Dr. Yvonne Curtis, superintendent, has served in public education in California and Oregon, across urban, suburban and rural communities. For fourteen years, she taught elementary school in California and Oregon, before advancing to middle school assistant principal and elementary principal.


While earning her Doctor of Education degree, from the University of Oregon she served the Eugene School District as the Director of Student Achievement before moving on to become the Superintendent in Forest Grove, Oregon.


Recently, Dr. Curtis led the instructional transformation of Portland Public Schools, as the Deputy Superintendent of Instruction and School Communities, in Portland, Oregon. Yvonne comes with knowledge, experience and expertise in closing achievement and opportunity gaps while ensuring all students experience more rigorous instruction and a broad range of educational experiences.


Children Come First

South Lane School District

COVID Weekly Update

May 28, 2020

South Lane Families, Staff and Community,

It is hopeful to see some business opening up as Lane County proceeds cautiously into the Phase one opening from the Stay Home Stay Safe order.  However, this Phase one opening does not apply to school districts. Governor Brown and the Oregon Department of Education will notify school districts when we are allowed to open as a district. We do have a few staff members at the district office, therefore you will see some staff members coming and going from the office. Additionally, administrators and I have been given permission to convene meetings of 25 members or less to plan for summer services and fall opening. We will comply with required hygiene and social distancing requirements. We are reorganizing office and meeting spaces and marking traffic patterns with blue tape, much like you see in grocery stores to ensure staff safety. We will also be accommodating staff in the high-risk categories will be able to work and meet virtually. You may see staff entering and leaving the district office and schools, however, this doesn’t mean that the district is open to the public.  

For further clarification, our aquatic center is school district property and is staffed with SLSD employees. Therefore, we will not be opening our aquatic center until the Governor and ODE allows school districts to be open.  We will keep the community informed about changes as we learn more. 


Graduation will consist of three parts:

  • An online Ceremony with speeches and a reading of graduate names
  • A Grad Cruise
  • Diploma Pick up with an option for a picture in front of the school

Stay tuned for information to view the a prerecorded ceremony streamed online (link TBA)

Thank You City of Cottage Grove 

We appreciate the way the banner across main street recognizes all Graduates from the South Lane School District.  The flags displayed in Bohemia park on 10th street and offered to our graduates as keepsakes, celebrate each individual Graduate! We appreciate all of your efforts to make this happen!  

Fall Opening

We are eager to find out how we will be allowed to open school in the fall. During the last week of school, all school districts will receive guidance from ODE on how we will be allowed to open the 2020-2021 school year. However, today we are forming teams to develop plans for three different scenarios, in order to be ready for caring for and educating all students. We know we will need to plan for grade level content and what students might have missed this Spring. We will also continue to provide updates throughout the summer to keep students, families and our community informed about how the South Lane School District will serve our our most valuable resources, our children!


Thank you to all staff members! They have contributed to a strong end-of-year balance by taking four furlough days at the end of this 2019-2020 school year. This contribution protects at least five teaching positions or 3-4 instructional days in the 2021 school year! This week our workshare application was accepted by the Oregon Employment Department that enables our staff to participate in the Work Share unemployment program and the Cares Act. 

Support for Families through the Family Resource Center

A huge “thank you” to the First presbyterian Church, the Oregon Community Foundation, and the PeaceHealth Community Collaboration Committee for recent donations and grants to help our families in need.  

SLSD Childcare

Thank you to the 45 staff members who continue providing service in our Childcare Center to 18-20 children. Our Childcare Center will continue to provide care through June 30. Thank you to those staff members who will continue to serve beyond your regularly scheduled work year. 

SLSD Meals

Thank you to our transportation and food service staff who are on the frontline providing this essential service. South Lane SD staff has delivered over 61,000 meals since March 17th.

Courtesy Message - Summer Food - P-EBT

There has been some confusion regarding the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Card or P-EBT. Please see eligibility guidelines below:

The P-EBT program is available to students where:

The student is enrolled in a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program, AND

  1. The student was eligible for receiving meals at no cost (this could be through free/reduced lunch qualification or programs that universally provide no cost meals to students).
  2. Schools must report student data to the Department of Education for students to receive the P-EBT benefit.
  3. Families who think they may qualify for free and reduced meals, but did not apply this school year, may still do so by applying online https://family.titank12.com/, accessing our district webpage for a downloadable paper copy or contact Food Services directly 541-942-3381, ext 124.
  4. Families already on free or reduced meals, including CEP schools (Dorena and Kennedy) already qualify.  
For more information https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/childnutrition/Pages/Parent-and-Guardian-Frequently-Asked-Questions-and-Answers.aspx

I commit to you that our “Children Come First”. They will remain at the forefront of every decision we make as a result of the budget shortfall caused by COVID-19. We will consider all options as we head into this uncertain future. With our community supporting us we will deliver a meaningful education, persevere together and become stronger. 

Yvonne Curtis, D.Ed.


South Lane School District

Dr.  Yvonne Curtis  Superintendent
541-942-3381, ext 131 
Tonya Kerns
Superintendent's Assistant
541-942-3381, ext 121
Brian McCasline
Interim Assistant Superintendent
541-942-3381, ext 133
Margie Young
Interim Assistant Superintendent's Assistant
541-942-3381, ext 112