June 18, 2020
Dear GBSD Families,
The Gresham-Barlow School District is diligently planning for fall 2020 and the re-opening of our schools. Here is an overview of the planning process along with some information on how you can be a part of the work.
Creating a plan to re-open schools is complex due to a variety of factors. Because of this, the District has created six rapid response teams to tackle those areas most critical to a successful re-opening. These teams are made up of educators from all departments and levels.
Rapid Response Teams
Health and Safety:
Create safety protocols aligned with the Oregon Health Authority
Social-Emotional Learning and Mental Health:
Design plans for social-emotional learning and mental health supports for our students and staff
Teaching and Learning:
Explore and identify the most effective practices and design professional learning to prepare for the learning model options
Equity and Learning Recovery:
Ensure we are actively engaging with families to effectively support all students with social-emotional needs and academic progress
Finance and Cost Control:
Support the other Rapid Response Teams in identifying ways to maximize efficiency and collaboration to ensure that available resources maximize safety of students and staff while minimizing disruption to instruction and core services
Workforce and Legal:
Review and apply policies, state statutes, Oregon Health Authority guidelines, and contract language to support staff and address barriers related to learning model options
Involving our students and families
We need your input for our plan to work. The District has an online Distance Learning Survey for families and students. We want to hear from you! Please share your thoughts and comments by filling out the survey. We are also surveying school staff for their perspectives.
In addition to our Distance Learning Survey, we will also need parent feedback in a variety of other areas including school operations and schedules. Please sign up to participate at this link: Parent Feedback Sign Up Form
Oregon Department of Education Guidance
The Oregon Department of Education has created guidance for school districts as we plan for the fall. “Ready Schools, Safe Learners” outlines statewide requirements and recommendations for health, safety, equity, and quality instruction. We will follow this guidance and incorporate it into our plan.
Our plan will not only include a model for the re-opening of the school, but we must also be ready to pivot if conditions change. We ask for your flexibility as we plan for a variety of scenarios.
Watch for updates throughout the summer months as we move forward. If you have questions, you can contact us with your comments or concerns by sending a message through our Let’s Talk online listening platform. We look forward to hearing from you!
Again, thank you for your support of our students and our schools.
Gresham-Barlow School District