Fern Ridge Families,
Thank you for your patience and understanding in regards to our last-minute closure of school. Both EHS and FRMS will be operating on a normal Wednesday early release schedule tomorrow, January 5th.
Both local and Federal Law enforcement continue to investigate the anonymous threat that was made against our school community yesterday. At this time, the origin of the threat has not been identified. Assuming this threat came from someone in our community, it is likely that a student somewhere knows something that could lead to their identification. Please speak to your high school age students regarding anything they may have heard or know. Thank you to the members of our community that did report this to the district.
The vast majority of our young adults are making good decisions, but this is an unfortunate reminder that some youth are using it to cause fear. These threats cause panic and concern for our students and families. We respectfully ask that parents monitor their student’s social media use, and if you are unable, to restrict access to it. Resources on how you can support your child in the responsible use of social media can be found at:
The best security system we have continues to be the eyes and ears of our students who contact trusted adults. Please remind your students that we need their help to keep our campuses and community a safe place. A reminder also that the district utilizes the SafeOregon tipline. Anyone (student, staff member, or community member) can leave an anonymous tip at 844-472-3367 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Gary E. Carpenter, Jr.
Please share the information below. A phone dialer will go out to all FRMS and EHS families by 7:00 AM tomorrow, January 4th, that summarizes this post.
Fern Ridge Families,
It is important that you are aware of a development in our District involving school safety.
After two threats of violence against Elmira High School that were posted on social media today, Monday January 3rd, I am taking the extraordinary step of cancelling classes at Elmira High School AND Fern Ridge Middle School on Tuesday, January 4th. This is only because investigators are still trying to determine the viability of the threats. We were informed of the threats at approximately 2:15 and 6:30 PM.
Veneta Elementary and Elmira Elementary will remain open on their normal schedules Tuesday. In an abundance of caution law enforcement will be providing an enhanced presence at those sites although there were no threats directed at these schools.
I realize that cancelling classes will be a hardship for many, particularly with such late notice. While it is in my nature to confidently move forward with school, in this particular situation we believe some additional time for law enforcement and the district to investigate will be helpful. This has been an extremely difficult decision, but when it comes to student safety we must – and do – take threats seriously.
The law enforcement investigation could lead to serious disciplinary action including criminal charges regardless of whether the threats were intended to be taken seriously.
The safety and security of all students and staff is our first priority. We commend those who have reported these threats. This week, and always, if you hear or see anything that may indicate a safety issue, please report it right away.
I will provide more relevant information on the investigation if and when it becomes available. When students return to school, and I fully expect that to be on Wednesday, we will be reminding them that words do matter. If anyone has ANY information regarding where these threats may have generated, please contact the school.
Fern Ridge Superintendent
The Fern Ridge School District has become aware today of troubling posts that have been shared widely around the country on the social media platform, TikTok. The posts refer to a threat to school safety for “every school in the United States” on Friday, December 17th. There has been NO threat to our local schools.
The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend that did not originate in our school district, or even in Oregon. KVAL ran a short story on this topic today, that you can view here: https://kval.com/news/nation-world/schools-across-us-respond-to-vague-shooting-threat-circulating-on-tiktok.
All FRSD staff have been informed of this situation. In addition, I have been in contact with local law enforcement and there may be an increased presence around our schools tomorrow.
Over the last six weeks, two families and our school community have experienced tremendous loss with the deaths of two students. The district has been working with multiple support and partner organizations in recent weeks to support students, staff and families.
As a continuation of these services we would like to invite parents to attend a virtual meeting/forum on Wednesday, December 15th, at 6:30 PM. Our community is grieving and this informational and support night is intended as an opportunity to hear from experts in this field regarding how parents can best support their children who are coping with grief and loss. Please see the flyer below for all the information, and share with anyone you think may benefit from attending. Direct Zoom Webinar Link Here Passcode: 827232
Due to continuing icy and dangerous driving conditions, FRSD and all activities are cancelled for today, Tuesday December 14th.
Out of an abundance of caution, the School District in consultation with First Student, is announcing a 2-hour delay for tomorrow, Tuesday the 14th. Typically we will wait until the morning when the weather pattern is uncertain, however Accuweather is showing an “expected” pattern in the morning that is problematic. At 4AM It is expected to be 32 degrees, and then get cooler as follows: 5 AM: 31 degrees, 6 AM: 30 degrees, 7 AM: 30 degrees, 8 AM: 29 degrees.
When the driving conditions turn dangerous after 5:30 or 6:00 AM, it is difficult for the District to change course as parents and students are expecting buses to be there to pick up students. While there certainly is the opportunity for the roads to be fine in the morning, the District will be operating on a 2 hour delay–based on the forecast and roads that are currently very wet. Any changes or updates will be shared here. Please pass along this information. A phone dialer will go out this evening to all families and FRSD staff.
We have been informed of a vehicle accident past Noti. They have closed 126. For all of our families on Bus Route 1 (elementary) and Route 2 (FRMS/EHS). Please expect a phone call and plan to meet at Noti Market. Phone calls will begin with Elmira Elementary families and then proceed with FRMS and EHS families.
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Veneta Elementary School
This clinic will be put on by Lane County Public Health especially for our Fern Ridge community!
- Tuesday, November 23rd from 4:00 – 7:00 – Dose 1
- Tuesday, December 14th from 4:00 – 7:00 – Dose 2
- Veneta Elementary School Cafeteria
- This clinic is for kids aged 5-11 years old (12-17 year-olds can be vaccinated also if a younger sibling is getting vaccinated). Adults will not be vaccinated at this time. Lane County is taking appointments at this time and won’t be available for drop-in vaccinations.
- Pre-registration required. Sign-ups open the morning of Friday 11/19. Use code FRSDKids at COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics – Lane County (“schedule a vaccine appointment” – be sure to select ‘pfizer’ when signing up as this is the only brand available to this age group) (select ‘tue’ then ‘mobile’ to find the clinic in our neighborhood). If you try to sign up prior to Friday am the clinic won’t show up on their website. https://lanecounty.org/vaxclinics
*Kids will be considered “fully vaccinated” 2 weeks after the second dose.
Fully vaccinated children who come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will no longer need to quarantine away from school unless they are experiencing symptoms!
For more information, resources, FAQs, etc., please visit: Fern Ridge School District 2021-2022 School Year.
In honor of Veterans Day there will be no school on
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Following review of recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup has confirmed that pediatric doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children are safe and effective for children ages 5 through 11.
Fern Ridge School District has worked with Lane County Public Health to secure a vaccination clinic in our community.
FRSD CLINIC DETAILS:
November 23rd and December 14th 4pm-7pm at Veneta Elementary School GYM/Cafeteria
- Sign ups are required and will begin on Friday, Nov. 19th through an online portal. To schedule a vaccine appointment visit LCPH website . Use code FRSDKids
- There will be approximately 150 total slots in the 3 hour time slot.
- Vaccination Clinics will be put on by Lane County Public Health and will be primarily for 5-11 years. There will be limited supply for siblings outside of this age category/parents in the same household.
- Masks will be required at the clinic
- Booster shots will NOT be available at this clinic.
- As with any shot, please plan to stay for 15 minutes after receiving the injection to monitor for any immediate reaction.
- Clinics will be held 3 weeks apart as is the recommended vaccination schedule.
- Children ages 5 to 11 will receive one-third of the adult dose of the Pfizer vaccine using smaller needles designed for children. To become fully vaccinated, the child will need a second shot of the Pfizer vaccine three weeks after their first shot.
- The vaccine is free. No health insurance is required, and it is available regardless of immigration status.
- A vaccinated individual is considered “fully immunized” 2 weeks after the last dose. When you are fully vaccinated and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, you do not need to quarantine after an exposure to someone with COVID-19.
For more information and frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine for children, please visit the links below:
Please continue to watch our website page for updates and more information