COVID 19 Update – April 8, 2020

COVID 19 Update April 8, 2020

Today the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) updated their Distance Learning for All guidance to include Graduation Pathways 2020.  We ask that staff review this information.

In addition, ODE shared Governor Brown’s announcement extension of the executive order closing schools through the end of the 2019-20 school year. We now know the plans and efforts we are making to support distance learning will continue through June.

Lane ESD staff are doing amazing work to support ESD staff and districts in achieving the ODE’s goal of Distance Learning for All.

Some things our Technology department completed in the last week to help others move quickly with new ideas of Digital Learning for All and a remote workforce include:

  • Phones for the Lane School teachers are now set to forward to their personal cell phone. This allows them to receive calls that normally would go to their class without having to publicize their personal phone number. In addition they are practicing the use of *67 to block their personal number when making outgoing calls.
  • Lane School is getting set to use the “Remind” application for future parent communication.
  • The ESD owns approximately 100 student dedicated devices. Devices are being re-purposed in multiple ways: to the Sign Language Interpreters as they try to adjust their ability to provide interpretation in a remote setting; check out to go home with students in our programs that have expressed a need in their home.
  • Remote access to the file server has been configured on 40 main campus staff members’ laptops to allow access to files necessary to effectively work at home.
  • County wide the tech staff have rolled out a Mobile plugin for webmail allowing staff across the county to check their email easily from a mobile device in case access to a computer is more limited. 

Technology staff are trying out new remote tools as well in order to continue to provide some of the “here let me show” you support that we have become accustom to.

In addition to the collaborative efforts with Technology staff, assigned Special Education teachers have been busy printing packets to send home to students.  Special Education is hosting a Special Education Directors Network to support common planning, resource sharing, and problem-solving.

Migrant Education Program (MEP) staff have called over 800 families to check in about food and technology support needs and have shared this information with districts.  MEP staff also prepared backpacks with instructional resources and will be delivering these to families with the help of several Life Skills instructional assistants.

The School Improvement team has continued to support teachers and districts’ staff by creating and hosting instruction networks. Educators in these networks have shared distance learning resources created and/or vetted by SI team members in collaboration with educators from around the State.

School Improvement also developed and is offering an Intro to Google Classroom course to assist teachers in their efforts to provide effective instructional supports to students.

A Distance Learning for All – Lane ESD Assistance resource page on the ESD website was created to support streamlined access to key information and resources.

These are but a small sampling of the efforts being made by ESD staff.  Please give a “shout out” to your colleagues for work well done in less than ideal circumstances, work done with positive and creative energy, and continued focus on student needs by embracing the guiding principles of Care, Connection, and Continuity of Learning!