Superintendent Monthly Message (English)

Dear Dayton Families,                                                                                                                                                  November 1, 2021

We are nearing the middle of the first semester of the 2021-2022 school year. Staff and students are settling into being back at school in person. We have all had to develop the stamina needed to do an 8 hour work/school day. We have also had to relearn the procedures for being in school and how to get along with a large group of people.Construction is almost complete with minor parts of the project still awaiting completion.

It is great to be in the buildings and hear the sounds of students and staff learning together. To see students playing and interacting with their peers is a joy and something they need to experience. We are working hard to support our students both emotionally and academically. There is some catching up to do from the 18 months of distance and hybrid learning. Staff and students are working together to bridge those gaps and are on the path to success.

After the ice storm of last winter we are definitely thinking about our plans for inclement weather.

It is time to prepare for extreme winter weather conditions. When inclement weather affects school operations, there are several ways you can find information:

If school is delayed or canceled, families will be notified via ParentSquare no earlier than 6 a.m.
Inclement weather alerts are posted on the schools’ and district website
Portland television stations and local radio stations KLYC (1260 AM) and KWIP (880 AM Spanish)

You can subscribe to FlashAlert notifications (Note: FlashAlert is most useful for families on bus snow routes or who need information before 6 a.m.)

Under certain conditions, buses will not serve specific areas and routes. Students will be transported to school if families bring them to the nearest bus stop still receiving service. That information will be made available to students on those bus routes. Snow routes are also on the district website under the “Parents” and “Inclement Weather” tabs.

Should it be necessary to close schools with early dismissal for students, notification will be given as early as possible. This plan is designed to maintain as much instructional time as possible while still ensuring student safety. If you have questions regarding inclement weather procedures, please call your school or the district office.

Medical Teams International will be providing a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the JH/HS Commons on November 9, 2021 from 4 pm to 8 pm for everyone who is eligible including booster shots. Vaccination for children 5 to 11 will also be available, if the vaccine is approved for that age group. A guardian must be present to sign the consent form.

We have continued to see students and staff cases of COVID-19 and exposures to COVID-19. We have worked with Yamhill County Health and reduced the length of quarantine for exposure from 14 days to 7 days with a negative test. Someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result may return to school 10 days after symptom onset if the symptoms resolve. Over 95 percent of our staff has been vaccinated and we did not lose any employees due to the vaccine mandate.

Staff and student safety is our top priority and we continue to follow all state guidelines. We are hoping for more local control soon as the case numbers continue to fall and more people are vaccinated. We will keep you updated when requirements change.

Thank you for your continued support of the Dayton School District. Go Pirates!

Superintendent Sugg