To Our David Douglas District Families and Staff,
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order today requiring all Oregon schools to reopen to some form of in-person instruction before the end of this school year.
The order requires school districts to reopen for grades K-5 by March 29, the end of Spring Break. Districts must reopen schools for grades 6-12 by April 19.
Our District and our Board of Directors support this order, especially following our Board workshop last night. The Board had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Ann Loeffler, Multnomah County Health officer, as well as from parents and staff who asked for a return to an in-person model of instruction.
“The DDSD Board of Directors supports this executive order, and we look forward to having our students and staff back in schools and classrooms as quickly as possible,” said Board Chair Andrea Valderrama. “We still have many questions, and we are working closely with our association reps, families, and community partners to ensure culturally specific and trauma informed practices are centered in our planning efforts.”
Based on the Governor’s executive order, and in collaboration with our School Board, staff and families, the David Douglas School District will immediately begin working to meet those deadlines and reopen in what is likely to be a hybrid model – a combination of in-person and distance learning. This will allow families that are more comfortable with an online option to continue with that model.
The health and safety of our students, staff and families is always our highest priority. Any plans to reopen still must fall within health guidelines established by the Oregon Health Authority. That means mask-wearing will be required, safe distancing must be enforced, frequent hand washing and sanitizing will be required, along with all other health guidelines outlined in the state’s Ready Schools Safe Learners plan. If those health metrics and safety guidelines change, our plans will change accordingly.
While most of our teachers and front-line employees will have had the opportunity to be vaccinated by March 29, our students and many of their family members will not. Our plans must put their safety first.
Every David Douglas school already has a Ready Schools Safe Learners planning committee in place. Those committees will immediately pivot to planning to reopen for in-person instruction by the Governor’s deadlines.
Our recent community survey showed us that about 45% of our students would return to school as soon as possible. But it also showed us that about 55% may not immediately come back. This means we also must have an online option in place for families that choose not to come back into classrooms.
As always, we will continue to keep you informed as our planning proceeds.
6th Grade Readers and Writers in House 61- also known as The Raptors, participated in READBowl 2021, a program promoted by Malcolm Mitchell, a former wide receiver in the NFL and Discover the Magic of Reading. The Raptors recorded their reading minutes for four weeks prior to the Super Bowl, and Mrs. Schuermyer entered the totals each week, for their quarter score. All those students reading added up and our team for READBowl, The Mighty Falcons are the Oregon State Champions for Middle Conference for READBowl 2021. They also won a 10 book classroom library for their classroom. Happy reading for our Falcons!
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Dear Floyd Light Families,
One of our current students, Hassanatu (Sofie) Turay, has not been seen for over two weeks. Last night, on the evening news, KATU ran a short story with the following phone number. If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the Portland Police Department at 503-823-0400.
Please note, our school counselors are available for student support. If your student would like to speak with their counselor, please have them reach out via email or phone and they will schedule a time to meet (see below).
We are looking forward to Sofie’s safe return to her family.
Mr. Pease, Principal, Floyd Light Middle School
Samantha Charles (A-L) Samantha_Charles@ddsd40.org (503) 592-0786
Sean Betker(M-Z) Sean_Betker@ddsd40.org (503)401-3178
If you do not have access to ParentVue or StudentVue, please contact Floyd Light’s Main Office Angela Espinoza, email@example.com or 503-256-6511.
- Attendance Calls: Automatic Attendance Calls have started. You can always check your student’s attendance through ParentVue and are welcome to call the office for more information (503-256-6511). We always know that there are many good reasons for not being able to connect. If possible, please have your student keep up on the work in Google Classroom.
- Contact Information: If your address or phone number has changed, please contact the office, so we can change the info in our system.
- Food Pantry: Floyd Light’s Food Pantry is every Monday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Please drive through our Bus Lane and a box/bag will be available.
ParentVue vs Google Classroom:
PLEASE use ParentVue when reviewing your student’s assignment completion, grades, and attendance. Google Classroom is GREAT for delivering instruction but is NOT accurate for student progress. If you do not have access to ParentVue, please contact our office at 503-256-6511, and they will get you connected.
Immunizations and flu shots at Student Health Centers:
Three Multnomah County Student Health Centers are open and providing immunizations (and flu shots). These shots are especially important this fall. Because of COVID-19 we want to prevent as many other illnesses as possible. If your student is missing immunizations, now is the time to catch up. Exclusion day is coming soon! Even during distance learning your student may be excluded if they are not caught up on immunizations.
Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can receive these services at any of our three open centers, and there are no out of pocket costs. We take all types of insurance and will serve you if you’re uninsured. Visit our website for more information.
Call for an appointment
David Douglas 503-988-3554 1034 SE 130th Ave.
Parkrose 503-988-3392 12003 NE Shaver St.
Roosevelt 503-988-3909 6941 N Central St.
Have a question about your student’s grade:
- Contact teacher, via phone, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or parentvue. If you don’t have access to parentvue, please contact our school secretary: Angela Espinoza, email@example.com or 503-256-6511.
- Schedule a meeting with teacher
- Attend conferences
Please keep in mind teachers work hours are from 8:00am to 3:30pm. Teachers will not be available during class time. All Teachers have Office Hours from 8:00am-8:30am and 3:00pm-3:30 Monday – Thursday and 8:00am to 8:30am on Fridays.
Families can request support from our Family Help Desk (Phone: 503.261.8391 e-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) but in all actuality there is very little that the DDSD team can do to support weak/slow/spotty Wi-Fi in the home. Our recommendation is to call your internet provider and ask for assistance.
Student Photos: Until we can get back to school and get student photos, we want to get your student’s photo! Having our student’s photos really helps our educators make every more connections. to have our teachers know your student. Here is the procedure:
- Use your Smart Phone to take a photo to look more-or-less like a “school picture” (i.e., headshot). Photos should be emailed to: email@example.com
- Please be sure to include enough student information so we can be sure to identify them correctly. Good things to include with the email would be:
- Student ID
Meal Pick up information is also available as a pdf in the following languages:
Community Resources: Our Counseling page has a list of available resources
News from the Library:
The Floyd Light Virtual Library is OPEN!
Visit the FLMS Virtual Library to put books on hold to pick up! You will find all the information you need on how to check out books from the Library as well as other resources to help you through distance learning. You can also drop any David Douglas School District Library book for any of our schools at the bus stop where you go for meal pick up. You can also bring them to any David Douglas school during meal pick up. Busses will be at the following stops from 11:50 to 12:50.
- At FLMS
- 99th and Irving
- 106th Wasco
Middle School Title I Compliance Components and Supports
|Title I Compliance Component||Supports|
|Notification of Title I school||Updated Title I Middle School District letter shared with all families by the district through SchoolMessenger and posted on the District website-Occurred Jan. 7th. For your reference, the letter can be found in the Title I Compliance 2020-2021 Compliance Documents google folder.|
|Annual Title I Meeting||A general video that meets the guidelines for the annual meeting has been created and translated into the top 5 languages. This should be posted to the school website and communication shared with families to fill out the survey and view the PowerPoint video. This survey will track attendance by tracking the survey views. See MS video in English as a point of reference. https://youtu.be/b7t6BJZ4Gxc Directions: Post this link to share the Title I Annual meeting information video and survey. The survey will track your school’s attendance. Title I Information Videos|
|Parent Involvement Policy and Parent/Teacher/Student Compact||Adapt documents to reflect CDL contextBring to staff to provide input, with both a teacher lens and the lens of parent feedback that was received during conferencesCould use YouthTruth Survey data as part of the updateBring the revised documents to SITE council to gain final revisions and approvalTranslate and disseminate in multiple ways and provide stakeholders with means to reach out with questions and feedback afterward.Dissemination could include posting to the school website, email to parents, robocall about accessing the documents, etc.|
|Family Engagement Activities||Title I Family Engagement Budget has been communicated. Funds can be used for incentives for attendance, engagement, etc. The cost of incentives must be “reasonable” and can not be more than $20 per student. Gift Cards cannot be purchased. Materials to support student learning at home including whiteboards, headsets, etc can be purchased with Title I Family Engagement funds. Please contact Elise Hall if you have any questions. Complete 2020-21 Parent Involvement Calendar for activities and plan.|