While students will remain at home through April 28, Molalla River School District is preparing to welcome students back April 6 with at-home supplemental learning opportunities, as required in Governor Kate Brown's executive order.
Superintendent Tony Mann sent a letter on Wednesday, March 25 to update school families, acknowledging that school districts are still awaiting more information from the Oregon Department of Education.
"Until those details are received, we wanted to communicate what we know for sure today, with a commitment to update everyone once additional details become available," Mann said in the letter.
The district is likely to use online learning for students in middle school through high school, and potentially grades 4-5 at some point. Initially though, the supplemental learning for grades K-5 is likely to be similar to the learning go-bags that were distributed at the elementary schools right after the closure.
The school district acknowledges that not everyone has access to the technology necessary for online learning and is conducting a survey to find out students' needs. Those who have not yet completed the survey can do so at www.molallariv.k12.or.us.
For those who do not have internet access or a computer, help is on the way. The district is planning to loan out Chromebooks during the closure to those who need it and provide free mobile hotspots courtesy of T-Mobile. Also, families can sign up for 60 days of free internet service through Molalla Communications.
For those worried about all this missed instructional time, Mann's letter offered some reassurance. First of all, students are expected to advance to the next grade level next year and will not repeat a grade due to the circumstances created by the pandemic.
Also, graduation is scheduled for June 6, and Mann said the district will do everything possible to keep that timeline intact.
Throughout the closure, grab-and-go meals for students will continue to be available with pickup from 9:15-11:15 a.m. on Monday through Friday, beginning March 30, at Molalla Elementary School and Mulino Elementary School.
In his letter, Mann also reminded school families that district facilities, including parks and athletic fields, are closed to the public at this time, per the governor's order, and that spring sports are postponed through April 28.
For any lingering questions, visit the school district's FAQ page at www.molallariv.k12.or.us to browse already answered questions and use the form to ask additional questions.
View Mann's full letter here.
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