Family Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Beginning of Summer Letter
June 11, 2020
To our David Douglas Families,
The 2019-20 school year comes to an end this week. This has been an extraordinarily difficult year for our students, our families and our staff. We thank you for your patience and grace as we have navigated these challenging obstacles.
As we head into the summer months, we want you to be aware of resources available to you.
Our free grab-and-go meals for children 18 and under will continue through the summer. They will be available Monday through Thursday through July 2. Beginning July 6, they will again be available Monday through Friday.
Meals can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at David Douglas High School South Building, Ron Russell Middle School, Ventura Park Elementary and Gilbert Heights Elementary.
In addition, food pantries will continue providing food for our families five times a week at four locations. Food pantries hours and locations:
Food Pantry Locations and Times
1930 SE 104th
|3:45 – 5:30 pm||10:30 – 11:30 am|
|David Douglas HS (South Building – Football stadium lot||3:00 – 5:00 pm|
(Note time change)
13132 SE Ramona
|2:00 – 4:00 pm|
1900 SE 117th Ave
|11:30 – 1:30 pm|
All above food pantries except for the Wednesday Cherry Park location, will be closed the week of June 29-July 2. The Cherry Park pantry will be open 10:30-11:30 on Wednesday, July 1st.
Enrollment and Registration
As in the past, our school offices will be closed during the summer. If you or someone you know needs to enroll or register a student, it can be done online here.
Summer Learning Resources
It is important for your students to stay active and engaged in learning during the summer months. The COVID-19 pandemic has already created a loss of learning for many of our students.
We will continue to list learning resources and activities on our website. These include grade level supplemental learning activities, online educational resources, and other educational resources lists, all translated into Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Somali.
Your students should make time to read every day. Every David Douglas student has a Multnomah County Library Card, which gives you access to thousands of books and online educational resources. The Library has a Summer Reading Program that your student can participate in. Information about your library card is also on our learning resource website.
Explore our family resource buttons at the top of this page for other resources, including child care options, health and mental health care, and more. As we transition into summer we will update these pages.
There will be no Summer SUN programming this year.
Reopening in September
The first day of the 2020-21 school year is Tuesday, Sept. 8. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has released reopening guidance for schools called Ready Schools, Safe Learners. One thing we know for sure is that school next year will not look the same as it did before the coronavirus.
Recognizing that COVID-19 will likely continue to pose a public health risk throughout next school year, and that the prevalence of COVID-19 varies community by community, the ODE blueprint instructs school districts to develop a back-to-school plan that utilizes a mix of on-site and distance learning options to protect the safety of students, staff, and families. Districts are also to develop communicable disease management plans and contingency plans in the event of COVID-19 outbreaks––including returns to fully distance learning and modified school year calendars as necessary.
We will be developing a plan specific to David Douglas following ODE guidance. We will prioritize safety and student learning, with equity as our lens.
We will continue to communicate developments with you during the summer as necessary so that you and your students will be prepared.
Please have a safe and enjoyable summer, and take good care of yourselves and others.