April 8th - Distance learning Continues, Graduation for Seniors

RE: Governor Kate Brown closes school campuses through June 15, 2020, teaching and to learning continue, updated / new graduation requirement information.

Dear Siuslaw families,

Today we learned our students will not return to school campuses this school year, while plans around graduation requirements for seniors have also been announced.

An executive order from Gov. Kate Brown extended the closure of school buildings through June 15th in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe and healthy. While campuses are closed, education continues. Siuslaw schools will continue on the same pathway of Distance Learning for All that our staff has been preparing to deliver to all students.

This year has also significantly changed for our seniors. Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education, has announced a plan around graduation requirements. Click here for the ODE plan. We are still digging into the new guidance, and will be reaching out to each of our high school seniors and their families soon with more information. Senior students will be receiving a call from a counselor, teacher or administrator soon.

The school closure also means that proms, field trips, graduations, award ceremonies, and simple classroom activities will be missed or experienced differently. We plan to include our high school student leaders in collaborative planning efforts to address these experiences, and will share details as plans are developed. The Class of 2020 will be acknowledged with a commencement ceremony. This ceremony will be different from what anyone has previously imagined, but graduation is a milestone that cannot be allowed to slip away.

During these unprecedented times, I want to say thank you for the kindness and patience you show to one another. We will need continued patience, resilience, kindness and strength as we move through these next few months.

Please remember that we care deeply about the well-being of each and every Siuslaw student.

There is no roadmap for the trip we are taking, but we will take this journey together.


Andrew S. Grzeskowiak

Siuslaw SD 97J Superintendent

March 20th - Food & Academic Services Update - Graduation is on the horizon for the class of 2020

Supplemental Nutrition services will continue during the closure.  Meals will be available around the community every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Please click this link for specific locations and times of where meal services are located around the Florence area.

If you need assistance with nutrition or academic services, please call 541-997-2651 and leave a message or email 97j@siuslaw.k12.or.us and someone will get back to soon.  These contacts are monitored daily, every Monday thru Friday during the closure period.

Information will follow next week regarding updated requirements for graduation of 12th graders. Credit requirements for 9th, 10th and 11th graders will follow after the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) work is complete to address the needs of the Class of 2020.

There will be a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020.  District staff are actively working on determining the requirements for a healthy, safe and meaningful ceremony.  Once the ODE work is completed and Siuslaw staff has had a chance to review transcripts, all students and parents will be called as to the status of each student for meeting the modified requirements for individual students.  Please bear with us as staff takes on the monumental task of reviewing the transcripts and needs of each and every student in the Class of 2020.

Update - March 17th - Student Food Services & Learning during the Closure Period

The Siuslaw School District will begin delivering supplemental nutrition to students in the community beginning Monday March 16th through Friday through March 20th.

Spring Break Meal Dates - Monday March 23rd, Wednesday March 25th, and Friday March 27th

March 30th - extra meal delivery date after Spring Break

Academic Services - All Details Here

Coursework for students, all grade levels will be available beginning Thursday, March 19th.

  • Coursework packets can be collected by drive through at Siuslaw Middle School on Thursday March 19th and Friday March 20th from 11am to 1pm each day.
  • The same packets will also be available at food distribution sites with food deliveries.
  • The same materials will also be available electronically on the school webpages for Middle and High School students
  • Special education packets will be mailed through the US Mail.
  • Middle & High School Students – If you requested a Chromebook to borrow during the closure, devices will be available at Siuslaw Middle School with packet distribution.

March 13th - School Operations Update for Mandated Closure

The letter that is available through the link https://5il.co/dpsl outlines the larger steps being taken to by the schools for the community are we are preparing to deal with a situation that is truly unique and unprecedented.

While our mission is educational, the school district will be working to meet the basic needs of students first so that learning can be done.

As information or guidance comes in from other agencies, the school district will pass it along through our website, social media, and mass communication systems.

Thank you, Andrew Grzeskowiak, Superintendent

Communicable Disease Prevention

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The following page contains web links to the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control on the prevention of the transmission of communicable diseases.  This is particularly important as the COVID-19 respiratory infection begins to spread in Oregon and this illness impacts the very young and old more than other age groups.

11pm - March 12, 2020 - The Govenor of Oregon has directed that all schools be closed until April 1, 2020.  The closure notice from the Oregon Department of Education is linked here.  The Siuslaw administrative team will be meeting on the 13th to finalize preparations to serve students and the community during this closure period.

Update - March 12th - Following the guidance from the Governor's office, all non-essential school gatherings are cancelled for the next 30 days.  School will be in session and team practices may continue.  Sports contests and concerts are tentatively set to resume on April 10th.  The full letter of details on these cancellations are linked here in the March 12th Informational Letter.

Updates - March 11th - Lane County Health has additional resources for those that have questions about the coronavirus and COVID-19

A community call center number to address non-emergency questions and calls related to COVID-19 is operating from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday - Friday.  The Community Call Center number is 541-682-1380

There is also an email address for other non-emergency questions corona-info@lanecounty.gov

The county health webpage is regularly updated and has multiple informational links www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus

Lane County Health will also be releasing information through FlashAlert.  You can create a free FlashAlert account at https://www.flashalert.net/login/ and then subscribe to Lane Co. Government.  You can also subscribe to the OHA at Oregon Health Authority.

Oregon Health Authority - Updated Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet     Spanish/Espanol Version

Oregon Health Authority - Resources for Families   Spanish/Espanol Version

Oregon Health Authority - Resources for Staff         Spanish/Espanol Version

Clarification from the Oregon Health Authority on when a student should stay home -

"Should my child stay home? 
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever and shortness of breath. If your child merely has a runny nose, your child may attend school. 
Many school district policies state that a child should be fever free for 24 hours before they return to school. If your child has cough, fever and shortness of breath and you are concerned about possible COVID-19, call your local health department or health care provider. They will help you decide if you need an appointment. If so, they can help you plan a way to enter a clinic in a way that avoids potentially infecting others."

From OHA 2684

Previous informational posts - March 2nd to March 9th

To prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, the same steps that help prevent the spread of the common cold and flu are also effective:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or shirt sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Stay home if you are sick

Both students and employees should not come to school if they have had:

  • a fever of 100.4 degrees F in the last 24 hours
  • any other signs of a fever in the last 24 hours - headache, warm forehead, chills, aching muscles, sore eyes, or a general feeling of weakness
  • active coughing or difficulty breathing even when using medication to reduce fever or coughing

The signs of being ill with the Coronavirus would be a fever, a cough and difficulty breathing or feeling short of breath.  These symptoms may show between 2 and 14 days after exposure.

The following links are to different informational posts from the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control:

Custodial staff are actively cleaning 'high touch surfaces' both during the day and evening with disinfectants to sanitize surfaces.

Public health authorities will work with school officials to determine if a school needs to closed and for how long.  In the event that schools are closed to address the spread of an infectious disease, all extracurricular activities will also be rescheduled or cancelled.