Dear Parents and Students,
Thank you for your patience and resilience during this unprecedented challenge. The school remains closed, and we are preparing as if that order will continue through the remainder of the school year.
Monday night, we received guidance from the Oregon Department of Education on shifting to distance learning for all students effective April 13th. This is a change from our previous direction of providing students with supplementary learning materials only.
Many of our high school students are wondering how they will earn credit. The State of Oregon offers multiple ways to demonstrate understanding of the standards. Teachers are moving to a model that includes problem solving, creativity, collaboration, and communication to meet the standards. Since the work will be done at home, assessments and feedback will serve as a means of gathering data to assess students for grading and earning credit.
During this time the method for accounting for attendance will be based on contact time with teachers, through phone conferences, email, chat, video-conferencing, and online platforms like Google Classroom. We will continue to update you as we learn more about the specifics for providing distance learning.
Our staff is working diligently to provide education for all students outside of our brick and mortar facilities. We will continue to focus on the social and emotional health of our students K-12 as well as providing standards based on instruction.
At this time there are still many unanswered questions that we are still seeking guidance on from the state level. We are hoping that many of these questions will be answered within the next week including graduation, credit requirements, state testing, etc.
Prairie City School District will continue to provide breakfast and lunch Monday through Thursday, at the following site from March 30th to April 28th. This program is for all children in our community 18 years old and younger.
Our buildings are directed to be closed to everyone except staff. The staff who can work virtually need to remain at home to do their work. Our distance learning model will be effective April 8th, and each teacher will communicate their individual plan via the website, phone call, social media, robo call system, and US mail. Prairie City School District will communicate when teachers are available for their students and parents.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we receive and act upon rapidly changing guidance from state officials. As new information is available to us, we will continue to communicate this information to you. We thank you for your continued support as we navigate through these uncharted waters.
Casey Hallgarth, Superintendent
Prairie City School District 4