The Governor’s Office announced today that schools will remain closed through April 28, 2020.
Baker School District is in the process of developing plans to supplement the education of our students during this closure. The highest priority will be given to current Seniors so that they can meet all graduation requirements. Rest assured, we will be putting plans together to serve all children. Additional information will be forthcoming as we develop viable strategies for students and their families to meet the educational needs of their children. This will undoubtedly need to be a partnership between our staff and the families we serve.
We will be seeking clarification on a number of issues from the Oregon Department of Education. We will keep our parents and community updated as we know more. BSD, along with community partners, will continue to provide breakfast and lunch at Haines, Brooklyn, South Baker and the High School. This program is for all children in our community 18 years old and younger.
The Governor has also charged schools to implement child care for first responders, emergency workers and health care professions. BSD is in communication with management of each of these organizations to determine the level of need. We are striving to meet this need as soon as reasonably possible. We are currently developing plans for staffing/logistics to ensure quality care as well as meeting all previous protocols set forth by the state.
I will continue to update our families, staff and community as further information is disseminated from State Authorities. This is a time when we are being asked to sacrifice. Our children and families will not be able to experience many opportunities that they have worked so hard to achieve. One example is our Girls Basketball Team. They lost the opportunity to compete as returning State Champions in this year’s State Tournament. This truly saddens me, these sacrifices are meant to protect those that we care about and love. Our parents, our grandparents and those that have underlying health issues. I am appreciative of how our community is pulling together to address these challenges.