Past Communications about the 2020-21 School Year

This is an archive of past communications. Information and plans are constantly evolving. For the most current details be sure to visit the 2020-21 School Year Plan article.

Attention DDSD Families

March 9, 2021

As we prepare to reopen, you should have received an email message from your student’s school principal asking you to choose whether your student will return to in-person learning or remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning.

To have a successful reopening, we must know which students will be coming back into our schools, and who will remain in CDL. Please complete the survey by 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 10.

Response to Governor’s Executive Order

March 5, 2021

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order today requiring all Oregon schools to reopen to some form of in-person instruction before the end of this school year.

The order requires school districts to reopen for grades K-5 by March 29, the end of Spring Break. Districts must reopen schools for grades 6-12 by April 19.

Read our complete reopening response letter here

Limited In-Person Instruction

February 12, 2021

To our David Douglas District Families and Staff:

The David Douglas School Board has unanimously affirmed our intent to continue providing high-quality Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) for all students through the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

Read our complete Limited In-Person Instruction letter here

Return-to-School Survey

January 28, 2021

Have you taken our survey? To help with our planning, we need to know what turnout to expect when we reopen our doors to students. Will you send your student(s) back to school for in-person learning, in either a hybrid model or for limited in-person learning? Please take our survey

Survey closes Feb 12

CDL Extended

January 8, 2021

Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) will continue at least through Spring Break. View CDL Extension information here

State Metrics Update

October 30, 2020

The State of Oregon updated the metrics used to determine whether students can return in person to schools. View details here: New Metrics for Reopening Schools

CDL Virtual Meetings

Completed Q&A Sessions: Recordings and Slides

We held a series of Question and Answer sessions to provide families information about Comprehensive Distance Learning and the upcoming school year.

Miss a session or want to revisit the slide presentation given during the meeting? View session recordings and slide shows below.

Recordings of
Slide Presentations

Comprehensive Distance Learning Guidance


David Douglas Community,

The David Douglas School Board last night approved our Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) Plan, and it will be submitted to the State of Oregon next week. To provide stability, planning and consistent expectation for families, the Board also voted to extend our CDL instruction model to January 4, 2021, barring an unforeseen change in the course of the COVID-19 virus that would make an earlier in-person opening possible.

Under state health metrics, the David Douglas School District is required to open for the 2020-21 school year next month under CDL, which mandates rigorous, real-time online instruction between teachers and students.

Please anticipate that your student(s) will attend school online through CDL until at least Jan. 4, 2021.

But please also be assured that your student(s) will be supported throughout CDL by our teachers, counselors, building administrators and all of our school staff. Every student will have their own computer device, have their own classroom teacher(s), have daily virtual interaction with their classmates, and have access to other supplies and materials needed.

Students and families will continue to be supported academically, socially, emotionally and nutritionally. Under CDL, students will be graded; attendance will be taken; participation will be expected; and great care will be given.

We know that these are extraordinarily difficult times for everyone, and especially for our disproportionately affected Black, Indigenous and people of color. We are committed to centering this process on equity, so that every single student in David Douglas has the opportunity to Learn, Grow and Thrive, even if we are doing so apart.

We hear you. This week, we have held two virtual family meetings to listen to the concerns of more than 600 of you. In the coming days and weeks, the District and each of our schools will continue to host these virtual meetings to get your input and questions.

For the sake of parents, students and educators, we must begin this extraordinary year differently. The normal start date of school would be Sept. 8. But rather than jumping right into class, for the first few weeks our educators will be getting to know our CDL plan, their new curriculum, and most importantly their students and families. There will be a lot of communication with you and your student(s) before the first formal classes begin in mid-September.

Additional details about the year-opening calendar, curriculum, computer devices, meals, daily schedules, your student’s teacher, and more will be coming soon. We will be communicating that information and more at least weekly.

A graphically detailed guidance document that describes and defines CDL can be seen below.

July 29th Communication to Families

The below communication was emailed to all families on Wednesday, July 29th.

David Douglas School District Families,

We recently shared a possible plan for reopening our schools for the 2020-21 school year. If we are able to reopen our buildings, this plan included options for students to return online-only, or in a hybrid model that would include some in-person instruction.

We will continue to work on these plans. At some point we will reopen our buildings to educators and students engaged in inter-personal teaching, learning and socializing, and we must be fully prepared to do that safely and well.

However, we are seeing cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in parts of Multnomah County, the state of Oregon and the nation. The health and safety of our students and staff, as well as their families and communities, is our top priority. We are not going to reopen schools under a plan that puts their health at significant risk, nor would the State of Oregon allow us to.

This week, Gov. Kate Brown released a series of health and safety metrics that schools must meet before they are allowed to reopen. The numbers of new cases and positive COVID-19 test rates must be below a set amount for schools to reopen to any in-person instruction. You can see details about these metrics here.

Based on these coronavirus-related metrics at this time in Multnomah County, it is becoming increasingly clear that the David Douglas School District will not be able to safely reopen in September for any in-person instruction.

Therefore, we are now planning to reopen in September with Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) for all students grades Pre-K through 12. 

In Comprehensive Distance Learning, all students are engaged at their homes in daily interactive learning through virtual instruction from David Douglas teachers and educators. CDL is rooted in strong instructional practices, effective teacher-student contact time, meaningful peer-to-peer interaction, equitable learning opportunities, and a consistent schedule.

The Oregon Department of Education has provided detailed guidance about what Comprehensive Distance Learning looks like. You can see that guidance here.

Under our CDL model, our teachers and other staff will open the school year by reaching out to families to check in with your students and your needs. 

Students will then engage in Comprehensive Distance Learning until Nov. 13. As that Nov. 13 date nears, we will re-evaluate the health conditions in Multnomah County and determine whether we must remain in a CDL model for a longer period of time, or whether we will be ready to safely transition to an in-person or hybrid model.

All the planning we have done for a hybrid model and an eventual reopening has not been a waste of time. Once we are able to reopen our buildings, we will be ready with a robust and flexible plan that will allow staff and students to safely engage in live instruction in our classrooms. The health and safety metrics released by the State of Oregon this week provide a pathway for younger students (Pre-K-3) and/or special needs children to come back into our buildings sooner than other students. We are not there yet, but the hybrid model we have planned for had already prioritized getting these students in front of educators at a higher rate than other students.

We know that Comprehensive Distance Learning is extremely difficult for many of our families. We hear and share your deep concerns about such issues as childcare, social-emotional well-being, adequate academic support, and more. And we acknowledge the frustration of knowing that right now there are more questions than answers.

But our pledge to our families is to provide your children with the most robust and rigorous academic programming possible, along with all of the emotional-social supports we can wrap around them. Our David Douglas educators and support staff care deeply about your students and our families, and we will be with you every step of the way as we all get through this pandemic together.

We will communicate with you soon with further details about our CDL plan, including online curriculum, attendance, devices your student will have access to, internet connectivity and other supports.

Until then, please remain safe, and protect your neighbors.  Wash your hands frequently, wear a mask when leaving the house, and keep practicing safe social distancing. Remember that children 5 and older must also wear a face covering in public. Please help your young children practice wearing their masks correctly. The sooner we all slow the spread of the virus, the sooner our children can get back inside our schools where they belong.

Thank you