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Oregon Trail considers future actions as novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread continues

Oregon Trail School District administrators met today for back-to-back conference call meetings with the Oregon Department of Education, superintendents from across the state and district staff to address how educators will respond to Gov. Kate Brown's order to close schools from March 16-31.

While the district doesn't yet have a complete plan for what it will do if the novel coronavirus COVID-19 keeps schools closed past March 31, it does have a plan for feeding children who rely on the school lunch program.

For the seven days preceding and following the district's planned spring break (March 16-20 and March 30-31) school staff will help prepare and disperse sack lunches to students in need of meals.

Oregon Trail students may pick up a grab-and-go lunch from a handful of locations on the mandated closure days for the schools.

The pick-up time slot at Naas, Sandy High and Welches schools is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and lunches can be picked up at the bus loop at Sandy High School, the Welches School entrance and the Naas Elementary School entrance.

Staff will also deliver sack lunches by bus to the following bus pick-up/drop-off locations:

n Pioneer Mobile Park at 11:45 a.m.

n Barlow Trail Mobile Home Park at 11:45 a.m.

n Barons Court, Welches at noon

n Vista Loop Apartments at 12:15 p.m.

n Big Valley Woods at 12:15 p.m.

While schools are closed staff will continue to work "in whichever manner they can," said Communications Director Julia Monteith.

The mandated seven days of closure aside from spring break will be considered similar to snow days in terms of instruction.

"The students we are most concerned about are our seniors," Monteith noted, regarding the loss of instructional hours. "The state has certain requirements on numbers of instructional hours depending on grade level. We're usual above and beyond that, so we have some leeway. (Sandy High Principal) Kim Ball has a plan to help the seniors maintain their level of instruction if needed."

Monteith added that the district is "putting a plan together for if this is prolonged."

"We have a lot of online resources," she said. "Educators across the state are just kind of addressing this to the degree we can and making sure we're able to implement whatever we need to for the students to maintain their level of instruction."

Monteith advised that parents utilize educational resources, such as those available via login at www.oregontrailschools.com/students, to "keep your kids engaged" during the closure.

The Oregon Department of Education will provide school districts with additional information next week.

For now, the district directs all parents and students to visit www.oregontrailschools.com/COVID-19 for updated information on the closures and the district's responses.

The Post will also publish any updated information as it is made available.


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