April 2, 2020 Please review the following update regarding the expectations and details of distance learning for Harrisburg Jr/Sr High School students: Our staff has spent this week (March 30-April 2) working hard to adapt to the world of distant learning. They have been very involved with developing creative ways to educate our students remotely. All of this starts with making sure all of our families have the necessary equipment and materials to access education. Starting next week (April 6-9) you should be able to access material for your students to work on. During this week please make sure that contact is made with each of your student’s teachers. The expectation is that your student needs to make contact with each of their teachers at least once per week. This can occur in a variety of ways which includes email, Zoom, or by phone. Our goal for this week is that everyone (staff, students, and parents) becomes familiar with the process of distance learning. I am asking my teachers not to enter grades this week as we realize there will be some challenges that need to be overcome and I don’t want additional stress placed on students that are adjusting to this style of learning. On April 13th we will officially start providing Distance Learning where teachers will be establishing due dates, requiring assignments and assessments, providing feedback, and entering grades. The expectation is that students will spend approximately 30 minutes per day for each of their classes. Students will also need to continue to make weekly check-ins with their teachers. This will provide the opportunity for all students to earn their credits for the second semester. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to provide the best possible education for our students during these challenging circumstances.
The governor's executive order gave five stipulations for school districts to do in order to receive state school funding. One of those is to continue paying employees through the closure. We are looking into having staff perform painting and possibly other maintenance items around the district while following social distancing guidelines. We are planning to have classified staff work with teachers and be available for phone calls, paper packet copying and collating each week.
Here is a link to ODE parent resource. Yesterday I mentioned online distance learning. I was incorrect in using online in my sentence. Distance learning is not digital learning. More to come.. Here is the link: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/standards/Documents/A%20Guide%20%20for%20At-Home%20Learning_final_accessible.pdf
As Harrisburg SD prepares for online distance learning, here are 5 tips for families to consider: https://5il.co/egdn
For those who will be picking up an iPad or Chromebook this week, please take a moment to read the Student Device Checkout Agreement document (https://5il.co/e0tu). If at all possible, bring the signed portion with you when picking up your loaner device (one per device).
Please be sure to check out the updated information about the Remote Learning Resources pick-up times and locations: https://5il.co/e9zy
Several companies are taking steps to extend internet services to consumers. This list is not all inclusive. Feel free to contact the local service provider in your area to see if they are part of the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. https://5il.co/e01o
Harrisburg School District's access to learning content inquiry: https://forms.gle/GysGJEX9RxkPRUWV9
As a school district we will offer supplemental education and learning opportunities for our students. The principals's are working with their teachers towards this end. We have a planning meeting scheduled for Monday, March 30 and begin implementation April 1, 2020.
We learned yesterday from Oregon Department of Education that they plan to focus first on creating pathways for graduation for all seniors in the state. As a district we will have a plan in place for our seniors and all high school students the week after spring break.
Based on state and federal guidelines, we must remind parents that we serve meals to students. During our grab-n-go time students/children must be present to receive the meals. We cannot give the meals to parents of children. Thank you for understanding.
Please take a moment to read this important announcement from Superintendent Bryan Starr: https://5il.co/dw53
We are serving a breakfast/lunch combo in a grab-n-go format from 9 - 10 a.m. for children ages 0-18 at the elementary school cafeteria. We have a limited number of meals so it is first come first served basis.
The meals are for children ages 0-18 only. A shout out to our food service workers and their leader Dawn Spears.
Harrisburg School District will provide breakfast and lunch based upon ODE approval from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. for Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19 and Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31. This will be a grab and go style lunch.
March 13, 2020 OSAA NEWS RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE OSAA SUSPENDS PRACTICES AND CONTESTS THROUGH MARCH 31 March 13, 2020 – (Wilsonville, OR) Per Governor Brown’s announcement regarding school closures, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) has suspended interscholastic practices and contests for sports and activities for all member schools effective today through March 31. During this suspension we will evaluate this evolving public health situation with the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Department of Education, the OSAA Executive Board, the OSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and member school administrators from throughout the state to determine when, or if, to resume the spring season. More information will be communicated via www.osaa.org as it becomes available.
Friday March 13th school will be in session
In an effort to keep you informed, here's a letter about COVID-19, what we're doing about it, and what you can do: https://5il.co/dfce Here's some additional information from CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html
Come be part of our Girls basketball send-off to state on Wednesday March 4th at 11am in the North parking lot at the HS. Go Eagles!
Tractor Safety School May 18-23rd at Harrisburg High School. Cost is $65 and is limited to the 25 students who have turned in their paperwork and paid. Please contact Megan @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-995-6626 for more information. Paperwork may be picked up at the HS office M-TH 7:30 to 4:30.
Dont forget this Friday 2/14 Mr Eagle will have babysitting from 6-9 in the HS gym. Come support our kids and help save the babies.
HSD staff, parents, and students: I'm excited to inform you that we are in the final stages of setting up our new district website! We will also have an app that you'll be able to download from either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. More information coming soon!