EAGLE POINT, Ore. — True to his word, Eagle Point School District Superintendent Andy Kovach revealed the final plans for beginning the 2020-21 school year on Friday, with the stipulation that all students will start off learning remotely.
"The course of the pandemic, guidelines and 'metrics' make it clear that we must begin the 2020-2021 school year in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) for all students," Kovach said in a letter to staff.
The Medford School District announced similar plans earlier this week. Between both state and Jackson County metrics, schools in the county are currently unable to return with in-person classes.
Unlike MSD, however, Eagle Point's initial statement did not indicate a plan for reassessing those metrics once the school year begins. Kovach said that that EPSD hopes to bring students back into classrooms sometime during the school year.
"Once state and county measures allow, students will return to in-person learning at their regular school," Kovach said. "We anticipate health and safety requirements will still be in place making it necessary to begin our return with a hybrid model before we return to full-time, in-person instruction."
Like Medford and several other local school district, EPSD will be using the Canvas system to manage class information for students and families. There will be daily schedules that include both "live learning" and independent work. K-12 students will be graded using a 0-4 scale.
"This will not be like the distance learning we all experienced in the spring," Kovach said. "Students will work with their EPSD9 teacher(s) virtually using district adopted curricula and programs. There will be concrete expectations on instructional time, communication as well as student and parent contact."
EPSD will also offer an online-only option called URCEO Virtual — a year-long commitment to remote learning for families who do not want to return to in-person classes "regardless of whether schools reopen their physical doors or not."
"We know students and families face many challenges by the extended closure of our buildings," Kovach concluded. "Not being able to have kids on-site means families are trying to figure out how they’ll support their students as they learn from home. We are working on plans to support this work. Until we can re-open there is no perfect solution. We will continue to strive to be a good community partner. Thank you again for your patience and support."
School begins on Monday, September 14 for all students of the Eagle Point School District.