COVID-19 vaccine drives are being offered to the communities on the following dates / locations 1 pm to 6 pm: Sept. 21st - Riverside Jr/Sr High parking lot Sept. 22nd - Heppner Jr/Sr High parking lot Sept. 23rd - Irrigon Jr/Sr High parking lot Consent forms can be found on the district website here: https://5il.co/yrwc Sponsored by: Oregon Health Authority, Morrow County Public Health, Columbia River Health, and Doulas Latinas.
Parents, in the next few days your child will be coming home with a form that is a consent to COVID testing. Key points about this form: -this is an OPTIONAL form -we will not administer a COVID test to a student without direct parent notification and consent (our preference is that the parent would be present) -this is a service that we have been asked to make available to families who may not be able to easily get into their provider to be tested when their child has symptoms at school.
Information for families on how to access the 2021 Child Tax Credit Advance Payment option. Tax credit flyer – Spanish https://5il.co/yeih Tax credit Flyer – Eng https://5il.co/yeii
MCSD will be closed September 6th. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is observed the first Monday in September.
We are excited to have all our students back! See everyone August 30th!
MCSD is introducing a new parent bus app that allows parents to get busing updates and monitor route progress. This will work in conjunction with student bus ID badges. For more information please visit our website at https://www.morrow.k12.or.us/page/student-id-badgesMF
We had so much fun last year doing a 1st Day slide show that we would like to do it again! Please submit your photos here https://forms.gle/pP5mjbxnqFRg1Wh99
Morrow County School District is pleased to welcome several new administrators to the district for the 21-22 school year. Jami Carbray, New Vice Principal at Sam Boardman Elementary Steve Sheller, New Vice Principal at Riverside Jr/Sr High Marissa Turner, New Special Education Coordinator & Vice Principal at Morrow Education Center According to Erin Stocker, Executive Director of Human Resources, “I continue to be amazed by the leadership and skillset within our district. These new administrators bring with them proven track records of being student-first educators, as well as the willingness to take on new challenges. I look forward to the upcoming school year for Morrow County School District with the addition of these leaders to our team.” Read more about these new faces in the district press release: https://www.morrow.k12.or.us/article/513370
We would like to offer some clarity on our graduation requirements in regards to the headlines floating around right now about Oregon graduation requirements. We want to assure our families and communities that Oregon and Morrow County School District continue to maintain high graduation expectations for all of our students. • Senate Bill 744 requires a review of Oregon graduation requirements and a pause on the Essential Skills requirement for graduation (passing the state test or similar assessment in reading, writing, and math) to determine if the requirement is still appropriate in relation to college and employer needs. • credit requirements for Oregon diplomas remain • MCSD offers multiple diploma types that are at or above the requirements in the Oregon diploma • MCSD also recognizes the importance of career planning and currently requires students to complete two credits in an area related to the student’s career interests. • MCSD teachers and administrators are committed to providing quality instruction in all subjects (core and elective). • MCSD utilizes frequent assessments to assess student learning • MCSD offers both on campus and remote college level courses for high school students in each community. • We remain committed to working collaboratively with the businesses within Morrow County to provide our students with the skills to be successful in today’s workforce.
We are hiring! www.morrow.k12.or.us/page/employment
Beginning this Thursday students and staff will be required to wear masks during the school day.
The new school year is fast approaching! Please visit your school websites for information about registration dates and times. We do need all families to complete registration forms.
Like everyone, Morrow County School District was disappointed to hear that Governor Kate Brown has placed a new mask mandate on Oregon public schools after announcing in June that we would all have local control of COVID-19 protocols. While Morrow County COVID-19 rates have returned to the numbers we were seeing last fall, we feel that we have safety protocols in place that would allow our schools to operate safely in-person. We understand and share the frustrations of our families and ask everyone to understand that school boards and administrators have little room to defy this order without risking daily fines imposed on the district and risks of sanctions on the licenses of our teachers and administrators. What can families and community members do to help advocate for a return to local control? Contacting your state representatives and the Governor’s office through the complaint link is a start. https://www.oregon.gov/gov/pages/share-your-opinion.aspx It is important that we work together in returning local control to the school district. As we continue to navigate state updates, MCSD will remain committed to providing full-day, everyday education programs for all of our students to include in-person and virtual options.
MCSD will continue with our current plan of optional mask use at our summer programs UNTIL OHA/ODE finalize their rule around K-12 mask use. https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=64174 MCSD is committed to keeping our school buildings open to full-time, in-person learning this school year.
August Jumpstart starts in 1 week!
We would like to share with families and the public that Morrow County School District expects to fully reopen schools to full-day, in-person learning this fall. We maintain those expectations through guidance from the Oregon Department of Education and its Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework for the 2021-22 School Year. Currently we anticipate that we will be able to return to school with the optional use of face coverings by students and staff as well as full use of our bussing system. For families that have found online or school at home works better for them, we will continue to provide this opportunity through our online school at MEC. There are always many details to opening school in the fall, and this year those details will include things like COVID-19 safety measures. We of course will continue to partner with public health officials and plan to keep families updated as we finalize those details as we move into August.
Don't forget to schedule your Well Care appointments - these cover the required sports physicals!
MCSD Virtual Program
It is time to start returning any technology that was checked out to students / families. This includes Chromebooks and hotspots for the summer.
Student's last day of school is June 10th - stay tuned for details on summer school programs.