In a letter sent to parents and students in the Mapleton School District on Saturday (March 14), school district superintendent Jodi O’Mara confirmed that the school district will be following Governor Kate Brown’s decision of a statewide closure of Oregon K-12 schools from Monday, March 16, through Tuesday, March 31.
“At this point, information is very fluid and we will continue to be guided by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority,” O’Mara said in her letter. “We understand that this closure can present many challenges to our students and families.”
At this time, Mapleton School District will be providing nutrition services beginning Monday, March 16 and continuing through Thursday, March 19, and again Monday, March 30, continuing through Tuesday, March 31.
If the statewide school closure continues beyond March 31, “the district will look for guidance from the Oregon Department of Education regarding options to provide educational opportunities to our students,” O’Mara said.
The district’s current plan is to provide opportunities and locations for families to pick up breakfast and lunch for students each afternoon.
The following are locations and times for pick up:
All school district families will be contacted this Monday, March 16, to determine if families choose to participate.
“During the break, we encourage everyone to follow recommended practices by avoiding large gatherings, washing hands frequently and covering mouths when coughing or sneezing,” said O’Mara. “Those experiencing fever, flu or cold symptoms should stay at home until well after they are symptom-free without the use of medication. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult with your healthcare provider.”
District staff members will be working during the closure to ensure a clean environment for all students and staff upon return to school.
“We will continue to monitor this very dynamic public health situation and will provide updates, as available, during this extended break,” O’Mara said. “We all hope this closure will be successful in helping to combat the coronavirus, and we look forward to being able to return to our normal school routine, with our students and staff healthy and ready for learning.”
For more and updated information, check the Mapleton School District website at www.mapleton.k12.or.us
Families are also encouraged to sign up for the RemindApp (more detailed instructions on the district website)
• Mapleton Middle/High School: Text the message @mapletonor to the number 81010 or 205-409-7578
• Mapleton Elementary School: Text the message @mapletonel to the number 81010 or 205-409-7578
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