As many of you know, on Friday Governor Brown made an announcement calling for at least a two-week “freeze” for Oregon, beginning Wednesday, November 18, and extending through Wednesday, December 2. With the spread of COVID-19 at an all-time high, the plan calls for new restrictions on public spaces and venues, limits for private gatherings, and quarantines for travelers.
Governor Brown did not mention closing schools in her restrictions, nor have the ODE guidance and metrics changed. However, there are implications for Bend-La Pine Schools students, families, and staff, as we try to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Below is an overview of the how we plan to operate during the state’s freeze:
Grab and Go Meals will continue as scheduled. Additionally, seven school sites will host special Holiday Brown Bag pick-ups on Monday, Nov. 23.
One of the key messages from the Oregon Health Authority was that the biggest factor in the spread is social gatherings. Please, let’s all do our part to slow the spread so we can get our students back to school.
Superintendent, Bend-La Pine Schools
Bend-La Pine Schools will begin the 2020-21 school year in Comprehensive Distance Learning for the first six weeks, which means all students will be learning remotely. This decision will be reevaluated every six weeks, based on health metrics.
Learn more about schedules during Comprehensive Distance Learning, key dates for metrics and the difference between Bend-La Pine Schools Online and Comprehensive Distance Learning by visiting our Comprehensive Distance Learning webpage.
The following letters were shared with families from interim Superintendent Lora Nordquist. We are committed to sharing additional updates each week.
Learn more about high- and low-risk symptoms, when to stay home, what happens when there is a positive case and more:
Bend-La Pine Schools has created blueprints for the 2020-2021 school re-opening plans. Please click here to view the individual school plans.
Each school has convened their Safety Team made up of various staff members to create a plan on how they will implement ODE safety requirements. Please click here to view the individual school plans which will be updated regularly throughout the school year.
Oregon Department of Education announced new metrics
The following document includes a side-by-side comparison of Bend-La Pine Schools Online program and Comprehensive Distance Learning offered through our schools. Click on the link to learn about registration, curriculum, the platform, estimated hours per day, flexibility, support services and much more.
Tips to help with mental health during the COVID-19:
Questions? Reach out to us about COVID-19 or questions about returning to school via email: