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Virtual School Days Enacted

Virtual School Days Enacted
Posted on 03/12/2020

Estacada School District Families, 

During the last few days as the status on COVID-19 continues to evolve in our state, our district leadership has been in deep discussion on the best way to support, teach, and maintain the health and safety of our students and staff. With recent developments statewide, we believe the time has come for our district to shift to distance learning. Tonight the Estacada School Board voted to close all district school beginning Monday, March 16th to transition to virtual school days. Distance learning will occur March 16th-20th. This week of virtual learning is made possible due to Monday’s preparatory closure. Spring break will begin as scheduled on March 23rd, and at that time we will reassess the viability of school reopening after the break. 


This decision has been made thoughtfully with the support of district, school board, and community input. While we have no cases in our district at this time we want to take a proactive approach to ensuring the health of our community, and we are excited to be able to offer advanced distance learning opportunities. 

 

Providing a quality education is a mission that we remain dedicated to. As we shift to distance education, students will utilize their school-provided devices (at the secondary level) and packets (at the elementary level) to access learning. Students that do not have internet at home will be coming home on Friday with hotspot devices that will provide an internet connection, along with instructions to activate them. All students will be asked to be in contact with their teacher once a day to receive one-on-one instruction during this week-long virtual learning event.

All extracurricular events are canceled until further notice. We will be working to develop the capacity to provide meals for our students during this closure. It is important to us that we continue to support our families with needed services during this closure. We recognize the hardship this will place on many families and will do our best to support and mitigate these hardships. 

More details and instruction will be forthcoming tomorrow. I want to thank you all for your patience, partnership, and kindness as we approach these times of uncertainty. Know that your student’s safety and learning will continue to be our top priority no matter the circumstances.

Sincerely,

Ryan Carpenter, Superintendent, Estacada School District