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PTSA MEETING CANCELLED UNTIL SCHOOL REOPENS
INZA WOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL IS CLOSED due to Governor's Mandate.
April 8 — Superintendent Message: Schools Closed, Education Continues
Thank you for your continued attention to the many communications that have come from the district, outlining ways we are setting up for Distance Learning For All. We continue to adjust as we receive guidance from the Governor and from the Oregon Department of Education.
Oregon Schools to remain closed for the duration of the 2019-20 school year
Today we heard from Governor Brown that schools will be closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year. This means we will continue instructing students through Distance Learning for All until the end of our school calendar year, June 5.
While we understand the health and safety considerations that go into this type of a directive, we are also saddened that we will not be able to come back together as a school community before summer. We know and understand this is difficult news to hear for our staff and students and families.
District leaders and staff will begin working on adjusting plans for events and activities that typically occur in these remaining months of school. Communication about those events and activities will be sent out in the coming days and weeks.
Adjusting Graduation Requirements for Seniors
The information outlined below is what we know now. These decisions were made based on directives and guidance provided by Oregon’s Deputy Superintendent Colt Gill and the Oregon Department of Education. The Pathway to Graduation for seniors includes:
•Maintaining the 24 credit requirements seniors need to graduate, while holding all seniors harmless for emergency closure;
•Providing a pathway to earning full credit for the final term of school based on performance before the school closure of March 13; and
•Suspending Essential skills and personalized learning requirements as part of graduation requirements.
How will senior students get credit for their final classes?
Senior students will be awarded a “Pass” credit for their most recent classes based on their status with the class as of March 13. This means that if a student was passing their class prior to March 13 when we closed school, they would earn a pass for the semester. This model will allow a student’s GPA to be based on previous complete terms and will not be dependent on the student’s ability to engage in continued learning during the extended closure.
What about senior students who were “not passing” their classes or weren’t on track to graduate prior to March 13?
Students who were not passing a class prior to March 13 will need to continue working with their teacher(s) to review, re-learn and re-submit evidence of proficiency with the same learning standards taught before March 13. Teachers and counselors and students will work together to develop a personalized plan for this to happen. Our efforts will focus on every student being able to pass all spring classes with this alternative plan. These seniors will have the remaining two months of school as well the summer, through August 31 if necessary, to achieve their graduation requirements.
What about course completion and course grades for students in Grades 6-11?
At this time, the Oregon Department of Education wants school districts to wait for further guidance before making a decision about grades and credits for students in grades 6-11. We will let students, families, and staff know as soon as we are able.
How will students receive feedback if they don’t get a letter grade?
Feedback about students’ learning can still be meaningfully provided even without a summative letter grade assigned. Feedback will focus on how a student is progressing and showing proficiency with specific skills and standards, i.e. through rubrics, written comments, and coaching in a timely manner among others.
Will there be a senior graduation ceremony, diplomas, scholarships or awards?
We will do our best to create an experience for students to receive their diploma and celebrate with their peers. The social distancing and health guidelines given to Oregonians in the coming months will determine how and when we can design a recognition or celebration. Our high schools will still recognize student accomplishments such as outstanding academic performance, academic honors, scholarships, various honor cords, etc. Students should continue to fill out applications for scholarships. Teachers and counselors will continue to write letters of recommendation and provide support for college and career plans. More information on this subject will be provided to families as available and in the coming weeks.
Technology Device Access
If you were not able to pick up a technology device during our Distribution Process last week and your student needs one to access Distance Learning For All, please visit this webpage on the district website to learn more about acquiring a Google Chromebook. https://www.wlwv.k12.or.us/Page/16037
We want to again thank our staff for their tremendous efforts in providing Distance Learning today and through the remainder of the school year. We also want to acknowledge and appreciate the tremendous efforts of our families as they manage the stresses and responsibilities at home while also caring for children and now helping with school work.
Families can expect to receive regular communications from their children’s teachers, principals, and from the district, with further updates coming later in the week.
Forever grateful for your continued partnership and resilient spirit,
Kathy Ludwig, Superintendent
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