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December 4, 2020
Parents and Community Members,
At our elementary staff meeting this morning, we came to the heartbreaking realization that we may be forced to have students clear their desks when they leave for Christmas break in preparation to transition to distance learning. As I’ve mentioned before, we will continue to advocate to have kiddos in our buildings full time.
I know that we have students with compelling stories from quarantining during our time in school. I’ve had parents share their stories of how their children struggled with not being able to attend school in person. Our students need an opportunity to tell their stories!
We are again stealing an idea that originated with coaches throughout Oregon, Washington, and California and beginning a video campaign to get those stories to our policymakers and decision-makers. To that end, we are asking that you video your child sharing how important it is to receive his or her education in person.
Please begin posting your videos on Wednesday, December 9th. Please remember this is a campaign void of politics and to keep your message short, positive, and informative. The goal is to create an opportunity for our students to communicate the importance of being able to receive their education in person.
For your video, here is a sample script (please try to make it personal)
Year in school
What being in-person means to you
What you miss most about not being able to participate in school
Please post your videos, starting December 9th on your personal social media sites - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Please use the hashtags: #kidsinschool and #protocolswork.
Sending a copy of your video directly to Lindsey Capps, Governor Brown’s Educational Policy Advisor, and Colt Gill, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, will be effective also. Lindsey’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and Colt’s is email@example.com.
Thanks so much for your help!
Parents and Community Members,
2020 has been a year full of uncertainty and change. As an educator in this community, it is important that I reach out to you and your family during these trying times. Covid-19 has flipped all of our lives upside down, but I want you to know that I continue to advocate for your children. I’m joining other superintendents throughout the region who are advocating for our students to continue to receive their education in person.
After nine months we know that Covid-19 is real and it is serious. With that being said, we continually become aware of more research showing no consistent link between school reopening and increased community spread of COVID-19 which makes us question why our students may have the opportunity to receive instruction at school taken away. The Oregon Health Authority, The Governor, and the Oregon Department of Education have stated that the Imbler School District must transition to Comprehensive Distance Learning by January 4, 2021 if our county numbers do not decline. We contend that the protocols we have in place are effective in mitigating the disease and that we should be allowed to make the decision to continue face-to-face instruction locally in conjunction with the local health authority.
In the coming weeks, I will be calling on you and your children to help us advocate with our local statesmen as well as joining our social media campaign.
By December 11th-
We need you, your children, and your relatives to write to the governor and ODE. I have prepared a template you are welcome to adapt for use. You can access it at https://tinyurl.com/yxvrvaun.
You can send correspondence to Governor Brown at https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/share-your-opinion.aspx.
You can send correspondence to Governor Brown’s Education Policy Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can send correspondence to Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, Colt Gill, at email@example.com.
Please be respectful when doing so.
By December 17th-
On December 17th please post on all social media accounts that our students should be in school and that protocols schools are using are working. Photos and videos work best. Please hashtag with #kidsinschool #protocolswork.
November 24, 2020
I wrote on Sunday to inform you of a person at Imbler High School testing positive for COVID-19. Many of you are aware that we learned of another positive case on Monday. In both cases, contact tracing has been conducted and any people exposed have been quarantined for the appropriate time frame.
We are one of the very fortunate school districts throughout the state allowed to have students in our buildings, and we want to continue having our students in the building. I ask that if your child is sick, please do not send him or her to school. More specifically, if your child has been exposed to COVID, please honor the quarantine. Also, if your kiddo has the following symptoms, please notify the school office, and Mrs. Crow or Ms. Wilhelm can help you:
• Fever of 100.4oF or higher
• Shortness of breath
• Difficulty breathing
• New loss of taste or loss of smell
If you have questions about whether you should send your child, please err on the side of caution and keep him or her home.
Dear Staff and Families of Imbler High School,
Recently, we received notification that a person at Imbler High School has been diagnosed with COVID-19. As members of the school community, we understand that this might raise concerns alongside a caring response. Through contact tracing, we have been able to identify and notify those who have been exposed. Those exposed are being quarantined. We will continue with classes.
Each situation calls for different protocols. In this case, we will employ the following steps:
1. An electrostatic disinfectant sprayer that deploys charged disinfectant particles into an area covering every surface in the space will disinfect all classrooms.
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by wearing face coverings, physical distancing, and practicing good health hygiene habits. Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and avoid contact with people who have signs of illness. Get plenty of rest, exercise, and eat a healthy diet. Protect the community by following the Governor's safety requirements. Wearing cloth face coverings reduces the spread of the virus and helps prevent those who have the virus but do not have symptoms from passing it to others.
We will keep you updated with any new information as it comes out while meeting the requirements to honor everyone's right to privacy.
More information can be found on the Oregon Department of Education's Ready Schools, Safe Learners page, or the Oregon Health Authority's COVID-19 page. If you have any questions, please contact Angie Lakey-Campbell at the elementary office.
Angie Lakey-Campbell, Superintendent/Elementary Principal
Little Steps preschool program originally scheduled for November 19 is postponed due to the Union County "pause."