UPDATE from Springfield Public Schools 3/20/2020

Dear TRDR families,

During this unprecedented time we know that there are many questions and concerns about what’s next in Springfield Public Schools and how your child will continue to access education.

Please know that SPS staff fully understand your concerns and are working to answer many of these questions in the days to come. We want you to know that we’re in this with you and will be communicating as frequently as necessary for the duration of this extended school break.

Continuing education updates:
As of today, SPS schools will remain closed through April 28th in response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak unless extended or the closure is lifted by order of Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Families can expect updates on supplemental education from Springfield Schools, by March 30. This will allow for SPS staff to put together strategies to equitably serve all students as we move forward.

Although we do not yet have answers to all of your questions, we do have some new information for families regarding access to food and other resources during this extended break from regular school.

New SPS resource:
In an effort to capture your questions, concerns, and needs, we’ve set up a new email account:
askSPS@springfield.k12.or.us.

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) can also be found on the Springfield District Website at www.springfield.k12.or.us/coronavirus. This list will continue to be updated as additional questions come in and as we have answers.

Food service:
Springfield Public Schools will continue to serve meals to all children younger than 1 to 18 years old. Beginning March 23 through the remainder of the extended closure, SPS will be serving hot to-go lunches as well as breakfast meals for the next morning.

Meal distribution locations have also changed. Families can pick up to-go breakfast and lunches between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at any of the following locations:

Centennial: 1315 Aspen St, Springfield, OR 97477

Ridgeview: 526 N 66th St, Springfield, OR 97478

Two Rivers – Dos Rios: 1084 G St, Springfield, OR 97477

Guy Lee: 755 Harlow Road Springfield, OR 97477

Yolanda: 2350 Yolanda Ave, Springfield, OR 97477

Agnes Stewart: 900 S 32nd St, Springfield, OR 97478

Walterville: 40589 McKenzie Hwy, Springfield, OR 97478

Maple: 2109 J St, Springfield, OR 97477

* Note: Families can pick up meals at any of the schools listed.

Other food sources:
Food for Lane County has a number of locations where sack lunches and other food is available. For a list of food pantry locations and information about other meal sites visit https://foodforlanecounty.org/ or call (541)- 343-2822 to find the location, days and hours of the emergency food pantry in your area.

Additional health and mental health resources:
Lane County Public Information  – 541.682.1380

HOOTS –  Helping Out Our Teens by CAHOOTS –  crisis intervention, counseling, mediation, information and referral, transportation to social services, first aid, and basic-level emergency medical care. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 541-246-2332

Lane County Behavioral Health – 541-682-7253 (also available in Spanish)

Looking Glass Youth and Family Crisis Line: 541-689-3111

White Bird Clinic Crisis Line 541-687-4000

Mental Health Crisis Response 888-989-9990

Additionally, a student support line has also been set up for families wishing to speak with a SPS school counselor. Springfield Student support line: 541-726-3209.

Unemployment services:
The Oregon Employment Department has provided a summary of general guidance to employers, workers, and job seekers who may be impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus which can be found at.oregon.gov/employ/Pages/COVID-19.aspx.

We know this is a challenging time for our entire country. Families are faced with circumstances none of us have seen before. Springfield Public Schools is committed to continued support of all students and families throughout this extended closure. Please know, we miss your students, our families and our staff. We encourage families to utilize the community resources available and reach out when things are overwhelming. We are all in this together.

Thank you for your ongoing patience, support and understanding.

We look forward to seeing everyone back in school at the end of April.  Be well!

Charlie Jett,

Principal, Two Rivers – Dos Rios

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