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Dr. Paul Hillyer, Superintendent

1336 Avalon Street  •   Klamath Falls, OR 97603  •   (541) 883-4700


Information from the Superintendent!

Superintendent Message to parents / August 9, 2020

<p>Good day, Klamath Falls City Schools parents. This is City Schools superintendent, Paul Hillyer. The state has established recent stringent guidelines for school in-person opening for the new school year. These requirements include low numbers of new infections in Klamath County (seven or less) for seven consecutive days for three weeks in a row and a low positive testing rate (less than five percent) both in the county and the state for seven consecutive days for three straight weeks. Klamath County has been over the set limits of new positive cases for three out of the last four weeks.</p>
<p>Due to these numbers of local cases and to help parents and staff adequately prepare for the next school year, KFCS is announcing today we will start the school year in comprehensive distance learning for the first six weeks &ndash; through October 16 and will re-evaluate in early October for the second six-week period.</p>
<p>The good news is that in anticipation of this possibility, the district purchased a robust distance-learning platform called Canvas last month. We also trained teacher leaders, called Canvas Coaches, in each school to help implement the new system effectively. All teachers will have training and time to implement the Canvas platform before the first student day, September 8.</p>
<p>The KFCS board of education has prioritized having students back in school buildings as soon as possible. However, an even higher priority is to have safe and healthy conditions for students and staff. Please be watching your text messages and emails over the next days and weeks as many more updates and further information will be sent your way. Best wishes to you and your families as we navigate these difficult times together.</p>
<p>Paul Hillyer, KFCS Superintendent</p>
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<p>Buenos d&iacute;as, padres de Klamath Falls City Schools. Este es el superintendente de las Escuelas de la Ciudad, Paul Hillyer. El estado ha establecido directrices estrictas recientes para la apertura en persona de la escuela para el nuevo a&ntilde;o escolar. Estos requisitos incluyen un bajo n&uacute;mero de nuevas infecciones en el condado de Klamath (siete o menos) durante siete d&iacute;as consecutivos durante tres semanas seguidas y una baja tasa de pruebas positivas (menos del cinco por ciento) tanto en el condado como en el estado durante siete d&iacute;as consecutivos durante tres semanas consecutivas. El condado de Klamath ha estado por encima de los l&iacute;mites establecidos de nuevos casos positivos durante tres de las &uacute;ltimas cuatro semanas.</p>
<p>Debido a este n&uacute;mero de casos locales y para ayudar a los padres y al personal a prepararse adecuadamente para el pr&oacute;ximo a&ntilde;o escolar, KFCS anuncia hoy que comenzaremos el a&ntilde;o escolar en el aprendizaje a distancia integral durante las primeras seis semanas&ndash; hasta el 16 de octubre y reevaluaremos a principios de octubre para el segundo per&iacute;odo de seis semanas.</p>
<p>La buena noticia es que, en previsi&oacute;n de esta posibilidad, el distrito compr&oacute; una s&oacute;lida plataforma de aprendizaje a distancia llamada Canvas el mes pasado. Tambi&eacute;n capacitamos a l&iacute;deres de maestros, llamados Entrenadores de Lienzo, en cada escuela para ayudar a implementar el nuevo sistema de manera efectiva. Todos los profesores tendr&aacute;n formaci&oacute;n y tiempo para implementar la plataforma Canvas antes del primer d&iacute;a del estudiante, el 8 de septiembre.</p>
<p>La junta de educaci&oacute;n de KFCS ha priorizado tener estudiantes de vuelta en los edificios escolares tan pronto como sea posible. Sin embargo, una prioridad a&uacute;n mayor es tener condiciones seguras y saludables para los estudiantes y el personal.</p>
<p>Por favor, est&eacute; viendo sus mensajes de texto y correos electr&oacute;nicos durante los pr&oacute;ximos d&iacute;as y semanas, ya que muchas m&aacute;s actualizaciones y m&aacute;s informaci&oacute;n se enviar&aacute;n a su manera. Mis mejores deseos para usted y sus familias a medida que navegamos juntos por estos momentos dif&iacute;ciles.</p>
<p>Paul Hillyer, Superintendente de KFCS<span style="font-size: 1.5em; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</span></p>

April 8 2020 Update: Closure Through End of Year

April 8, 2020

Dear KFCS Families,

Today Governor Brown extended the closure of Oregon public schools through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. The announcement is not surprising (districts were told March 30 to start preparing distance-learning teaching plans), but it is unwelcome news to teachers and students who miss seeing one another, and it is especially disheartening to seniors, who were excited to complete their final term.

Please know that an amazing team of educators is hard at work to make distance learning accessible and meaningful for all students and to ensure that seniors will graduate. Here’s what we can share right now:

  1. The district is loaning Chromebooks to all families without a learning device. More than 600 Chromebooks have been distributed, and families who still need one may contact the district office at LeeperTaylorT@kfalls.k12.or.us. 

  2. The district is helping every family gain access to the internet: Spectrum (1-844-488-8395) and Comcast (1-866-203-0432) are offering 60 days of free service for those who qualify. When calling, families should explain that they have students doing distance learning. Alternatively, Spectrum is offering service for $20/month with WiFi for those who qualify. Details about that offer are available here. Many sites in Klamath are offering free use of WiFi connection from their parking lots. See the list of sites here.
    a. Spectrum Internet Access Deals

    b. Free Local Wifi Access

     

  3. District teams are developing grade-appropriate lesson plans for a distance-learning format, training teachers to use Google Classroom to communicate and share materials with students, and training teachers how to create instructional videos. Presentation of content in this new format will begin over the next couple of weeks.

  4. The district will continue to distribute learning materials in print form to all who need them.

  5. Seniors who had passing grades when schools closed in March will receive passing grades and stay on track to graduate. State testing and senior project requirements have been eliminated.

  6. The district will focus its resources on seniors who need to raise their grades or complete additional credits to graduate and, next, on preparing all seniors for their next steps in life. 

  7. Although commencement and other senior milestone events cannot be held in their traditional formats, the class of 2020 will be celebrated! Stay tuned for new plans.

Together we are learning to be flexible and resilient. Together we will succeed at distance learning. 

Sincerely,


Dr. Paul Hillyer
Superintendent, Klamath City School District


8 de Abril de 2020

Estimadas familias de KFCS:

Hoy la gobernadora Brown extendió el cierre de las escuelas públicas de Oregón hasta el final del año escolar 2019-2020. El anuncio no es sorprendente (a los distritos se les informó el 30 de marzo que comenzarán a preparar planes de enseñanza de aprendizaje a distancia), pero es una noticia desagradable para los maestros y estudiantes que extrañan verse, y es especialmente desalentador para los estudiantes en su último año, que estaban emocionados de completar su término final.

Tenga en cuenta que un increíble equipo de educadores están trabajando arduamente para que el aprendizaje a distancia sea accesible y significativo para todos los estudiantes y para garantizar que los adultos mayores se gradúen. Esto es lo que le podemos compartir ahora: 

  1. El distrito está prestando Chromebooks a todas las familias sin un dispositivo de aprendizaje. Se han distribuido más de 600 Chromebooks, y las familias que aún necesitan un chromebook  pueden comunicarse con la oficina del distrito por correo electrónico con  LeeperTaylorT@kfalls.k12.or.us. 

  2. El distrito está ayudando a todas las familias a obtener acceso a Internet: Spectrum (1-844-488-8395) y Comcast (1-866-203-0432) están ofreciendo 60 días de servicio gratis para aquellos que califican. Al llamar, las familias deben explicar que tienen estudiantes que están aprendiendo a distancia. Alternativamente, Spectrum ofrece servicio por $ 20 / mes con WiFi para aquellos que califican. Los detalles sobre esta oferta están disponibles aquí. Muchos sitios en Klamath ofrecen el uso gratuito de la conexión WiFi desde sus estacionamientos. Vea la lista de sitios aquí.
    a. Ofertas de acceso a Internet de Spectrum

    b. Acceso Wifi local gratuito

  3. Los equipos del distrito están desarrollando planes de lecciones apropiados para cada  grado en un formato de aprendizaje a distancia, capacitando a los maestros para usar Google Classroom para comunicarse y compartir materiales con los estudiantes, y capacitando a los maestros sobre cómo crear videos instructivos. La presentación del contenido en este nuevo formato comenzará en las próximas semanas.

  4. El distrito continuará distribuyendo materiales de aprendizaje en forma impresa a todos los que los necesiten.

  5. Los estudiantes de la escuela secundaria que obtuvieron calificaciones aprobatorias cuando las escuelas cerraron en marzo recibirán calificaciones aprobatorias y se mantendrán en camino para graduarse. Se han eliminado las pruebas estatales y los requisitos de los proyectos de senior.

  6. El distrito enfocará sus recursos con los estudiantes de la escuela secundaria que necesitan elevar sus calificaciones o completar créditos adicionales para graduarse y lo siguiente es preparar a todas los estudiantes de la escuela secundaria para sus próximos pasos en la vida.

  7. Aunque el comienzo y otros eventos importantes no se pueden celebrar en sus formatos tradicionales, ¡se celebrará la clase de 2020! Estén atentos para nuevos planes.

Juntos estamos aprendiendo a ser flexibles y resistentes. Juntos tendremos éxito en el aprendizaje a distancia. 

Sinceramente,

Dr. Paul Hillyer
Superintendente, Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de Klamath

April 2, 2020 Superintendent Update

April 2, 2020

 

Dear KFCS Families,
 

When I wrote to you one week ago, our district was gearing up to provide four weeks of review/enrichment materials to keep students reading and thinking critically during the COVID-19 closure. You received the first packet of those materials this week, and teachers will be making follow-up phone calls today or tomorrow.

A new plan, issued March 30 by the Oregon Department of Education, is requiring all Oregon school districts to shift gears once again. Anticipating the “very real potential” that students will not return to classrooms on April 29, it is asking districts to move away from “supplemental” learning toward “distance learning,” including new content that will be graded and credit-bearing.

KFCS teams are hard at work determining the best delivery methods for this learning (whether online, on paper, or a combination), training teachers in online instruction, and assessing families’ access to technology and internet.

You can expect to receive “supplemental” learning packets on Wednesdays until further notice, sometime in April. You can expect details about the new learning model as soon as we have them. Here is what we know so far:

Distance learning: The district has selected Google classroom as a distance-learning platform to allow teachers to communicate with students and to deliver/receive assignments, quizzes and tests. A team is working on providing Chromebooks and internet access to families throughout the district. Families lacking a device (other than a cell phone) with which to access the internet can check out a Chromebook on Monday, April 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., in the Lucille O'Neil gym at 1336 Avalon Street. Families lacking internet service are encouraged to sign up for two months of free internet through Spectrum (1-844-488-8395) or Comcast (1-866-203-0432). When calling, say that your children are “doing learning from home.”

Free Grab-and-Go Meals: Along with learning packets, our district will continue to provide free bagged breakfasts and lunches to children ages 18 years and younger at the locations arranged with each family.  Elementary school pick-ups are Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Ponderosa/KU pick-ups are Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - noon. Pick-ups at bus stops (for bus riders) are Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., as arranged with each family.

Seniors and graduation: The ODE has not yet determined whether the state will adjust graduation requirements for seniors. Currently KU graduation is scheduled for Sunday, June 7 at noon on Modoc Field. If this changes, we will inform families immediately and make other plans to honor the class of 2020.

Dual credits: The district is working with Klamath Community College and Oregon Tech so that students may complete dual-credit classes. Students also may enroll directly in KCC or OIT classes for spring term without a formal permission slip from KU and with the district covering tuition for two classes. 

Special education:  Case managers will contact all parents of students with an Individual Education Program. Students will receive level-appropriate instructional packets and support from case managers. Students also will receive consultation services from specialized service providers such as speech-language services and occupational therapy.

Access to buildings: To retrieve personal items such as eyeglasses, medications or band instruments from school buildings, contact your child’s principal.

Childcare: Following guidance from the state, the district is ready to provide childcare services for Birth to 5-year-olds of essential personnel. This includes first responders and health care workers. Those who qualify and want to request childcare should call the central COVID-19 childcare network at 211.

We ask for your grace and patience as we learn together how to maintain continuity of education in brand new ways. We all want to give our students the very best, and I am enormously grateful for the resilience and determination I am seeing among families and staff alike.

Sincerely,

Dr. Paul Hillyer

Superintendent, Klamath City School District

 

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About
Dr. Hillyer

Dr. Hillyer has been an educator for more than thirty years. During that time he has been an elementary and middle school teacher. He has also served as building principal at the elementary and middle level for thirteen years. For twelve years he worked in the Owatonna, Minnesota, public schools. Ten of those years were as their Director of Instructional Services. From the 2005-2006 school year through 2009-2010 he served as Superintendent of the Columbus, Nebraska, Public School District.

In 1998 Dr. Hillyer was awarded a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Iowa State University. It was at ISU that he also received his superintendent training. Other degrees earned by Dr. Hillyer include a Master of Science degree from Northern State College in Aberdeen, South Dakota and a Bachelor of Arts degree at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Dr. Hillyer also received his elementary teaching certificate through his home town of Bismarck, ND, at the University of Mary. He graduated from St. Mary's Central high school in Bismarck.

His wife, Janie, and he have been married for 31 years. They have five boys. His interests include hiking, boating, biking, and church activities.

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