CDL Extended through Spring Break
Due to persistently high levels of coronavirus cases, ongoing uncertainty, and the need for families to have consistency for planning, the David Douglas School Board has extended Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) through at least Spring Break.
This means that unless there is a dramatic drop in the rate of infection, and/or the availability of widespread testing, vaccines and contact tracing, David Douglas schools will remain closed to most in-person learning until at least March 29.
Meanwhile, District leadership and staff will continue planning for the eventual reopening of our schools, whether that be limited in-person learning, a hybrid model, or a full reopening. Those reopening plans will prioritize early elementary (Pre-K thru 3) and certain special needs students before moving up through higher grades.
David Douglas is following health metrics developed by the Oregon Health Authority. Those metrics in Multnomah County are currently in the extreme risk range.
While these metrics are advisory, they were scientifically based on keeping people safe and healthy, and we will continue to follow them. The health and well-being of our students, families and staff is our highest priority. To safely reopen schools, our teachers and school staff must have ready access to vaccines; our students, families and staff must have access to widely available testing; and contact tracing of active cases must be more robust.
In its deliberations, the School Board was clear that the District must redouble its efforts during CDL to put significant energy and resources toward helping struggling students and families. We will continue providing and building on resources and assistance for any of our families that need it. On our District website, you will find a wide variety of resources, including:
Food Resources – Free breakfast, lunch and dinner distributed every weekday to every child 18 and under; and free food pantries for families at 8 locations.
Technology Support – See tutorials on operating your devices, or get assistance from our help desk if you are experiencing issues.
Child Care – Resources to assist you in finding available child care in our area.
Learning Resources – See a collection of supplemental learning resources to give your student additional opportunities.
And More, including housing, financial and preventing the spread of COVID-19.
In addition, Multnomah County provides its own resource page for supporting your student learner during Comprehensive Distance Learning.
Here is some more information about winter Sun:
SUN virtual programming will start the week of January 18th and run until February 25th this winter. SUN offers a variety of clubs and social activities outside of the classroom, and is virtually partnering with Ron Russell Middle School. Some activities include a lunch social hour, art activities, music lessons, an improv group, and STEM! SUN also partners with culturally specific organizations like Conexiones and youth advocates for our Latinx students and IRCO for African Immigrant, Burmese, and Bhutanese students.
SUN happens every Monday – Thursday from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM and 2:30 PM-3:30 PM. If you are interested in being a part of SUN this winter, please join our Google classroom! The code is: 3wzb7qc.
To our David Douglas District families,
Our distribution of daily, free meals for kids (1-18 years) has resumed! Meals are served Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays. Please see the attachment for details about stops and pick up times. DDSD Meal Sites 1-4-21.pdf
Each day you can pick up breakfast, lunch and dinner all in one bag. Look for new menu items in 2021, including macaroni and cheese! View our menus here. Just like meals served at school, to-go meals provide the nutrition requirements established by the US Department of Agriculture.
We would love your input! You can help us by taking a survey that will be available on our Nutrition Services webpage after January 19.
If you aren’t as familiar with our current meal program, you can find more information at www.ddouglas.k12.or.us/food-resources, or by choosing the Food Resources link on the home page. We post regular updates on our website to help keep you informed.
- Did you know that our Nutrition Services has provided over 500,000 meals to students since school buildings closed back in March!
- Did you know that we make several items from scratch such as bread, spaghetti sauce, and muffins of many flavors including spice, pear, and gingerbread!
- 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.
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.
Families can request support from our Family Help Desk (Phone: 503.261.8391 e-Mail: email@example.com) 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.
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.
Free Online books and Audio Books with SORA!
Simply Log in with your student email then username (6digit ID) and password (8 digit DOB).
News From Multnomah County Library:
Hello! I’m Jackie Partch, lead worker of the Multnomah County Library School Corps, a team of librarians from the Multnomah County Library who work in collaboration with Multnomah County K-12 schools, both public and private.
We’ve recently adapted our services to support distance learning. Our librarians are able to
- Create lists of ebooks or websites
- Visit classes online to demonstrate how to download ebooks and audiobooks from Multnomah County Library, including books for kids and teens that are always available. (We can also show these at school staff meetings.)
- Present our program about censorship and the freedom to read, Feasting on Forbidden Fruit, online for grades 5-12 (Banned Books week is Sept. 27-Oct. 3)
- Demonstrate how to search the library’s databases for students
Don’t miss these other resources:
- Our quarterly newsletter, which shares information about events like author visits and book giveaways. Sign up now.
- Novel-Ties videos: short video booktalks on captivating novels for grades 4-8
- Videos on how to use Overdrive and Libby to download ebooks and audiobooks from the library.
How to use “Overdrive” https://youtu.be/2REIXwDUajQ
How to use “Libby” on your phone: https://youtu.be/YJ0nkv3UySA
Did you know that all libraries offer free wireless printing? You can send items to the library’s printers from almost any device or location with an internet connection, and we’ll hold your prints for up to 5 hours. No appointment needed. No page limits. multcolib.org/mobile-printing
FLMS BELL SCHEDULE
For the last updates please visit the DDSD website homepage.
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