Updates to Families

These are all the messages sent to families during the COVID-19 outbreak. The most recent update is at the top of the page. This information was sent in English, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic.
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This is the Gladstone Schools update for March 22, 2020. During this rapidly changing situation, we will continue to update families every few days.

Dear Gladstone Families,

I hope you are well.
Remote supplemental learning for students
Many families have asked about educational opportunities to keep students learning during the school closure.

The Beaverton School District has provided a variety of activities for students. Please visit the Remote Learning Resources section of their website at https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/library-services/remote-learning. There you will find some options in English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and other languages. Beaverton is a large district that has resources we do not, so in the short term their initial plans will help those of you eager for activities for your children. These are optional, ungraded activities.

After spring break, our staff will collectively design the Gladstone plan.  You will hear from your child’s teacher and school a few days after Spring Break.

More free meal sites for youths age 1-18
To make it easier for families to pick up meals, starting this Monday we will have 3 distribution sites for grab & go meals, including during Spring Break. Drive through & walk up service is provided to protect social distancing.

• Gladstone Center for Children & Families
18905 Portland Avenue
9-10 a.m. weekdays

• Kraxberger Middle School
17777 Webster Road
9-10 a.m. weekdays

• Meldrum Bar Park [near the play structures by the bathrooms]
19 Meldrum Bar Park Road
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. weekdays

Play structure advisory
Health officials have advised families to avoid play structures during this outbreak. All play structures on school district property are closed until further notice to protect public health. We advise students to avoid sports and games that involve contact or hand-to-hand ball passing at this time.

Helping our community
The Gladstone District is doing what we can to help our community through the Coronavirus outbreak. School districts received a request from Clackamas County Public Health to deliver any available medical protective gear. Nurse Cindy Bakke alerted us that our district had items available, so Saturday we delivered more than 200 masks, 5,000 gloves, and 200 hospital gowns to Clackamas County.

Yesterday I made a point of checking in on my four nearest neighbors, all in their 70s and 80s. We practiced social distancing while connecting, and I shared a jar of honey from my hive. Thanks for doing what you can to help make life a little sweeter for your neighbors. We are all in this together.

Please take care during this uncertain time, and let us know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Bob Stewart, Superintendent
Gladstone Schools
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Dear Gladstone Families,

Yesterday Governor Kate Brown extended the mandatory statewide school closure through April 28 to lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is a dynamic and quickly shifting time, so know that this closure period could ultimately be shorter or longer. There is no way to guess right now.

During the school closure, we will continue providing free grab & go breakfast & lunch to any youth age 1 to 18. Meals are available weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families from now through April 28. We have received clarification on state rules, and youths must be present to receive meals. Our drive-through pickup system will prevent contact with others to keep kids and families safe.

I am grateful to our nutrition team for their quick work to provide the free meal program on short notice. They provided 94 meals Monday, 244 meals Tuesday, and 326 meals today. I am also thankful for our non-profit partner, The Clackamas Bookshelf, which today provided 1,300 free books to Gladstone students participating in the free meal program. They will continue to do this periodically as they are able.

The Food Pantry has closed through March 31 to protect shoppers and volunteers. During this time, pantry shoppers are urged to visit the 211 info website or phone 211 to find other food resources.

For High School Students
I know students at Gladstone High School are worried about earning credits. I am confident there will be a remedy from state leaders so that our students graduate on time. When I learn more about the details, I will let you know. At this time, there is no way to know how this situation will impact our graduation ceremony.

Of course, we want students to continue reading and learning at home during this prolonged and unexpected closure. After spring break we will provide some activities to keep them engaged and moving forward.

This spring, we must do some important things in new ways, including kindergarten registration and forecasting for next year’s classes. Many unanswered questions remain. Thank you for your patience while we figure out new plans.

This is an unprecedented and historic situation, and we are all in this together. Please remind your children to wash their hands thoroughly and keep their distance from others. Also show them by example what it means to be calm, resilient, adaptive, and helpful to neighbors. They look to you for leadership now more than ever.

If you have any questions, please reply to this email.

Stay healthy and take care,

Bob Stewart, Superintendent
Gladstone School District
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March 13, 2020

Dear Gladstone families,

All Gladstone schools will be closed Monday, March 16, through Tuesday, March 31, as part of a statewide school closure ordered by Governor Kate Brown to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. At this time there are no presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Gladstone.

During the closure, all school-related activities are cancelled. This includes:
• Classes, after school clubs & programs, performances, and parent meetings
• Athletic team practices, workouts, voluntary practices, and games
• Extended Day childcare program

The district will serve students free breakfast and lunch during the closure.
From March 16-20 and March 30-31, any youth age 1 to 18 can pick up a free “grab & go” breakfast and lunch from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families, 18905 Portland Avenue. Drive by or walk up bagged meals will be available in the bus loop in front of the school. No meals will be provided during Spring Break, March 23 to 27. Meal service will continue if the school closure is extended.

These essential services will remain open as usual:
• The Gladstone Food Pantry
• Gladstone Dental Clinic
•. Gladstone Health Clinic

Your Questions Answered:
• We do not know whether missed school days will have to be made up. That decision will be made by the state.
• We have no plan for remote instruction at this time.
• We don’t know whether this closure may continue past March 31, but it’s possible.
• At this time we have no plans to change the date of graduation.  We will make every effort to make accommodations to credit requirements if needed for seniors on track to graduate.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during an unprecedented and quickly changing situation. We are doing all we can to protect the health of students and others in our community. As we have more information, we will continue to share it.

Sincerely,

Bob Stewart, Superintendent
Gladstone Schools
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March 12, 2020

Dear Gladstone families,

Governor Kate Brown released new guidance today about COVID-19, a respiratory illness spreading worldwide. Gladstone Schools is complying by cancelling or postponing some events to protect the health of our students and community. This letter is to inform you of event changes this week and next week. Currently, there are no presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the Gladstone area.

Here’s what you need to know:

Schools will remain open. Education will continue. Schools are a safe place for students, and many children need access to meals and other services provided here.

Our custodial team is working continually to disinfect touch points: door handles, bathrooms, drinking fountains, desks, tables, and computer keyboards. Hand sanitizer is available, and students are frequently reminded about the importance of frequent, thorough hand washing and covering coughs. Likewise, the First Student bus company is sanitizing school bus handrails and seats with Lysol on a daily basis. There will be no school assemblies with more than 250 people, and in some cases these may be live streamed to classrooms.

Any student who is ill should remain home. Students should not return to school until symptoms of fever, sustained cough, and shortness of breath are gone for 72 hours. Please be prepared to pick up your child if needed, as any student at school with a fever will be sent home. Those with non-COVID symptoms [rash, vomiting, diarrhea] should return 24 hours after symptoms subside.

Many school-related gatherings and group activities are cancelled through the end of Spring Break, following the direction of the Governor. Regrettably, this includes:

Gladstone High School Kraxberger Middle School Wetten Elementary & GCCF kindergarten
• CCC Vocal Jazz Festival [3/12/20] and Jazz Band Festival [3/14/20] • FIRST robotics competitions • 5th grade trip to Biz Town [3/16/20]
• GHS’s East Coast Trip [planned departure 3/12/20] • Band and Choir Concerts [3/17/20] — Will possibly be live streamed. • Battle of the Books regional competition [3/14/20]
• Abby’s Closet Prom Dress field trip [3/14/20] • District 13 Middle School Honor Band Festival [3/12/20] • After school community education programs & Mad Science [now through March 20]
• FIRST robotics competitions • After school programs [now through March 20]
• Band & Choir concerts [3/19/20] – Will possibly be live streamed.
• Softball & baseball trips [Spring Break]
• All OSAA winter athletic and dance competitions

These activities are postponed. New dates will be announced:
• March into Kindergarten registration event [originally set for March 17]
• Parent orientation for incoming 8th graders [originally set for March 31]

These activities will continue as scheduled:

  • School
  • Spring Break [No school March 23-27]
  • IEP meetings
  • Extended day child care program
  • Spring athletic practices: track & field, baseball, softball, and golf
  • Current driver education class [nearly complete]

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding in this frustrating situation. It’s disappointing to see the cancellation of so many events we were eagerly anticipating. With new information emerging daily, likely there will be more changes ahead. I will communicate next week what we know about events scheduled after Spring Break.

If you have any questions, please let us know by replying to this email.

Take care,
Bob Stewart, Superintendent
Gladstone School District
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March. 11, 2020

Dear GHS families,

So far, we’ve been lucky: as of today, we have no known cases of COVID-19 in our school district or in Clackamas County. If that changes, we will let you know.

Our school custodial team is working extra hard to provide frequent disinfecting of touch points like door knobs, drinking fountains, and chair backs. They are doing an excellent job.

I want to thank our students for their careful attention to cough containment and frequent hand washing. We have provided hand sanitizer stations around the school, but we also remind them that soap and water work even better.

Please keep your student home if they are sick until they remain fever free for 24 hours. This is an important strategy to keep illness from spreading.

The Coronavirus outbreak has impacted a few statewide student events. FIRST robotics competitions in Oregon have been cancelled, however Coach Steve Stewart is hoping to plan a local competition with a small number of teams. In addition, today’s Northwest Youth Careers Expo was also cancelled. If we become aware of other event changes, we will share that news.

Thanks for your partnership in keeping our community healthy.

Kevin Taylor, Principal
Gladstone High School
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March 2, 2020

Dear Gladstone families,

I want to give you an update on what the Gladstone School District is doing in response to Coronavirus. As of today, there are zero cases in Gladstone. However, we are taking sensible precautions to keep our students and staff healthy.

This weekend and before school Monday morning, our custodial team worked to deep clean and disinfect each of our schools. This included use of CDC-recommended disinfectants on touch points throughout the school, from door handles, chair backs, and bathrooms to drinking fountains, keyboards, and desktops.

During the school day, custodians will continue to disinfect touch points frequently.

We will instruct students on hand washing, an effective first-line virus defense strategy. We have also increased the availability of hand sanitizer stations in our schools. Desks and computer keyboards will be sanitized daily.

To prevent germs from spreading, please remind your child to cough into a tissue or their sleeve. If your child is sick, please keep them home from school. Any child with a fever above 99.1 degrees should remain home until 24 hours after the fever has ended. If your child is at school with a fever, we will call you to pick them up to recover at home.

We have created a Coronavirus section on our website [http://gladstone.k12.or.us/coronavirus-covid-19/] with information provided by public health authorities, including the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control. Student health is a constant priority, and we will rely on these expert partners to guide us as this situation evolves.

We will continue to communicate with you as more information emerges.

Sincerely,

Bob Stewart, Superintendent
Gladstone Schools
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February 28, 2020

Dear Gladstone families,

This week you’ve heard a lot about Coronavirus [COVID-19], a respiratory illness first detected in China this winter. This evening we learned that the first presumed case has been identified in Oregon. There is no known connection to Gladstone. We had planned to send this message before we learned of the presumptive case.

The Gladstone School District is continually monitoring the situation, and we will remain in contact with Clackamas County Public Health and the Oregon Health Authority. We have worked with these partners many times in the past, and have always been impressed with their professionalism. We plan to follow their expert guidance and do all we can to keep students healthy.

Please remember that children are impacted by what they hear on TV and from trusted adults in their lives. If you remain calm and focus on common-sense precautions to stay healthy, their anxiety will be reduced.

It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season. Many of the everyday precautions we take to prevent flu are useful in stopping the spread of COVID-19. You can find more information on the Center for Disease Control website: bit.ly/CDCadvice

This short video provides 7 everyday strategies you can use to protect your family, provided by the Oregon Health Authority: http://bit.ly/38ckpsG

If your family has traveled to affected areas, has been exposed, or has symptoms, contact your health care provider to decide if you need medical care.

Keeping students healthy is a priority, and we will continue to keep you updated on this situation as we have more information.

Sincerely,

Bob Stewart, Superintendent
Gladstone Schools