November 20, 2020
Dear GBSD Staff and Families,
On October 7, we announced that we would continue online instruction through the end of November. Since that time, we have continued to monitor the school health and safety metrics. The number of COVID-19 cases has dramatically increased both in Oregon and across the country. COVID-19 cases have risen so much that Governor Brown has announced a statewide Two-Week Freeze, implementing new measures to limit gatherings and stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 and it has been announced that in Multnomah County, this freeze will last four weeks.
Online instruction to continue through at least mid-January
Because of the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, we need to share with you that we will continue online instruction through at least mid-January. Over Winter Break we will continue to closely monitor the metrics because it is anticipated they will play a factor. If after winter break, the school health and safety metrics allow school buildings to re-open, we will do so using a Hybrid Model. For families who prefer remaining in online instruction, comprehensive distance learning (eGBSD) will be available as well.
Preparation underway so we’re ready for in-person instruction when it’s safe to do so
In the meantime, please know that we continue to get ready for implementing the Hybrid Model or Limited in Person Instruction. Limited In-Person Instruction would bring smaller groups of students with more intense needs into school sooner. The parent survey many of you filled out is assisting with our work. Once we finalize the details for our Hybrid Model, we will share them with you. You can monitor the School Health and Safety Metrics that determine when we can re-open by visiting the Schools Reopening Metrics Dashboard on our website. Information is updated weekly.
On November 18, the Oregon Health Authority issued updated guidance that permits districts in comprehensive distance learning, like GBSD, to start outdoor only training and conditioning. We are working closely with our high school administrators, athletic directors, activities directors, and staff to plan for a safe return for our participants and staff that follows the strict guidance required. As we progress through the planning process expect to hear more from your high schools.
Moving forward, if you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to submit them to our online listening system “Let’s Talk” for a prompt response.
Gresham-Barlow School District