Duniway Community Update

Posted by Sarah Erickson on 4/9/2021

April 9, 2021

Dear Families,

It has been super exciting to welcome back all our students during the first full week of hybrid instruction.  We have a total of about 360 students who are now coming into Duniway for in-person instruction and about 90 students who are continuing with distance learning.  All teachers, staff, and students have been busy getting to know their “new” class, adjusting to new routines, and reconnecting with the Duniway community.  None of this would have been possible without the support of our staff and our families - thank you again for your patience, support, and commitment to Duniway and to Public Education.

Hybrid:  The arrival/dismissal times have been going well and students are doing an excellent job wearing masks, staying distanced, and following other important guidelines.  Thank you for arriving at just the right time (7:55 or 12:10) and for remembering to return a couple hours later to collect your sweet children.   We will continue to monitor how things are going and will make any necessary changes in the coming days/weeks.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols:  Please take a few minutes to REVIEW THIS IMPORTANT NOTE from our School Nurse Shannon and our Student Health Assistant Adrienne which details some of the latest information regarding steps being taken by PPS and Multnomah County to help keep our staff and students safe.  In addition, you can consult the COVID-19 Exclusion guidance document from ODE/OHA.

PE and MUSIC ARE LIVE!  Please make sure your child is attending their weekly PE and Music class.  If your child has live instruction in the AM, then PE/Music are in the PM.  And, if you have live instruction in the PM, then PE/Music are in the AM.  Your child’s teacher has all the details and you should have received the schedule and the necessary meeting links.  Participating in PE and Music is expected and an important part of the instructional week.  Thanks for helping remind your child about this part of their day.

DOGS!  It is safe to say that the dog population at Duniway has seen exponential growth.  All super sweet and very cute.  However, please remember no dogs are allowed on school grounds during the school day (8-2:30 PM).  I recognize that during drop off and pick-up, many folks enjoy bringing the dog along for the walk.  Please consider leaving your dog at home.  If your dog is on school grounds, they must be leashed at all times.  I am receiving numerous reports about off leash dogs, especially in the afternoon.  If this continues to be a problem, the county will be coming out to issue warnings and citations to those in violation of this city, county, and district ordinance/policy.  And lastly, please pick up after your dog! 

Progress Reports:  Teachers are using today to complete progress reports for the 3rd quarter.  As with the previous report, teachers will be doing the best to capture how your child has been doing in the last few months.  Progress reports will be mailed home for distance learning students and in-person students will bring them home on Friday, 4/16.

State Testing:  Some of you may have been following the news regarding state assessments.  The latest news appears to confirm that students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will be taking ONE (either literacy or math, depending on the grade) assessment.  However, we should hear more information from PPS soon - at a minimum, parents will be able to opt their child out of taking this test if they so choose.  Speaking of assessments, I found this recent article in NY Times presented the pros and cons of moving forward with standardized testing this spring.

Wishing you all an enjoyable weekend.  See you next week!