Reopening Schools 2020-21
Timeline for Reopening ALL GRADES
When we reopen West Linn-Wilsonville schools for in-person learning, the county will have met the health advisory metrics, or, all staff working directly with students will have had the opportunity to access their first dose of the vaccine.
- February 24 — Kindergarten returns to in-person learning
- March 1 — Grade 1 returns
- March 3 — Grade 2 returns
- March 8 — Grade 3 returns
- March 10 — Grades 4-6 return
- March 15 — Grades 7-12 return
Primary Schools: The February 22 start date assumes that Clackamas County is still meeting the K-5 health metrics, or, all staff directly working with that group of students have had the opportunity to access their first vaccination dose. This includes bus drivers, nutrition staff, office staff, teachers, and support staff involved with each K-5 grade level reopening.
Secondary Schools: The March 10 and 15 reopening dates assume that K-5 reopening has been able to limit transmission effectively. It also assumes that Clackamas County health metrics for grades 6-12 have been met, or, all staff directly working with these students have had the opportunity to access their first vaccination dose.
Continuation of Other Programs
- Students in Grades K-12 who wish to extend Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) at home before starting the Hybrid Model may continue to do so and will continue to have curriculum designed by the classroom teacher.
- Students who are enrolled in the WLWV K12 Online Program will continue with this program through the remainder of the school year as intended.
- Limited In-Person Instruction will continue and expand to more students. Once a grade level band has returned to in-person learning, LII will discontinue for that grade level band.
- Co-curricular activities will continue to expand on campus with middle and high schools, following Oregon’s K12 Recreation Guidance and Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance for health and safety protocols. District high schools will participate in OSAA approved activities for athletes, coaches, and spectators as outlined by OHA and OSAA.
- We know that our secondary students are missing social interactions. To meet these needs, we will expand our co-curricular activities additionally beyond athletics, music, arts, drama, robotics to bring some small groups of students in for clubs, community service, and specific social activities.
Plans Are Subject to Change
While we are confident in this adjusted timeline, I want to remind everyone that this plan is based on current guidance and what we know at this time. The School Board or district administration may amend any of these plans at any future date should new requirements be mandated at the state level or if new information is made available that could improve conditions for teaching and learning in the district.
Next Steps Transitioning to Hybrid Learning
You can expect to see more information sent home from your principals as we share expectations with students and families on health and safety protocols; describe hybrid learning routines; and organize for our students’ return. There will be opportunities for families to learn more about the Hybrid model as well as what to expect for those students who choose to remain in CDL.
Governor Brown made a December 23 announcement regarding a change to return-to-school health metrics and what it means for school districts. The West Linn-Wilsonville School District is continuing with planning in light of this announcement and will provide more information to families in the coming days.
We look forward to seeing students back in class in Comprehensive Distance Learning on January 5.
Please check often for updates. We will be posting on this section of our website as new developments arise.
FRAMEWORK FOR REOPENING IN 2020-21 | 6/29/20
We have had teams of administrators, nurses, teachers, and staff working diligently to unpack the many components of the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance from Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
Their work will contribute to our district’s Operational Blueprint that addresses: how to protect students and staff from the spread of COVID-19, including physical distancing while at school and on the bus, and how to ensure rigorous learning environments for students.
The plan for delivering instruction hasn’t been fully finalized, but an overall framework has been determined and we would like to share that with you today. Your family will have a choice to make in the coming month, and we want to provide you with the general outline for our reopening plans now so that you can make an informed decision.
As we approach the next school year, your students will have two learning options within the West Linn-Wilsonville School District for the 2020-21 school year.
REOPENING SCHOOLS IN 2020-21 | 6/10/20
Earlier today, the Oregon Department of Education released its initial guidance for reopening schools for the 2020-21 school year. The district will incorporate that guidance into our own plans as we work toward reopening schools in the fall. Once plans are developed, the district will submit an Operational Blueprint for Reentry to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for approval. We will continue to provide updates to our families as plans are created along the way, including the opportunity for parent input.
Several key elements will guide district planning for reopening, including:
- Public Health Protocols
- Facilities and School Operations
- Response to Outbreak
- Family and Community Engagement
- Mental, Social, and Emotional Health
- Staffing and Personnel
We appreciate our community’s patience and understanding as we create a plan that is safe for all students, staff, and families that also ensures the best possible learning environment for all students.
We would also like to remind families at this early stage that the district plans to offer a comprehensive optional K12 Online Program for students and families who prefer to learn from home next school year.