Duniway Community Update

Posted by Sarah Erickson on 1/29/2021

January 29, 2021

Dear Families,

I want to thank you again for your flexibility during the last week.  I recognize that there is a cost to modifying schedules and reducing the amount of live instruction.  However, it is my hope that the information gathered and time spent 1:1 with students will put us in a better position to improve our CDL efforts and to provide accurate updates and feedback to students and families.  In addition, the data collected over the last week, as well as other sources of information will help provide the insight we need to make an informed decision on who to invite to participate in Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI).

I hope that you took a few minutes to review the message sent out my PPS late Tuesday evening.  It provides a pretty comprehensive look at where we are and where we hope to go in the coming weeks and months.  As I mentioned last week, Duniway is in the third or three phases for the LIPI roll-out.  Our anticipated start date will be the week of March 1st.  I want to thank the many families (99 as of today) who took the time to complete the LIPI survey.  If you have not completed the survey, I encourage you to take a few minutes to do so.  It will remain open through Sunday.  In case you are curious, at this point almost exactly 50% of respondents have said yes, I would definitely send my student to LIPI at Duniway, with the other 50% roughly split between no thank you and possibly.

The information we have gathered in the survey, as well as through conversations with community members and staff, has helped to inform the beginnings of our draft LIPI plan.  I met this morning with our Duniway Staff LIPI Work Group to begin finalizing our plan.  We will be connecting with teachers and identifying the best students who fit criteria laid out by ODE and PPS, while also making sure we zero in on the Duniway students who will benefit the most from LIPI.

At this point, our tentative plan is to have three cohorts of students.  All three of the cohorts, each with approximately 10-12 students, will provide academic and social emotional support to a small group of Duniway students.  Students will attend in-person sessions on Tuesday and Thursday, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM and will be invited to participate by the school.  This opportunity is completely optional and is a supplement to ongoing CDL.  If our initial roll-out goes well and students and staff stay healthy and our protocols are effective, we will move to expand the number of cohorts.  It is my hope that the vaccination rollout to educators that began this week will also help our efforts to bring more students back to Duniway.

I know that serving 30-35 students is a very small percentage of our student population.  I also know that there are a variety of opinions about who should be served and whether any students should be returning at this time at all.  It is my hope that our rollout of LIPI provides the opportunity where we can safely have students in our school, make necessary adjustments to our protocols and procedures, and then increase the number of students we can bring into the building.

Yesterday marked the official end to the 1st semester and the mid-way point of the school year.  Teachers will be finalizing progress reports in the coming days.  The reports will be sent home via US Mail.  You should receive them by the middle of next week.  If you have any questions about the progress report, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

With February fast approaching, the auction is right around the corner.  Here are the latest updates:

Pre-purchase your takeout meals starting next week!  Watch your inbox next week for info on how to pre-purchase takeout meals to enjoy during the Live Virtual Auction (March 5)  from our amazing food and beverage sponsors! A huge thank you to Reverend's BBQ, Nothing Bundt Cakes, King Estate Winery, The Portland Bottle Shop, The Great Oregon Wine Co. and Distillery, Gigantic Brewing, and Mitchell Wine Group!

 Raffle launching soon!  Look for more info soon about our Hood River Getaway raffle! Tickets are only $25 or 5 for $100. A limited number will be sold for this fun local getaway package which includes lodging, e-bike rentals, and more! Thanks to our raffle sponsors: Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, Oregon E-Bikes, Full Sail Brewing, and Naked Winery!

 I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Enjoy the last days of January!