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Distance Learning for All: What does a school week look like?

The COVID-19 situation has resulted in the closure of school buildings across Oregon. Even so, the learning continues! Educators in the Gresham-Barlow School District are partnering with families and bringing "Distance Learning for All" to our students. Distance Learning for All looks differently at each level, but it is rooted in ensuring care, connection, and continuity of learning.

Distance Learning Family Spotlight: Highland Elementary School

Family: Mendez Family
What do you like best about Distance Learning?
The freedom of being able to set your own daily learning schedule. You can choose the time of day that works best for your child.
What have you found to be the most challenging?
The most challenging thing for us is getting used to the applications, learning how to work Google Classroom, Clever, etc.
Advice for other families:
Don't be afraid to ask for help. It's new for all of us and it's okay not to understand everything at first. It takes a village and Highland Elementary has been so supportive and helpful.

Distance Learning Family Spotlight: Gordon Russell Middle School

Family: Pea Family
What does your student like best about Distance Learning?
I can do it at my own pace. So, I can get work done faster on some assignments. I find it a little easier to read through the directions on my own. I like learning from the comfort of my own home and being able to start assignments at different times.
What has your student found to be the most challenging?
The most challenging thing is, that if I have a question, I have to connect with the teacher on Hangouts or send them an email rather than talk to them in person. Also, it is a lot harder for a class like Band, when you aren't able to get feedback right away.
Does your student have advice for other students?
Keep on top of your grades. Thank your teachers, I can see how hard they're trying to make lessons engaging and as easy as possible for each student.

Distance Learning for All throughout GBSD

We invited families throughout GBSD to share photos with us on social media showing Distance Learning for All in action! Enjoy this slide show of the wonderful photos of our students participating in this new way of learning!
bright spot
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines bright spot as: A good thing that occurs during a bad or difficult time.
As we partner with you over the next few weeks to provide meaningful learning experiences for our students we will celebrate the bright spots in our schools and school district!
GBSD Bright Spot: Gresham High School and Sam Barlow High School are honoring the Class of 2020 by turning on their stadium lights for 20 minutes at 20:20 every Friday night! Go Gophers and Bruins! #Bethelight

Mental health resources

The safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and families is our number one priority. The Gresham-Barlow School District has created a list of mental health resources that families can access as they deal with the challenges that come with the closures of our schools due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Mental Health Resources List in English
Mental Health Resources List en español
Mental Health Resources List по русски

Changes to times meals are served

Beginning Monday, April 27, we will hand out meals at our school sites between 10:30 am and 11:30 am. Our drop-off times for meals delivered to neighborhoods will also change and the new schedule is linked below. We are making this change to avoid conflicts with our students’ new online instructional time. Please visit link below to for meal sites and distribution routes.
Meals Sites and Distribution Routes

Need help with housing?

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many families are experiencing housing insecurity.

If you are facing an eviction, need short-term rent assistance, or help paying your utilities, please contact 211 Info for assistance. They will provide you with guidance and a referral to the agency best suited to assist with your personal situation.

If you have lost housing, are doubled-up with another family due to economic hardship, or are living in a motel or community shelter, park, car, or campground and need assistance, please contact the Gresham-Barlow Federal Programs office at 503-261-4579 or
Family Resources

COVID-19 updates

Find out how to slow the spread and stay healthy on the Multnomah County Health Department website.
COVID-19 Information
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