Good evening, I hope this message finds you and your family healthy on all fronts. This has not been the spring break that anyone desires and, at best, has been difficult to traverse. This crisis has proven to compromise our families, friends, and neighbors. As a school district, we have been doing our best to navigate the ever-changing landscape of this crisis and will do everything we can to help our families bridge the increasing gaps that may present on the home front. Historically our primary charge as a school district has been to advance our students academically. We realize some families, maybe many, will not be focused on a comprehensive education during the coming months. We are preparing ourselves to help families connect with the services they may need as the crisis stretches across our state, impacting employment, availability of myriad resources and education. Our teachers and specialists will return, virtually, from spring break on March 30th. Upon returning, our team will check in with each family weekly and discuss the needs your child may have. We have created a webpage that will contain a number of educational resources for your child to access. We will be providing supplemental education and learning resources, both digitally and in packet form. These resources are intended to keep our students engaged and maintain academic skills. Activities will be available by grade level and/or subject. This material will be optional for students, and will not be graded. Our teachers will assess your family’s need for access to these resources. Our teams will be collaborating on Wednesdays to create more learning opportunities for our students. These resources will be posted to the website each week in an effort to provide our students with material that will keep them engaged for the duration of the closure. Classroom teachers will hold office hours on Thursdays and Fridays to field questions you or your student may have. We were hopeful we would be able to clarify a path forward for our high school students, seniors specifically, however, the guidance from the state is still being vetted at this time. We expect the guidance to be presented Monday, March 30th. We have been assured by the Oregon Department of Education that there will be clear guidance to enable all of our on-track students to graduate on time. Please be well, practice self-care, and look out for one another. Sincerely, Aaron C Bayer Superintendent Supplemental Learning webpage: https://sites.google.com/ortrail.k12.or.us/supplemental-learning/home
Governor Brown issued an executive order today, stating: ‘ It is essential to the health, safety, and welfare of the State of Oregon during the ongoing state of emergency that, to the maximum extent possible, individuals stay at home or at their place of residence, consistent with the directives set forth in my Executive Orders and guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority.’ The order includes the immediate closure of ‘all pools, skate parks, outdoor sports courts, and playground equipment areas.’ In response, all OTSD campuses including playgrounds, ball fields, and courts will be closed until further notice.
Everyone needs to get some fresh air, and kids especially need fresh air and movement. Even though schools are closed, and social distancing is becoming the new norm, we want to encourage you to get outside with your kids. But give yourselves some space from other people - preferably six feet, and avoid gatherings of 10 people or more. Go to the park or school field, but take your own bats, balls, and toys, and clean them after each visit to minimize the spread of germs within the family. Also note : Our school campuses are not open for group or team activities. The OSAA has suspended practices and contests for all sports and activities through April 28. OSAA Update What about playground equipment? While outdoor play is important for children, especially at times like this, it’s impossible to wipe down everything at a playground, which means – playground equipment is not sanitary. So if you decide to take your kids to a playground, make sure they clean their hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer. School Based Health Center update: now closed during spring break The Sandy SBHC is now closed during Spring Break. After the break, they will offer a telephone-based model of care, to most patients, until further notice. To access telemedicine appointments starting March 30, please call 503-353-5884. Meal service extended Our meal service is extended through spring break, until April 28. Grab & Go Sack Breakfast and Lunch Any OTSD student may obtain a Grab & Go meal sack. Meals may be picked up at the following school sites, Monday-Friday from 11:30-12:30: Pickup at: Bus loop at Sandy High Welches School entrance Naas Elementary entrance Sack Breakfast and Lunch drop-off Meals will be delivered, by bus, to five locations. Students living at the locations may meet the bus at the entrance to: Pioneer Mobile Park, 11:45AM Barlow Trail Mobile Home Park, 11:45AM Hood Course Acres, 12:00PM Vista Loop Apartments, 12:15PM Big Valley Woods, 12:15PM
211info.org During the COVID-19 pandemic, if you need help with food, housing, health care, free childcare, or other essential services, dial 211 to speak to someone who can help, or text your zip code to 898-211. 211info.org helps people identify, navigate and connect with the local resources they need. Accessing digital resources from home Resources are available online on the OTSD Students webpage at: oregontrailschools.com/students . These are resources your child had access to as a supplement to classroom instruction. Attached is a graphic guide to help you access the programs online. OSAA update Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) has extended the suspension of interscholastic practices and contests for sports and activities for all member schools through April 28. See the attached media release for more information.
Dear Oregon Trail Families, Gov. Brown just announced an executive order for all Oregon public schools to remain closed through April 28. We understand how difficult this will be for our students and families. We will continue to work with the Oregon Department of Education and public health partners for guidance moving forward. Sincerely, Superintendent Aaron Bayer
Following is a valuable parent resource from the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Nurses Take Time to Talk You know your children best. Let their questions be your guide as to how much information to provide. However, don’t avoid giving them the information that health experts identify as critical to ensuring your children’s health. Be patient, children and youth do not always talk about their concerns readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes or yard work. It is very typical for younger children to ask a few questions, return to playing, then come back to ask more questions. When sharing information, it is important to make sure to provide facts without promoting a high level of stress, remind children that adults are working to address this concern, and give children actions they can take to protect themselves. Information is rapidly changing about this new virus – to have the most correct information stay informed by accessing the CDC website . Keep Explanations Age Appropriate Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should balance COVID-19 facts with appropriate reassurances that their schools and homes are safe and that adults are there to help keep them healthy and to take care of them if they do get sick. Give simple examples of the steps people take every day to stop germs and stay healthy, such as washing hands. Use language such as “adults are working hard to keep you safe.” Upper elementary and early middle school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what will happen if COVID-19 comes to their school or community. They may need assistance separating reality from rumor and fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to prevent germs from spreading. Upper middle school and high school students are able to discuss the issue in a more in-depth (adult-like) fashion and can be referred directly to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control. Suggested Points to Emphasize When Talking to Children Adults at home and school are taking care of your health and safety. If you have concerns, please talk to an adult you trust. Not everyone will get the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. School and health officials are being especially careful to make sure as few people as possible get sick. It is important that all students treat each other with respect and not jump to conclusions about who may or may not have COVID-19. There are things you can do to stay healthy and avoid spreading the disease: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash hands often with soap and water (20 seconds). If you don’t have soap, use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol based). Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Dear Oregon Trail Families, We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 health issue and will update you if there are any changes that may affect our students and schools. Our primary concern is for the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. At this time, our school-year calendar has not been revised. We will treat these seven (7) days of school closure the same as inclement weather days. You may view the district school-year calendar on the homepage of the district or school websites, or in ParentSquare. If we experience a prolonged closure, we will reevaluate the need for alternative instruction opportunities. During this short closure we encourage you to keep your child engaged in learning. Online resources are available on the OTSD Students webpage at oregontrailschools.com/students . Select your child’s school to access the resources. For COVID-19 information, check our website at: oregontrailschools.com/COVID-1 9. Thank you for your support and collaboration during this challenging time. Sincerely, Superintendent Aaron Bayer
SACK LUNCH PROGRAM: Week of 3/16-3/20 and 3/30-3/31 To ensure students have access to lunch during the upcoming school closure, Oregon Trail School District (OTSD) is implementing a sack lunch program for these dates: 3/16-3/20 and 3/30-3/31. NOTE : There will be no sack lunch program during the week of Spring Break, 3/23-3/27. Grab & Go Sack Lunch Any OTSD student may obtain a Grab and Go sack lunch. Lunches may be picked up at Naas, Sandy High, and Welches Schools: 3/16-3/20 and 3/30-3/31 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM Pickup at: Bus loop at Sandy High Welches School entrance Naas Elementary School entrance Sack Lunch delivery Additionally, we will deliver sack lunches, by bus, to five locations. Students living at the locations may meet the bus at the entrance to: Pioneer Mobile Park, 11:45AM Barlow Trail Mobile Home Park, 11:45AM Barons Court, Welches: 12:00PM Vista Loop Apartments, 12:15PM Big Valley Woods, 12:15PM SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CENTER (SBHC) The SBHC located at Sandy High School will be open 3/16-3/20, 7:00am-3:00pm. The SBHC serves all students enrolled in the Oregon Trail School District, grades K-12. To schedule an appointment, call 503-668-3483. NOTE: The SBHC will not be testing for Cornonavirus/COVID-19.