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!