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Back to School parent info.2020

Back to School info for families
Posted on 08/27/2020

Click for middle school info (Spanish) or high school (Spanish) letter.

The letter below from elementary principals is being mailed to families this week.

Dear Families,

Thank you for your continued support of and partnership with McMinnville School District. Our students will begin the school year in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), based on state guidance about COVID-19. We were fortunate to receive parent feedback over the summer months that will help us improve our delivery of CDL this fall. In this letter, you will find information to help you prepare for the upcoming school year.

Daily Schedules, Attendance, Grades and Meal Service:

School starts September 14 in our Comprehensive Distance (online) Learning format! The Student Daily Schedule(provided during orientation) for elementary students is 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.  Your child should be awake and ready to access learning at 8 a.m. Click to see student schedules by grade level.  

During distance learning, attendance and participation of all students is required. Daily attendance will be taken and students will be graded on their work, just as they would be graded if they were physically in school. 

Grab and Go Meal Service (UPDATE) will begin again on September 14. Daily meals will be 11:30 am - noon in front of all elementary schools and at select bus stops. Click to apply for meal benefits and start the process for fee waivers, free internet and other resources.

Students that qualify for the district’s English Learner Program (EL) will be contacted by their student’s EL teacher regarding English language assessments and program services offered during the school year. 

Students with disabilities (students who have an Individualized Education Program or a Section 504 Accommodation Plan) can expect the case manager/teacher to contact them to discuss special education services or Section 504 accommodations, and what those will look like during Comprehensive Distance Learning. The case manager/teacher will also review any assessments, meetings, etc. that were postponed due to the state-wide school closure and those that are coming due this school year. Please check the McMinnville School District website (under Student Services department) for future updates.

Communication and Technology:

District and School Websites have links to many helpful resources, such as meal delivery schedules and other updates.

Classroom Teacher Assignments will be communicated to parents by September 4. You will receive either a letter or phone call from your child’s assigned teacher. You may also communicate with the school office after September 8.

Student Orientation Days will be September 10 and 11. Your child’s teacher will contact you to arrange a time to connect with specific information about classroom routines, schedules, and expectations.

MSD Family Resource page will provide you with technology support, community resources, tips for parents and more!    

Parent Square will be our main communication tool between the school, teachers, and families. Click to find out more and register if you have not already done so.

Chromebooks If your student still needs a Chromebook, please contact the school office. Click for additional information on technology, including Internet Control and Access Options for families as well as an optional Chromebook protection plan.

School Supplies:

Click for a school supply list for Comprehensive Distance Learning.

In addition, each student will be supplied with a kit of school materials to allow them greater success during distance learning. A schedule for their distribution will be posted on Parent Square.  

Thank you for your continued support as we enter the new school year together. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

August 27, 2020

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