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Dr. Karen Gray: Superintendent’s Update

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Dr. Karen Gray LCSD Superintendent

I wanted to take some time to update you on a few topics as we wind our way into summer. I think that we have said almost all there is to say about this crazy pandemic school year. I look forward to moving with positive anticipation into the summer and next school year, hopefully with Covid restrictions mostly behind us. In the meantime, let’s continue doing what we have been doing to keep our community safe.

Athletics: Athletic Season 4 began May 10 will run until June 26. The sports will be our usual Winter Sports of Swimming, Basketball, Cheer, and Wrestling. These are all indoor sports, and everyone must continue to follow our Covid protocols.

With our Moderate Risk designation, we will be allowing four home spectators and two visiting spectators for each athlete at our home events. Seniors will still have eight guests for their Senior Night. We will work with Newport and Lincoln City pools and follow up with spectator guidance. Contact tracing, masks, and all internal Covid rules will be posted on site. We look forward to welcoming more fans back to our events!

Our school tracks are set to open to the public before school, after school, and on weekends on Monday, May 24. We ask community members to be respectful of groups using the facility under our facility use agreements. We invite users to help keep our facilities clean and to follow physical distancing protocols.

Vaccination Clinics: The Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 has been approved for children age 12 and older. Lincoln County Public Health (LCPH) will be setting up a clinic in one school in each area of the county for first dose vaccinations within the next two weeks. Parents interested should watch for LCPH information coming through their schools’ communication methods. The clinics at the school site will run from 9 am – 2 pm.

School Issued Devices: Last Spring and Fall, we distributed Chromebooks and Hotspots to our students to continue learning from home during the pandemic. As the school year comes to a close, we would like to collect all of the devices to begin to prepare them for distribution in the Fall of 2021. Your student’s school will provide the details of how this will work in the coming weeks.

Summer School and Summer School Child Care K-2:

LCSD is offering summer school for the last two weeks of June and the third week of August.

Grades 9-12 will be credit recovery and Career Technical Programs.

Grades 7-8 will be AVID Summer Bridge Program.

Grades K-2 will be Reading and Literacy and enrichment for selected students. Please see your school for more information.

Afternoon child care will be provided for students in Grades K-2.

Registration for Fall School Year and Kindergarten Rules:

Registration will begin on August 9th for all schools. Registration will continue to be online, and also, there will be help at our schools. Look for more information on our website in July.

Even though this year was challenging, we still follow the policies and laws about Kindergarten Registration. Students who would have been in kindergarten in 2020-21 but did not attend school cannot register as kindergarten students in 2021-22. They must register as a first grader.

Fall School Year Prediction from the Superintendent:

From all the information and conversations superintendents have been involved in, it appears that the Fall will bring a typical school year. That means kids will go to school five days a week in person with Early Release Wednesdays again. There may be some restrictions like physical distancing of some sort and even masks, but I do not feel there will be much else.

LCSD is offering a fully online K-12 program. The 7-12 grades will be Edmentum as they were this year, and K-6 will be taught by LCSD teachers using our LCSD curriculum. Please stay tuned for registration information for this program.

Special Note – Masks and Distancing:

On May 13, 2021, Governor Brown issued a video statement on how the new CDC guidelines will be implemented in Oregon. In her statement, she shared, “Nothing is changing for schools this school year, and I expect education staff and students to continue to wear masks and physically distance, as outlined in our Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance.” This also applies to all other individuals on the school campus, including but not limited to: family members, volunteers, visitors, SROs, and other partners. Please do not argue with our staff when they ask you to wear a mask. It is still required.

Thank you, everyone, for your patience and support. I am looking forward to our Graduations and our Summer School programs. Please stay healthy and safe!

LCSD Superintendent Dr. Karen Gray
Dr. Karen Gray is Superintendent for Lincoln County School District

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