Good evening Springfield families,
Today has been a whirlwind of information as we collectively look for ways to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. We began with firm intentions to remain vigilant in our practices to keep schools healthy and safe educational environments as well as for schools to remain open and provide the high quality education and needed social services to the students and families of Springfield.
We have kept our schools open and healthy for as long as recommended by state and local public health authorities. We know that in addition to education, schools provide vital support to our communities and families and that closure will have a major impact on our families.
At 10:20 pm Governor Brown issued an executive order closing all schools in Oregon beginning March 16, until Wednesday, April 1. All Springfield Public Schools will close to students effective Monday, March 16. Currently, there are NO known cases associated with Springfield schools.
Friday, March 13, is the last day of school, including athletics, activities and clubs for students. Friday, is a regularly scheduled half day and school offices will remain open throughout the afternoon so that students and families can collect their belongings, and medication in advance of the extended break.
We understand that extended school closure will create hardship for many families. The school day is the centerpiece of the lives of many people. Children count on the reliable routine that the school day offers, from the classroom setting to the many people at school who know them, care for them, and provide recognition of them five days a week.
Families, too, count on that routine and the knowledge that their children are cared for during the day. Contemplating additional time without that structure and care may seem overwhelming. Please know, Springfield Public Schools is doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of us as we navigate this challenge. This will include making to-go meals available to students beginning Monday, March 16 at any school location from 11 am -1 pm.
On March 30, staff will report to buildings to work to assess the status of the coronavirus in Oregon and prepare to welcome students returning Wednesday, April, 1.
Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to work through this difficult situation. We will get through this together as a community.
Springfield Public Schools
Mt. Vernon Families,
With the number of confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Oregon increasing, Governor Kate Brown announced new guidance Wednesday night, regarding group gatherings and social distancing. We remain committed to keeping our schools open and safe.
In accordance with Wednesday’s and this morning’s additional detailed guidance and in order to minimize potential opportunities for the virus to spread, we will begin suspending events that bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together. This action is not related to an identified COVID-19 case. At this time, there are no cases identified in Springfield Public Schools or in Lane County.
Suspension of non-essential school-based activities begins immediately, effective Thursday, March 12, and at this time, will remain in effect until, April 8. This includes the suspension of all school-based assemblies and events, off-campus field trips, and music performances.
This is new guidance and the list of affected activities will likely grow as we work with partners and stakeholders over the coming days. We will continue to provide updates and answers as we have more information and make decisions about affected activities.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.