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Updated Metrics

The following Metrics Guides were updated November 16. Find additional information about the current COVID-19 situation on the Deschutes County Health Services webpage. NOTE: New state metrics were announced Oct. 30. Oregon Department of Education announced new metrics: Learn more: Ready Schools, Safe Learners Oct. 30

November 16, 2020


Families,

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:

Comprehensive Distance Learning

  • Comprehensive distance learning will continue as scheduled.

Limited In-person Instruction

  • Currently scheduled limited in-person instruction will continue.
  • Once the case counts in the county stabilize in the “orange” zone (100-199 cases per 100,000 over two weeks), the District will begin expansion of limited in-person instruction.

Building Use

  • Childcare will be the only approved outside group activity taking place at district sites.
  • Grab and Go Meals will continue as scheduled. Additionally, seven school sites will host special Holiday Brown Bag pick-ups on Monday, Nov. 23.
  • The Governor has advised those arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, to practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. We ask that you consider doing the same.

Office Staff Support

  • District buildings will be closed to the public.
  • Staff may continue to work from our buildings and essential services may be met by appointment.
  • Office staff will be available to answer phone calls.

OSAA Guidelines

  • Effective Wednesday, November 18: All co-curricular and extracurricular workouts and activities will be on pause. Activities are scheduled to resume on Dec. 3.

Meal Service

Grab and Go Meals will continue as scheduled. Additionally, seven school sites will host special Holiday Brown Bag pick-ups on Monday, Nov. 23.

Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel

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.

Sincerely,

Lora Nordquist
Superintendent, Bend-La Pine Schools


Comprehensive Distance Learning Details

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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.

Communication to Families

The following letters were shared with families from interim Superintendent Lora Nordquist. We are committed to sharing additional updates each week.


COVID-19 Communication

Learn more about high- and low-risk symptoms, when to stay home, what happens when there is a positive case and more:

Ready Set Learn Communications Guidance

Bend-La Pine Schools Ready Set Learn Communications Guidance for COVID-19 Positive Cases

Operational Blueprints for School Reentry 2020-21

Bend-La Pine Schools has created blueprints for the 2020-2021 school re-opening plans. Please click here to view the individual school plans.

BLS Operational Blueprint Management Plan

BLS COVID-19 Communicable Disease Management Plan

BLS Cleaning & Disinfecting Plan

Planning for COVID-19 Scenarios in Schools

Individual School Safety COVID-19 Check Lists

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.

Metrics

UPDATED OCT. 30:

Oregon Department of Education announced new metrics

Learn more: Ready Schools, Safe Learners Oct. 30


Rates for Deschutes County per 100K can be found here.

Oregon Department of Education's School Metrics Dashboard


Comparison of Bend-La Pine Schools Options for 2020-21

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.

Option Breakdown for Families

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Contact Us

Questions? Reach out to us about COVID-19 or questions about returning to school via email:

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