COVID-19 Information

May is the time of year we develop a budget for the next school year. Though we have a budget already developed we know that due to the economic downturn in Oregon, we will need to make adjustments. SLSD Leadership Team is already identifying ways to save money for next year. State officials have communicated to districts that it is very likely there will be a reduction in state school fund allocations. As we receive more information from the state department, we will keep you informed. It seems we will continue to have opportunities to teach and model for our students how to persevere in the face of difficulties. It is essential that we keep working together to help one another and give our children hope. There will be better times ahead.

Yvonne Curtis


Here are a few updates:

Shady Oaks Flower Basket Fundraiser starting Friday May 1st - May 8th. Any flower basket purchased, IF THE PERSON says they are purchasing this to help the schools,  Shady Oaks will  donate $10 PER BASKET to the school of the buyer’s choice.

SLSD Meals

  • Thank you to our transportation and food service staff who are on the frontline providing this essential service.
  • This week, we delivered 7,187 meals, for a total since March 17 of 39,211.

South Lane SD Online Registration

This week school and district office staff participated in a Google Hangout Meeting learning about how to move all registration to an online process. Watch future updates for information about how to register your students in our student information system online. 

Kindergarten Roundup

With the school closure, kindergarten registration has been restructured. As soon as we are ready for online information, we will provide information about the process for registering children who will turn five years old (or four years old for pre-K) before September 1st. 


Distance Learning:

Now that we have guidance for how grading will work for grades K-8 we are developing a report card that fits this unique time. The state requires that we use a Pass/Incomplete grading system but we have flexibility in how that is applied. Our focus will be on informing parents and future teachers of progress, but also celebrating the gains and new learnings made. We are getting input from principals, teachers, parents and students and hope to have a final draft in the next 2 weeks. 

High School Graduation:

SLSD is planning some special ways to recognize our graduating Seniors. Information will be provided soon.

Weekly Update 4-24

Governor Brown’s Updated Order

Governor Brown updated Executive Order 20-20 to extend school closures to June 30, 2020. More guidance regarding the details of this order will be provided over the next several days. We will keep you informed about any changes. 

Distance Learning:

In the past two weeks the Oregon Department of Education came out with guidelines for grades 9-11 and grade K-8 which centered around safeguarding student opportunity and included the following:

  • Schools must issue some version of a report card for the spring term and students will receive a grade of “Pass” or “Incomplete” for their courses. 
  • Attendance will not be recorded for the spring term.
  • If schools cannot reach a student or family then they will continue to try and document those efforts.
  • If a student in grades 9-11 receives an “incomplete” then each school will work to create a plan for how that student will be able to make up the credit. Principals will be sending more details to parents of students in these grades.

The SLSD Blended Learning Team met again this week to discuss what is and isn’t working. The group identified several ways to keep students engaged: 

  • Continue to make connections with students to help get them more involved online and motivate them to do work in general. 
  • Keep student work and communication as consistent as possible - this makes all of the information easier to understand and follow.
  • Invite parents to get Guardian Reports from Google Classroom

They also emphasized the need to take into account the mental health of students: understand that they are under much stress and may not be able to complete every assignment and task. 

The team also looked at a draft report card for K-5 and gave recommendations for adjustments.

SLSD Meals

  • Thank you to our transportation and food service staff who are on the frontline providing this essential service.
  • This week, we delivered 8,413 meals, for a total since March 17 of 32,024.

Mental Health: no changes from 4/17 update

Child Care

We are on a roll with Childcare and are serving 13 children. They are not all present at the same time. I had the opportunity to visit this week. I was surprised by the efficiency and effectiveness of the protocols for ensuring social distancing with very young children. They know how big their safe bubble is even when they are dancing and playing. Thank you safe for the warm, welcoming and safe climate you have created in these classrooms. There were three students and three staff members in each classroom which made social distancing easy, staff could break one another and the shifts are six hours. We now have 30 staff members rotating into the childcare staffing calendar including administrators. Thank you to all of you for providing this onsite care. 


We continue to work to get technology in the hands of our students. 

  • We have now distributed over 700 Chromebook computers to families, and that number grows each week.  
  • There is wireless access at CGHS, LMS, Harrison, Bohemia, London and Dorena for students to use from the parking lots (in their cars).  
  • In working with the City of Cottage Grove, we have also begun to distribute free access to the CGWiFi network in town.      
  • If you need a chromebook, or still need access to the internet, please contact your child’s school.

Learning Packet Distribution

Over 900 packets were distributed this week at schools, food sites and bus stops throughout the district.  There are still students who are not accessing their classes.  Please contact your school if you are unable to access packets or online content.  They are eager to help every student connect!

Dear Students and Parents,Blended Learning FAQ

Today Governor Brown closed in-person classes for the rest of the school year. This means that students will not be returning to our school buildings for the remainder of this school year. She said, “the best thing we can do for the health of our children, and for the thousands of educators across the state, is to give everyone certainty by announcing the decision today to close in-person classes for the remainder of the school year.” 

Additionally, the Director of the Oregon Department of Education, Colt Gill, provided guidance for 2020 seniors. The guidance reads, “We will honor and recognize that seniors dedicated 12 years and 7 months of learning and progress during their K-12 careers. Our goal is to hold students harmless, recognize their accomplishments and protect their future plans. Less than 2 percent of seniors’ total K-12 learning time has been impacted by COVID-19.

This guidance for Graduation Pathways 2020 relates only to current high school seniors, as defined by students who first enrolled in ninth grade in the 2016-2017 school year or earlier (including 5th or 6th year seniors). This guidance does not apply to students who first enrolled in ninth grade in the 2017-2018 school year or later, unless they have an early graduation plan that was approved before the Executive Order (EO 20-08) was issued on March 17, 2020. 

This guidance provides options and recommendations to award credits for seniors that account for their work and accomplishments up to the point of school closure.

What’s Essential: Graduation Pathways 2020 Guidance  

  • Maintain current Oregon Diploma, Oregon Modified Diploma, and Oregon Extended Diploma subject-area and credit requirements.  
  • Award subject-area credit based on a senior’s progress or demonstrated proficiency as of school closure (March 17, 2020).  
  • Award a diploma if a senior was on track to graduate prior to the closure.  
  • Ensure opportunity for seniors to earn credit for course work or learning they have engaged with since the school closure.  
  • Assign seniors Pass/Incomplete for all courses impacted by school closure. (Students not passing a course will be assisted by teachers in demonstrating proficiency for the senior to receive a pass for courses required to earn a diploma). 
  • Suspend all Essential Skills and Personalized Learning requirements for seniors. (senior boards)

Seniors, please watch for additional messages from your principal, Mr. Herington. We will do everything possible to plan ways for our 2020 seniors to celebrate and for staff, parents and families to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of our seniors.  Now that we know for sure that we will not be returning to school this school year, we will move forward with our planning efforts.


Please know that the staff of South Lane School District and I hold every one of you in our hearts and minds. We know that the experience we are all living due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Governor Brown’s order for us to “Stay Home, Save Lives” has created increasing stress for all of us and increasing pressures on family life. 

However, these incredible circumstances don’t change our mission, just our approach. We will continue to provide Distance Learning for All to students grades K-11 and seniors who need support to earn their diploma. All students will receive the following services. 

We will continue to:

  • Provide meals and childcare
  • Connect with our students and families;
  • Learn about and support your physical needs for food, shelter, clothing;
  • Support your social-emotional and mental health needs; and
  • Continue educating our students through Distance Learning. 

Please stay connected to your children’s teachers. They are eager to ensure your children are safe, healthy and engaged in learning. The information they learn from you informs our strategies for supporting students and families. Please contact the schools directly if you have concerns or questions.

Health and wellbeing to all of you!

Warm regards,

Dr. Yvonne Curtis

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.

Student Meals

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.  

Our Timeline

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.

This week

District staff and administrators have been developing the educational materials and delivery methods to meet the limited education and learning supports.

Spring Break

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:

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:

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. 

3-30 Update from SLSD Superintendent
Dear Families,
As we all get accustomed to spending more time at home, I hope you are finding out how special we can make this time with family. It provides an opportunity to reflect on what is really important, pay attention to our relationships and explore the outdoors, play, read, work on projects and talk with our children. Isolation with family can be a very precious time as it allows time for us to listen to our children and engage together in ways we often don’t have time to do.
Please know that in the last two weeks, our staff has been planning for a reconnection with our students. Yesterday, our staff returned to work with a goal to reach every student and family by phone. It is important for us to know how our students are doing during this time of isolation. Staff will continue making calls today to find out if you have enough food, how the family is doing, if any of you need mental health supports and to learn about your child’s access to a device and wifi.
Until last night, our intention was to remotely offer Supplemental Education and Learning Supports through April 28, however, last night, I received a message from our Director at the Oregon Department of Education, Colt Gill, with a new directive. Now we will be ensuring all students engage in Distance Learning quite possibly through the remainder of the school year.
Here are his words:
"Our state’s response to COVID-19 has responsibly and necessarily evolved with the use of data and knowledge of effective suppression measures. We now have a moral imperative to meet the changing nature of the pandemic and evolve our approach to serving our children."
"As we continue the effective measures of Governor Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order, we also foresee the strong possibility that our students may not come back through our school house doors this academic year. This calls for a shift from providing supplementary education to a formidable effort to provide Distance Learning for All.” (Full message below.)
Today we will study the many pages of guidance and then begin planning for Distance Learning for All. On April 13, your student(s) will receive learning in a new way. We are excited about the possibilities that will emerge as staff engage in professional development and learn how to design and deliver Distance Learning for every student. Please know that we are here for you and believe we will provide your students with high quality learning experiences.
Please keep in touch with your student(s) teacher regarding your child’s or family needs. Watch for further information regarding your student(s) education. We are honored to serve you and are committed to each child.
Have a wonderful day!
Dr. Curtis
Yvonne Curtis, D.Ed.

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

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:

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: