SUPERINTENDENT COMMUNITY AND STAFF UPDATE
Dear Lincoln County SD Staff, Families, Community and Friends,
The following is an update from the Superintendent. A lot has happened since my last update. I wish I could say it was good but it wasn’t. We are making it through but it has been a crisis on top of a crisis and not easy for our communities. As is usual for the Lincoln County Community, people came together to help one another, keep each other safe, and try as hard as we can to keep moving forward.
Please read the following update:
WildFire-The aftermath of the wildfires for our school district is that several homes were lost to staff and students, in particular those living in the Panther Creek/Otis area. Families have been connected with the American Red Cross and are looking for temporary shelter. The county should begin allowing people back to the affected areas soon to survey the damage and livability of their homes. We are looking to assist families by connecting them to resources and information on our district and school home pages. Here is a HUB of vetted resources that will be updated daily: https://lincoln.k12.or.us/wildfire-support-resources/. We are also looking for places in town that can help our kids have a space to study while they are in temporary shelters. Churches and businesses that can house some “learning centers” for our kids would be great. We provide the tech and the helpers if you can provide the space and the wifi. Just contact LCSD if you can help.
School and Metrics-Lincoln County has met the state-defined measures for reopening our schools for limited in-person instruction. In fact, because the state’s COVID numbers are low (below the 5% positivity rate), the district is close to reaching the metrics for reopening K-12 in a hybrid model (2 days in schools and 3 days online). We are being cautious and waiting a few more weeks to see if the numbers continue to stay low because of Labor Day weekend and because of some evacuation shelters that had large numbers of people together. Please stay tuned because it is looking like LCSD will be opening for limited in-person instruction fairly soon following all of the Blueprint for Reopening requirements.
We will start with kindergarten. With few exceptions, our teachers are back in their schools and doing a lot of professional development and planning. They are being careful and following all of the COVID protocols. School for elementary students begins Sept 21-25 with “getting to know you” meetings between teachers and families and then elementary virtual school aka comprehensive distance learning education with LCSD teachers Monday, Sept 28. Secondary students comprehensive distance learning starts Monday, Sept 21. Edmentum, our fully online program run by an administrator, Zach Lillebo, begins K-12 Monday, Sept 21. There are more Edmentum orientations this Thursday and Friday in English and in Spanish (pushed back from last week). Please consult the district web page for zoom links and times.
School-Aged Child Care (new)- While the exact dates for new child care for school-aged children are not yet known, we are hopeful that by Monday, October 12 we will have the following childcare available, with priority going to Essential Staff including our LCSD staff:
Lincoln City Parks and Recreation: 20 slots for kids ages 5-11 from 8 am to 6 pm with a combination of LCSD staff (8 am-12 pm) and LCPR staff (12 pm-6 pm). Watch for the ads and how to enroll.
Newport Parks and Recreation: between 30-40 slots for school-aged kids. Not sure the ages yet. They will let us know when ready to open. May have to wait until we hit Phase 2 on September 28.
Toledo Public Library:10-15 slots. The City of Toledo is graciously partnering with LCSD to let us use their downstairs classroom. It is 700 square feet and has outside entry and exit. The park is across the street. LCSD provides all tech and meals. Our agreement is being inked next week. They have been great!
OCCC Waldport Location: OCCC and LCSD are meeting next week to create an agreement for LCSD to use their Waldport site. This will house 15-20 school-aged kids. LCSD provides all tech and meals.
PLEASE WATCH FOR ADS AND ENROLLMENT INFORMATION. THIS WILL BE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE SO PLEASE BE WATCHING. AGAIN, WE WANT THE PRIORITY TO BE FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS INCLUDING LCSD STAFF.
Sports Season 1- To begin Monday, October 12 (fingers crossed). Since we expect to have some limited in-person instruction requirements met by Monday, October 12 we can open for Season 1 sports. This is for speed and agility camps. Watch for information from your schools on registration procedures and don’t forget to contact your medical provider so that you have a current physical. We will begin to open our facilities for our own district use slowly and carefully. This will require full athletic registration. We will need more room as a district because we have to go to much smaller cohort numbers. We will open to third parties as soon as we can. This may include playgrounds. We also are in continued conversation to provide free golf opportunities to all 7-12th grade LCSD students and look forward to starting this season with our community golf course partners soon.
Registration- We need people to register their kids for school. We are offering Comprehensive Distance Learning with an LCSD teacher. This is 5 days a week with live/online and recorded/offline learning. We are also offering a fully online program K-12 called Edmentum. We provide all technology. We can also provide wifi hotspots. If you aren’t doing one of those, you cannot, at this time, enroll in an online charter school outside our district as we have reached our 3% cap. You can enroll in the LBLESD Home School program where you do everything yourself or a private school but you need to enroll your children in education. Oregon has a Compulsory Attendance law which requires kids ages 6-18 to attend school. PLEASE ENROLL HERE NOW: LCSD Registration
Meals- Families in Lincoln County with children aged 0-18 are once again eligible to receive FREE breakfast and lunch for each child daily. Youth are able to participate in this meal service once per weekday at a bus delivery stop or curbside pickup site in their local area. This started Monday, September 14. Each Friday, families picking up meals will also receive Breakfast and Lunch for Saturday and Sunday. LCSD will be offering three meals per day (including dinner) with regular service starting next week on Monday, September 21.
All kids qualify and there is NO cost. Please see the district web page for curbside locations and bus routes.
Tech-Tech checkouts are this week at your child’s school. PLEASE look at your school’s website for details. You can just call the school and then schedule a time to come get your child’s technology. Our district is 1 to1. Every child gets a Chromebook. We can also help with Wifi if you have issues with the internet. Just let us know.
That’s it for now. Please watch for more LCSD news on our website and Facebook or Twitter pages. Also, watch for REMIND texts.
Take Care and Stay Safe.