CAL SD Announces Fall Startup Plans

Students in kindergarten and grades 1-3 at Applegate Elementary School will begin full time in-person classes on September 14, 2020. Students in grades 4-12 will start distance learning classes on that same date.

The announcement came at the August 6, 2020 meeting of the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District Board of Directors. In addition, the Board gave its approval for the district’s the Operational Blueprint for School Reentry 2020-21.

The Operational Blueprint and a companion Comprehensive Disease Management Plan are required by the Oregon Department of Education in order for districts in Oregon to begin fall classes.

Crow-Applegate-Lorane’s startup timeline delays classes by one week to allow school staff to meet with every K-12 student and family in parent-teacher-conference style meetings.

Teachers with students in grades 4-12 will offer students and families a chance to meet, checkout textbooks and/or Chromebooks, and discuss ways to help kids adapt to the elevated rigor of Comprehensive Distance Learning.

Teachers with students in kindergarten through grade 3 will co-teach small groups of students in person, alternating with a designated classified staff member. These “stable cohorts” of students will reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and simplify contact tracing should an exposure of the coronavirus be reported.

Parents of K-3 children will have an opportunity to meet with their teachers and support staff to ask questions and review the process for arrival/dismissal, screening for symptoms, cleaning and sanitizing high-touch surfaces, meals and recess, and the delivery of instruction.

Additional information is available in the Operation Blueprint presentation to the Board, and the Lane County Reopening Metrics, and the full text of ODE’s COVID-19 Metrics for reopening.

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