Firwood and Welches Schools, and their surrounding communities, continue to be without power. We hope it will be back up by this afternoon. Students still affected by the power outage should be able to access their classes asynchronously by tomorrow evening.
Oregon Trail Families, Governor Brown announced in December that the health metrics for returning to in-person instruction would be changed from mandatory to advisory. We have been working with Clackamas County Public Health and the state to understand how this impacts Oregon Trail School District. We have also been told to expect another revision to the metrics on or about January 19, at which time we will have another update for you. In the meantime, we will begin implementing Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) for Seniors at risk for not graduating and for some of our most vulnerable students. In addition, we will continue to evaluate directives from the state in an attempt to begin opening schools in a Hybrid Model by mid-February. The feedback we have received from parents, staff, and our community is invaluable to our decision making. Recently, families were asked for their feedback regarding the state metrics and protocols for reopening schools. 2330 surveys were completed, with 80% of parents stating they would send their students back to in-person learning if given the chance. This has proven to be one of the most trying times in the young lives of our students. A tremendous amount of thanks and gratitude is extended to our students, their parents, and our staff for helping each child navigate the tumult and continue finding the hope that this will soon pass. Sincerely, Aaron Bayer, Superintendent
KPTV/Fox12 and the Oregon Freemasons Organization have selected Oregon Trail School District's Middle School Wellness Team as a Classroom of the Month. The honor comes with a $1,000 award from the Freemasons. The 'classroom' of note is called A.M. Connections - and it's undeniably a team effort. The team includes Health teachers from Cedar Ridge, Boring, and Welches Middle Schools, including Christopher Cramer, Mandy Vance, Morgan Reed, Deanna McGlothin, Sue Doan, Heather Bannick, and Amanda Standish. Each morning, the Wellness Team presents A.M. News video segments to help students begin their day in a positive way. The videos are created to appeal to youths, so they're often goofy and fun - but they aim to strengthen students' mental, emotional, and social wellness. While the video lessons address essential topics such as Google Meets Etiquette, they also keep students engaged with their school community. The $1,000 award will help with the purchase of additional video editing software. Watch the Wellness Team’s 2-minute Hamilton parody: Hamilton “Welcome Back” Music Video
Oregon Trail Families, On November 25, Governor Brown announced Oregon's new Risk & Prevention Framework that uses four risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread. Clackamas County was placed in the Extreme Risk level through December 17 due to a sustained upward trend in COVID cases, and Oregon Trail schools have remained in Comprehensive Distance Learning. On December 15, Governor Brown announced the next assignment of county risk levels that will be in effect from December 18-31. Unfortunately, Clackamas County remains in the Extreme Risk level, based on the following data from the Oregon Health Authority: Weeks 11/29-12/12: 469.8 cases per 100,000, with a 7.06% test positivity rate Weeks 11/22-12/5: 454.9 cases per 100,000, with an 8.3% test positivity rate Weeks 11/15-11/28: 370.3 cases per 100,000, with an 8.9% test positivity rate The next assignment of risk levels will take effect on January 1. Once the metrics in Clackamas County show COVID cases to be in a steady decline, we may then begin transitioning our students back to on-site learning. In the meantime, to provide stability through the end of our first semester, we will remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning through February 2 . We continue to pursue Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) opportunities for our most vulnerable students, and will have more information on this in early January. Oregon's Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance allows Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) for small cohorts of students with specific needs. We want to thank the families who participated in our recent survey. We are compiling your responses and will send a summary report to you and our state decision-makers shortly. We hope you have a healthy and happy holiday season!
Hello, In order to help families guide their student’s time on the internet, an extension called LeechBlock has been added to all OTSD student’s District Chrome profile. This will enable parents to choose what (if any) times students are allowed to visit specific websites when students are logged into their District account. Along with a basic setup guide, the attached document has step by step instructions on how to create a LeechBlock password, which will prevent students from making changes to the settings. Please make a note of this password as our tech support staff are unable to access your LeechBlock settings to assist with a password reset. Also in the guide is directions to more advanced setup support from LeechBlock. Oregon Trail Technology Department
The School Based Health Center (SBHC) located at Sandy High School serves K-12 students in the Oregon Trail School District. SBHC is currently offering flu shots and COVID-19 testing. A tele-med appointment is required. Call 503-668-3483 for an appointment.