Cavaliers News · A Message from our Superintendent


July 28, 2020

Dear NCSD Families/Guardians:

We would like to update you on the instructional models for the fall. North Clackamas Schools (NCSD) knows it is imperative for your family to have as much detail as possible to make an informed decision.

Given the Governor’s announcement today regarding the safe opening of schools, we know that it will be quite some time before we can return to in-person instruction. This solidifies our decision to start the 2020-2021 school year with the following two educational options:

  1. Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL)

  2. NCSD Virtual Online Program 

The hybrid (in-person & online) option will not be available until Clackamas County can meet the new state reopening guidelines and metrics. Therefore, NCSD is committed to two on-line instructional models at least through the first part of November, allowing for a continuous grading period before any adjustments are considered.

Option #1 – Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL): 

Key Features:

  1. All participating students will be engaged in interactive instruction which will include live video, virtual and/or written instruction using NCSD teachers and courses. 

  2. CDL is rooted in strong instructional practices, effective teacher-student contact time, meaningful peer-to-peer interaction, equitable learning opportunities, and a consistent schedule. 

  3. Attendance is required, grades are given, and homework is assigned depending on grade level. 

  4. Instruction and accommodations for IEP, ELD, 504, and TAG will be provided.

  5. Students are provided with a laptop and Internet hotspots, if needed. 

Answers to commonly asked questions about the CDL model are found on NCSD’s website.

Option #2 – NCSD Virtual Online Program: 

Key Features:

  1. This is a one-year temporary program requiring families to commit to a full year of online education. 

  2. Students in this program access a fully online curriculum with regular virtual face-to-face support from NCSD teachers and support staff.

  3. Students will access the online curriculum through Edgenuity and/or Odysseyware. While not NCSD courses, both systems feature courses that are standards-aligned and include learning objectives, lessons, projects, and assessments. 

  4. High school courses meet NCSD’s graduation requirements. 

  5. Similar to a typical classroom, attendance is required, lessons are comprehensive, grades are given, and homework is assigned depending on the course and grade level.

  6. Instruction and accommodations for IEP, ELD, 504, and TAG will be provided.

  7. Students are provided with a laptop and Internet hotspots, if needed. 

Answers to commonly asked questions about the NCSD Virtual Online Option, including the reason for the limited 550 student enrollment, are found on NCSD’s website.

We understand this is an important decision, and to help families make an informed decision, please review the following resources:

  1. Visual Depiction of 2020-2021 school learning options 

  2. CDL FAQ’s

  3. NCSD Virtual Online Program FAQ’s

  4. Webpage featuring general FAQ’s about 2020-2021 year

  5. Thoughtexchange Results

  6. NCSD will host two virtual informational sessions with NCSD’s planning team, who will present the 2020-2021 educational models and address your questions. These sessions are 

    1. Aug. 3 from 4-5 pm

    2. Aug. 4 from 7-8 pm

View these meetings by going to the district website at the scheduled times and follow the appropriate instructions. 

Important Next Step – In order for us to properly prepare for these two models, we need families to make a decision. Please complete the 2020-2021 Educational Options Selection Form by August 5.

We know this is the best decision for the health and safety of our students, staff and community. We stand ready to serve our students in both of these virtual models. We are excited to welcome each student back to NCSD and look forward to reconnecting with everyone.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely, 

North Clackamas Schools

 


Matthew Utterback
Superintendent
North Clackamas School District
503-353-6001

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