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CDL letter.7.28.20

District students to begin 2020-21 in “Comprehensive Distance Learning for All” model
Posted on 07/28/2020
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The following letter is being mailed to all district families today (Español)

July 28, 2020

Dear MSD Families,

For the safety and security of our community, McMinnville School District will begin the 2020-2021 school year in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). At this time, we believe this learning model will last through the fall. In order to prepare a quality system for Comprehensive Distance Learning, the first day for students will be delayed to Monday, September 14, 2020.

We appreciate the feedback that was provided in the spring in response to the emergency teaching that occurred remotely from March to June. We have used that feedback along with the Oregon Department of Education guidance to create a plan for Comprehensive Distance Learning this fall.

Our improved distance learning plan includes:

  • Predictable schedules and routines for daily learning activities
  • High quality direct instruction and ongoing support for students by teacher(s)
  • Daily synchronous learning for students (e.g., Zoom meetings, Google Hangouts, or phone calls with staff)
  • Increased quantity of instruction and student work
  • Progress monitoring and assessment to gauge student progress
  • Clear and consistent grading practices
  • Clarity around attendance and participation
  • Counseling and mental health services
  • Family engagement and partnerships

Learning for students will take place on Chromebooks using Google Classroom, Clever, and district digital learning curriculum. We have Chromebooks available for check-out for all students who do not have one, as well as training for families on how to use it effectively. Chromebook check-out will take place on August 25-26-27 from 3 - 7 p.m. at school buildings.

We know you have many questions about what school will look like this fall. We have committees of educators working on these topics in order to get answers for you quickly. Building principals will host meetings with additional information on Monday, August 3 at 6 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. in Spanish. The link to these meetings will be on the school websites and social media. Topics will include:

  • Chromebook check-out
  • Online registration
  • Orientation
  • Schedule and details for distance learning
  • Parent meetings
  • Family resources training

This shift to online learning is not ideal. We recognize the challenges these circumstances present. Please know that we are committed to the success of all of our students and families during these difficult times and are preparing to help all of our students navigate through this unprecedented time. 

In the meantime, if your family needs social emotional or mental health support please contact 503.565.4000 and district staff will be in contact about your family’s needs.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Maryalice Russell, Superintendent



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