Limited education and learning supports
We will provide supplemental education and learning supports, especially focused on Reading, Writing and Math. Depending on the technology in your home, access to the internet and other factors, these may be delivered online, through digital classrooms, virtual class meetings, deliverable supplemental education materials and check-ins with a teacher.
We have been providing ‘grab and go’ meals for children ages 0-18 from 9-10am at Cottage Grove High School (1375 S. RIver Rd., Cottage Grove), London School (73288 London Rd, Cottage Grove) and Dorena School (37141 Row River Rd, Dorena). Beginning March 23, school busses will be delivering ‘grab and go’ meals to 8-10 neighbor stops. We will release the neighborhood locations in the next few days.
These meals will continue to be provided on weekdays and are now available through Spring Break and the remainder of the closure. Please keep in mind that to pick up meals for a child, they must be with you at the time of the pick up. Any child, 0-18 can pick up a meal, they do not need to be a South Lane student.
Please keep in mind that the situation in the state and around the country continues to change, with that, our plan may change with it. If any part of our plan changes, we will communicate it to you as soon as we can.
District staff and administrators have been developing the educational materials and delivery methods to meet the limited education and learning supports.
The state will release information about the following during the week of March 23-27:
- When staff can be together in buildings
- What changes will be made to graduation requirements for seniors and underclassmen as well.
- Other changes to high school requirements (credits, testing, essential skills, etc.)
Monday March 30-Tuesday March 31
All staff will return to work to prepare supplemental education and learning supports.
Wednesday, April 1-Monday April 6
Supplemental educational and learning supports will begin to be made available. Supports will be rolled out as soon as they are ready and deliverable.
In the meantime, to make sure you’re getting the quickest information from us, please ensure:
- You are signed up for Flash Alerts (www.bit.ly/SLSDflash).
- Follow your school and the district (www.facebook.com/southlaneSD) on social media
- Utilize your school’s communication methods (i.e., Remind or Dojo)
If your family or someone you know is in need of assistance in finding resources or services (food, basic needs, utility assistance, mental health, shelter, internet and other resources), please use our continually growing list of resources: http://bit.ly/SLSDclosure.
We continue to appreciate your patience, support, and willingness to serve our students in any way possible. We will continue to pass along information about the closure as soon as possible.
March 12, 2020
School events, gatherings, field trips suspended
With the number of confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Oregon increasing, Governor Kate Brown announced new guidance regarding group gatherings and social distancing. We remain committed to keeping our schools open and safe. In accordance with this guidance and in order to minimize potential opportunities for the virus to spread, we will begin suspending events that bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together. This action is not related to an identified COVID-19 case. At this time, there are no cases identified in South Lane School District or in Lane County.
Suspension of non-essential school-based activities begins immediately, effective Thursday, March 12, and will remain in effect for 30 days. This includes the suspension of all school-based assemblies and events, off-campus field trips, and out-of-state travel. With regard to state championships and other athletic contests, we currently expect that some events may continue with changes. For example, today’s Cottage Grove High School’s girls basketball championship, which will proceed but without spectators. The list of affected activities will grow as we work with partners and stakeholders over the coming days. We will provide updates as these decisions are made.
To be clear, we are taking every step possible so that we can continue to provide high-quality education for all of our students and keep our schools open.
We realize that this decision will impact every school community, and we know that many of the events, student performances and other gatherings that we are suspending are ones that schools, students and families look forward to all year long. Suspending these events is consistent with guidance from health authorities, and we believe it is a prudent and responsible step to take at this time. We will be working with trip planners, event organizers and others who are responsible for the affected activities. In cases where we are mandated to offer access to community members (e.g. school board meetings) and are exploring alternatives to continue the district’s governance and business.
The safety, health and well-being of our students and staff is our priority. We will continue to work in close partnership with public health authorities to minimize both the spread of coronavirus and disruption to schools and students. We will continue emphasizing the importance of handwashing at school. Our custodians will continue to prioritize high-touch surfaces in classrooms and common areas, and make sure schools have adequate handwashing and cleaning supplies.
Students, families and everyone in our community can best support our efforts by washing hands frequently, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing, and using hand sanitizer. Those experiencing fever and/or flu or cold symptoms should stay at home, only returning to school or work when symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medicine. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult your healthcare provider.
Finally, you can find information about coronavirus COVID-19, resources and links to public health agencies by visiting http://bit.ly/SLSD-CV.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this challenging time. We will continue to rely on the guidance of Oregon public health authorities, the Department of Education, and the Office of the Governor. Please know that this message and the decisions being made at this time are being done in collaboration with many of the State of Oregon’s largest school districts, including Portland Public Schools, Beaverton School District, Hillsboro School District, Salem-Keizer Public Schools and Eugene 4J. We appreciate their partnership at this time. Please know we all collectively share the utmost concern for the health and safety of our students, employees, and communities.
The Governor's March 12th, 2020 video update can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PruG7QBbSUs#action=share
March 2, 2020
Information about the Coronavirus
Dear South Lane Families,
As you are aware, a new strain of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been found in just a few people in Oregon. The State of Oregon, county health authorities and South Lane School District are all closely monitoring the situation. We are monitoring updates from the Oregon Health Authority and Lane County Health Department.
At this point in time, we are operating South Lane Schools as usual. We will notify you if we find it necessary to take more precautionary measures.
What we know about COVID-19:
- Washing hands often and thoroughly is the best prevention.
- Public health officials say that based on the history of the virus, few are likely to need medical care. Those most at-risk are older adults, and people with compromised immune systems.
- The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- The main symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever and shortness of breath. If your child merely has a runny nose, your child may attend school.
If your child is sick:
- If your child is sick with a fever (above 100.4°) and/or cold/flu symptoms, please keep them home until they are without a fever for 24 hours (without fever reducing medicines).
What we suggest:
- Help stop the spread of germs
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue (or the elbow of your sleeve) and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched
- Stay home if you’re sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient
- Establish a child care plan, just in case your student needs to stay home sick.
- Sign up and download the Flash Alert App for instantaneous information for all South Lane Schools.
- Check in with SLSD’s coronavirus webpage for more resources and information.
Reliable sources of information about COVID-19: