Family Resources During the Coronavirus Shutdown
Schools Closed for Remainder of School Year
On April 8, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that all schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Read our letter to families here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some answers to frequent questions we are getting. This document will be updated often, so please keep checking back.
We will continue to provide breakfast and lunch pickups next week from 9-11 a.m. at David Douglas High School South Building, Ron Russell Middle School, Ventura Park Elementary and Gilbert Heights Elementary.
You can see family resource information about food, supplemental education, daycare, health care at the links above.
Q: What can I do to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19?
A: You can help yourself, and your students reduce their risk for getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, by encouraging them to take simple steps which will also help prevent COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with warm water and soap.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue, sleeve, or elbow (not hands) when you cough or sneeze, and then wash your hands.
- Stay home if you’re sick. Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor.
- Keep your immune system strong by eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, regular exercise, and by taking care of underlying health conditions.
- Clean your personal work station, keyboard, phones, and other high touch areas.
- There are also basic steps every household should take to prepare for any unexpected event:
- Make sure you have a good supply of foods, drinks, medications, pet supplies, and other necessities you would want if you needed to stay home and limit your contact with other people for a couple weeks.
- Get to know your neighbors, especially those who might need extra help like seniors or people living alone.
- In the face of rumors, check multco.us/covid19 for reliable information.
Impact on My Student
Q: Will there be scheduled “make up” days for the 2019-2020 school year as a result of this emergency closure?
A: No. There will not be make up days.
Q: What does the extended closure mean for graduation dates for 2020?
Q: What are David Douglas’s plans for providing instruction to students during the closure?
A: Teachers are engaged with students in structured, grade-level Distance Learning through a variety of options. This is primarily via online learning using Google Classroom and other online options, as well as connecting via phone calls and making paper Learning Packets available to families that do not have easy access to online learning.
Families who don’t have access to online materials can pick up weekly packets from their school. Please view this page for more details. It is important to know that these distance learning options do not replace state-mandated instructional hours.
Q: What does the closure mean for athletic practices, games, and other extra-curricular activities?
A: All athletic and extra-curricular activities are canceled through June 15. This includes all meetings, practices, plays, concerts, competitions, etc. Spring athletics are canceled through June 15; more information about this matter is forthcoming from the Oregon School Activities Association.
Q: What is happening to funds paid by families for school trips that were initially scheduled during the closure?
A: We are aware this question is of great importance, particularly as many families feel their cash flow negatively impacted. Staff is reviewing planned trips by school and will be working to issue refunds for trips that won’t occur. This process may take a couple weeks dependent upon any further closure notifications.
Q: Is there food available for my students and family?
A: During the closure DDSD is serving breakfast and lunch at four DDSD sites. From 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Mon-Thurs) families can pick up both sack breakfast and lunches to go. Extra meals will be provided on Thursdays to compensate no dispersal on Fridays.
- David Douglas High School
- Gilbert Heights Elementary
- Ron Russell Middle School
- Ventura Park Elementary School
In addition, Food Pantries are open to everyone in the community on the following days and times, and at the following locations:
- David Douglas High School South Building: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursdays.
- Cherry Park Elementary: 3:45-5:30 p.m. Mondays, and 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays.
- Gilbert Park Elementary: 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays
- Mill Park Elementary: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
Laptop/Internet Access for Those Without
Q: What if my family does not have access to the Internet or a computer device for my student to use?
A: David Douglas School District is providing chromebooks to families who do not have a home computer/laptop/tablet. If you need to request a Chromebook or exchange one please visit this webpage.
School Based Health Centers
Q: Is the Student Based Health Center still open?
A: During the closure, Multnomah County will keep only the Parkrose Student Based Health Center open. The clinic will continue to offer in-person visits for certain conditions when necessary after the concern is evaluated over the phone. Telemedicine appointments will also be available.
Please call 503-988-3392 for more information about appointments at Parkrose Student Health Center.
Student Health Centers are open to all Multnomah County students ages 5-18. Please call prior to coming into a center so that they are able to assist you as best they can. You will need to call and make an appointment.