Updated-April 20th-NCSD Communication

Dear NCSD Families and Students:

As we continue to work through the details and implications of the state-wide school closure, we want to always update you with the latest information. The following are reminders or new information on topics of interest to many of you.

INSTRUCTIONAL TIME

The Distance for All online learning model is not intended to replace the traditional learning experience.  We are following the Oregon Department of Education’s recommended instructional minute expectations. For Kindergarten through 5th grade, we have asked teachers to provide between 45-90 minutes of instruction/instructional material (45 minutes at the primary grades and 90 minutes at the intermediate grades).  For 6th through 8th grades, it is about two hours per day (combined for all classes) and up to three hours at the high school (combined for all classes). For families that are looking for additional materials and resources you can access our Supplemental Remote Learning Resources found here: https://www.nclack.k12.or.us/district/page/remote-learning-resources

PHONE CALLS FROM STAFF

Many of our staff are using a Google Phone application to call families during this long-term school closure.  When the phone number shows up on your phone it will show “No Caller ID.” During the period of the closure, we encourage you to answer these calls.  

SCHOOL CALENDAR

At this time, we are planning to maintain the current calendars as published for this school year. This is subject to change with additional governor executive orders.  Based on our published calendars, the last day of distance learning will be the following:

  • Elementary Schools - June 11*

  • Middle Schools - June 12

  • High Schools - June 12

*Students at Sojourner Elementary School and Cascade Heights Public Charter School have slightly different calendars. Please refer to their published school calendars for year-end dates.

GRADING AND CREDITS FOR GRADES 9-11

The Oregon Department of Education has released guidance to school districts on the grading of students in grades 9-11.  All students who demonstrate work at a level of a passing grade by the end of the 2019-2020 school year will receive credit for the course. Students who do not have an opportunity to earn a passing grade by June 12 will receive an incomplete on their report card and on their transcript. Schools will partner with the student and family to create a plan to earn credit over the next year.

FBI WARNING ON ONLINE SEXUAL PREDATORS

Due to current school closings, many students have an increased online presence and could be in a position that puts them at an inadvertent risk. The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) is seeking to warn parents, educators, caregivers, and children about the dangers of online sexual exploitation and signs of child abuse. Here is a link to a recent press release from the FBI on this subject: https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/school-closings-due-to-covid-19-present-potential-for-increased-risk-of-child-exploitation

We plan to continue to update you weekly or as needed. Thank you again for your patience and understanding. We miss our students and send you all the best.

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Matthew Utterback
Superintendent
North Clackamas School District