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Letter to the Community from Superintendent Gardner – August 14, 2020

August 14, 2020  /  Superintendent

Letter to the Community.

This is a letter that you will want to read beyond the first paragraph.

Today, after receiving verbal approval from the Linn County Health Department (LCHD), I would like to publicly declare that the Central Linn School District will open to in person learning in compliance with ODE guidance for grades K-12 and that building capacity for each school will be capped at 250. All others will be served through Comprehensive Distance Learning.

Although we are claiming the right to open under health guidance, there will be an exception for 7th and 8th grade. In order for 7th and 8th grade to return full time our new Jr High building must be complete and it is not, due to delays brought on by supply chain interruption from Covid-19. To start the year 7th and 8th grade will be a hybrid of Comprehensive Distance Learning with at least one day a week on campus. This is expected to last into October.

The First week of school, that starts September 8th, will be devoted to ‘on boarding’ students and parents. The Regular school schedule will begin the following week, September 14th. Grades 7-12 will use the week of the 8th as a ‘soft start’; your child will attend just one day that week along with the cohort that they have been assigned, to receive technology devices and to be trained in new routines. For grades K-6 individual conferences will be set up for each student and parent/caregiver during the week of the 8th. Technology, supplies and instruction on the use of technology will be provided at that time. More information of the logistics of this startup will be communicated to individual parents by the respective buildings.

I am sorry that this will not answer all of your questions; but we needed to take the green light given to us, before it changed. More details on transportation, meals and start/stop times as well as more details for those who have chosen Comprehensive Distance learning will be forthcoming after registration is complete.

The virus may force us to monitor and adjust as the year proceeds. Although there is very little Covid-19 in the Central Linn Community, we are tied to the number of cases per week for the whole county, that has been largely driven by the population centers of Albany and Lebanon.

Thank you for your continued partnership in serving the children of our community. I encourage you to get registered for one of the few slots still available for in person learning or for Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) before August 18th. Any registration after the 18th will be served through CDL.

Brian K Gardner