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  • September 16, 2020 COMMUNITY UPDATE

    Dear Community,

    In my communication to you in early August, I notified you that we would be committing to Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) in month long increments.  Each month we would check the positive case numbers in Jackson County and determine if we would be eligible to open up the following month.

    To allow K-3 students back on site in Jackson County, we must have three consecutive weeks of not being over 66 cases per week and have a test positivity rate under 5%.  Unfortunately, the number of positive cases in Jackson County has continually exceeded the benchmark of 66 cases per week for the last several weeks.  The test positivity rate was also too high in the most recent reporting week.

    As such, we will continue with Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) through the month of October.  By October 20th, we will make a determination whether or not we can bring our youngest learners back on site for the month of November, or whether we will continue with CDL. 

    Our county continues to be a long ways off from meeting the required metrics for bringing grades 4-12 back.  As a reminder, that metric is three consecutive weeks with fewer than 22 cases in Jackson County and a test positivity rate below 5%.

    We continue to look forward to the day when we can bring all of our students back on campus.

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent

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    SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 COMMUNITY UPDATE

    Dear Community,

    The past week has been traumatic and devastating for our region.  Thousands of people have been displaced and have lost their homes.  Like you, my heart goes out to all those who have experienced loss or trauma from these fires.  I can’t fathom what the school leaders and educators in the Phoenix -Talent School District are facing right now.  I can’t comprehend the loss and shock that those who have lost homes or loved ones are feeling.

    At the RRSD, we have had several of our staff impacted directly by the fire.  Many of you, if not most of you, have been indirectly impacted through loved ones or friends who may have experienced the loss of a home or worse. The stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Distance Learning, the devastation to the Rogue Valley, the ongoing fires and threats, and now the smoke is all taking its toll on each of us.  Amidst all of that, I am still hearing great stories of staff members giving incredible efforts to reach and teach our students, help each other, and to help our neighbors. I hear and see the same from our community members.  

    Thank you to those who are doing so much to give and support.   You are an amazing community.

    So that you know, the RRSD has offered our facilities to the Red Cross and Jackson County Emergency Management for use as shelters or support stations.  They have gratefully declined for now, preferring to keep everyone in one central location at the Expo.  Several from the district office have reached out to our neighboring districts offering help in any form or way we can.  Our neighbors are overwhelmed right now, but they are grateful for our offers.  If you wish to help, you can offer supplies or money to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, or other preferred support organizations. 

    As we contemplate the difficulties that continue to stack up in this crazy year, I reflect on a message I shared with my staff during the all district welcome back meeting in August.  “Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones and do the very best you can to have Grace, Patience, Kindness, Gratefulness, Respect, and Unity.” I believe that if we hold fast to these ideals, we will improve ourselves and our situations, and model for our young people the right way to respond to even the greatest of difficulties.

    My deepest sympathies to those who have experienced a loss.  My sincerest thanks to those of you who are helping and supporting others in this tragic time.

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent
    Rogue River School District

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    SEPTEMBER 09, 2020 UPDATE

    Dear RRSD community,

    This communication is to announce that we will have school Thursday, September 10th.

    This has been a trying 24 hours for many of our staff.  As they connect with you and your child tomorrow, we continue to ask you to extend them kindness and grace.  Some are exhausted or have experienced direct or indirect losses from the fires. Some have been evacuated and cannot access their homes right now.  The district is making allowances for those who have been heavily impacted, but we do have enough staff ready and able to run our learning activities tomorrow.

    Many of you in our community are likely connected to someone who has been impacted by the fires.  As we ask you to extend our staff grace, we will certainly try to extend the same grace to you and your family as you process what has happened in our region.

    RRSD will try to be there for you and your child to connect and care to the best of our ability.   

    Thank you for being a tremendous and supportive community.

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    SEPTEMBER 08, 2020 - Update Due to Fires in Jackson County

    Dear Community,

    The RRSD will be closed Wednesday, September 9th, 2020.

    The Almeda Fire has impacted a significant number of Rogue River teaching staff and administration.  Over a dozen teaching and admin staff have been evacuated or are on Level 2 Evacuation orders as of this writing.  Holding school tomorrow would be an undue stress to them and their peers during this fire that threatens life and home. 

    Please extend your thoughts and prayers to all those being impacted by this fire, and please continue to extend us grace and patience during this uniquely challenging year. 

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent
    Rogue River School District #35

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    September 03, 2020 UPDATE

    The following letters have gone out in the mail today. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

     

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    Letter to Parents and Families

    READY SCHOOLS, SAFE LEARNERS GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2020-21 August 18, 2020 Version 3.7.5

    https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Documents/Ready%20Schools%20Safe%20Learners%202020-21%20Guidance.pdf

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    August 07, 2020 RE-OPENING UPDATE

    Dear Community,

    The RRSD is prepared to announce the following regarding school re-opening this fall:

    • The first day for student instruction will be moved to September 8th to allow staff more time to prepare for the demands of Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) and to support students and families in orientation and expectations of (CDL).
    • All grades Kindergarten through 12th will be using Comprehensive Distance Learning.  Your school will reach out to you soon with guidance on how this will work for you and your child. 
    • We will commit to our chosen learning model for each grade until October 5th.  This allows staff and family some sense of uniformity and consistency.   By September 22nd we will decide what October will look like based on whether our county has met the needed metrics for reopening.  The decision for November will be made on October 20th.  We will repeat this process monthly until it is no longer necessary.

    Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) will be much more rigorous than the distance learning programs utilized as an emergency stopgap in Spring.  Look for details from your school soon and follow this link if you want the state guidance on (CDL): https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Documents/Comprehensive%20Distance%20Learning%20Guidance.pdf 

    All of these decisions are being made in compliance with the new metrics that the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) require us to follow.  Per those metrics, our kids in kindergarten through third grade can do onsite learning if Jackson County has 66 or fewer new COVID-19 cases per week for three weeks in a row.  Last week the county reported 94 new cases.  This week we have already reported 84 new cases as of Friday.  

    For our fourth grade through twelfth grade students to attend school on site, Jackson County must have 22 or fewer new COVID-19 cases per week for three weeks in a row.  County infection rates will have to drop drastically and consistently for us to have our fourth through twelfth grade students be on site for learning.

    The RRSD wants our students back on site learning and taking part in a normal school environment, but we must wait until our county and state meet the requirements given by ODE and OHA.  

    Our detailed plans for reopening will be presented to the school board on August 11th and placed on our district website for public viewing on August 12th. After that you can expect your school to begin giving you information regarding what Comprehensive Distance Learning will look like for your child and your family.

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent
    Rogue River School District #35

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    Ready Schools Safe Learners

    Ready Schools Safe Learners July 22, 2020 Edition Clickable Link

    July 23, 2020 Update

    Dear Families of the RRSD,

    This past June, 193 of you filled out our survey regarding your thoughts on our re-opening options for this fall.  Thank you so much for your feedback, as it had a huge impact on the early plans we developed.  Much has changed since then, and we wish to re-engage with our families to see if the opinions of our community have changed.

    Starting tomorrow (7/24/2020) and ending late next week, staff from the RRSD will be reaching out to as many families as possible in our district via phone call.  We will be asking a few questions to re-assess what our community is hoping the re-opening of schools will look like in the fall.  There continues to be guidance changes from ODE and OHA that we must follow, including requiring all students from K-12 to wear masks while on site in school.  You can read about the many changes at this link   https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Pages/Planning-for-the-2020-21-School-Year.aspx .

    We are trying to design the safest and most flexible plan possible to meet differing needs within our community.  Your input will be incredibly helpful in doing this.  We have chosen to do personal phone calls in an effort to reach as many families as possible.  The more families we reach, the more certain we can be about how many of our students wish to attend on site or online.  We need to know this to appropriately plan our staffing.

    Two notes:

    • You could receive multiple calls.  We apologize if this happens to you, but please just let your caller know if you have already answered the survey.
    • This may not be the last time this summer/fall we ask this of you since guidance, the health environment, and families opinions are rapidly changing.

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent
    Rogue River School District

     

    July 07, 2020 Update

    Dear Students, Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

    First of all, thank you for being resilient, flexible, and understanding during the challenging times we had to endure together this spring because of the COVID-19 virus.  It was not what any of us wanted, but together we all tried to make the best of the situation.

    I wish I could say those times are behind us, but it is becoming clearer by the day that impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to influence our lives on many levels, including what school will look like in the fall.

    Your administrative team has reviewed the guidance for safely re-opening provided by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and The Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Guidance and directives from the state departments are changing regularly in response to new information and how the virus is impacting our state.  Please keep this in mind, as anything we plan to do could easily change as the situation and guidance changes.

    As part of our planning, we surveyed staff and families to see what both groups felt would be best for students and families in Rogue River.  After surveying parents/families and staff, the overwhelming response was in support of us opening our schools in the fall as close as possible to “normal” as opposed to having an all online or a hybrid style system.  Considering the guidance from the state and the input from our surveys, we are narrowing in on a framework for what school in the fall will look like for Rogue River Students and we currently expect it to involve all students reporting to school every day as per normal, but it is important to understand that any of this can change between now and late August with further guidance or directives from ODE, OHA, or the Governor’s office.

    We understand that some families may not be comfortable sending their child to school due to health concerns.  If this is the case for you or your family, please contact your school office in August, and we will make sure to provide you with a means to do school from home.

    In early August we will review new guidance from the state departments and bring some staff members and parents together with the administrative team to plan what our new school year will look like.  It is during this time in early August that we will finalize details for re-opening schools and implementing necessary safety procedures to be compliant with ODE and OHA’s guidance. Please watch closely for updates and details throughout the summer, and hopefully a final plan for re-opening which should be to you by August 15th, 2020.

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent
    Rogue River School District

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    Hands

    Dear Community,

    There is much distress, discussion, and debate around the topic of racism in our country today.  Current events are shining a bright light across our nation, exposing a problem that continues to exist.  Because of the importance of this topic in our current time, I feel it important to affirm to our community that The Rogue River School District stands against racism of any kind. 

    The Rogue River School District is committed to loving and respecting each and every student that walks through its doors, regardless of the color of their skin or any other perceived label,  descriptor, or identifier that may apply. We state this so that our students and our community will have no doubt as to our stance.

    Respectfully,

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent
    Rogue River School District

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    Teacher Appreciation Week  

    TEACHER APPRECIATION

    In the smoothest of times, teachers display their professionalism and commitment in a myriad of ways.  They work hard, inspire, challenge, and go above and beyond to help our students. These are anything but the smoothest of times.  In these times of challenge and opportunity, great teachers do all of the above and go even further with their efforts to be flexible, committed, and relentless in their desire to help our student body.  From what I have heard, the teachers of the RRSD are doing a tremendous job.

    Thank you for having the intelligence, commitment, and flexibility to learn in just a few days how to change the way you teach.  I hope your students and families appreciate you as much as I do for all that you have done to try and make this transition an opportunity to show just how committed you are to building relationships and connections with our students. 

    Thank you for all you do!
    Teachers are heroes!

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent
    Rogue River School District

     

     

  • 2019-2020 DISTRICT GOALS

    • Student Character & Well Being
    • Outstanding Environment
    • Foster Communication
    • Pride and Image 

    MISSION STATEMENT

       “Rogue River School District will offer a high quality instructional program to
        help students acquire necessary academic and life skills to succeed in a
        complex competitive world, while also learning the importance of respect,
        accountability, and responsibility"

     VISION STATEMENT

       “Rogue River School District will offer an exciting interactive and safe learning
         environment where students can excel to the best of their ability, and become
         respectful, responsible, and productive citizens.”    

  • NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

    The Rogue River School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

    Dr. April Harrison, Director of Special Programs/Title IX Coordinator
    518 Main Street, Suite B, Rogue River, OR 97537
    541-582-6003

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