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Update on in-person start dates

Dear Guardians and Staff,

Due to higher than allowed COVID new case numbers in Klamath County last week, we must delay in-person learning in our schools at least three more weeks. This means the earliest we could bring students back to half-day in-person learning is the week of October 26. Should we have three weeks of lower new COVID infections, we plan to have students return to school on Wednesday, October 28. Homes would be contacted late Monday, 10/26, or early Tuesday, 10/27, as to the status of being able to begin in-person learning on Wednesday, 10/28. Thank you for your patience.

Paul Hillyer, KFCS Superintendent

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Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff:

All of the following is dependent on Klamath County COVID new case numbers staying in the green or yellow area for the next two weeks: Grades 7-8 will start in-person hybrid on Monday, November 30. Grades 9-12 will start with all students in school all day every day on Monday, December 7. A reminder: this week grades 4-6 will start in-person hybrid on Thursday, November 12. K-3 students started in-person last week.

The Oregon Department of Education and Governor Brown recently changed the requirements for allowing students into school for in-person learning. It is now based on a cumulative two-week new case count and test positivity rate. What that means is in a two-week period we must have less than 34 new COVID cases in Klamath County and less than 5% of COVID tests registering positive. We will then be able to start all students with in-person learning. This is called being in the green zone.

If there are 34 - 67 new COVID cases in a two-week period and less than an 8% test positivity rate in Klamath County over a two-week period, grades K-6 can start in-person learning. This is called being in the yellow zone. Once a district can show success in health and safety plans in lower grades, the district can begin offering in-person learning for grades 7-12.

The good news is we made the yellow zone due to qualifying case numbers and positivity rates over the last two weeks. Therefore, we will be able to start K-3 this week on Thursday, November 5. Next week, on Thursday, November 12, we will include grades 4-6 in person.

Our plan is to also bring 7-12 back as soon as allowed.

We have been looking forward to this for some time. It is exciting to see these changes come about.

For those who are currently in comprehensive distance learning and want to continue remote instruction, please call Casidy Rubio or Toby Flackus at River Academy at 541-883-4719.

For those at River Academy who would like to start in-person instruction in grades K-6, please call your school's principal.

Best wishes,

Paul Hillyer, KFCS Superintendent

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Oregon Department of Education Operational Blueprint for
School Reentry 2020-21

Under ODE’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance, each school has been directed to submit a plan to the district in order to provide on-site and/or hybrid instruction. Districts must submit each school’s plan to the local school board and make the plans available to the public. This form is to be used to document a district’s, school’s or program’s plan to ensure students can return for the 2020-21 school year, in some form, in accordance with Executive Order 20-25(10). Schools must use the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance document as they complete their Operational Blueprint for Reentry. ODE recommends plan development be inclusive of, but not limited to school-based administrators, teachers and school staff, health and nursing staff, association leadership, nutrition services, transportation services, tribal consultation, parents and others for purposes of providing expertise, developing broad understanding of the health protocols and carrying out plan implementation.

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MISSION: 100% Graduation is Our Expectation

VISION: Dedicated to helping all students do their best work and become their best selves

AIMS: Student, Collaborative, and Operational Excellence

AIM 1 - All Students Do Their Best Work

Goal #1: Shared Leadership—By June 2019, a majority of students, staff and parents will have opportunities to exercise leadership in each school as measured by teachers documenting at least three ways students exercised leadership during the school year in their classrooms; and principals documenting at least six total ways that students, staff and parents exercised leadership in their schools.

  • Students will be given leadership roles in the classrooms, building and district.
  • Students will give input on activities and events.
  • Staff will be given leadership roles based on strengths and interests within buildings and across the district.
  • Administrators will seek input when developing goals.
  • Representative community members will be given building leadership roles.
  • Representative community members will provide input when developing goals and initiatives.

Goal #2: Student Empowerment—On the end of the school year surveys, a majority of teachers, parents and students will indicate students have done their best work.

  • Student goal-setting will occur K-12.
  • Teachers will seek student input on the learning process and use this input to adjust instructional strategies.
  • Principals will use student feedback to improve all aspects of the school.
  • At the end of each quarter, as part of the goal-setting monitoring, each student will assess their work and effort and share this assessment with parents and guardians on report card.

Goal #3: Effective Multi-Tiered Instruction—By June 2019, all KFCS schools will earn a proficient score on a five-point scale as determined by building Professional Learning Communities using multiple data sources to evaluate the schools’ tiered supports.

  • Tier I—Effective core instruction including WICOR strategies and K-12 AVID implementation improvement by meeting AVID certification standards.
  • Tier II/III—Response to interventions
  • Tier I-III
    • Differentiation for all achievement levels
    • Scaffolding
    • Effective use of data
    • Evidence-based curriculum
    • Fidelity to core instruction
    • Fidelity to intervention programs

AIM 2 - All Students Become Their Best Selves

Goal #1: Teach Explicit Behavior Skills—End of the year behavioral referral data will show a decrease in the percent of students receiving office referrals compared to the end of prior year.

  • Staff across the district will be trained in the Champs Behavioral Model
  • Trained teachers will use the Anita Archer Explicit Instruction Technique
  • Schools will continue to use PBIS and to regularly review behavior data
  • See strategy 4 under Aim 1, Goal 2

Goal #2: Service Learning: By June 2020, 100% of KFCS homeroom classes will participate in at least one service-learning project.

  • All students will participate in Give Back Day
  • District sub-committees will put together a service learning plan for 2019-2020 implementation by students

Goal #3: Respectful Caring Relationships—Student and staff spring surveys will show an improvement in the percentage who indicate they have caring relationships compared to the percentage in the prior survey.

  • All sites will implement plans to increase the percentage of faithful attenders compared to the prior year
  • KU staff will work with 9th graders to improve the percentage who, at the end-of-the-year, are on track to graduate compared to the percentage the prior year
  • Students and staff will work together to successfully decrease the number of students with failures on their report cards compared to the prior year
  • Staff and students will promote greater attendance at extracurricular events
  • Schools will regularly celebrate successes with students, staff, parents and community

Goal #4: Healthy Lifestyles—Students and staff will develop healthier lifestyles as measured by maintaining or improving their scores on the Blue Zones school certification rubric.

  • As contained in the Blue Zones certification booklet

AIM 3 - Operational Excellence

Goal #1: Improve Operational Effectiveness and Efficiencies—By July 2019, all district departments will identify their key four to ten processes and flow chart these processes.

  • Each department will meet to discuss and identify their key processes.
  • The processes most critical to department success will be determined and flow charted.
  • Flow charts will be sent to their supervisor for approval before submitting to the superintendent.

Goal #2: Improve Customer Satisfaction—By May 2019, a customer service survey will be sent to all staff and the results will be used to create PDSA plans for the next school year.

  • Each department will create a short customer service survey.
  • In spring, the surveys will be administered to appropriate staff members.
  • During summer of 2019, survey results will be reviewed by all departments and the results will be used to create PDSA plans of improvement.