• TTSD 2021-2022 BACK TO SCHOOL FALL GUIDANCE
    As of August 10, 2021

    Superintendent Update

    BACK TO SCHOOL TIMELINE

    • September 8: First day for grades 1-6 and 9
    • September 9: First day for grades 7-8 and 10-12 and Virtual Academy Grades 6-12
    • September 13: Virtual Academy Grades 1-5
    • September 14: First day for Pre-K and Kindergarten

    Full 2021-2022 School Year Calendar

    New Bell Schedule
    Elementary Schools: 8:00 AM to 2:20 PM
    Middle Schools: 8:30 AM to 3:10 PM
    High Schools: 8:55 AM to 3:45 PM

    Full details on the changes to the Bell Schedule found here

    Please join us for TTSD School Board meetings this year. You can find more information about the School Board and the meeting calendar here.

    TTSD GUIDING PRINCIPLES IN DECISION MAKING: 

    TTSD believes that in-person instruction is the most effective model to support student social/emotional health and development and academic success.

    TTSD believes in providing conditions for in-person instruction that support students’ ability to consistently engage in full day, five day a week instruction without interruption due to exposure and/or illness.

    TTSD believes that as parents have the right to determine the best educational placement for their child(ren), it is the district’s responsibility to continue to provide instructional options in addition to in-person instruction. 

    TTSD is committed to the use of equity, staff and student safety, and community public health lenses in the implementation of the district plan.

    OUR INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS/OPTIONS:

    In-person instruction

    • Full access to rigorous academic instruction in math, language arts, science, social studies, and electives such as music, PE, art
    • Full access to specialized services - Special education, English Language Development instruction, counseling/family support services
    • Full day, five day a week schedule
    • Transportation and meal service
    • Childcare Partnerships

    TTSD K-12 Online Academy (Link here)

    • Full access to rigorous academic instruction in math, language arts, science, social studies, and electives such as music, PE, art.
    • Full access to specialized services - Special education, English Language Development instruction, counseling/family support services.
    • Meal Support through regional district food delivery sights.
    • Full day, five days a week schedule aligned to “brick and mortar” schedules.
    • One semester enrollment option available.
    • Childcare Partnerships.

    DISTRICT HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDANCE

    TTSD has a Public Health Team that reviews all guidance and current health data. This team advises and makes recommendations to the superintendent and School Board relative to the health, care, and safety of our students and staff. Representatives on the Public Health Team include:

    • Student Services
    • Special Education
    • Health Services- Nurses
    • Mental Health and Counseling
    • Facilities and Operations
    • Human Resources
    • Representatives from the teachers and classified associations
    • Family & Parent Outreach Team
    • Communications

    District partners that contribute to the review of state and federal guidance include Washington County Public Health and School-Based Health Center representatives.

    ODE/OHA READY SCHOOLS SAFE LEARNERS RESILIENCY FRAMEWORK 

    The ODE/OHA Resiliency Framework for the 2021-2022 school year was updated on August 3, 2021. Please click on the following link for the full report: Resiliency Framework This Resiliency Framework replaces the Ready Schools, Safe Learners (RSSL) version 7.5.2 dated May 28, 2021, and provides important health and safety guidance for schools navigating COVID-19.

    Updates to the Framework include State Order OAR 333-019-1015 requiring masks indoors during the instructional day in all district buildings for K-12 students, staff, volunteers, and visitors regardless of vaccination status. The rule was adopted on August 2, 2021, and goes into effect immediately.

    Summary of the Rule:

    An individual is not required to wear a mask under section (3) of this rule if the individual is:

    • Actively eating or drinking.
    • Sleeping.
    • Playing a musical instrument that requires using the mouth.
    • Engaged in a sport during physical education class such as swimming, other water sports, or a sport where wearing a mask could be a strangulation hazard such as gymnastics or wrestling.
    • Alone in a private office enclosed by walls on all sides with a door that is closed.
    • Is under the age of two (2).

    TRANSPORTATION
    Per federal regulation, masks are required on all district transportation.

    This includes all buses and district shuttles during morning and afternoon routes, activity buses, and all athletic transportation.
    The full State Order can be found by clicking here: STATE ORDER OAR 333-019-1015

    VOLUNTEERS AND GUESTS

    As of this communication, our schools will be creating plans to safely welcome volunteers, parents, and guests back into our buildings. Protocols will include:

    Guests signing in and out at the office
    Guests wearing masks at all times
    Following all safety protocols while in the building

    Please watch for more details from your individual schools regarding procedures for parent meetings, volunteer opportunities, etc. happening inside schools.

    ATHLETICS & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    OHA, ODE, AND OSAA are allowing school districts to make local decisions regarding extracurricular, non-instructional activities to include athletics.

    At this time, student-athletes, coaches, and spectators will not be required to wear masks for outdoor practices or competitions outside of normal school hours.

    TTSD athletics leadership is developing guidelines for indoor activities that will allow for no masks during practice and competition for all student sports/activities. These guidelines will include COVID-19 screening procedures, as well as mask guidance for indoor competition spectators, to ensure students are healthy and able to compete.

    Please watch for additional information in the coming weeks.

    RESOURCES:
    Where to find vaccine information
    At-Home Screening Guidance
    Distancing Guidance 

    ODE/OHA Resources:
    Statement on Face Covering Effectiveness in K-12 Schools
    Graphic Explainer

    K-12 Face Covering Rule One-Pager
    Face Covering Rule FAQ
    OSAA COVID-19 Face Covering Update and Testing Resources
    Enforcement of OAE 333-079-1015

    Contact ODE and/or The Governor’s Office:
    Oregon Department of Education contact information can be found through this link. You can contact Governor Brown by using the contact form on her website.