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Communication to GBSD Families-April 8, 2020
Dear Gresham-Barlow Families,
Today Governor Brown announced school campuses will remain closed through the end of the school year. The Governor’s executive order extends the closure of school buildings through June 15, 2020. The extended closure is an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe and healthy.
Distance Learning for All to continue
The closure of our school buildings does not mean an end to learning. The Gresham-Barlow School District, along with school districts throughout the state will continue to serve families and provide meaningful learning experiences for students for the rest of the school year through Distance Learning.
We know many of our families are experiencing challenges and hardships during this unprecedented time. It is stressful for all. During this time of constant change, be assured that the school district and its staff members are here for you. We continue our focus on the well-being of each and every student. We are here to work with you to create a distance learning environment where students can learn, grow, and feel supported.
Changes to graduation requirements for Class of 2020
This year is also changing for our seniors. Governor Brown also announced a plan outlining graduation requirements. We are still reviewing the guidance but wanted to let you know that this will not impact seniors’ ability to graduate this June. Our high schools will work with seniors who may be short of the number of graduation credits required. Soon our high schools will reach out to seniors with more information.
The extended closure also means that end-of-the-year activities will look differently. We are working to reimagine these experiences and want all of our students to have the opportunity for connection, belonging, and optimism. Our high school principals will work with student leadership to plan these experiences. We look forward to sharing the details soon. We do know that in-person graduation ceremonies will take on different forms.
Governor Brown’s announcement means there is much to be decided on in the coming weeks. What is certain is that we will continue to educate and support our students. Our educators are committed to ensuring each and every student remains engaged. They will be growing and learning alongside our students and they will need grace and flexibility as they develop and master new ways of delivering instruction.
We look forward to partnering with you in your student’s education. By working together, we can rise above the challenge before us. We are stronger together.
Gresham-Barlow School District
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