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Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Balancing our mission of keeping students and staff safe and healthy while teaching and learning have become increasingly challenging. COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of families across the world. We’ve all become more aware of how important first responders, health care workers, and schools are to supporting families during a crisis. Oakridge Public Schools takes pride in being here for the community AND we are thankful when our community is there for us in times of need. That mutual support is what makes this community special and our decisions more difficult because my heart wants to meet the needs of every student, employee, and community member. Unfortunately, no matter what decision is made on how to operate schools during this pandemic, my inbox will receive praise and critique.
Remote Learning 7-12
It is with a heavy heart that I make this announcement for Oakridge students in grades 7-12. Effective Thursday, November 19, Oakridge High School, FUSION Program, and now Oakridge Middle School will all follow the same remote learning model. We plan to return to in-person learning on Thursday, December 10. We are considering a similar approach at our elementary buildings in grades PreK-6, as soon as Monday, November 23. We will announce by the end of the day tomorrow, Wednesday, November 18 if we do need to take this approach.
The Middle School SXI Program will remain open and operational 5 days a week.
MS/HS Buildings Stay Open to Serve Students
We have been guided by the medical and public health experts of our county, state, and nation. The same mitigation strategies that MDHHS announced Sunday, November 15, saw a dramatic decline in COVID-19 cases in European countries in just 3 weeks as you’ll see in this graphic cited in the MDHHS press conference. These European countries placed priority on keeping schools open during the pandemic. I can’t ignore this science. I also can’t ignore the needs of our students, employees, community, and our own local circumstances. Closing our schools completely for our families would be devastating, especially for homes with younger children. There is a reason the experts have not directed buildings of younger kids to close.
We will attempt to strike this balance, for now, by keeping our MS/HS buildings open to students who may not have access to the internet at home, need a comfortable workspace, or need extra support services from staff during this remote learning period. Lunch will also be provided at no cost.
If parents send their MS/HS student to school, they must check-in at the main office of the building they attend. We’ll sign them up for lunch and direct them to a supervised area in the building. You may call the HS office at 231-788-7300 or the MS office at 231-788-7400 with any questions.
Buses will run their normal secondary routes at a two-hour delay in the morning and will depart the MS/HS Bus Loop at 1:00 pm to bring students back home. Again, students must be at their normal bus stop two hours later than their regular pick-up time and the bus will stop to pick you up! Call the Transportation Department at 788-7113 with any questions.
Cleaning/disinfecting protocols will continue as scheduled every day of the week.
Masks and social distancing will be required at school.
Thank you for your continued understanding and collaboration.
We’re in this together.