La Grande School District is excited to announce the return of K-6 to onsite learning, beginning on January 11, 2021. LGSD has been in constant communication with the Oregon Department of Education to advocate for students to return to onsite learning. Late yesterday afternoon, ODE approved the return of La Grande School District’s grades K-6 to onsite learning under the Safe Harbor exception of the Oregon School Metrics.
Students will not begin onsite instruction until Monday, January 11th, but will begin after Winter Break, on January 4th, with all grade levels in Comprehensive Distance Learning. Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) will be onsite Wednesday, January 6, as scheduled.
Beginning January 11, LGSD’s K-5 grades will attend onsite Monday-Friday and on a modified schedule of 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. Teachers will provide services to students who are isolated, in quarantine or unable to attend onsite.
Also beginning on January 11, LGSD’s grade 6 will be in an A/B cohort schedule. Their modified schedule will be from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm and will work on four periods at a time in 2 week blocks. Cohort A will be students with last names starting with the letters A - K. Cohort B will be students with last names starting with the letters L - Z. Families with multiple last names will have individual conversations to determine their cohort. Students will be given opportunities to continue learning through Google Classroom on days that they are not on-site. For students who are isolated, in quarantine, or unable to attend the learning provided on-site, teachers will still provide services.
LGSD will ensure that we provide parents, students, and community more news and information related to the cohort schedule and logistics in early January.
LGSD also has the potential to have grades 7-12 returning to on-site learning on January 27, 2021. It is LGSD’s priority to continue to work diligently to make this possibility come to fruition.
La Grande School District reminds families that all students and staff are required to follow key safety practices to access school campuses. Students and staff are required to follow all protocols outlined in our La Grande School District Fall Reopening Plan and in ODE’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners , including wearing masks or face coverings while on campus. Administration and staff will communicate specific information about how these practices will be implemented at each school site to make arrival, classroom instruction, breaks, lunch, and dismissal safe and effective.
It is essential, at this time, that if your student is not feeling well they remain at home. Please visit the Is My Child Too Sick For School? page on our website for help with your decisions. Staff will be self-screening and visually screening students daily when they enter school campuses. Students who appear sick or report COVID symptoms will be put in our isolation rooms and parents will be contacted per ODE guidelines.
Key Safety Practices For Reducing Spread and COVID 19 Vaccine
● Staff, students, family members must stay home when they are sick
● We must all wear face masks as appropriate in worksites and per OHA guidelines
● We must wash hands, use hand sanitizer, and regularly clean high touch areas/surfaces
● We must practice social distancing greater than 6 feet as best possible.
● In order to return to school, stay open and operate consistently we must also reduce our amount of social gatherings, take the flu vaccine, and take the Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available.
To plan for the future and better understand how our parents and stakeholders feel about the COVID-19 vaccine, LGSD created a Vaccine Survey; You can complete the survey by clicking on the link below:
District communication will be focused on providing the safest environment for our students and staff while protecting the FERPA/HIPAA rights of individuals. La Grande School District will not release personal identifiable information and asks our students and families to be sensitive to the privacy rights of others that may be impacted by COVID-19.
Town Hall Presentation Slides 12.17.21