Latest school update 8/18/20

P.O. Box 10 - 333 G Street

North Powder, OR  97867

Phone 541-898-2244    FAX 541-898-2046

 August 17th, 2020

Dear North Powder School District Parents, Students and Caregivers,

I hope you are all doing well and getting prepared for you children to be back in face to face instruction this fall. We are extremely excited as a staff at the prospect of students being back in the buildings. It has been a long and tedious road, but we can now see a light at the end of the tunnel. However, with this good news has come a lot of questions, so I will do my best to answer your questions.

  • Does my child have to wear a face covering in order to be in school?

    • Yes, students must wear a  face covering which can include face masks or face shields.  Students who abstain from wearing a face covering, or students whose families determine the student will not wear a face covering, during On-Site instruction must be provided access to instruction. Comprehensive Distance Learning is an option

  • Can my child come to instruction on site for part of the day and do distance learning for part of the day?

    • Yes, but transportation outside of normal bus times will be up to the parent.  We would rather have students here part of the time, than not at all.

  • What will the schedule for high school look like?

    • As long as we have the ability to have onsite face to face instruction, the district will run a traditional 7 period schedule. Half of the high school will be present on site Monday and Wednesday from 8:00am - 3:36pm and will then do distance learning on Tuesday and Thursday.  The other half will be on site Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00am - 3:36pm and do distance learning on Monday and Wednesday. We will continue to search for and check with other schools in order to find a solution to have all high school students on site everyday as soon as we can.

  • If my child is sick, what is the expectation from the school?

    • If you have a child who is feeling ill and/or running a fever (100.4 or higher), please keep them home until they feel better or have been fever free for 24hrs. If a student comes to school and  reports, displays or develops symptoms they must be isolated in a designated isolation area in the school, with adequate space and staff supervision and symptom monitoring by a school nurse, other school-based health care provider or school staff until they are able to go home 

  • When would we go to the Comprehensive Distance  Learning option and how will I get a laptop or hotspot for my child?

    • Identifying when the district would go to a comprehensive distance learning platform is complicated but basically relies on the number of cases identified in either Baker or Union Counties. They can be no more than 30 total cases in a three week period.  However, over half of the identified cases can not happen in the last week of the 3 weeks.

    • For example: Week 1- 7 cases, week 2- 6 cases and week 3- 6 cases. In this case we are fine as there are a total of 19 cases and 6 is not more than half of 19. However if the scenario was: Week 1- 4 cases, week 2- 4 cases and week 3- 9 cases. In this case we would have to work with our local health department and potentially go to distance learning as there would be a total of 17 cases, but 9 which is over half occurred in the last week.  Bottom line, if we can do our part to keep the case count down we get to stay in school.

    • If the school has to go to a comprehensive online format we will issue directions on how to check out Chromebooks and hotspots for those who need a hotspot.

I know this probably does not answer all the questions you may have and we will continue to update you as we learn more.  In the next week or so we will be notifying high school students whether they will be in cohort A or cohort B. Cohort A will come on Mondays and Wednesdays and cohort B will come on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Stay tuned and please remember that while we do not have to like or agree with the protocols set in place, the district will adhere to them in order to keep North Powder students in school with face to face instruction. 


Lance L Dixon


Molly Smith