• Year End Information

    Posted by Springfield Public Schools on 6/10/2020

    Springfield Families,

    Congratulations! We made it to the end of this strange school year — and we did it together!

    A sincere thank you to each of you: teachers who pivoted on a moment’s notice to chart an unknown course for the remainder of the year; parents who never anticipated being the primary educator for their students for the final weeks of the year; community members and organizations who stepped up to assist SPS families impacted by the economic downturn with food and resources; and our phenomenal technology support and food services staff who checked out approximately 5,000 devices and provided about 15,000 meals a week since March 16. Together, as the Springfield Public Schools community, we came together and made the best of an unprecedented situation. 

    As we move into the summer, we recognize there are still many unknowns. Over the next few months we will prepare to welcome students back to our brick and mortar buildings next school year,  recognizing that it will look different than years past. Throughout the coming weeks we will be reviewing state recommendations, evaluating public health requirements and assessing instruction to ensure that we return to healthy learning environments. We are committed to sharing as much information as we can as it becomes available and ask for your continued patience as these tasks move forward.

    We are united in our commitment to our children and recognize the important role that schools play in our community. We will be ready to return our focus to the success of all of all students as the weeks move forward. In the meantime, please see the following logistical information to close out the year, and help to inform our planning process.

    Celebrating our Seniors

    The conclusion of a student’s K-12 education is a cause for celebration. While the current pandemic has created the need to celebrate our seniors in new and creative ways, we invite everyone to join us in a unique online graduation.

    On June 11, at 12 p.m., we will premiere our four graduation ceremonies on the district’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/SpringfieldPS. We encourage our entire community to tune and join us in recognizing the completion of their hard work. 

    Congratulations Class of 2020!

     

    Technology and School Item Returns:

    Beginning, June 16, SPS will be holding “turn-in” events at six locations across our district. The following locations will be available to turn in any loaned technology, library or text books, sports uniforms, instruments, or other school items: Agnes Stewart Middle School, Briggs Middle School, Hamlin Middle School, Thurston Middle School, Thurston High School, and Springfield High School. Families will receive a separate email with details regarding their assigned turn-in location, time and date. Elementary schools will join the following middle school locations:

    • Agnes Stewart Middle School
      • Douglas Gardens, Mt. Vernon, Riverbend
    • Briggs Middle School
      • Yolanda, Maple, Page Elementary
    • Hamlin Middle School
      • Centennial, Guy Lee, Two Rivers Dos Rios
    • Thurston Middle School
      • Ridgeview, Thurston Elementary, Walterville
    • Thurston High School
    • Springfield High School
      • A3, Gateways High School

    SPS Fall Restart Family Input:

    What we currently know is that we will have school in the fall, and that it will look different than before, but our commitment remains the same - to create safe, healthy and welcoming spaces for every student. 

    We will abide by the current recommendations provided by our state health partners and the Oregon Department of Education, which includes remaining flexible should we need to modify any instruction along the way. 

    SPS is busy planning for many scenarios and will be looking at the information shared by the Oregon Department of Education June 8 to help focus that work. Following that release of information, we will invite our families to share their initial perspective on the different instruction options available through a districtwide survey.

    Throughout the summer the work will continue and we encourage families to stay connected as we monitor guidelines and adjust our planning. 

    Thank you for your ongoing partnership!

     

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  • Family Update - April 7, 2020

    Posted by Jenna McCulley on 4/7/2020 10:00:00 PM

    Good evening SPS Families,  

    Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate these unprecedented times. We want you to know that SPS is here for you and will continue to provide resources and assistance in any way it can. In an effort to keep you updated on this week’s happenings, we wanted to send out a few pieces of information regarding distance learning, access to technology, teacher in-service and meal distribution. 

    Technology Distribution

    SPS staff helped to distribute computers and tablets to initial groups of students and families last week and this morning. Staff will continue to distribute devices throughout the week. For those who have not yet filled out a technology survey and need assistance with obtaining a loaned device or internet, please fill out this survey. Those who have already filled out a survey to the best of their ability will receive further information about when and where to pick up devices via phone message, email or text. There are multiple opportunities to obtain devices, and we will be reaching out to everyone who submitted a survey. There is no need to resubmit if you haven’t received a notification of pick-up time.

     

    Virtual Inservice + Virtual Learning Preparations

    In anticipation of the (soft) start of distance learning on Monday, April 13, teachers and other educators have been working diligently to prepare for new ways of teaching and communicating with students. This virtual inservice week will also allow teachers to plan, collaborate and get organized for teaching. We understand that families are eager to learn more about what their schedules look like and get into a school routine. Thank you for your continued patience as we work out those details so that we do not overwhelm our educators with logistical questions. 

     

    Distance learning schedules

    Detailed distance learning schedules are currently being finalized by SPS educators and leadership. The schedules are organized by grade level and overview schedules are available on the district’s new distance learning resource hub: www.springfield.k12.or.us/SPSLearns. Overview schedules are available by level under the Family Resources links. 

    Meal distribution locations and hours + survey

    Meals are still being served at nine different SPS schools between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Springfield Public Schools will continue to provide to-go lunches with breakfast for the following day for all children 1 - 18 throughout the extended school closure at the following locations: 

    • Centennial: 1315 Aspen St, Springfield, OR 97477
    • Ridgeview: 526 N 66th St, Springfield, OR 97478
    • Two Rivers - Dos Rios: 1084 G St, Springfield, OR 97477
    • Guy Lee: 755 Harlow Road Springfield, OR 97477
    • Yolanda: 2350 Yolanda Ave, Springfield, OR 97477
    • Agnes Stewart: 900 S 32nd St, Springfield, OR 97478
    • Walterville: 40589 McKenzie Hwy, Springfield, OR 97478
    • Maple: 2109 J St, Springfield, OR 97477
    • Riverbend Elementary: 320 N 51st St, Springfield, OR 97478

    Meal service surve

    While we’ve had great turnout at our meal site locations, we’d like to hear from families about how they’re accessing these sites and what helpful changes may need to be implemented at the meal sites moving forward. Those who are interested can fill out this survey and offer suggestions and feedback about SPS meal service throughout the extended school closures.  

    Student Belongings Retrieval:

    Beginning on Thursday, April 9, the district will be holding drive-through pickup for student belonging retrieval.

    Thursday April 9, 10  am – 6 pm

             Grades 3 – 5

             Grades 7 – 8

             Grades 11 -12

    Friday, April 10, 10 am – 6 pm

             Grades K-2

             Grades 6

             Grade 9 -10

    Monday, April 13, 3 pm – 6 pm

             All Grades

    Tuesday, April 14, 3 pm – 6 pm

             All Grades

     

    Students and parents can come to their school on the days assigned by their grade any time between the listed hours to retrieve student belongings. Staff will have belongings packaged by students' names. Personal items in PE and Sports Lockers will not be available during this pick up time.

     

    Additional information

    Is available at: www.springfield.k12.or.us/SPSLearns.

     

    Questions? Email: askSPS@springfield.k12.or.us or call, 541-726 -3331.

     

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  • Update from Superintendent Hamilton

    Posted by Jenna McCulley on 3/31/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Dear Springfield families,

    Last night we received clarification from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) regarding its expectations of us during this unprecedented time away from schools. You can read the full language online, here. Simply put, it states that no decision has been made regarding how long students will be out of school. That decision will probably be left to the Oregon Health Authority, as it should be. In the meantime, ODE has called on school districts to shift from the initial “supplemental learning” model that we began with, to a “distance learning for all” model. This may appear at first glance to be a nuance, but it is a significant assignment. We at Springfield School District embrace this challenge, because it will be best for our students. 

    We will be reaching out to you with more details over the coming days (the memo and documentation are lengthy, and we need to move through it more thoughtfully than a night allows), but it essentially calls on us to provide a learning experience for each Springfield student, regardless of location. This request will be a big lift for us as a community. Our teachers are quickly learning the ropes of distance learning and will be ready to help. 

    The model puts responsibility on each parent as well. Our goal at Springfield Public Schools is to provide you with materials, guidance and resources that will help you and your student be successful. We know you are not teachers, and we know you are maintaining a household, feeding children, working remotely or away from home, and dealing with the stress that this time has presented. Our goal is that when this is over: 1) your child has avoided stagnation, and has continued to learn, 2) you had access to materials to support that, and 3) we have done everything within our reach to make this as successful an experience for you and your child as possible. 

    Future correspondence will include more information about “Distance Learning for All.” In the meantime, as a parent myself, I urge you to be realistic and gentle with each other. There will be days when you make good progress with your child, and there will be days that have bumps. This is, as we know, parenthood. And right now, it’s parenthood on steroids. So be kind to each other and yourself. I am not offering a pass on the education that should be happening during these difficult times, but I am reminding you that your healthy and loving relationship with your child is most important. And please, if you find yourself struggling, please reach out for guidance. We are here to help. 

    Sincerely,

    Todd Hamilton, 

    Superintendent 

    Springfield Public Schools

     

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  • Supplemental Learning Options

    Posted by Jenna McCulley on 3/25/2020 10:00:00 PM

    Dear Students and Families,

     

    We hope this message finds you healthy and making the best of these uncertain times. While it is true, our world has changed dramatically in the last couple of weeks, what has not changed, is our commitment to you, our community of students and families.

    To this end, we are giving you an update while also sharing with you a list of activities and resources you may choose to use while we await guidance from the state about our next steps.

    Students in Grades K-5. The state is outlining how we will support our students in grades K-5. This school closure will have a lasting impact on their educational achievement. The decisions and resulting plans that will be implemented are being done with great care, including input from state educators.

    Students in Grades 6-8. The state is outlining how we will support our students in grades 6-8. This school closure will have a lasting impact on their educational achievement. The decisions and resulting plans that will be implemented are being done with great care, including input from state educators. 

    Students in Grades 9, 10 and 11. The state is also outlining how we will support our students in grades 9, 10 and 11. This school closure will have a lasting impact on their educational achievement and resulting ability to meet the current graduation requirements. The decisions and resulting plans that will be implemented are being done with great care, including input from state educators and in consultation with higher education.

    Seniors and Graduation. At this point, the state is creating a plan for how we will support our seniors and their graduation. They are aware of how school closure impacts state and district graduation requirements and we are working in collaboration to make changes that will support their graduation.

    As you review the resource list on the SPS Homeroom page, please know that we acknowledge these resources are not meant to replace classroom instruction and experience. As we all grapple with this difficult new period, we recognize and understand the importance of staying relaxed, engaged, and entertained. That being said, encouraging our students to continue to challenge themselves intellectually, is also important. The resources are meant as a guide for you to use, if you choose. There will be no grading or credit provided for utilizing these resources.

    When we receive the state guidelines for how we will support our elementary school students, we will share that information with you. Our goal is to stay connected in a meaningful way while keeping you informed. 

    Please continue to watch for information and updates via email and the SPS District Website. If you have specific questions, you can email askSPS@springfield.k12.or.us.

     

    Remember to stay positive and maintain healthy connections with others; we are separate, but not alone! 

     

    In appreciation, 

     

    Springfield Public Schools  

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  • Family Update - March 20, 2020

    Posted by Jenna McCulley on 3/20/2020 4:00:00 PM

    March 20, 2020

    Dear SPS families, 

    During this unprecedented time we know that there are many questions and concerns about what’s next in Springfield Public Schools and how your child will continue to access education.

    Please know that SPS staff fully understand your concerns and are working to answer many of these questions in the days to come. We want you to know that we’re in this with you and will be communicating as frequently as necessary for the duration of this extended school break.

    Continuing education updates 
    As of today, SPS schools will remain closed through April 28th in response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak unless extended or the closure is lifted by order of Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Families can expect updates on supplemental education from Springfield Schools, by March 30. This will allow for SPS staff to put together strategies to equitably serve all students as we move forward. 

    Although we do not yet have answers to all of your questions, we do have some new information for families regarding access to food and other resources during this extended break from regular school. 

    New SPS resource
    In an effort to capture your questions, concerns, and needs, we’ve set up a new email account: askSPS@springfield.k12.or.us

    A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) can also be found on the Springfield District Website at www.springfield.k12.or.us/coronavirus. This list will continue to be updated as additional questions come in and as we have answers.

    Food service
    Springfield Public Schools will continue to serve meals to all children ages 1 to 18 years old. Beginning March 23 through the remainder of the extended closure, SPS will be serving hot to-go lunches as well as breakfast meals for the next morning.

    Meal distribution locations have also changed. Families can pick up to-go breakfast and lunches between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at any of the following locations: 

    • Centennial: 1315 Aspen St, Springfield, OR 97477
    • Ridgeview: 526 N 66th St, Springfield, OR 97478
    • Two Rivers - Dos Rios: 1084 G St, Springfield, OR 97477
    • Guy Lee: 755 Harlow Road Springfield, OR 97477
    • Yolanda: 2350 Yolanda Ave, Springfield, OR 97477
    • Agnes Stewart: 900 S 32nd St, Springfield, OR 97478
    • Walterville: 40589 McKenzie Hwy, Springfield, OR 97478
    • Maple: 2109 J St, Springfield, OR 97477
    • Riverbend Elementary: 320 N 51st, St, Springfield, OR 97478

    * Note: Families can pick up meals at any of the schools listed. 

    Other food sources

    Food for Lane County has a number of locations where sack lunches and other food is available. For a list of food pantry locations and information about other meal sites visit https://foodforlanecounty.org/ or call (541)- 343-2822 to find the location, days and hours of the emergency food pantry in your area. 


    Additional health and mental health resources

    Lane County Public Information  - 541.682.1380

    HOOTS -  Helping Out Our Teens by CAHOOTS -  crisis intervention, counseling, mediation, information and referral, transportation to social services, first aid, and basic-level emergency medical care. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 541-246-2332

    Lane County Behavioral Health – 541-682-7253 (also available in Spanish)

    Looking Glass Youth and Family Crisis Line: 541-689-3111

    White Bird Clinic Crisis Line 541-687-4000

    Mental Health Crisis Response 888-989-9990

    Additionally, a student support line has also been set up for families wishing to speak with a SPS school counselor. Springfield Student support line: 541-726-3209.

    Family resources:

    Creativity Kits for Kids: Our partners at Willamalane, sponsored by PacificSource Health Plans, have been busy preparing creativity kits for kids. They will be available in limited quantities at the following locations:

    • Monday, March 23:
      • 10 - 11 am:
        • Jasper Meadows Park
        • Meadow Park
      • 1 - 2 pm :
        • Douglas Gardens Park
    • Tuesday, March 24:
      • 10 - 11 am:
        • Guy Lee Park
        • Tyson Park
      • 1 -2 pm:
        • Jesse Maine 
        • Bluebelle

    LaneKids.org - A resource sponsored by United Way of Lane County has online resources for parents, and families at www.lanekids.org/coronavirus-resources

    Unemployment services 
    The Oregon Employment Department has provided a summary of general guidance to employers, workers, and job seekers who may be impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus which can be found at.oregon.gov/employ/Pages/COVID-19.aspx.

    We know this is a challenging time for our entire country. Families are faced with circumstances none of us have seen before. Springfield Public Schools is committed to continued support of all students and families throughout this extended closure. Please know, we miss your students, our families and our staff. We encourage families to utilize the community resources available and reach out when things are overwhelming. We are all in this together. 

    Thank you for your ongoing patience, support and understanding. 

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  • Update on Extended Closure - 3/17/20

    Posted by Jenna McCulley on 3/17/2020 7:00:00 PM

    Springfield Families,

    Earlier this evening the Governor issued an executive order that extended the current school closure in response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. Springfield schools will remain closed to students until April 28, unless extended or the closure is lifted by order of the Governor.

    This news, while surprising, is a possibility that Springfield schools have been preparing for since last week’s initial closure. District-level teams are working to assess the overall impacts of this extended closure. In the coming days SPS will be sharing information regarding additional supports, and learning resources that will be available.

    While we recognize that all of the implications of this extended closure are not yet identified, and that this uncertainty can be overwhelming we do know – we are in this together as a community.

    Please be aware in an effort to prepare options for supplemental learning activities the district will be contacting families to determine things such as access to internet and devices.

    This new information does not change our plan to provide consistent access to meal services for the remainder of this week. All school sites will continue to provide to-go lunches from 11 am – 1 pm. Information and resources will continue to be posted on our website at: www.springfield.k12.or.us

    While our students are away from school, please help them understand the importance of this national health emergency by encouraging social distancing, good hand hygiene, avoiding people who are sick, and covering their coughs and sneezes. Gatherings of more than 10 people are not recommended by the U.S. government at this time.

    Springfield is a resourceful community. The offers of support from organizations and individuals has been inspiring. Together is how we work, and together is how we will make it through this new update and extended closure. 

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  • Resources for Families - 3/16/20

    Posted by Jenna McCulley on 3/16/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Springfield Families,

    Let’s begin with a thank you. Your flexibility, understanding and willingness to support one-another is inspiring. As we continue to find ourselves in uncharted territory, we will be sharing updates when available via email, our webpage: www.springfield.k12.or.us/coronavirus, as well as our social media pages.

    Below are some basic updates regarding services available from SPS and in our community to support families during this extended school closure. Resources will be updated online as we learn of them.

    Food Resources

    • Springfield Public Schools will be providing to-go lunches at all of our neighborhood schools 11 am – 1 pm, Monday through Friday. Children age one (1) and older are able to access these meals. Students do not need to be present, staff may collect names and home school for reporting purposes
    • A list of Food for Lane County resources is available here.

    Mental Health Resources and Supports

    • HOOTS (Helping Our Teens in School) will be offering mental health supports via phone. Springfield students, families and staff can call: 541.242.2332, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm
    • Resources to talk to students about COVID-1
    • Coping with stress during infectious disease outbreaks

    Community resources:

    Learning resources for students:

    • Science - Mystery Science  
    • Math:  i-Ready.com/AtHome
    • Reading: Scholastic 
    • A few activities that are not technology related:
      • Play games! Many board games and card games allow for critical thinking and problem solving.
    • Read! Read! Read! Many teachers and community members have been filling those Little Libraries with children's books. 

    Families can continue to support our community by following the guidance of our public health partners including practicing good health hygiene, frequent hand washing, and avoiding large gatherings and social activities. Individuals experiencing cold, and flu symptoms should stay home until well and symptom free for 24-hours.

    We recognize this is challenging for everyone and highlights the important role schools play in our community, but once again, thank you for your patience and support. Springfield is a ‘can-do’ community and we are confident together we can support one-another through this challenge.

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  • Message to Families - School Closures - 3/12/20 - 10:30 pm

    Posted by Jenna McCulley on 3/12/2020 10:30:00 PM

    March 12, 2020 - 10:25 pm - Message to SPS Families - School Closures

    Good evening Springfield families,

    Today has been a whirlwind of information as we collectively look for ways to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. We began with firm intentions to remain vigilant in our practices to keep schools healthy and safe educational environments as well as for schools to remain open and provide high-quality education and needed social services to the students and families of Springfield.

    We have kept our schools open and healthy for as long as recommended by state and local public health authorities. We know that in addition to education, schools provide vital support to our communities and families and that closure will have a major impact on our families. 

    At 10:20 pm, Governor Brown recommended that all Oregon schools be closed beginning March 16, until Wednesday, April 1. All Springfield Public Schools will close to students effective Monday, March 16. Currently, there are NO known cases associated with Springfield schools.

    Friday, March 13, is the last day of school, including athletics, activities and clubs for students. Friday is a regularly scheduled half-day and school offices will remain open throughout the afternoon so that students and families can collect their belongings, and medication in advance of the extended break.

    We understand that extended school closure will create hardship for many families. The school day is the centerpiece of the lives of many people. Children count on the reliable routine that the school day offers, from the classroom setting to the many people at school who know them, care for them, and provide them recognition five days a week.

    Food available for students 

    Families, too, count on that routine and the knowledge that their children are cared for during the day. Contemplating additional time without that structure and care may seem overwhelming. Please know, Springfield Public Schools is doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of us as we navigate this challenge. This will include making to-go meals available to students beginning Monday, March 16 at any school location from 11 am -1 pm.  

    On March 30, staff will report to buildings to work to assess the status of the coronavirus in Oregon and prepare to welcome students returning Wednesday, April, 1. 

    Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to work through this difficult situation. We will get through this together as a community.

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  • March 12, 2020 Message to Families - 12:30 pm

    Posted by Jenna McCulley on 3/12/2020 12:30:00 PM

    March 12th, 2020 - 12:30 pm

    Springfield Families and Staff, 

    With the number of confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Oregon increasing, Governor Brown announced new guidance Wednesday night, regarding group gatherings and social distancing. Springfield remains committed to keeping our schools open and safe. In accordance with Wednesday evening’s guidance and in order to minimize potential opportunities for the virus to spread, we have decided to proactively begin suspending events that bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together. This action is NOT related to a presumptive case. At this time, there are NO presumptive cases associated with Springfield Public Schools.

    Suspension of non-essential school-based activities and after-school activities begins immediately, effective Thursday, March 12, and will remain in effect until April 8. This includes the suspension of all assemblies and events, off-campus field trips, and professional development meetings and events. Athletic events will be governed by the new OSAA decision to deny audience admission at all school-based athletic events, with the exception of essential personnel and credentialed media. The list of affected activities will grow as we work with partners and stakeholders over the coming days. We will update you as we make those decisions.  

    To be clear, we are taking every step possible so that we can continue to provide high-quality education for all of our students and keep our schools open.

    We realize that this decision will impact every school community, and we know that many of the events, student performances and other gatherings that we are suspending are those that schools, students and families look forward to all year long. Suspending these events is consistent with guidance from health authorities, and we believe it is a prudent and responsible step to take at this time. We will be working with trip planners, event organizers and others who are responsible for the affected activities. In cases when we are mandated to offer access to community members (e.g. School Board meetings), we are currently exploring other alternatives, including virtual meeting platforms in order to continue the district’s business. 

    We will continue to work in close partnership with public health authorities to minimize both the spread of coronavirus and disruption to schools and students. We will continue emphasizing the importance of handwashing at school. Our custodians will continue to prioritize high-touch surfaces and we are making sure schools have adequate cleaning supplies. 

    Students, families and everyone in our community can best support our efforts by washing hands frequently, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing, and using hand sanitizer. Those experiencing symptoms of the cold or flu should stay at home, only returning to school or work when symptom-free for 24 hours. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult with a doctor.

    Finally, you can find district messages about COVID-19 coronavirus, resources, links to public health agencies and a question/comment form by visiting www.springfield.k12.or.us/coronavirus

    Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we navigate this together. We will continue to rely on the guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, the Department of Education, and the Office of the Governor. Please know that this message and the decisions being made at this time are being done in collaboration with many of the State of Oregon’s largest school districts, including Portland Public Schools, Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Hillsboro School District and Eugene School District. We appreciate their partnership at this time.

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