I hope this email finds you well and healthy. This has been an extraordinarily difficult year for our students, our families and our staff. We thank you for your patience and grace as we have navigated these challenging obstacles. As we head into the summer months, we want you to be aware of resources available to you.
Our free grab-and-go meals for children 18 and under will continue through the summer. They will be available Monday through Thursday through July 2. Beginning July 6, they will again be available Monday through Friday. Meals can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at David Douglas High School South Building, Ron Russell Middle School, Ventura Park Elementary and Gilbert Heights Elementary.
In addition, food pantries will continue providing food for our families five times a week at four locations. Food pantries hours and locations:
- Mondays, 3:45-5:30 p.m., Cherry Park Elementary
- Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mill Park Elementary
- Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Cherry Park Elementary; and 2-4 p.m., Gilbert Park Elementary
- Thursdays, 3-5 p.m., David Douglas High School South Building (Note the new time)
Please note that all food pantries will be closed for the week of June 29-July 2.
Enrollment and Registration
As in the past, our school offices will be closed during the summer. If you or someone you know needs to enroll or register a student, it can be done online. Please visit our registration web page
Our preschool model has changed for next year. We are moving from a half-day program to a full-day program. We will still have three preschool classrooms, with wonderful teachers and assistants, but the number of children we are able to serve will decrease. There are many benefits to moving to a full-day model. A full day will allow children an opportunity to experience learning at a slower pace throughout the day, they will have a quiet rest time, breakfast and lunch, and still experience Music, PE and play in the early learning courtyard. We will still serve 3 and 4 year olds who live in our catchment area; however, priority will be given to our 4-year olds.
Typically our preschool registration process starts after spring break. However, because of COVID we cannot do our typical process because we do not want to put anyone at risk. In order to keep families safe we have decided to move to an online application form.
EB Preschool Online Application:
This online preschool application will collect the applicant’s information online for the first step in the process. On May 29 we will start to review all applications. By the second week in June families will be notified if they were selected to enroll in the program. If selected, we will call the families to arrange for a registration/enrollment packet to be given for completion. Registration is a multi-step process for preschool because we have limited slots available. Below is a summary of the process:
- Complete the online screening application
- Applications will be reviewed for the selection process starting May 29
- During the application review, priority will be given to 4-year old students as there is limited space, but if there is space we also accept 3 year olds.
- You must live in the Earl Boyles attendance area to attend the Earl Boyles preschool, we cannot accept variances, or students outside our area
- If the application is accepted, the family will be contacted to complete a registration/enrollment packet
View our information flyer for more details. Much gratitude for your patience as we learn this new process.
Summer Learning Resources
It is important for your students to stay active and engaged in learning during the summer months. The COVID-19 pandemic has already created a loss of learning for many of our students. We will continue to list learning resources and activities on our website. These include grade level supplemental learning activities, online educational resources, and other educational resources lists, all translated into Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Somali.
Your students should make time to read every day. Every David Douglas student has a Multnomah County Library Card, which gives you access to thousands of books and online educational resources. The Library has a Summer Reading Program that your student can participate in. Information about your library card is also on our learning resource website.
Other resources, including child care options, health and mental health care, and more can also be found on our District website.
There is no Summer SUN programming this year.
Reopening in September
The first day of the 2020-21 school year is Tuesday, Sept. 8. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has released reopening guidance for schools called Ready Schools, Safe Learners. One thing we know for sure is that school next year will not look the same as it did before the coronavirus. Recognizing that COVID-19 will likely continue to pose a public health risk throughout next school year, and that the prevalence of COVID-19 varies community by community, the ODE blueprint instructs school districts to develop a back-to-school plan that utilizes a mix of on-site and distance learning options to protect the safety of students, staff, and families. Districts are also to develop communicable disease management plans and contingency plans in the event of COVID-19 outbreaks––including returns to fully distance learning and modified school year calendars as necessary.
We will be developing a plan specific to David Douglas following ODE guidance. We will prioritize safety and student learning, with equity as our lens. We will continue to communicate developments with you during the summer as necessary so that you and your students will be prepared.
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Please have a safe and enjoyable summer, and take good care of yourselves and others.
Ericka Guynes, Principal
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