COMMUNICATION TO FAMILIES: March 19, 2020
Good afternoon TTSD Families,
The health and safety of each of you and our broader community is our top priority. We all understand and honor that our individual responsibility right now is to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus by social distancing and taking extra care to practice the hygiene guidance provided by the CDC. TTSD is working closely with our community and resource partners to ensure that we are helping meet the basic needs of our students and families during this unprecedented closure.
We are writing today to share information and important updates regarding the recent Governor's executive orders and its impact on all of us. Please know, we are receiving new information and guidance from local, state and federal agencies daily and will continue to communicate out to you as we have updated information.
How do I access food and other basic needs?
Grab-and-go meals are available from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Tualatin and Metzger Elementary Schools. Breakfast and lunch will be provided Monday - Friday, March 16 - 20 and will resume on March 30th following spring break. Meal service is available for all TTSD students Pre-K to 12th grade. No dining will be available inside the school.
Please watch for future announcements regarding the potential of additional district food sites.
211 Information Line
The 211Info line is a statewide resource to navigate families to needed resources. In partnership with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), 211Info has activated a statewide call center where people can call to receive current information about COVID-19.
Please visit the District Family Resource Page for more options: Family Resource Center. You may also call: 503.603.1585.
Please also visit the Packed with Pride website to learn more about a wonderful community movement led by TTSD Board members, the TTSD Teachers Association (TTEA), the Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools, and the TTSD Student Union, created to benefit the students and families of TTSD.
How do I help my family manage anxiety at this time?
The unprecedented events occurring at this time can be upsetting and dysregulating. Previous and current life stressors can have an additional impact. We encourage you to pay attention to how you are feeling and take steps to regulate stress. You can use our attached Family Stress Continuum and Family Strategies for Stress guides which are adapted from leading child traumatologist, Dr. Bruce Perry. These guides have useful information about navigating stress and useful links for available resources. If students need emotional support, you can refer them to the Oregon Youth Line at https://oregonyouthline.org/. You can also refer them to trauma-informed school specialist Alfonso Ramírez at email@example.com.
If you want to access immediate support, you can contact: The Washington County Crisis Line 503-291-9111.
How should I explain this to my children?
Please take a minute to review The National Associate of School Psychologist’s resource for families and teachers about talking to children:
Talking to Children about COVID 19
Why isn’t TTSD providing online instruction yet?
In order to provide online instruction, we must have a structure for online learning that is fully accessible to all of our students, including those with disabilities, emerging bilinguals and those navigating poverty. Specifically, we must ensure:
Access to learning, educators and required materials
Differentiation and one-on-one support for students who need it
Content meets Oregon state standards
Students with disabilities are provided specially designed instruction and related services
Emerging bilinguals receive access and language instruction
Talented & Gifted students receive differentiated learning
Equal student access to assessments associated with dual credit instruction
Training for staff, students and families about online expectations
Attendance is tracked and reported for students and staff
Secure protection of student information
Access to school meals and counseling services
Until we can meet all of these guidelines, all instruction is on hold until further notice, and we are asking faculty not to conduct instruction.
If TTSD cannot provide instruction, how are students receiving “supplemental education and learning support to students to the extent practical through independent study and other appropriate options” as outlined in the executive order?
To meet this executive order, we have organized At Home Learning Resources by grade level that will be shared with families on Friday, March 20th. Teachers and specialists will be asked to check in with students on a weekly basis following the regularly scheduled spring break to ensure that families know how to access resources and have the opportunity to ask questions as needed.
Additionally, teachers will connect their school counselors and school psychologists with families who may need some additional social-emotional support. This effort will be coordinated by your school principal. You are welcome to reach out to your student’s teacher, counselor or principal at any time.
How will this impact student graduation?
We are awaiting state guidance on how this will be addressed, but it is a high priority for all. As soon as we receive more information, we will share it with you. Please know, the entire country is working on a solution for this same issue, so we are not alone.
How will this impact my student receiving credits towards graduation and post-secondary plans?
We are awaiting state guidance on how this will be addressed for 9-11th grades, but it is a high priority for all. As soon as we receive more information, we will share it with you. Please know, the entire country is working on a solution for this same issue, so we are not alone.
How will this impact my student receiving dual credit?
We are awaiting state guidance on how this will be addressed, but it is a high priority for all. As soon as we receive more information, we will share it with you.
Will the closure days affect the end of the school year?
At this time, we have not determined if the extra closure days well affect the end of the 2019-2020 school year. We will keep you updated as decisions are made.
Thank you for your patience as we put all these resources in place. Again, please watch for information on home learning resources tomorrow.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principal or any of the following administrators if you have immediate questions or need support.
Lisa McCall: firstname.lastname@example.org
Todd Robson: email@example.com
Carol Kinch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Barnard: email@example.com
Amber Fields: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please take good care of yourselves and your loved ones.
See you soon.