The Fern Ridge School District will be hosting an engagement evening on February 9th from 6:00-7:30 pm at Elmira Elementary. The evening will include raffle prizes, snacks, community partners, local resources, youth activities, district presentation, and more! Look for more details next week!
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Thank you for your time and for taking a moment to share your input and comments about current investments and focus areas for our K-12 Community, as well as your priorities for future funding investments moving forward. The Fern Ridge School District Vision: Provide excellence for every student so that each will reach their greatest potential. FRSD Mission Statement Pillars: Relationship - Rigor - Relevance The questions below are aligned to both our vision and mission in the Fern Ridge School District. Thank you again for your time and thoughtfulness. FRSD SURVEY LINK
January is School Board Appreciation Month! During tonight's board meeting, we're honoring the work of the FRSD School Board. Thank you Mark, Jackie, Andrea, Barbara, and Lorrie for freely giving your time and energy to our school district!
This morning, as we do each Friday, the new CDC data released by County, was reviewed. After having discussions with our District nurse, and running the recommendation by our Union leadership, it was agreed that at this time we are comfortable returning to our "green level" protocols beginning Monday, January 9th. Going forward, we will review this data each Friday, and make decisions based not only the CDC data, but what we are seeing on the ground here locally. Current CDC data shows that only 1 of the 3 metrics that determine what level a County is in, is yellow, and it is at the LOWEST end of the yellow range. The other two metrics are in green. However, having only 1 metric in yellow, gives the whole county this "yellow" designation. Going forward we will use our local plan as a guide, but not a hard and fast "have to". This will allow us to see where we are at county wide, AND take into account how many current staff and students we currently have out, before we make a decision for the following week. Below is a brief description/summary from our District Nurse on this topic. Thank you for your flexibility, and continuing to work with us so we can do everything possible to keep our doors open serving students each and every day. Gary Carpenter, Supt., FRSD Schools Dear Fern Ridge Families, Before the start of the 22-23 school year FRSD outlined an accommodation plan for COVID-19 management and safety of staff, students, visitors and volunteers. The basis of the plan incorporates the CDC COVID-19 Community Level (Green, Yellow, Orange), as well as, local data. The CDC Covid-19 community level changes weekly on Friday and factors in county-wide positive COVID-19 cases, local hospital bed capacity and hospital admissions with COVID-19. For several weeks now, Lane County has been in category “yellow” which is a precautionary color (think of a stoplight). FRSD further understands that the “yellow” category has a range from mild to severe. While utilizing the degree of yellow, as well as, the number of school district cases the decision will be made on a weekly basis which “color” of the plan FRSD will be following. The decision to implement protective measures was placed at the district level and the above plan is the most fair way to proceed as our community enters into each new COVID-19 variant/wave while still maintaining compliance with OAR 333-019-1030. Taking all the data into consideration today, the District will be returning to our “green level” protocols beginning Monday, January 9th. As always, If you or someone close to you is immunocompromised it is wise to wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands frequently regardless of vaccination status or CDC community level. Thank you for your feedback and observance of this constantly changing plan. Feel free to direct any questions regarding COVID-19, illness or Vaccinations to me. Sincerely, Nurse Elliott Fern Ridge District Nurse firstname.lastname@example.org
FRSD Staff/students/families: The week prior to Winter Break, Lane County moved into the "yellow" category in regards to risk level/hospital overload due to infections, etc... At that time we elected to stay the course and operate with our "green" accommodations, for the last week of school, and evaluate over winter break. Since that time, rates have continued to climb. As such, beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, January 4th, we will implement our yellow level protocol. That can be viewed on the District website at this direct link: https://www.fernridge.k12.or.us/2020-school-year/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2022/07/22-23.accomodation.plan_.visitors.volunteers-1.pdf . To summarize, the primary change is that while staff and volunteers that are on approved exceptions can continue, they must wear a mask, eat and drink privately, and either take a COVID test at the school or share proof of a negative test in the last 7 days (something our staff with exceptions have already been doing). We are hopeful that we can move back to green soon, time will tell. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to the District or your building administrator.
Just a reminder that our monthly school board meeting takes place Monday, Dec 19th @ 6:30. The link to watch the meeting can be found here: https://fernridge-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/83676486938 In addition, the monthly Q and A with Supt. Carpenter takes place at 5:30 on the 19th, and the link to participate in that is here: https://fernridge-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/88212696504
Nurse’s Notes - December WINTER BREAK: Stress and Hunger When you think of Winter Break, you may think of fun activities, family gatherings, traditions and gift giving. For many people, kids included, this can be a stressful time of year. Stress and anxiety during the holidays can be increased due to a multitude of factors including changes in daily routines, overstimulation, unwanted guests, deadlines or heightened emotions. It is important to acknowledge that these stressors can affect adults and children alike. Here are some signs a child may be struggling with holiday anxiety
Increased irritability or tantrums
Increased attachment or clinginess
Homesickness if away from home
Isolation or spending time alone or frequently asking to go home
Reduced excitement about things they usually enjoy
Below are some tips for helping to reduce holiday stress for your family:
Be a calm example for your child. If parents are anxious/stressed their child will often become anxious/stressed as well.
Avoid packed schedules.
Stick to routines as much as possible
Find quiet time and fresh air
Talk to kids in advance about what to expect during holiday activities: lines, family members wanting hugs, crowds
Holiday break can also be a time of increased hunger for many families. The lack of the free- school lunch program over the break can push some families into food poverty and food insecurity. Hunger in children during school holidays means that they return to school malnourished, sluggish and dreary. This may mean that children start the new term behind other peers who have enjoyed a more wholesome diet during the holidays. If food poverty or food insecurity affects your family, Information on local food resources can be found on the Fern Ridge Website or accessed by clicking here . We hope you have a great Holiday break and look forward to seeing your student back in 2023! Warm Wishes, Nurse Elliott Fern Ridge District Nurse (541)935-8200 ext 2250
COUNTY LEVEL “YELLOW” As of Friday, 12/09/2022, Lane County COVID-19 levels have moved to “YELLOW” per the “CDC COVID-19 County Check” . Due to our known cases in FRSD remaining low at this time, combined with the fact that we are a few short days away from a two week break, the district will be DELAYING the transition to the accommodations as outlined in the 22-23 Accommodation plans for all unvaccinated visitors, volunteers and staff. For the remainder of this week we will continue with our current protocols. The district will transition into YELLOW accommodations beginning January 3rd if Lane County levels remain in yellow. Please see below for specific steps the district is taking as a response to this increase in COVID-19 transmission. All visitors, volunteers and staff are required to self-screen for symptoms of illness. Please stay home if you are experiencing any symptom of illness. Possible symptoms of COVID-19 include: Fever or chills. Cough. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Fatigue. Muscle or body aches. Headache. New loss of taste or smell. Sore throat. Masks are encouraged for all unvaccinated visitors, volunteers and staff to protect them from increased risk of illness and decrease risk of virus transmission. Maintain social distancing of 3 feet whenever possible Consider self-testing prior to attending events on-campus. FREE COVID tests are available at all times at the front desk of every school and at the district office. These accommodations will be in effect for the week of December 12, 2022 and will be revisited frequently according to local transmission rates. The ultimate goal of Fern Ridge School District is to keep our students and staff healthy and in school for learning so we all need to do our part to keep transmission rates low. Please contact me for any questions or clarifications, Nurse Elliott email@example.com (541)935-8200 ext. 2250