Coronavirus and Reopening
reopen as of 8/10
This dial indicates the degree to which schools can open in the fall based on metrics established by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  It will be adjusted as safety metrics change and the Knappa School District necessarily changes the schooling model.
 
This does not change any program for those who signed up for Knappa Virtual Academy.  Those enrollees will remain online until the end of the first quarter of the school year (November 9) and may remain in the Knappa Virtual Academy, if so chosen, beyond that date.

Looking for childcare during this pandemic?   CLICK HERE  for Western Oregon University's resource page for childcare in our state!

Please watch the website for updates. We have created three email addresses that will be monitored regularly for your questions. If you have urgent questions, please call the business office at 503-458-5993. Thank you and stay healthy.

K-6: hleinfo@knappak12.org

7-8: hlmsinfo@knappak12.org

High School: khsinfo@knappak12.org

Letter from the superintendent:

September 15, 2020

Dear Knappa Community:

School has begun! We are excited to be with our Knappa students again, whether it be face to face with the K-3 students, temporarily online with our 4-12 students, or within the KVA program. Students are in their physical and online classrooms learning again and our teachers report that the first day went well. I was able to visit a good number of classrooms yesterday and it is good to see the learning process resuming.

Here is our current operating status and some additional information.

This week's OHA/ODE numbers arrived last night. Please see them in the chart below.

 

 MaximumFive Week Trend

K-12 Met?

3-Week Trend?

K-3 Exception Met?Rural Exception Met?

Case Positivity

Oregon

5%5.2% 5.0%, 4.4%, 4.3% 5.6%

No

No

  

Case Positivity

Clatsop County

5%1.3% 0.8%, 1.4%, 0.0%, 4.5%

Yes

Yes

YesYes

Cases per 100,000

Clatsop County

10 for K-1215.3 7.6 5.1 5.1 12.7

No

No

  
 30 for K-315.3 7.6 5.1 5.1 12.7

No

No

Yes 
 30 for K-315.3 7.6 5.1 5.1 12.7

No

No

 Yes

 

As you can see above, our county has an increase in cases this last week, and case positivity has increased. That said, these numbers do not change our ability to continue to offer K-3 instruction on the premises. As you know, we are currently offering instruction online for grades 4-12.

Because Knappa is considered by the Department of Education as a “rural district”, we qualify for one additional exception to the state metrics. It is called the “rural exception for counties with >30,000 population.” Under this exception, if a school (not district) has less than 250 students (based on our opening count, both of our schools fit under this exception now that KVA has students online), and can keep cohort sizes under 50, schools may open for in-person instruction with case numbers below 30 per 100,000. Right now, Knappa meets all of these qualifications. Information on this exception is located here: https://tinyurl.com/y4q9zopu

Accordingly, we will continue to monitor case numbers. We don’t know whether the increase this week is a “blip” in the steady trend or whether it is the start of an increase.If the numbers hold and we still meet the rural exception on September 28, we may still open hybrid instruction for grades 4-12 then. Please continue to watch for the weekly updates and electronic communications so that you can be aware of these possible changes.

Please continue to stay safe. Wearing masks in public, social distancing, and frequent sanitizing are all things we can do to keep our community healthy. Students have been great so far at functioning and learning while wearing masks and social distancing in the classroom. Please reinforce the importance of staying safe while at school and in the community. This will help all of us prevent disease transmission.

We are glad to have the students here, so that we can fulfill our mission to “INSPIRE all learners to ACHIEVE academically and THRIVE as independent and PRODUCTIVE citizens.”

Bill Fritz, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Knappa School District No. 4
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