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Direction for families, especially graduating seniors, could come next week

PMG FILE PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Principal Greg Dinse marches in full Highland dress, playing the bagpipes at Canby High Schools 2019 graduation.Canby students were in shock on Thursday, March 12 when Oregon Governor Kate Brown ordered that schools close until March 31 as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19. Then on Tuesday, March 17, she extended the closure through April 28.

Local families have been awaiting instruction. Will there be online school? Will students have to make up the days? How will seniors stay on track to graduate?

As those questions linger, Canby High School Principal Greg Dinse took to writing his regular Friday letter to the school community and attempted to address some of those concerns.

"We are awaiting further guidance from the State," Dinse said in his letter Friday, March 20. "The Oregon Department of Education recognizes the stress this situation is causing students and families and is placing a priority on finding answers for our graduating seniors. We hope to have some clarity and direction as early as next week."

Dinse said instead of writing a weekly newsletter on Friday, he'll send letters more frequently as updates come in, like every two to three days.

Other principals in the community have taken extra steps to communicate with their students as well.

Baker Prairie Principal Jennifer Turner has been making videos and posting them on Instagram regularly.

Both Cherie Switzer, principal of Lee Elementary, and Skyler Rodolph, principal of Ninety-One School, made videos from home.

In her video, Switzer greeted students who may be watching and then proceeded to read one of her favorite books, "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss.

Rodolph, outside with trees behind him, offered a similar greeting.

"I just wanted to send you a video to say how much I'm missing you," Rodolph said, adding, "Students, I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather. I hope that you are learning, that you're being creative, that you're being helpful to your parents."



Those who watched to the end could see that Rodolph had been sitting backwards on a horse throughout the whole video.

All principals are referring families to the district's website at www.canby.k12.or.us, where they can click on the COVID-19 information page to find the latest news, information on free meals, online educational resources and answers to frequently asked questions. There, families also have the opportunity to ask questions.


Kristen Wohlers
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