School Closures Extended Through the End of the School Year
April 8, 2020
Dear PPS Family,
In response to the continuing COVID-19 health crisis in our state, today Governor Brown and the Oregon Department of Education announced that our school campus doors will not open again for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. We all miss seeing our students in school buildings, but the health and safety of our students, educators, staff and the broader community, remains the highest priority.
We are glad to finally have this guidance from Governor Brown and ODE. Given this decision to close school campuses for the remainder of the year, and the guidance related to distance learning and revised graduation requirements, our focus will continue to be on the roll-out of PPS-HD, our home-based distance learning efforts to continue serving students.
All students, especially high school seniors, should stay tuned for further details and next steps related to course credits and grades. Please know that our guiding principle is to support students in meeting academic milestones. I want to acknowledge that our high school seniors, in particular, are missing traditions and milestone events right now. We will continue to support every one of you toward graduation and your post-secondary transition, and hope to find creative ways to acknowledge and celebrate your many years of hard work.
School districts have just received Graduation Pathways 2020 from the Oregon Department of Education; it outlines the specific guidance we will be observing for our high school seniors. To be clear, with the exception of seniors who have all of the required credits for graduation, student engagement and learning for the 2019-2020 school year has not ended. The remainder of the school year will continue to transition from in-person classroom instruction to instruction and support for students through PPS-HD, our home-based distance learning program that we launched this week. Led by our dedicated educators, we will continue to connect regularly with students and to provide continuous learning opportunities for them.
Going forward, we will be centrally focused on the social emotional health of our students and in providing them access to essential services. We will continue to serve meals Monday-Friday every week, and if your student needs a laptop computer, they can pick one up this week or next; you can find laptop distribution dates, times and locations by clicking here. Information about all of our supports and resources can be found at pps.net/coronavirus.
I know all of us would prefer to be back in our classrooms...eventually, that day will return. Until then, I am grateful for your patience, flexibility and understanding. You are all playing an important role in getting through this challenge. Please stay home and stay safe, and be sure to let us know how we - teacher, school or central office leader - can best support you.