s model at working in the new normal.

I cannot tell you what the future will bring. I can tell you that we will keep our focus on doing what Eagle Point does best. Taking care of our kids. Thank you again for your outstanding work. Again, enjoy the break and I will “see” you on March 30th.

Keep the faith,

~Andy



Updated March 17, 2020 @ 7:00 PM

Good Evening Eagle Point School District:

This afternoon, the Governor sent out an order extending the school closure to April 28. The Governor's order includes a provision continuing financial support for school districts in Oregon. This provision is critical as it gives our district the means to provide services going forward.

For the Eagle Point School District, this new order is not unexpected. From the moment we began our planning, we have worked with the understanding that an extended closure was possible and even likely. That time has arrived, and in the coming days we will be implementing our 'Plan B'.

Later this week, we will be training school administrators and key staff on the systems we intend to implement. This will help teachers provide learning opportunities to all students during this extended closure. Our leadership team will train staff on March 30th and 31st and then our staff will begin to prepare for this new kind of instruction. This will include services to special education, TAG and ELL students. It will also include a system supporting seniors working towards graduation. Our goal is to provide quality standards based, digital instruction to all students.

Looking forward, we will work on new problems as they come, calmly and professionally.  Please know that we will keep student learning at the forefront as we address problems during this current health crisis. Most importantly, we will keep the faith with our students and fellow staff.

Respectfully,

~Andy Kovach



Updated March 13, 2020 @ 2:00 PM


Eagle Point School District 9 Families & Staff;

Governor Brown has announced a statewide school closure for students in Oregon from Monday, March 16th through Tuesday, March 31st.  Eagle Point School District 9 will be moving forward as follows:
  • Eagle Point School District 9 students will return to school on Wednesday, April 1st.
  • Grab and go sack lunches for all students 18 and under will be provided from 11:30am-12:00pm Monday through Friday, March 16-31 at:
    • Table Rock Elementary - lower campus parking lot
    • Shady Cove School - office parking lot
    • Hillside Elementary School - front of school 
  • The OSAA has cancelled all athletic practices and competitions through March 31st.
  • All EPSD9 School Based Health Centers will be closed.  Rogue Community Health in White City will be open for families who need assistance.
Looking ahead, the situation remains fluid. Eagle Point School District expects further updates and changes in the coming days. As we obtain this information we will post updates on our school and district websites and social media. Eagle Point School District 9 is committed to reopening it’s schools in a safe, productive manner as soon as possible. 
I would like to thank you for your patience and ask for your partnership as we work through this together.
 
Respectfully,
 
Andy Kovach
Superintendent



 Updated March 12th, 2020


EPSD Staff and Families,

This morning, Governor Brown announced new guidance concerning how public institutions should address the COVID-19 virus. While the number of diagnosed cases is increasing in Oregon, at this time we are not aware of any cases that have been diagnosed  within the Eagle Point School District boundaries.  Eagle Point Schools will remain open. We will be taking the following preventive actions:

  • Large group activities and events will be suspended. 
  • Non-essential school-based activities, including field trips, professional development activities, student led conferences, plays, assemblies, and concerts will be suspended.  
  • Athletic events will continue, but we will be following state guidance denying audience admission at all school-based events, with the exception of essential personnel and credentialed media
  • We are using strategies like social distancing and modifying school lunch service procedures to reduce potential contact
  • Our increased focus on cleanliness and hygiene in our building will continue
Over the coming days we anticipate this information to be updated. We will be informing you as these changes come in and those decisions are made. 
 
Staff, students, families and our community can best support minimizing the spread of the virus by washing hands frequently, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing, and using hand sanitizer. Those experiencing symptoms of the cold or flu should stay at home, only returning to school or work when symptom-free for 24 hours. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult with a doctor.
 
Additional information about COVID-19 can be found on our website www.eaglepnt.k12.or.us at healthoregon.org/coronavirus or by calling 211. Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. EPSD9 will continue to rely on the guidance from Oregon public health authorities, the Department of Education, and the Office of the Governor. 
 
Respectfully,
 
Andy Kovach
Superintendent
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March 3, 2020  



 Dear Eagle Point School District community,  


This message will provide you with news and updates regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Oregon.   

While the spread of novel coronavirus is troubling, we must remind ourselves that fear, rumors, and stigma do nothing to stop the further spread of the disease. Facts and science, proven public health measures and common-sense precautions in our personal lives are the best measures we can take to protect the people we serve.  

The best source of information is the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Please CLICK HERE for a link to the OHA Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet.  Additional information is also available at Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, which also include links to other resources.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Additionally, if you have symptoms or your child has symptoms of acute respiratory illness, you are recommended to stay home and not come to school or work until free of fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines. Please be assured that we remain committed to the safety of our students, our staff, and our community.

Sincerely,
Cynda S. Rickert
Superintendent