Dear SPS Families,
Today we reach out with some news about the start of the school year.
Springfield Public Schools will delay the start of the school year to September 21 for ALL students. In light of the ever-evolving Holiday Farm Fire affecting so many in our school community, focusing on people is our most important task right now.
The Holiday Farm Fire has already impacted large portions of our district staff, students and their families, indirectly affecting us all as we care for, worry for and work to support our family, friends and neighbors.
In addition, the district is working to provide resources – including food and space to sleep – for many organizations working to provide aid, shelter, relief and safety to our community. We are supporting them as they fight fires to support us.
We also know that families are still working to navigate COVID-19 and all of the complications associated with the virus, as well as a totally new approach to learning. Together we continue to navigate these challenges and take care of one another.
As we move into the new school year, this is our tentative plan, as health and safety conditions allow.
Our K-3 students will continue to return to in-person instruction in a staggered start with K-1 beginning Sept. 21 in-person, joined by 2nd grade on Sept. 28, and 3rd on October 5, as health conditions allow.
Technology distribution will be canceled for the remainder of the week and rescheduled for next week.
- Technology Delivery is canceled for the remainder of the week and will be held next week, Sept. 15 – 18, as follows:
- High School (THS/SHS)
- Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 6 pm
- High School (A3)
- Wednesday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm
- High School (GHS)
- Wednesday – Friday 2 pm – 5 pm
- Wednesday 9 – 11 am, and 3 – 7 pm
- Middle School
- Wednesday 11 am – 6 pm
- NEW Springfield Students enrolled in SPSOnline
- Wednesday, 2 – 5 pm, Brattain School, 425 10th Street
- High School (THS/SHS)
Students needing access to connectivity can check out devices Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Friday, Sept. 18 from 10 am – 6 pm.
- WiFI Devices: will be available – at the Technology Department, 180 D Street (corner of Pioneer Parkway and E street)
- Tuesday, Sept. 15, 10 am – 6 pm
- Friday, Sept. 18, 10 am – 6 pm
Meal Supports for Students:
- Food services will be available at our elementary sites beginning, September 4 not impacted by wildfire response for all children 18 and under, from 11 – 1 pm.
End of School Year and previously scheduled breaks do not change – Last day of school June 17
Supports for displaced families can be found at http://www.lanecounty.org/mckenziefire,
We know this added complication of a natural disaster in our community is an additional layer to an already complex year, and ultimately all of our decisions will be grounded in what is best for the members of our SPS community, as well as the greater Lane County area. We are hopeful that this additional week of space will allow us to all to pause and care for the people in our community.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through yet another challenging issue. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us – we are here for you.