January 8, 2021
Dear GBSD Community,
On December 29 we shared with you that following winter break - we would continue preparing for resuming in-person instruction and monitoring the school health safety metrics.
At the January 7 school board meeting, Gresham-Barlow School District leadership and the board of directors discussed the status of reopening schools. During the meeting, we reviewed:
-Current Health and Safety Requirements for Reopening School
-Hybrid Model Schedules (Which will be updated in our Return to Learn Plan
in the next few days.)
-Limited In-Person Instruction Schedules
-Staff Training Requirements
-Draft Timeline for Resuming In-Person Instruction (School Health Safety Metrics Pending)
The latest school health safety metrics show that case and positivity rates are rising in our region. While Governor Brown announced on December 23 that beginning January 1, school health safety metrics for returning to in-person instruction would become advisory rather than mandatory, she also directed districts to work in close consultation with their local public health authority in understanding and considering the metrics. The Gresham-Barlow School District is consulting with the Multnomah County Health Department as we work through this process.
On January 19 the Oregon Department of Education intends to release updated guidelines for schools. Once those guidelines have been released, we will inform the school board on how the changes will affect our work to resume in-person instruction. It is our goal to provide another update to staff and families after the January 21 school board work session.
Between now and our next update, 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.
We know there will be many questions and additional details shared as we move forward. Thank you for your understanding, patience, and support during this challenging time.
Gresham-Barlow School District