COVID-19 Information – Fossil Distance Learning Program Updates 

Attention Fossil Distance Learning Program Families: Please check this page for the most recent Central Office updates pertaining to our COVID-19 decisions and strategies.

We will also do our best to provide the most up to date resources as they are shared with us.

Program Updates

September 3, 2020

COVID-19 Updates and Information for 20-21 School Year:

The Fossil Distance Learning Program will continues to operate with the following program modifications in effect:

  • The Fossil Distance Learning Program Learning Center will remain closed until state and ODE restrictions have been lifted
  • There will be no Fossil Distance Learning Program field trips schedule until State and ODE restrictions are lifted
  • All Student Instructional Activities with School staff will be conducted virtually
  • All Parent meetings will be conducted virtually
  • Talk to your Educational Specialist for new attendance requirements as outlined in the ODE Comprehensive Distance Learning Guidance

Information and Resources:

STATE OF OREGON EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 20-29

 READY SCHOOLS, SAFE LEARNERS

COMPREHENSIVE DISTANCE LEARNING

FOSSIL CHARTER SCHOOL OPERATIONAL BLUEPRINT

March 26, 2020

We are aware of the Willamette Week article about virtual public charter schools that was published today. We immediately started getting emails and calls with questions. According to correspondence with the Oregon Department of Education, the article published today included inaccurate information and stated that the Department of Education ordered virtual charter schools to stop teaching students – this is not true. We are working in conjunction with the Department of Education, and under their guidance will continue to operate with restrictions to in person meetings, field trips, and gatherings. Following our Spring Break, we will continue to provide all education services virtually.  

On March 17, all public schools, including those operated by school districts, education service districts (ESDs), and public charter schools were closed through April 28 under Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-08. This order is consistent with the mitigation strategies recommended by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) with regard to COVID-19, in order to slow the spread of the disease and to protect Oregonians at the highest risk of contracting the disease.

This executive order includes virtual public charter schools as well as other online schools operated by school districts in Oregon. However, schools that were delivering online school prior to the closure or were capable of fully delivering school online after the closure – without in-person contact – were allowed to continue to operate under guidance by the Oregon Department of Education. The continuation of services by online or virtual schools operated school districts or virtual charter schools has not been interrupted as further guidance has been developed.

Under this guidance, virtual public charter schools may continue to operate through regular delivery of online school to students and coordinating with their sponsor school district regarding any support for emergency management response. For virtual public charter schools this will look quite robust as they have already been offering a majority of their services virtually. In many ways, it may look like business as usual. 

We appreciate your continued support as we navigate the unknowns of this situation. We will keep you updated with changes as they occur, and look forward to ‘seeing’ you upon your return from Spring Break!

March 18, 2020

 In light of Governor Brown’s announcement to extend statewide school closures through, April 28, 2020, We would like to inform our families that the Fossil Distance Learning Program will remain open as originally scheduled and per the school calendar. The prior modification to the Fossil Distance Learning Program schedule will remain in effect. 

As a reminder, these modifications include the following:

• Fossil Distance Learning Program Springfield Learning Center has been closed until further notice
• All Regional Field Trips and Learning Activities have been cancelled per Governor Brown’s directive
• All face to face meetings will be conducted virtually
• Attendance Submissions are still required as normally scheduled

Also, by way of reminder, all program polices and standards that are not affected by the modifications listed above, will remain in effect. As we make our way toward Spring Break, all attendance submissions will still be required as normally scheduled, and your normally scheduled meetings will be required, though they will need to be completed virtually. 

If you have specific questions about all of the Fossil Distance Learning Program requirements please contact your designated Educational Specialist.

March 13, 2020

 In light of Governor Brown’s announcement of the statewide school closures effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020, We would like to inform our families and students that we have received recent clarification from the Oregon Department of Education regarding this closure.

The Fossil Distance Learning Program will remain open as originally scheduled and per the school calendar. The prior modification to the Fossil Distance Learning Program schedule will remain in effect. 

As a reminder, these modifications include the following:

• Fossil Distance Learning Program Springfield Learning Center has been closed until further notice
• All Regional Field Trips and Learning Activities have been cancelled per Governor Brown’s directive
• All face to face meetings will be conducted virtually
• Attendance Submissions are still required as normally scheduled

Also, by way of reminder, all program polices and standards that are not affected by the modifications listed above, will remain in effect. As we make our way toward Spring Break, all attendance submissions will still be required as normally scheduled, and your normally scheduled meetings will be required, though they will need to be completed virtually. 

If you have specific questions about all of the Fossil Distance Learning Program requirements please contact your designated Educational Specialist.

  March 11, 2020

  • Fossil Distance Learning Program Springfield Learning Center has been closed until further notice
  • All Regional Field Trips and Learning Activities have been cancelled
  • All face to face meetings will be conducted virtually
  • Attendance Submissions are still required as normally scheduled

State Wide Updates

March 17, 2020

Governor Kate Brown Extends Statewide School Closure for Students in Oregon through Tuesday, April 28

Through Executive Order 20-08, Governor Kate Brown ordered public schools to remain closed to students from March 16, 2020, through April 28, 2020, unless that period is extended or terminated earlier by the Governor.

 March 12, 2020

Governor Kate Brown  today set new rules to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. She issued Executive Order 20-05 which outlines rules addressing large gatherings and social distancing. Governor Brown also issued guidelines for workplaces, schools, care facilities, and other community-wide mitigation efforts to help protect vulnerable and high-risk Oregonians and to protect our state’s health care system capacity. The measures are based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon public health experts, epidemiologists, and health professionals.

The measures are based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon public health experts, epidemiologists, and health professionals.

Here are the new guidelines for schools:

  • In addition to previous guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, schools should, to the extent possible, cancel or limit all non-essential gatherings and group activities, including but not limited to:
    • Group parent meetings and parent education activities;
    • Field trips;
    • Competitions;
    • Concerts and plays;
    • Arena-based conferences;
    • Group trainings and professional learning activities.

*These recommendations apply whether or not the activities are specifically sponsored by a school or school district.

Schools should also:

  • Limit interscholastic athletics and activities to student participants, essential personnel, and credentialed media. This recommendation includes any organized youth athletic programs, club sports, intramural activities and competitions, whether or not they are affiliated with or sponsored by a school or school district;
  • Coordinate with and make this information available to all onsite partners (preschools, childcare centers, afterschool programs, etc.);
  • Consider staggering recess and lunch periods to reduce the number of students coming into close contact with each other.
  • Students at high risk for severe illness should consult with their health care providers about specific steps to lower their risk of illness.
  • School district employees and students, volunteers and visitors who are ill should stay home until their fever is gone and symptoms are better for at least 24 hours to stay home.

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