- Jefferson School District 14J
- School Updates
School Update 3-30-2020Posted by Chris Shaw on 3/30/2020
Dear Jefferson Families,
As you know, today would normally be the first day back from Spring Break and students would be sharing stories about their time away, and reconnecting with their teachers and friends. It feels so strange to not have children and staff in schools today!
This is new territory for us all and I appreciate your patience as we put our plans in place and seek ongoing guidance from the state related to certain details related to school closure.
COMMUNICATION ABOUT SCHOOL: From today onward, please expect that the majority of communication about schooling will come from your child’s school - mostly from teachers. Teachers will be reaching out to your child/children in the coming days to check on them and see how they are holding up. They will be checking to see who has access to computers and WIFI and who does not. Teachers will also be developing supplemental, enrichment activities for your child. These will be optional activities and not necessary to complete. No letter grades will be awarded. Attendance will not be taken. Having said that, students are encouraged to set aside time each day to engage in these activities. The more routine you can provide around enrichment learning, the better.
LEARNING RESOURCES: We are in the process of putting links to free learning resources on our website. We have developed a resource page for parents on the Homepage of our website, titled, Resources and Updates regarding COVID-19. Please check this page throughout the week to see more updates and resources as they are developed. This page also provides links to articles to support the mental health of students during this time.
(Please see the attached article titled: Homeschooling is NOT the Same as Crisis Schooling: advice during coronavirus COVID -19 shutdowns)
CHILDCARE FOR EMERGENCY WORKERS AND ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES: We are in communication with the state and seeking their guidance about creating a childcare center for essential employees and First Responders. Should we move forward with establishing a childcare center, we will communicate this out through our website. We should have more complete information this week.
TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT: Currently, our technology department is posting videos on how to access Google Classroom and other helpful tips. Also, as the week unfolds, and we have a better understanding of who needs a computer, we will be putting together instructions on how to borrow a Chromebook. Staff will be following up with individual families who have indicated they can utilize a Chromebook and make arrangements for pick up.
FOOD SERVICE - NUTRITION SERVICES: We are running several food pick up locations and are looking to see how we can increase our locations. Please check our website for further updates.
SCHOOL CREDITS/GRADUATION: Currently, we will be using the grades most recently earned by students as their 3rd quarter grade. If a student received a C or below, they will have the ability to make up that work to improve their grade. In this way, students will not be learning new material. They will have the opportunity to bring up their grade. Students can relax that the work they have completed to date will count. If your student has questions or wishes to bring up their grade, please have them reach out to their teacher.
Is graduation canceled? What about prom and other school events? Spring sports?
As of today, all events through the end of the closure date (April 28th) are canceled. Events occurring beyond that date may be impacted by the extended closure, but we have no information about specific events at this time.
We know many are concerned about graduation in particular. We are awaiting guidance from the Department of Education before we can make a decision on whether or not that event will be canceled or postponed.
Do we know for sure this time that students will be able to return to school after April 28th?
No, we don’t know that for certain at this time. As this is situation continues to evolve, it may be that the Governor extends the mandatory closure. There’s simply no way to know that yet. At this time we’re operating under the assumption that the school year will continue as planned beginning Wednesday, April 29th.
Do students have homework during this closure?
Students in college classes at Jefferson High School may have homework during this time – that will be communicated through the appropriate teacher.
All other students may have suggested activities from schools or teachers, but they do not have mandated work during the closure. This is subject to change as the closure goes on, but we will update this page and send out communication before that occurs.
Are students going to have to make up all this time with school in July?
We have not yet received any guidance on this issue from the Oregon Department of Education. We expect to know more in the coming days and weeks.
Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we create a new way of schooling! We will continue to provide further updates as we learn more and receive more guidance.
Jefferson School District
Emergency Meal ServicePosted by Chris Shaw on 3/27/2020
School UpdatesPosted by Chris Shaw on 3/20/2020
Dear Jefferson Families,
Thank you for your patience as we build and adjust our plans for moving forward in these new and challenging times. As you can imagine, guidance is coming at us from the Oregon Department of Education very quickly and continually evolving.
Here is what we know currently and will be putting forth in early April:
Teachers will be providing optional enrichment opportunities for your child/children shortly after Spring Break.
Activities teachers provide will NOT be graded. No credit will be awarded. No attendance taken. Students will not have to turn in assignments and participation is optional. Instead of providing education, we will be providing activities to keep your child engaged and enriched.
Many of our teachers are getting creative and planning to engage your child/children in a variety of optional ways.
We understand that students and parents have a lot of questions related to graduation and other aspects of their child’s education. Right now we are waiting for the state to provide more guidance in these areas.
Spring Break is still officially scheduled for next week. On March 30, the school district will continue preparing and we will reach out to families again with updated information and resources.
School Closure 3-17 updatePosted by Chris Shaw on 3/17/2020
Good Morning Jefferson Families -
Thank you for your patience during these uncertain times.
As you know, the Governor has closed all schools this week. At this time, students are expected to return April 1.
Please know that we will communicate any updates or changes to the opening of school as we learn the details.
Should we need to have schools closed for a longer duration, plans are currently being created for how to continue school in a different way, and how to address seniors and graduation, etc. At this point, however, we are still planning to return April 1.
In our efforts to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, effective immediately, the Jefferson School District 14J District Office will be closed to the public and staff not currently working. Please contact the district office by phone at (541) 327-3337 option “0” or by email.
Thank you again for your understanding and patience.
Student with Special NeedsPosted by Chris Shaw on 3/16/2020
Dear Jefferson Parents of Students with Special Needs,
I hope my letter finds you and your families well in this time of uncertainty. As you know the Jefferson School District is currently closed due to the Coronavirus precautions being implemented across the state. During this time there will be many annual reviews of IEP’s and three-year evaluations that become due. Since we will not be able to meet, I want to assure you that your student’s IEP or third-year evaluation will be continued until we are able to come back together as a team and complete these processes. No student will lose their IEP or eligibility during this time.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, I am more than happy to speak to via phone to talk about individual students and concerns.
Student Services Director
Jefferson School District
541-327-3337 Ext. 1045
Offices Closed to PublicPosted by Chris Shaw on 3/15/2020
Jefferson School District programs and facilities are closed to the public, due to the statewide school closure responding to the Coronavirus. If you have questions, comments or concerns please call the District Office or go to the Jefferson Website. https://www.jefferson14j.com/JSD14J
School updatePosted by Chris Shaw on 3/14/2020
Important Announcement for Families – Jefferson School District Schools Closed March 16 – April 1
Jefferson staff & families:
As you know, we are facing an unprecedented public health crisis. We learned late last night that Governor Kate Brown has now ordered the closure of all schools in Oregon.
Starting Monday, March 16, our schools will close for two weeks. The district will remain closed through Sunday, March 29. Staff will return to work on Monday, March 30, 2020, and students will return Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all staff access to the schools will be limited to essential staff. All activities including all sporting events are canceled.
We are developing plans to support our families during the closure by:
Providing meals at free meal locations (similar to summer meal sites)
Providing regular updates via email
We understand that this plan will create hardship for many families, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. The school day is the centerpiece of the lives of many people. Children count on the reliable routine that a school day offers, from the classroom setting to the many people at school who know them and care for them. Families, too, count on that routine and the knowledge that their children are cared for during the day. It allows them to tend to their workday or focus on the other pieces of life that need to be taken care of – and there are many. Contemplating weeks without that structure and care may seem overwhelming. Please know that we are doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of us through this time.
JSD will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with state agencies and will provide updates during the extended break.
School Closure UpdatesPosted by Chris Shaw on 3/13/2020
Please note: School will be open March 13, 2020
Dear Jefferson Families,
We just got word from Governor Kate Brown that all schools will be closed from March 16 - March 31, to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. We will be getting more information out to you by the end of the day on Friday, March 13. In the meantime, I am including a letter from the National Assoc. of School Psychologists on how parents can talk to their children about COVID-19: h
Jefferson School District
School Closure Updates 3-12Posted by Chris Shaw on 3/12/2020
Updated as of 3-12-2020
With the number of confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Oregon increasing, Governor Brown announced new guidance tonight regarding group gatherings and social distancing. We remain committed to keeping our schools open and safe. In accordance with this evening’s guidance and in order to minimize potential opportunities for the virus to spread, we have decided to proactively begin suspending events that bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together.
This action is not related to a presumptive case. At this time, there are no presumptive cases in Jefferson Public Schools. Follow this link for the latest information about the Corona Virus and how it is impacting Jefferson School District. https://www.jefferson14j.com/Corona