Walterville Flood Update #2 - 01/07/22

Posted by Nicki Gorham on 1/7/2022

UPDATE: Thank you to those who have reached out for clarification. To be clear our district is committed to in-person learning. We have a large district level team working with us on all possible solutions to ensure in-person learning for our wildcats this year.

The current move to online is intended to be SHORT-TERM while a solution is identified. We apologize for the confusion and thank you for your understanding.

Original Message:

Good evening, Wildcats,

 This is not the start to 2022 that any of us believed we would have, but here we are. I want to begin with gratitude for the many of you who have reached out to share your concerns, and support as we process this newest challenge.

 I have always committed to sharing information as it becomes available so this evening it is with a heavy heart that I share the news that we do not anticipate returning to our school building for the remainder of this school year.

 I am confident that this news comes as much of a shock to you as it did to me. After meeting with our district leaders and the restoration experts, I can share that it is a decision that was made with the health and safety of our students and staff at the heart.

 The contamination level of the water that entered our building on Thursday, coupled with the porous nature of our well-loved building is resulting in clean-up that will take many months. It will, however, mean that our community will retain this beloved building and that when reoccupied we will be assured that it is safe and healthy for all.

 Beginning Tuesday, January 11, we will be transitioning to an online teaching and learning model, similar to when our buildings were closed last year. For the short-term our team will be prepared to meet your student’s smiling faces in google meets remote as our leadership team evaluates options for a return to in-person learning.

 Everyone, here on the Walterville team, and our district is committed to finding solutions to bring students together in-person for the best educational experience. In the coming weeks, we will be evaluating alternative learning options that allow for in-person education for all Walterville students. I will share more information as that process moves forward.

 Next steps:

  • All students should have their technology devices, please contact Tech Service at 541.726.3406
  • Teachers will be contacting students and families Monday via Seesaw with details for the coming weeks
  • Meals will be available, both breakfast and lunch, to those interested at our back kitchen door beginning Monday from 11 am – 1 pm. Our district team is working to develop possible delivery options for the coming days.
  • We will be working to gather supplies for students and will share that information when complete

 Our biggest concern for our immediate future is the care for our community as a whole. The Walterville community is a strong one, and one of the things I love the most is the small community school feeling coupled with the resources of a metro area district.

 Thank you for your support. As we know there are more questions than answers at this time, we would ask that you send your questions to us using the Let’s Talk form so that we can respond to them as quickly as possible.



 Nicki Gorham, principal

Walterville Elementary