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Following state order, Newberg, Dundee launches 'brand new model' for students on the web

Beginning Monday, April 13, students in Newberg and Dundee will implement online learning protocols for their classes. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade will embrace a "distance learning for all" approach mandated by the state, keeping up with their studies in a web setting.

In addition to supplemental education materials, the Newberg School District plans to set students up with online access to lessons, homework and virtual meetings with teachers through video chat. The district has been planning for what it calls "Phase 2" of its remote learning approach during the COVID-19 pandemic, and schools in Oregon are unlikely to reopen for the remainder of the academic year as the world, nation and state battle the virus.

"This will be a brand new model that we will create together and we will prioritize equity in every decision," NSD Superintendent Joe Morelock said in a message to the community last week. "It's going to be a challenge! But I believe our talented staff will rise to this occasion for our students. We will innovate and build, improving what we do each step of the way. We will partner with families and caregivers to ensure safety and wellness for our students, foster connections and relationships, and center on equity."

PHOTO COURTESY OF NEWBERG SCHOOL DISTRICT - Student from kindergarten through 12th grade in the Newberg school district will learn online learning protocols and some will receive Chromebooks in order to make that happen.The state's directive requires the school district to provide "regular, daily connection with a licensed staff member; a focus on relevant, essential, standards-based learning; teachers, families and caregivers working as a team to establish learning routines; and teachers reporting on and monitoring each student's progress toward learning goals and standards."

Morelock promised that seniors at Newberg High School will have a path to graduation. The Oregon Department of Education has not yet outlined that path, but the district is working on a plan to get students the necessary credits and send out a finalized plan soon.

Information will be sent to students, parents and community members as soon as updates are available, Morelock said, and the district will continue to navigate the challenges associated with this pandemic.

"Newberg Public Schools are powered by the best of the best staff: Our teachers have wanted to teach all through this closure," Morelock said. "Our classified staff have wanted to love and support our students. We've been feeding students and checking in. Our students couldn't ask for a better team to work on their behalf."


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