March 30, 2020

Dear FRSD Families:

As I’m sure you’re already aware, on March 17 Governor Kate Brown ordered the closure of all public schools in the state of Oregon in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. As of now the date for schools to re-open is April 28. Obviously the next few weeks will determine whether or not schools will be open, or if the closure date will be extended.

I understand that these are unprecedented and for many, difficult times. This could especially be causing anxiety for our students and families that have children on IEP’s and 504’s. On Monday and Tuesday teachers will be calling parents to discuss the FRSD plan for providing supplemental education during the next four weeks. During this time teachers will be posting online resources and be sending home packets for your child to work on if this is something you would like. Special education teachers will be working to individualize resources for students that require a different level of material then what is being provided by general education teachers. Teachers will also be working to schedule upcoming IEP’s and re-schedule IEP’s that were not held due to the school closure. At this time all meetings will need to be held virtually or as a phone conference call.

As these times are unprecedented, mandates and requirements imposed by COVID-19 are prone to change and be updated frequently. As we receive clarification regarding educational services in Oregon we will do our best to keep you informed of these and how they will impact our FRSD students.

Brian Brands
Fern Ridge School District
Director of Special Education

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