Message from Superintendent Porter on school in the fall

From Superintendent Porter - July 28, 2020

 

Dear Scappoose School District Community; 

We continue to monitor the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in our community while planning for the 2020-21 school year. A lot has changed since we first closed our school buildings to prevent the spread of COVID-19: New research from around the world has helped us understand COVID-19 a lot more, and health experts in our local community and from across the state have now developed guidance for how to safely reopen school buildings.

Importantly, countries that have managed to safely reopen school buildings have done so with declining infection rates and on-demand testing. Presently, Oregon has neither. The escalating infection rates of the past few weeks make it clear the pandemic is not yet under control.  

County-specific metrics released by the governor, Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education further warn of the risk in reopening our school buildings too soon.  

Given these factors, Scappoose School District will begin the 2020-21 school year in a “Comprehensive Distance Learning” model on September 8, 2020.

I know for many that this is a disheartening message to receive. There’s nothing we want more than to be together again in our schools. Our district leaders will continue to work with staff, students, and families as we reshape our fall plans for this current, unfortunate reality. We will continue to reach out to you with updates and opportunities to provide input. 

Sincerely,

Tim Porter 
Superintendent 
Scappoose School District