COVID 19 Update – April 14, 2020

Thanks to the many employees who have already completed the brief technology survey sent out in yesterday’s update.   If you haven’t completed your survey, please do so by Friday, April 17th

Some parents in Lane ESD programs have inquired about community resources related to job loss and other COVID 19 related supports.  Parents can call 211 to get information on community supports, including child care.  In addition, they can be referred to the website of their resident district where in most cases, local resource information can also be found.

This week additional guidance was provided related to the expectation to that public schools provide child care under the Governor’s Executive Order for emergency and essential workers.  In Lane County there are active child care offerings in Springfield, Eugene 4J, Fern Ridge, Siuslaw and South Lane school districts.  Schools have been instructed to continue offering child care in current locations, but not to add additional child care options.  There continues to be capacity in various child care locations in Lane County. The sign up for child care is centralized through the YMCA’s online registration process. Note: Child care is not available for “drop in” or respite and is not available to individuals who have the ability to work remotely.  ODE will identify if there additional needs for child care and work with specific districts to add capacity as needed. 

At the end of last week we began deploying instructional assistants in a variety of roles to support students throughout the area: staffing district child care, delivering backpacks of supplies to Migrant Education Program students, delivery of equipment to Life Skills and Lane School students, and assisting teachers in locating instructional resources. Thanks to everyone for helping us fulfill the vision of the Governor’s Executive Order and ODE’s framework of Ensuring Care, Connection and Continuity of Learning as we support Distance Learning for All!