April 1, 2020
Clackamas Middle College Students and Parents,
I hope this communication finds you well during this recent COVID-19 outbreak.
I want to take this opportunity to fill you in on where we stand regarding education in Oregon during the outbreak, and how Clackamas Middle College plans to close out our winter term and proceed for the spring term.
Because we were less than a week away from ending our winter trimester, CMC staff will be reaching out to those students (beginning next week) enrolled in high school classes to communicate necessary information to close out the term and distribute grades. Please stay tuned regarding this communication from teachers.
Recently, the Oregon Department of Education shared the state’s intent to shift from an enhanced model of supplemental education to a distance learning for all educational model. Here are the shifts over the course of the last two weeks (one of them spring break) for our children, families, and educators:
- On March 12th we learned that our children would lose seven school days.
- On March 17th we learned that our children would miss over a month of school.
- Today, we know there is a very real potential that our students, like in many other states, may not return to school this academic year.
At CMC, we are planning for the strong possibility that students may not come back (physically) this academic year. This will call for a shift from providing supplementary education to a formidable effort to provide distance learning for all.
What does this mean for Clackamas Middle College students/families? It means that we will provide an educational model/option to our students to honor Governor Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order. This educational model/option will be through distance learning.
In order to maximize our distance learning opportunities, all students need access to internet services, and computers. Our counselors have sent out a survey to track internet and computer accessibility for our students. If you haven’t completed the survey, and don’t have access to internet or a computer, please either call Clackamas Middle College or email email@example.com, and we will work to provide access to those that need it.
This week, staff from Clackamas Middle College and Clackamas Community College have mobilized preparation to provide distance learning both for high school and college courses.
Beginning Monday, April 6th, Clackamas Middle College teachers will provide distance learning through our website (Students tab, Classes/Homework link). Teachers will reach out to those in their classes, and provide information on the logistics (enrollment, activities/assignments, grades, credits etc.…) within the next week.
Also, beginning on Monday, April 6th, college classes at Clackamas Community College will begin distance learning classes as well. Our counselors have worked diligently to ensure: enrollment of our students into the appropriate college classes, communication to students regarding classes, and guidance/support for all students enrolled in college classes. If your son/daughter is enrolled in college courses, and you have any questions regarding these, feel free to reach out to Kami Aguilar (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Karyn Renehan (email@example.com).
I know this is a very difficult time for many of us, and your patience, flexibility, and communication are very much appreciated! I have learned during my time in education, when we come across a crisis like this outbreak, it is important to: get out timely/updated/good information, get back into a routine, and provide support to those that need it.
Please check, “Recent News,” on our website: www.clackamasmiddlecollege.org for any updated information.
I want to thank you all again for your cooperation. Know that we, at Clackamas Middle College, will provide the best possible education to our students as possible during this outbreak!
Thanks, and stay safe out there!
Brian Sien, Ed.D.
Clackamas Middle College