Keeping Everyone Safe at School during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Pandemic
Dear Parents, Students and Community Members.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oregon Department of Education has required all schools to develop Operational Blueprints detailing what model for teaching and learning we will use for the 2020-21 school year. These plans are intended to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, families and community and to maximize the opportunity for learning for all students in the midst of a difficult season for our country. Because health officials and epidemiologists continue to study COVID-19 and to learn additional information about how best to reduce infection rates, we anticipate we will be updating and revising this Blueprint periodically.
Butte Falls Charter School began the school year with Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) for the first half of the school year. After careful consideration of Advisory County Health metrics, input from students, parents, and school staff, the school began a careful transition to Limited-In-Person Instruction (LIPI) on February 1. This required an update to our Operational Blueprint to include our plans for maintaining a healthy and safe learning environment for all students and staff. The school anticipates another transition from LIPI to a 50/50 Hybrid of CDL and On-Site (OS) learning beginning March 1. That learning model will continue through Spring Break and possible thereafter, depending on in infection rates in Jackson County. The hope is to return to full-time On-Site learning beginning April 12 for grades K-7 at the elementary and middle school campuses and to at least maintain the 50/50 Hybrid for grades 8-12 at the secondary campus. We are prepared to revert to CDL If infection rates spike in the coming months.
Here are some links where you can view our current Blueprint along with other important information about public schools and COVID-19.
- Butte Falls Charter School/Jackson County School District #91 Operational Blueprint For Reentry 2020-21
- Oregon Department of Education – Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance for Schools
- Oregon Health Authority – COVID-19 Updates
- Oregon Health Authority – COVID-19 County Case Rates and Test Positivity Rates
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