December 16, 2020

Dear SES Outlaw Parents,

I want to thank you for your overwhelming support this fall of our efforts as a school community to best serve your students. It hasn’t been easy and we haven’t always hit the mark on our first attempts, but I truly believe
that together we have accomplished much for our children. Thank you for your grace and understanding. I also want to thank our incredible SES staff members who have sacrificially invested so much this fall to ensure that
your students were able to attend school in person or at a distance, based on family need. Without this amazing team, we would not have been successful in fulfilling our mission to serve your children.

We have an update about our cohort that was quarantined. Today we welcomed them all back; no one experienced any health issues or symptoms. We are celebrating that our systems are working and that our staff
and students remained healthy. We also are celebrating that 15 cohorts were able to continue in-person learning while the one cohort was learning at home.

As COVID cases continue to rise in Oregon, and Deschutes County continues to be in the Extreme Risk category, we have been making plans for CDL in January, while hoping that the Oregon Department of
Education would make an exception to allow us to remain in the building after our Safe Harbor status ends on January 4. Today we received an update, and are thrilled to announce that Safe Harbor status will continue into
the New Year.

However, in an abundance of caution we have planned for CDL instruction to occur January 4-8 to allow for a week of quarantine after the holidays. Tomorrow we are sending home all the materials that our students will
need for CDL in a clearly labeled envelope or folder. Please store these materials in a safe place for Monday, January 4. Each teacher will communicate with you about next steps for that week of learning.
We look forward to seeing all of our hybrid students back in school on January 11, 2021!!!! Thank you for your responses to our LIPI survey. With the new information from state leadership, we will not have to
implement LIPI at this time.

As you consider plans for second semester, please be aware that our hybrid option is almost completely full beginning January 25, 2021. If your child is not enrolled as of that date into hybrid, they may be on distance
learning until fall of 2021, as we have limits on cohort sizes in the building.

We know that many of you are looking for ways to express your appreciation for your child’s teacher during this season. The Nugget has a monthly Educator Spotlight to honor Sisters educators with comments from
students and parents. Please consider emailing your comments to The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) sponsors a Teacher of the Year Award- go to to
nominate a worthy candidate before January 31. It would be amazing to see our teachers honored for their incredible work this year and beyond- we truly are honored to have such a high caliber of professionals who
teach our children here at SES.

We need to put forth our best efforts as a school community to mitigate risk wherever possible. When we return in January, in light of the rise in case counts, we will be requiring all staff and students without a doctor’s
note, to wear a mask rather than a face shield. If they come to school with a shield, we will give them a mask to wear. Additionally, masks cannot be vented. Please see the diagrams from the CDC. We have tried to
navigate this concern with education and state level information, but need to take a stance in January to fully adhere to state guidance. Thank you for understanding. If your child has a medical condition requiring a face
shield, please send a note from their medical provider to our nurse.

Students are having fun wearing masks that express their individuality. Please make sure your child has at least five appropriately sized masks/gaiters and knows how to wear them correctly. It is very important that your
child wear a freshly laundered mask/gaiter each day they come to school. If your family is unable to purchase masks, please reach out to your child’s teacher. We have cloth masks that have been made, and
donated by generous parents and community members. I have attached a few visuals on ideas for organizing, caring for and laundering masks that we have found helpful as we navigate these challenges as well. We have disposable masks at school and will be giving them to students to wear if their masks become wet or soiled at school. Should that happen, we will be placing your child’s mask in a Ziploc baggie in their backpacks to take home to be washed. Masks are our first line of defense in keeping people in the building safe and we need your help in ensuring that we remain healthy and safe.

We invite you to take part in our mask and sock drive beginning today to assist families and students this winter season.

Thank you for continuing to partner with us in keeping your child home when they display COVID-like symptoms. We know that there are many common ailments that have similar symptoms, and that it is a  sacrifice to keep your child home. We appreciate your vigilance and commitment to erring on the side of caution to prevent spread, keeping us safe and healthy. Thank you for practicing wisdom over the holidays to limit exposure in the greater  community to keep our school open.

We truly believe that in-person learning is the best option for our students and we are willing to do what it takes to keep your students healthy and learning in-person.

I am available if you have any questions or concerns. Either email me or call the office team to schedule an appointment.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your child. We are so thankful for the time we have had together as a community in the building. Thank you for doing your part to keep our greater community healthy. It is our wish that you have a wonderful and safe holiday season building positive memories together as a family.

Joan Warburg
Sisters Elementary School

2019-20 School Year