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August 18, 2020

Dear Parents,

I am going to trust that all of you are doing well during these continued uncertain times. Last April, we were thrown a curveball when Governor Brown ended on-site instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. I will be honest, I did not think there would be a chance we would still be in this position today. For the better part of the summer, Prospect School District has been planning for students to return for a normal school year. Then just two weeks ago, Governor Brown released new guidelines in order to open up our doors which are based on the State and County positivity rates for Covid-19. We have to maintain low numbers for three consecutive weeks in order to reopen. Unfortunately, the metric requirements will be difficult to meet and it is hard to determine when we will be able to return on-site. Rest assured, as soon as we are able to open, we will do so immediately. We have created a reopening blueprint as required by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) designed to safely bring students back on site. You can find our blueprint on the school website or by following this link.

Nothing could have prepared us for what took place at the end of the school year. Schools, students, and parents were not prepared for school shutting down. Even though we had planned to return on-site to start the school year, we have also made secondary plans in the event we would be forced to continue with Distance Learning. The expectations for students are much higher than just a few months ago. ODE has made it clear that Distance Learning must look just as though students are in school. Because of this, we will be doing daily online instruction for our students. Attendance and participation are required. Students will have due dates for assignments and they must be completed on time. Students will have the opportunity to get one-on-one support from their teachers in the afternoon. This will be called “Applied Learning Time.” Our teachers will be readily available on Google Meets to help our students. It will be as simple as raising a hand, but instead the student simply has to click on the link to open the classroom.

ODE is allowing schools to bring students back on campus for certain classes such as Welding and Culinary Arts. We plan on using our Mini-Bus to pick up and drop off students throughout the week for these classes.

Last year, we had drop-off locations for homework in Shady Cove and White City. We will not be doing that this year. Everything will be electronic and students will be expected to complete and submit their work online. If you do not have internet access, please contact the school office and we will work with you to provide accommodations for your students to be successful.

On August 26 and 27 you will need to come on campus to pick up devices, textbooks, and daily schedules for your student(s). Pick up will be available from 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at your convenience. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing while on campus. If you need to make other arrangements call the school office to do so. Classes will start August 31, and the expectation is that every student will be in attendance.

Weekly pickup of breakfasts and lunches will be available starting Monday, August 31 between 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Please contact the school office or email sherie@prospect.k12.or.us to sign up.

I cannot thank you enough for your support during this time. We have the greatest teaching staff in the State of Oregon, and I promise that no other student will have a better learning opportunity through Distance Learning than your child will have in Prospect. We will get through this, and we will be successful.

Please contact myself, your teachers, or our office staff with any questions you may have. I greatly look forward to seeing you next week during our pick up time.

Sincerely,

Brian Purnell

Superintendent, Elementary Principal