Even as we celebrate the ending of what has been the strangest school year most of us have ever experienced, we are already looking forward to the start of the 2020-21 school year. We know many of you have questions surrounding what next year will look like.

The Oregon Department of Education, in collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority, created a framework called Ready Schools, Safe Learners, which they released today, June 10th. This framework provides guidance covering the core aspects of safely opening schools, and is designed to be updated through the summer and into the school year based on the state’s evolving efforts to mitigate COVID-19, as well as feedback from educators and community members. The framework provides our schools and district with the flexibility to develop a local blueprint for safely starting school next year.

In the Silver Falls School District, conversations and planning for next year have already begun. Teachers, support staff, and school leaders from around the district have been involved, and we expect the planning to continue well into the summer. Superintendent Peterson is working with our new Superintendent, Mr. Scott Drue, to ensure the handoff of this process doesn’t interrupt our progress. “Scott has already proactively engaged in thoughtful dialogue and planning for next year,” Mr. Peterson said today.

Students will continue their education in the fall, and we wholeheartedly look forward to the joy of everyone returning to school. Thank you again for your patience while we seek additional input from stakeholders and work out a thousand details to ensure that our buildings are ready and that our learners will be safe.

We are proud of our professional educators, our generous families, our thoughtful leaders, and our students who bring out the best in all of us. We are confident that working together with families and our community, we can ensure a high-quality, accessible, and equitable education for each of our students.

For more information on the Ready Schools, Safe Learners framework, please see this resource on the ODE webpage.

You may provide feedback to the Oregon Department of Education via this survey, and Silver Falls School District always welcomes your feedback to feedback@silverfalls.k12.or.us.

We hope you have a wonderful summer!