Masks Recommended for Summer Programs

7/28/21

Summer school students and staff,

We are looking forward to starting summer programs on Monday! 

As many of you know, the CDC recently updated its mask guidance for schools due to the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19. The CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors in K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. 

The Redmond School District HIGHLY RECOMMENDS all students and staff in attendance at the district’s summer programs wear masks in accordance with recent CDC guidance.

A reminder that masks are required on buses per federal mandate. 

Thank you,

Charan Cline, Ed.D.Superintendent

7 de julio 2021

Estudiantes y personal de programas del verano, 

¡Estamos ansiosos por comenzar el programa de verano este lunes! 

Como muchos de ustedes saben, el CDC recientemente ha actualizado la guía de máscaras en las escuelas a causa de la variedad Delta de COVID-19 que es muy transmisible. El CDC recomienda enmascaramiento universal adentro para los maestros, personal, estudiantes y visitantes en las escuelas K-12, no importa su estatus de vacunación. 

El Distrito Escolar de Redmond RECOMIENDA …

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RSD Guidance: COVID-19 Update 7/12/21

RSD’s Plan for Combating COVID-19 in the 2021-22 School Year

In late June, the Oregon Department of Education issued its draft Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance for the 2021-22 school year. 

The new guidance allows local control over nearly all practices related to containing and preventing COVID-19 in our schools. The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education encourage school districts to balance the reopening of the state with a plan to keep students and staff safe. 

Here’s the Redmond School District’s plan for summer school and the 2021-22 school year. Please know that these plans could change at any time depending on case counts and variants in our community, and dependent on federal or CDC guidance changes. The Redmond School District will: 

No longer require the use of face coverings and face shields by students or staff. Staff will not require face coverings in their classrooms, but the school district encourages all those who would like to wear a mask to do so.  Continue to require masks on school buses. The CDC order for mandatory use of …

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Staff Spotlight: Kristi Messner

This month’s Team Member Spotlight features… Kristi Messner, a 43-year teaching veteran from Terrebonne Community School!  Kristi Messner, a 43-year veteran teacher from Terrebonne Community School!    

Learn more about Kristi Messner, who has been shaping the lives of Redmond’s students for 43 years!  You’ve worked for RSD for 43 years. Did you plan to stay for your entire career, and what was it that appealed to you about RSD back then? What grades have you taught and where?

A week or so before spring vacation of my senior year in college I had a contract coming in the mail (it only required a signature) from John Day School District. Before it arrived, I got a call from Brown School in Redmond, which I picked up and answered with some silly response like Joe’s Bar and Grill — we didn’t have caller ID back then! Oops. I was asked if I would like to interview during break for a first-grade position.  It was my dream job. So I interviewed, got the job and quickly called and apologized …

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Mask Update 5/20/2021

RSD Families, 

Yesterday, the Oregon Department of Education provided updated guidance regarding mask-wearing at schools, and as a result the Redmond School District has updated its rules as well. 

Effective immediately, masks are now optional for Redmond School District students, staff, volunteers or visitors when outdoors. This includes at recess, outdoor classes including P.E.  and music, and arrival and dismissal. Social distancing remains in effect, and quarantine rules have not changed.

Masks are still required inside our school buildings during the school day and on buses, regardless of vaccination status. 

All those attending after-school events inside our schools must wear masks unless they provide proof of full vaccination upon entry. 

Actualización del uso de máscaras, 20 de mayo 2021

Familias de RSD,

Ayer, el Departamento de Educación de Oregon proporcionó una guía actualizada sobre el uso de máscaras en las escuelas y, como resultado, el Distrito Escolar de Redmond también ha actualizado sus reglas.

Con efecto inmediato, las máscaras ahora son opcionales para los estudiantes, el personal, los voluntarios o los visitantes del Distrito Escolar de Redmond cuando estén al …

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A reminder about masks

May 14, 2021

RSD Families,

As many of you have heard by now, the CDC announced on Thursday that people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer have to wear masks in most indoor and outdoor public spaces. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that the state would follow those guidelines as well. 

However, the governor has also said that schools are required to practice mask wearing and social distancing for at least the remainder of this school year. That includes visitors, students, staff and anyone visiting campuses, no matter what their vaccination status may be.  

Our schools will continue to require masks and social distancing, and will follow all of the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education COVID-19 policies, including the 14-day quarantine practice for students and staff who are not fully vaccinated. These policies will remain in place through the rest of the school year. We may see changes for the next school year. 

We appreciate how hard our students and staff have worked to keep each other safe this year, and we ask everyone …

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The Redmond Reporter 

May 12, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Dear Redmond Community Members,

It is election season for school boards. Across the state, record numbers of people are turning out to volunteer to help lead their communities’ schools. Here in the Redmond School District, we have 11 people competing for 4 positions. Many people do not pay attention to the school board races, but they should.

While presidential politics dominate the news, local government contests have a much more direct impact on our daily lives. Decisions made by elected city and county officials at the community level impact roads, water, development, and how students are educated. For instance, did you know that the Redmond School District is the largest employer in the City of Redmond? The school board has a huge impact on that segment of our local economy.

So please read your voter’s pamphlet, watch the public forums, and make an informed choice. Remember to vote.

Charan Cline

GOOD NEWS

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Redmond School District Events, May 2021

Mark your calendars for these events taking place in Redmond schools. Contact each school for more information.

May 3: League of Women Voters School Board Forum (positions 3 & 4), 5:30 p.m., www.lwvdeschutes.org

May 3-6: Outdoor Book Fair, Tom McCall Elementary School 

May 3-7: Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 4: League of Women Voters School Board Forum (positions 1 & 2), 5:30 p.m., www.lwvdeschutes.org

May 5: Outdoor plant sale, 1-3 p.m., Tumalo Community School

May 5: Outdoor book fair, 1-3:30 p.m., Tumalo Community School

May 6: Junior Parent Night, 6:30 p.m., Redmond High School

May 7: High School COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic (first dose), 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Redmond High School 

May 7: Mr. & Ms. RHS Noise Parade, 3 p.m., Redmond High School 

May 7:  College Signing for Elise Brown, 1:45 p.m., Redmond High School 

May 7, 14, 21, 28: Spirit Wear, Tom McCall Elementary School

May 11: High School COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ridgeview High School (first dose)

May 12: Title I Pre-K Screening, Hartman Elementary School

May 12: Virtual Family …

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RSD Staff Spotlight: Kelly Kidwell!

    This month’s Team Member Spotlight features… Kelly Kidwell, a 28-year veteran RSD bus driver!    

Learn more about Kelly Kidwell, our long-serving bus driver! 

For nearly three decades, Kelly Kidwell has been among the first people to greet students each day on behalf of the Redmond School District. She’s watched kids climb aboard Bus Route 13 as kindergartners and gotten them to school safely all the way through their high school graduations.

Now, 28 years later, Kelly will retire at the end of this school year. She’ll leave a very big hole in the transportation department. 

Matt Kutcher, who trains school bus drivers for the district, said everyone in the transportation department loves Kelly. 

“She is one of the most dedicated professionals I have worked with in my 32 years in pupil transportation,” Kutcher said. “She is a school bus driver who sets the example for others to see.”

Kutcher said when he does his ridealong as a trainer, Kelly displays professionalism and maintains safe driving habits like she’s a newbie. 

“As …

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RSD Team Member Spotlight: RVHS’s Karin Crouch!

 

    This month’s Team Member Spotlight features… Karin Crouch, the Dean of Student Success at Ridgeview High School!  

Here’s a little more about Karin Crouch.

How long have you been working for RSD and what did you do before coming here?

I have been part of the Redmond School District for 27 years — 15 as an employee and 12 as a student. Currently, I am the Dean of Student Success at Ridgeview, and taught business and math for 6 years at RVHS and 7 years at RHS. My family and I moved to Redmond when I was 3 years old, moving closer to my mother’s family in Culver. After graduating from RHS, I went off to college at Linfield and earned a Business Administration degree. I worked for a publishing company in Beaverton, then an internet commerce design company and Nike as a producer in Image Design. In 2000, my family and I were fortunate to get to move back to Redmond, a great place to raise a family. I then went back to school …

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Schedule Update: Middle and high school students return to full-time school on April 19

RSD families,

In the past 10 days, the CDC and the Oregon Department of Education have relaxed the physical distancing requirements in school settings from 6 feet to 3 feet. These distancing requirements were the major issue preventing us from having all of our middle and high school students in schools each day. 

As a result, the Redmond School District is excited to announce we will bring all secondary students back to school five days a week beginning Monday, April 19. Students will have a modified schedule on Wednesdays. Specific schedule details will be forthcoming in the next week. NOTE: Students who are enrolled in full-time online are welcome to remain in that program through the remainder of the school year. 

Making this change in the middle of a trimester poses a distinct set of challenges to middle and high school scheduling. An April 19 start date will allow us time to make sure student schedules are all correctly changed. In the interim, our staff will work hard to change the configuration of furniture, common areas and classrooms to comply …

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