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School Closure Extended

School Closure Extended
Posted on 03/17/2020

Estacada School District Families,


Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced an extension to her mandate to close Oregon schools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The governor’s new orders mean that our school campus closure will now extend until April 28, 2020.


We know this is a trying time and that the closure of our schools is a challenge, but we are fortunate to have had the foresight to prepare for this development. We will continue to provide meals and Virtual School Days during the extended closure, but will be making some slight adjustments to accommodate the extended closure. 


What we do know right now:


  • We will continue to provide two community meal sites and will continue to run meal delivery bus routes on the same schedule during the extended closure (except during Spring Break March 23-27).

  • Our facilities will remain closed to students and most staff during the extended closure.

  • Our custodians will deep clean all surfaces in our schools, closing off rooms when complete, to ensure they remain disinfected for when students and staff return.

  • We will continue Virtual School Days. We have had more than 85% attendance thus far and we are proud to be able to offer this.

  • We will look into providing a truly virtual experience for our K-5 students, and may begin to distribute Chromebooks and hotspots to accommodate our youngest students during the lengthened closure. More details will be forthcoming.


While our students are away from school, please help them understand the importance of this national health emergency by encouraging social distancing, good hand hygiene, avoiding people who are sick, and covering their coughs and sneezes. Gatherings of more than 10 people are not recommended by the U.S. government at this time.

We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this constantly-changing situation. 


I will be in touch with more information as soon as we have a plan to navigate this extended closure. Please do what you can to help prevent the spread of this virus.


Thank you,


Ryan Carpenter

Superintendent

Estacada School District