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School Closure Letter
To Our David Douglas Community,
Governor Kate Brown has ordered all schools in Oregon to close beginning Monday, March 16 and remaining closed until April 1. All David Douglas schools will be closed to students from March 16 through March 31. During the closure, all sports and extra-curricular activities also will be canceled.
We know this will be very difficult for many of our families. Our schools provide students with reliable, healthy meals and a safe learning environment while their parents/guardians are at work. Our students also will be missing out on educational opportunities.
The health and safety of our students, families and staff is our highest priority. The decision to close schools was made to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19. By reducing large gatherings of people, such as a crowded school building, it is hoped the spread of the virus will slow enough to prevent overwhelming our health facilities, which would pose a grave danger to thousands of Oregonians.
We are currently planning on how to continue providing meals to students during this time, and we will communicate that to you as soon as a plan is developed. David Douglas administrators will continue to work during this time planning for reopening schools and frequently communicating with our families as this process develops. Our custodians will continue to work during this time to keep our schools clean.
Thank you all for your patience, and please continue to keep yourselves safe by washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, covering your cough, staying home if you’re sick, and avoiding large gatherings. These precautions are especially important for people over 60 or who have compromised immune systems.
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