Dear WHSD Students, Families and Staff members:
In a typical school year, today would have been the first official day of spring break for our district. Obviously, nothing is typical about this school year. In the midst of these difficult times and as we head into "spring break," I want to take the opportunity to update you on our plans while schools are closed:
How long are schools going to be closed?
As per Governor Brown's Executive order WHSD schools (along with all Oregon schools) are closed through Tuesday, April 28th. Students are scheduled to return Wednesday, April 29th.
Will meals be provided for the entire time schools are closed?
Yes. WHSD will continue to provide grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches to youth 18 y.o. and younger every weekday (yes, this includes spring break) through Tuesday, April 28th at the following times and locations:
Breakfast: Warrenton Grade School Cafeteria from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
What about academics?
Much of this week has been spent working with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to clarify their requirements and expectations for academic programs while schools are closed. Our district leadership team has been meeting regularly to develop a plan that will meet ODE's requirements and sustain the progress of our students in these difficult times. To that end, earlier today Principal Heyen met via video-conference with our teachers to prep them for the work ahead. As "spring break" is upon us, our teachers will officially begin working on March 30th to generate grade-level, subject-specific learning activities that will be shared with you on a weekly basis. Our goal is to have the first set of these learning activities to you by April 6th (but, we're going to work hard to have them ready sooner).
To be clear, these learning activities will be offered as a means to sustain learning while schools are closed. They will not be officially collected, nor will they count toward your child's grade. We will do our best to provide opportunities for your child to receive feedback on work they do complete, but no formal grades will be assigned.
What's most important?
Please reassure your child/ren that our administrators, teachers and staff members will be working to minimize the stress that the closure of schools adds to an already VERY stressful time. We will do everything in our power to be a source of support, stability, and positivity for you, your children, and our community.
To that end, do not hesitate to contact me directly if there is anything our district can do to better support you and your family during these challenging times.
Again, I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 503-468-9178.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Warrenton Hammond School District