Food Boxes are still available. Milk, eggs, cheese, bread, pies, and cakes. Don't miss out.
School Schedule for Friday November 20th. Jr/Sr High School - Students will be in session. Elementary School - No school for students due to a staff training day. Therefore, we will not have limited in-person, or online instruction for students. Prekindergarten - Students will be in session. Lunch buses will be running on their regular schedules.
Zoom Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, November 18 to discuss the new metrics and when schools could reopen for all students. Please use the following link to submit your questions. https://5il.co/n41t
OJSH PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES are coming soon! Please contact your student’s teacher(s) to schedule an appointment for Monday, November 23rd (8am to 8pm) or Tuesday, November 24th (8am to 3:30pm) or phone the OJSH office at (541) 782-2231.
Governor Brown announced multiple measures to the stop the spread of COVID 19 today. The Oakridge School District, along with all school districts in Oregon are in meetings today and this weekend to determine the effects this will have on our educational programs for our staff and students. We will share updates and information next week. Please join all Oregonians in helping slow the spread of COVID19, by wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, and limiting your social contacts. Please help us get our students back in school. We need them here. Our kids need us all now, like never before. Thank you all.
We still have food boxes available. Come on down! Closing at 4 or until we run out of boxes.
Food Boxes are back!!! Come and get your protein produce box while supplies last. Also, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables available for elementary age students. See you in the High School parking lot. Starts at 2pm today!
OJSH Students Only! Monday starts session 2. Your child will be getting an invite to three new Google classrooms between now and Monday morning. All the meet codes and class information will be found in the Google classroom. In addition, parents have the option of logging into our new eSchool home access center to view schedules as well as update contact information. Contact the OJSH office (541-782-2231) with any questions.
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Calling all Children ages 0-18. Come get your Snack Packs today! Wednesday, October 14th. 2pm to 4pm. Pick up in front of the High School. Walk ups are welcome, but please wear a mask. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables will also be handed out to Elementary age kids K-6th. See you there!
OJSH Revised Class Schedule is now posted in our News Section.
Pre-Kinder Parents: This message is intended for Oakridge School District Pre-K only. If your kiddo is registered with Head Start or EC Cares, please follow their schedule as it may be different from ours. Unfortunately we will not be starting school on Monday the 28th as we had hoped. Our tentative start date will be Monday October 5th. Thank you for being so patient with us. We are so excited to get this program started, but have to wait just a little longer. Please contact Jayme Martin with any questions. 541-782-5604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As I’m sure you have already seen, the newest COVID19 data show the case rate in Lane County rose to 30.61 per 100,000 people and the test positivity rate is 5.2%. In order for K-3 students to attend in person as an exception under Comprehensive Distance Learning, Lane County rates must be under 30 cases per 100,000 people and the test positivity rate must be under 5%. Please keep in mind the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority metrics guide whether we re-open in person or not. These are conditions that must be met in order to begin K-3 in person or limited in person instruction. In order to qualify again for K-3 to begin in person instruction, the case rate must be under 30/100,000 and the test positivity rate must be under 5% for 3 weeks in a row. September 28 is the initial restart data (week 1). K-3 in person is also contingent upon our school having zero student or staff cases of COVID in the past 14 days prior to opening. We have had zero cases in our District at this time. We will be monitoring the numbers and will be prepared to begin on an A/B schedule with K-3 in person when it is safe and allowable to do so. The link to the Lane County Public Health Metrics is on our website under NEWS, if you would like to monitor as well.
This is a reminder from the Oakridge School District. A meeting for parents and guardians of preschool aged children is scheduled at 6:30 tonight. Grab the Zoom link from our NEWS Feed on the Website, or Facebook and join us for information and questions about the Westridge Early Learning Collaborative. Hope to see you there!
Link to the Meal Delivery Routes is here: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/903066/Updated_Meal_Routes9.4.2020.pdf We are unable to link under news, you can copy and paste or go to our live feed to click on the lind.
Good Morning Parents! This is a reminder that meals will be delivered via bus routes today. Please check the bus route stops and times on the District website . They are under the transportation button.
Tomorrow Sept 18th, We will be Handing out snack packs in front of the Oakridge High School from 11am to 1 pm. Please remain in your vehicle and drive through the line maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask. Walkers are welcome, please wear a mask and social distance. All children in the community who show up will receive a variety of healthy snacks while supplies last. 1 per child.
Good Morning Oakridge School District Staff! It is nice to see the air quality making such great improvement. Due to the improvement, Thursday, September 17, all staff will report to work on site.
Oakridge is selling surplus PE lockers, about 16+ sets of used lockers in as is condition. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED! Please call 541.782.2813 or email email@example.com between Wed. 9/17 at 12pm - Thurs. 9/18 at 12pm to get your name on the list. $5-$10/ per row. Lockers come in groups of 3-5 in the set and can not be separated on our end. So $10 per row x 5 rows = $50. You get the idea. Pickup will be between Thursday 9/17 1-6pm and Friday 9/18 8-12pm. All lockers must be paid for and picked up by noon Friday, 9-18. Pictures are available in the NEWS story. Sorry we are not able to help you load. These are a bit heavy, please bring your heavy lifters
The Westridge Early Learning Collaborative is hosting an information meeting for parents of preschool aged children. Join us on Monday, September 21 at 6:30 PM via Zoom to hear about the Early Learning Collaborative that will serve preschool children in the Oakridge School District attendance area. You can find the link on our NEWS FEED and the Calendar!
Early Childhood CARES HAS PRESCHOOL OPENINGS!! Early Childhood CARES is thrilled to announce the re-opening of our part-day preschool classroom at the Westridge Early Learning Collaborative. The class will run 8:30-11:30 Monday through Thursday and up to 6 spaces are open for local preschoolers who are 3 or 4 years old as of Sept. 1, 2020. The preschool will follow the ECSE service calendar available on our website https://earlychildhoodcares.uoregon.edu/. There will be no tuition charge to parents for participation in the program. Tentative start date is Mon. Sept. 28. For further information or registration, please contact Early Childhood CARES Program Coordinator Jeanine Taylor at 541-735-1766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted for Principal Iten: OES Elementary Information: Unhealthy air quality shifts K – 3 in person to Comprehensive Distance Learning. Comprehensive Distance Learning: Kindergarten, 1 st grade, 2 nd grade & 3 rd grade parents/guardians will be contacted by your classroom teacher on Monday or Tuesday with login information and meet times for Wednesday and Thursday cohorts. 4 th grade, 5 th grade, and 6 th grade will begin Comprehensive Distance Learning online Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Technology: K – 3 parents may pick up a chrome book for their child on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 between the hours 6 AM to 4 PM at Oakridge Junior/Senior High School front office.
Oakridge Families, Thank you for your patience as we have navigated through this latest disaster in our state. It has been my hope that the smoke leading to the hazardous air quality would begin to improve. Guidance is now saying that may not happen until later in the week or next week. So given that, we are pivoting on our school plan to reopen. We need to get our kids started in the school year. Please take a deep breath and know it will all be ok. Things during these times are not elegant, they are messy. This will be messy for a few days as well, let’s all hold on and move forward together. Here is how we are going to do it. We are switching our plan to have K-3 students come in person on Wednesday. We are starting them online until the air clears up and we can safely get them from home to school and back again. Monday afternoon and Tuesday, staff will rework schedules for meeting with students and parents to discuss Acellus online curriculum and Google Meets. You will also be contacted about picking up chromebooks if needed. School for grades 4-12 will be in the online model that we have been preparing for, CDL or Comprehensive Distance Learning. Things have been put in place for grades 4-12 to begin in CDL (online). We will begin with 4-12 on Tuesday. Principals Chapman and Iten will put out information that includes updates, changes, and reminders concerning the opening this week. Tuesday chromebooks will be issued to all K-3 graders who have not yet requested them and will now need them for CDL (online school). Please watch our website; NEWS and LIVE FEED, facebook, and our app for further information coming from the schools.
Due to unhealthy air quality and low visibility for travel we will not hold school or deliver meals today. Forecasts for air quality and smoke show conditions improving this afternoon and continued improvement through the week. Be safe.
Good Morning this is a message from the Oakridge School District. At this time we plan to begin our school year on Monday, September 14. This will be on the staggered start schedule that was planned last week. We will provide meal service beginning on Monday, September 14. We look forward to getting this school year started!
Today we are giving out Snack Packs in the front of the High School, from 11 am to 1 pm. First come first served, 1 per child. You may drive through or walk up to receive your snack pack. Please wear a mask and practice 6 ft social distancing. Come on down, we are here until 1 pm!
Tomorrow Sept 11th, We will be Handing out snack packs in front of the Oakridge High School from 11am to 1 pm. Please remain in your vehicle and drive through the line maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask. Walkers are welcome. All children in the community who show up will receive a variety of healthy snacks while supplies last. 1 per child.
Good Morning this is a message from the Oakridge School District. Due to continued power outages in parts of our community, internet service outages and staff who live in outlying areas under evacuation orders, we will begin our school year on Monday, September 14. This will give time for fire effects to settle down and allow us to restock spoiled food for our lunch program. We will not provide meal service until September 16.
Posted for Michael Higley, Google Trainer to OSD Teachers: Good Afternoon Google Superstar Teachers! Due to different factors affecting your area and the state of Oregon, we have been asked to delay the start of your Google Classroom Superstar 6-Week course. We will reschedule the September 9 date and will let you know when soon. Please plan to meet for session 1 on September 16 at 3:30-5:00pm.
It is with disappointment that I announce that without power we will not be able to hold school or provide meal service today. Hoping the power comes on today so we are able to reset things and be up and running on Thursday and Friday.
The phones for all Oakridge Schools and District Office are not working due to the power outage. We will keep you updated via our facebook page, website, our app, and robo calls as needed. For now, we are closed, meals will not be delivered today, sorry.
We will not be serving meals today. Sorry. Stay safe all.
Due to the power shutdown and possible high wind/fire danger the Oakridge School District will delay the start of school until September 9. We will evaluate the situation and determine if we are able to prepare and deliver meals today. An update will follow to let you know. We are sad we won't see our students today and look forward to our first day tomorrow!
Meal Service starts September 8, 2020! All children ages 1-18 continue to eat free! Under an expanded Summer Food Service Program Option, OSD will be providing breakfast and lunch to any child between the age of 1 and 18. The meals will be delivered at the same time, lunch for the day of delivery and breakfast for the next day. At this time if students are K-3 who are in person at our schools will receive their meal at school and will not pick up at the bus stop. Lunch will be available for students via bus delivery routes.: Routes are posted on our website. They are under Menu- Departments then Transportation Meals will be served between 11:45 am and 12:45 pm This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Early Childhood CARES HAS PRESCHOOL OPENINGS!! Early Childhood CARES is thrilled to announce the re-opening of our part-day preschool classroom at the Westridge Early Learning Collaborative. The class will run 8:30-11:30 Monday through Thursday and up to 6 spaces are open for local preschoolers who are 3 or 4 years old as of Sept. 1, 2020. The preschool will follow the ECSE service calendar available on our website https://earlychildhoodcares.uoregon.edu/. Tentative start date is Mon. Sept. 28. For further information or registration, please contact Early Childhood CARES Program Coordinator Jeanine Taylor at 541-735-1766 or email email@example.com.
Posted for First Student Parents, Due to COVID19, students must enter and exit the school buses in a specified way. In order to comply with this mandate, First Student must know that students are riding the bus ahead of time. The survey results were used to initially place students. Any “new” student(s) (not self identified on the survey) that we receive, will be added within 24 to 48 hours. This is because we may have to contact families for new pick up or drop off times or change the route to accommodate the new student(s). Our goal is to have them on the bus the next day whenever possible. If you have not heard from us and need the bus to transport your students in grades K-3, please contact us. The number that parents can call is 541.782.3090 and leave a message if we are unavailable. The number will be checked 2 times a day.
Parents of Preschool students: We are so excited to open our WESTRIDGE PRESCHOOL COLLABORATIVE!! This space will house Head Start, Early Head Start, Early Childhood Cares, and the Oakridge School District Preschool classroom. We have been working on the classrooms and our programs will be moving on September 8-18. At this time the OSD preschool program is scheduled to begin September 21. Packets for official registration will be mailed out September 8. Questions: contact Jayme Martin firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Services Parent Zoom Meeting Scheduled: An informational meeting for parents of students with 504, TAG, and Individualized Education Plans is scheduled for September 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM. A Zoom Link will be added. Please plan to join Dr. Chad Harrison for information and Q&A on special service programs.
Oakridge Elementary School First Day of School Information Comprehensive Distance Learning 4th grade, 5th grade and 6th grade will begin the year online. First day of school will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020. K – 3 In person Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade & 3 rd grade will be in person on a staggered schedule with Cohort A (M/W) and Cohort B (T/Th) Cohort A Cohort B First Day First Day Wednesday Tuesday September 9th September 8th
Good Afternoon Oakridge Junior High and High School Students. Principal Chapman here. We are anxiously waiting to start virtual classes with all of you on Tuesday morning at 8:30. Please check your school email for information from your teachers on how to access the virtual meeting Tuesday.
Parent Back to School Meeting Items posted: The presentation slides for the OES and OJSHS Reopening Parent meeting and Q & A, are located on our website under the Reopening section. They are at the bottom of that list of documents. Unfortunately the recording of this meeting did not work. The problem has been resolved for future meetings.
Posted for OES... For parents of incoming kindergarten students: If you have not returned the school registration packet, please do so NOW. If you have not received a registration packet, please contact the OES office so one can be sent to you. We have children who filled out the online survey, but they are not officially registered because we don't have their registration paperwork. Children who aren’t registered will not be able to start school until they are. Thank you so much!
The link for the parent meeting is located under our NEWS section. Sorry a link does not work from the live feed section.
SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM The last day meals will be served through the summer lunch program is August 27. Our school based meal service will begin on September 8, 2020. We are waiting for information from the Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition, concerning how we will be allowed to serve meals to children attending the Oakridge School District. When we have information we will share that with you. Please know that we will have meals available for all Oakridge School District students whether they are attending in person or online. We will let you know how to access them if your child is attending online.
Good afternoon. This message is for Oakridge Parents. We are holding a Parent information meeting on Thursday, August 27 at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be held by Zoom. You may log in on your computer or dial in on your phone. The link information will be posted on the morning of August 27on our website under the Live Feed and News links (click on Menu and you will see them). Information will be shared concerning specifics of the Elementary and Junior/Senior High School reopening. General information about state and county COVID metrics and how they direct our instructional model will also be shared. We will record the session and post it on our website Friday.
OAKRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT INFORMATIONAL MEETING VIA ZOOM AUGUST 27 @ 6:30 PM. A Zoom meeting link will posted to the District website on August 27 Join us for an informational meeting where our building principals will share information with you about Comprehensive Distance Learning in their schools. In addition information about K-3 in person instruction will be shared. Overall information about state and county metrics and how they impact reopening schools will also be shared. We will gather questions that will be compiled and answers shared out to all in a written format.
Oakridge reopening information for K-12 students is now posted on our website. Please visit our website- Menu---Reopening 2020--Information for families, for more detailed information. Thank you for your patience as we have navigated this quickly changing landscape to comply with ODE and Governor Brown's requirements for opening school.
Food for kids at Willamette Activity Center Sponsored by: United Way, Orchid Health, Target, City of Oakridge. Join us for our drive-thru Food for Kids event and receive a bag of groceries for your children! (walkups welcomed) Saturday, August 15th, 2020 9 AM to 12 PM 47674 School St, Oakridge, OR 97463 Event will be held in the WAC parking lot. We are currently looking for volunteers. Please call (541) 782-8304
The Oakridge School District is holding an Excess Equipment Sale Friday, August 14, at Oakridge High School Bus Barn, at 47997 W 1st St. (Access sale on 2nd St), 9:00-2:00: 1- 1986 Chevrolet 3/4 ton, 2 WD with lift; 1- 12’ stainless steel salad bar; 2 – 6’ Powermate table saws and 1-table saw (no brand name); 1- Rockwell/Delta drill press; 2- Delta scroll saws; 1- Sanding Station-disc/belt; 1- 6’ pick-up canopy. Sealed bids accepted from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during the sale for listed items. Bids will be opened August 15, at 1:00 p.m. and successful bidders notified by August 17 and will have until 4:00 p.m. to pick up and pay for the item(s). Those failing to meet the payment schedule shall forfeit their rights to the next highest bidder. Other misc items will be marked and sold on site. Saturday, August 15 A second sale will be held at Westridge Middle School at 46433 Westfir Rd. from 9:00 to 2:00. Items at this sale include, chairs, tables, desks, computer monitors and much, much, more. MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY. SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE IN PLACE .
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Oakridge School District has purchased basic school supplies for all students to use at school. These will be distributed to individual students in containers with their name marked on it. These will be used exclusively by each student at school. If you need supplies and are unable to purchase for use at home, we can help you out. Please let your school know. PS: At least in the beginning of the year, we will not be using backpacks in the buildings at all when we are able to return.
Pandemic-EBT update: Oakridge School District registered all families to receive the Pandemic-EBT Summer Benefit. According to DHS, our files are being processed and it may be the end of August or early September before you start receiving the benefit. All students registered in the 2019-20 school year qualify. If you do not receive your card or additional benefit on your card by August 15, please contact DHS.
We have developed a space on the OSD Webpage to house all information regarding the opening of the 20-21 school year. You may find it under"Reopening Schools 2020-21" on our website . New information will be shared through our website. app and facebook page. Thank you for taking time to read the information and updates. We are looking forward to working with all Oakridge families to provide the very best education in a format that meets your needs.
The summer lunch program begins today. Any child ages 1-18 may participate in the free GRAB AND GO breakfast and lunch. Meals are served MONDAY-THURSDAY. Thursday will include meals for Friday. The meals will be served on REVISED Bus Routes between 11:30 and 12:30. CHECK our website for updated bus routes and more specific delivery times.
The summer lunch program will begin on June 15, 2020 Any child ages 1-18 may participate for free GRAB AND GO Breakfast and lunch will be served MONDAY-THURSDAY (Thursday delivery will include meals for Friday) The meals will be served on REVISED Bus Routes, click here to view routes Routes will run between 11:30 and 12:30, CHECK THE BUS ROUTES FOR YOUR SPECIFIC TIME.
End of the year checkout!! Elementary students check the facebook page for pickup times and locations. JH/HS students, check your school email for procedures and to sign up for a time.
Here is the link to the video that is scheduled to be posted on the OSD YouTube channel today at 10:45. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOtvWHHhkVY
Oakridge School District meal delivery on Thursday includes meals for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. These meals include breakfast, lunch, and supper for each day. Your child will receive a total of 12.
Meal delivery on Thursday includes 3 meals each day for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Meals are available Monday through Thursday on bus routes or at OHS. Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, there will be no meal delivery on Monday, May 25.
Meal delivery on Thursdays will include meals for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. These meals include breakfast, lunch, and supper for each day. Your child will receive a total of 12 meals plus milk today. Meals are available Monday through Thursday on bus routes or at OHS.
Today, May 4, 2020 our meal service will include supper. When you pick up your meals at the bus stop or at OHS they include Breakfast, lunch, and supper. The meals are grab an go and heat and serve at all sites beginning today. The instructions for storage and reheating are included in each bag. Thank you to our wonderful cooks and classified employees who are working tirelessly to prepare and deliver over 1500 meals each day and double on Thursdays!
Good Morning! Today meals for Thursday and Friday will be delivered at our bus stops and at the high school for any child ages 1-18.
It Is Time For Kindergarten Registration. Please go to the District Website for information and a link to the online Kindergarten pre-registration form, it is under the News link. Thank You!
Kindergarten Registration Information
Student Distance Learning Packets are being delivered on the buses today, Wednesday April 22. They will then be available for pick up at Oakridge High School today from 6-8 PM and Thursday from 8am to 4 pm.
Distance Learning Packets for the next 3 weeks will be delivered this Wednesday on the school bus routes. Those are posted on our website under the transportation link. Packets will then be available at OHS Wednesday from 6-8 PM for pick up and on Thursday from 8am to 4 pm.
Class Meeting Schedules Information: Class meeting schedules are posted on our website under distance learning. Oakridge.k12.or.us If you have not downloaded our app, this would be a good time! The pic of the correct app is at the top and bottom of our website.
This message is to remind you that Meal Delivery tomorrow, Thursday April 16 will include breakfast and lunch for Friday, April 17. Instructions for storing and reheating the Friday meals are in the lunch bags. Thank you.
Distance Learning Links and information are filling in on our website. Check it out at "oakridge.k12.or.us" Go to the menu and click on Distance Learning and click on the topics shown.
Change in Lunch Service This week we will begin serving 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on Thursdays at our High School and on our bus routes. One set for Thursday and one set for Friday. This will allow us to discontinue Friday delivery in order to save on transportation costs. We will serve meals Monday-Thursday at the same times and places.
On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate brown announced the closure of all Oregon schools through the 2019-2020 school year. The Oakridge School District will continue to provide distance education and meals. Bus routes continue to run to deliver breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday. Meal pick up at OHS continues. Since beginning bus delivery is up and running, the site at the Baptist church is now closed. We are thankful to the Baptist Church for their support and love as they opened their doors and hearts to our serve our children.
Audible is sharing lots of free stories to stream so your kids can listen!! Which one are you going to grab first? https://stories.audible.com/discovery
Bus Route C for Meals has changed. Visit https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/649473/1.2020_Meal_Routes.pdf for updated routes.
Packets are coming. Please be patient, buses are running later than scheduled. We will also deliver again tomorrow. You will not be left out. Buses are running about 30 minutes late now, and it will become longer I imagine. Thank you for your patience.
MEALS ON BUS WHEELS Oakridge School District is offering every kid a free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch every weekday—no matter what their income or where they live or go to school. Now, those meals are available on our bus routes as well. Meals are for all students and youth 18 and younger. Meals are served Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Please go to our website or our new App and look at the bus route for your area. This is how: Website = click on menu - Departments - Transportation - scroll to the bottom of that page to find the document 1. Meals 2020. Click on that and there you are. Look for your route for the approximate time of arrival. On our new app: click on Documents - Transportation - 1. Meals 2020. Click on that and there you are. Look for your route for the approximate time of arrival. Please only send one person from the household to pick up the meals. This will help keep people healthy.
Expansion of Breakfast and Lunch delivery to bus routes begins tomorrow, April 1. Today those who are on our bus routes received personal phone calls from our wonderful bus drivers who shared information about the bus route schedules for the delivery of meals. Our hope is that we will provide more meals to children ages 1-18 in our community. The bus schedules are posted on our website. We will continue to serve breakfast and lunch at the High School and Baptist Church for those who would like to continue coming to those sites.
Why yes, we are serving breakfast and lunch during Spring Break. 11 AM - 1 PM. OHS and the Baptist Church!
Free Breakfast and Lunch is available for all children age 1-18 or older if an Oakridge student. Currently we are serving Monday through Friday at the front of the High School and at the Baptist Church. We are working on plans to expand the service to areas further out via bus routes next week. Stay tuned!
Educational Support is Coming April 1 Parents, we know many of you are feeling pressure to buy technology and internet and other resources right now. Please wait. We're working to get plans for supplemental learning in place and don't want you to strain budgets for things that may not be needed. Standby, we'll work together.