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  • January 11, 2021 - Update

     Dear Community:

    This is a brief update on where the Rogue River School District stands in regards to expanding our onsite learning with students.

    When Governor Brown announced on December 23, 2020 that the decision making for school reopening would now be put in the hands of local school districts, she also cautioned that districts should consider waiting until after January 19, 2021 to make any changes.  The reason the Governor cautioned schools on making any firm plans before January 19, 2021 is because she expects to release updated rules for safely operating schools on that day.

    Shortly after her announcement, the Oregon School Boards Association gave superintendents legal guidance stating that schools opening while still in the red zone according to the current metrics, would not have liability coverage.  Having that liability protection is crucial to protecting school districts from potential lawsuits.  All schools in Jackson County are currently in the red zone.

    In Rogue River, we are carefully planning to expand our offerings of onsite learning in some form to our students beginning February 1, 2021.  The new rules released on January 19, will play a major role in deciding what our expanded onsite instruction looks like on February 1. 

    Because of the uncertainties about how the guidance might change on January 19, 2021, and because of our uncertainty about having liability coverage, we are not announcing our reopening plans until we are more confident that we can actually follow through with them. 

    We are optimistic we will be able to bring more students back on campus in February.  We expect to give some form of update with more details on the status of our reopening plans on or around January 22, 2021. 

     Thank you,

     Patrick Lee
    Superintendent

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    December 24, 2020 UPDATE

    Dear Community,

    If you have not heard already, Governor Brown announced a major shift in policy yesterday. The requirement for school districts to follow the OHA/ODE metrics for reopening has changed from a requirement into a recommendation. This announcement now puts the right to open schools in the hands of local school districts and communities. This decision was sudden and unexpected.

    The purpose of this email is to calm any rumors this announcement might create regarding how and when the RRSD will respond.   

    There will be no changes in how the RRSD is educating students until discussion, planning, and preparation have happened. Those conversations will involve admin, board members, and staff members, and they will take some time. These conversations can't even begin until January 4th when staff members return from winter break which is why there will be no immediate changes. If the decision is made to open some or all of the district in the near future, staff will be given time to plan and prepare, and community will be given notice of what to expect and when.  

    After the break, the RRSD will move forward as we have tried to do through all of this; thoughtfully, deliberately, and collaboratively. We will keep you informed along the way. 

    Below is a link to an article that goes into more detail about the Governor's announcement.

    https://www.oregonlive.com/education/2020/12/oregon-schools-can-decide-to-reopen-starting-jan-1-governor-kate-brown-says.html

     

    Oregon schools can decide to reopen starting Jan. 1, Governor Kate Brown says - oregonlive.com

    Gov. Kate Brown announced on Wednesday that Oregon school districts will be allowed to open their doors to students starting Jan. 1, as the state will no longer be mandating closures based on the ...

    www.oregonlive.com


    Sincerely,

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent
    Rogue River School District #35

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    December 17, 2020

    Dear community:

    Due to the continued high number of COVID cases, schools in Jackson County still cannot open to regular on-site or hybrid learning at this time, so we will continue with Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) through the month of January.   We will make a decision for what school will look like in February by January 21, 2021.

    The current ODE/OHA metrics for school re-opening and how our county is doing:

    new metrics for re-opening

    school metrics data  

    Using the links above, you can find both the current metrics for re-opening and the most current data showing how counties in Oregon are doing with COVID cases.

    Jackson County has a cases per 100,000 number of 465 for the last two weeks which places us in the Red Zone of the new metric model.  Because of this, no public schools in Jackson County are allowed to bring students back on site at this time. 
     
    I hope that with the New Year we will get lowering infection rates in our county and be able to get more students back into our classrooms.

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent
    Rogue River School District #35

     

     

     

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    October 21, 2020 Community Update

    Dear Community,

    In my communication to you in early August, I notified you that we would be committing to Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) in month long increments.  Each month we would update our community on whether or not the metrics in Jackson County would allow schools to bring students back.

    For any public school in Oregon to allow all K-3 students back on site, we must be under 30 cases per week per 100,000 people in our county and have a test positivity rate under 5%, both for three consecutive weeks.  Unfortunately, the number of positive cases in Jackson County has continually exceeded the benchmark of 30 positive tests per 100,000 people for the last two months.  Last week it was reported by Jackson County Public Health at 62.4 per 100,000 people. 

    As such, I am announcing that we will continue with Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) through the month of November.  On or before November 17th, we will make a determination whether or not we can bring our youngest learners back on site for the month of December. 

    Our county continues to be a long ways off from meeting the required metrics for bringing grades 4-12 back.  As a reminder, that metric is fewer than 10 cases per week per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate below 5%, both for three consecutive weeks. 

    We continue to try our hardest to make the best of a challenging situation.  Thank you for all you are doing to support your student and your schools in the Rogue River School District. 

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent
    Rogue River School District #35

     

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    The Rogue River School District wishes to express its condolences to the family and friends of  “Grandma Helen”, Helen Consiglio.   There is a wonderful retrospective in the 10.14.2020 Rogue River Press that highlights how involved and impactful Helen was in our school community.  We encourage you to read it and celebrate the amazing and generous life that she lived.  

    On behalf of the Rogue River School District, we say “thank you,” and “goodbye” to an amazing person. 

    RR Press

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    September 16, 2020 COMMUNITY UPDATE

    Dear Community,

    In my communication to you in early August, I notified you that we would be committing to Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) in month long increments.  Each month we would check the positive case numbers in Jackson County and determine if we would be eligible to open up the following month.

    To allow K-3 students back on site in Jackson County, we must have three consecutive weeks of not being over 66 cases per week and have a test positivity rate under 5%.  Unfortunately, the number of positive cases in Jackson County has continually exceeded the benchmark of 66 cases per week for the last several weeks.  The test positivity rate was also too high in the most recent reporting week.

    As such, we will continue with Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) through the month of October.  By October 20th, we will make a determination whether or not we can bring our youngest learners back on site for the month of November, or whether we will continue with CDL. 

    Our county continues to be a long ways off from meeting the required metrics for bringing grades 4-12 back.  As a reminder, that metric is three consecutive weeks with fewer than 22 cases in Jackson County and a test positivity rate below 5%.

    We continue to look forward to the day when we can bring all of our students back on campus.

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent

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    SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 COMMUNITY UPDATE

    Dear Community,

    The past week has been traumatic and devastating for our region.  Thousands of people have been displaced and have lost their homes.  Like you, my heart goes out to all those who have experienced loss or trauma from these fires.  I can’t fathom what the school leaders and educators in the Phoenix -Talent School District are facing right now.  I can’t comprehend the loss and shock that those who have lost homes or loved ones are feeling.

    At the RRSD, we have had several of our staff impacted directly by the fire.  Many of you, if not most of you, have been indirectly impacted through loved ones or friends who may have experienced the loss of a home or worse. The stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Distance Learning, the devastation to the Rogue Valley, the ongoing fires and threats, and now the smoke is all taking its toll on each of us.  Amidst all of that, I am still hearing great stories of staff members giving incredible efforts to reach and teach our students, help each other, and to help our neighbors. I hear and see the same from our community members.  

    Thank you to those who are doing so much to give and support.   You are an amazing community.

    So that you know, the RRSD has offered our facilities to the Red Cross and Jackson County Emergency Management for use as shelters or support stations.  They have gratefully declined for now, preferring to keep everyone in one central location at the Expo.  Several from the district office have reached out to our neighboring districts offering help in any form or way we can.  Our neighbors are overwhelmed right now, but they are grateful for our offers.  If you wish to help, you can offer supplies or money to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, or other preferred support organizations. 

    As we contemplate the difficulties that continue to stack up in this crazy year, I reflect on a message I shared with my staff during the all district welcome back meeting in August.  “Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones and do the very best you can to have Grace, Patience, Kindness, Gratefulness, Respect, and Unity.” I believe that if we hold fast to these ideals, we will improve ourselves and our situations, and model for our young people the right way to respond to even the greatest of difficulties.

    My deepest sympathies to those who have experienced a loss.  My sincerest thanks to those of you who are helping and supporting others in this tragic time.

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent
    Rogue River School District

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    Hands

    Dear Community,

    There is much distress, discussion, and debate around the topic of racism in our country today.  Current events are shining a bright light across our nation, exposing a problem that continues to exist.  Because of the importance of this topic in our current time, I feel it important to affirm to our community that The Rogue River School District stands against racism of any kind. 

    The Rogue River School District is committed to loving and respecting each and every student that walks through its doors, regardless of the color of their skin or any other perceived label,  descriptor, or identifier that may apply. We state this so that our students and our community will have no doubt as to our stance.

    Respectfully,

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent
    Rogue River School District

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    Teacher Appreciation Week  

    TEACHER APPRECIATION

    In the smoothest of times, teachers display their professionalism and commitment in a myriad of ways.  They work hard, inspire, challenge, and go above and beyond to help our students. These are anything but the smoothest of times.  In these times of challenge and opportunity, great teachers do all of the above and go even further with their efforts to be flexible, committed, and relentless in their desire to help our student body.  From what I have heard, the teachers of the RRSD are doing a tremendous job.

    Thank you for having the intelligence, commitment, and flexibility to learn in just a few days how to change the way you teach.  I hope your students and families appreciate you as much as I do for all that you have done to try and make this transition an opportunity to show just how committed you are to building relationships and connections with our students. 

    Thank you for all you do!
    Teachers are heroes!

    Patrick Lee
    Superintendent
    Rogue River School District

     

     

  • 2020-2021 DISTRICT GOALS

    • Student Character & Well Being
    • Outstanding Environment
    • Foster Communication
    • Pride and Image 

    MISSION STATEMENT

       “Rogue River School District will offer a high quality instructional program to
        help students acquire necessary academic and life skills to succeed in a
        complex competitive world, while also learning the importance of respect,
        accountability, and responsibility"

     VISION STATEMENT

       “Rogue River School District will offer an exciting interactive and safe learning
         environment where students can excel to the best of their ability, and become
         respectful, responsible, and productive citizens.”    

  • NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

    The Rogue River School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

    Dr. April Harrison, Director of Special Programs/Title IX Coordinator
    518 Main Street, Suite B, Rogue River, OR 97537

    april.harrison@rogueriver.k12.or.us
    541-582-6003

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