Dear Staff, Parents/Guardians and Students,
As we continue to move towards reopening our schools with device and materials distribution to begin classes with our students, we appreciate your patience while we plan for an opportunity to move forward.
The health and safety of our staff and students is our absolute highest priority. In that regard, the conditions that we are under with the Holiday Farm Fire are directly impacting our ability to work outside to distribute devices and materials for classes. The smoke has degraded our air quality index (ARI) to a hazardous pollution level at nearly 400 (healthy level is 50), several Creswell families and staff are without power and staff members living in Springfield are on notice for evacuation. The forecast and conditions are expected to be the same for tomorrow.
At this time, we are canceling all outdoor activities through tomorrow. Technology devices and materials distribution will be rescheduled for Monday 9/14, and classes will begin for students on Tuesday 9/15. Meals distribution and delivery will also be delayed until Monday at the regularly scheduled times. Principals will follow up with a communication from each school with details for distribution times and “meet and greet” activities for next week.
I realize that this delay of the start of school is disappointing to all of you and I share the same feelings. However, I feel this is the safest approach for all considered at this time with these conditions.
I sincerely thank you for your patience and I too will be relieved and pleased when we launch our back to school activities next week.
Mike Johnson, Superintendent