Abiqua Academy appreciates your patience as we modify our Blueprint for Reopening to meet new guidelines from Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education. There is not a statewide answer for all schools. Our decisions will be made within the context of what is safe - not only for students, but our treasured resource of teachers and support staff - as well as the broader community. We acknowledge that we must be mindful of needs greater than what may suit our personal interests. We will act as a responsible community.
According to the Oregon Department of Education revised guidelines released January 19, 2021, county metrics are advisory recommendations rather than mandatory requirements. Abiqua's Lower School has enjoyed tremendous success with the in-person program, operating under Early Learning Division guidance, since September 2020. Lower School will now operate under ODE guidance. At the end of February, Abiqua will transition from fully distance learning for Upper School students to orientation for on-site instruction. The on-site/hybrid program is set to commence March 1, 2021. Comprehensive Distance Learning via Griffin Flex Academy will continue to be available for students in grades 4 and up through the conclusion of the academic year ending in June 2021.
The spread of COVID-19 requires our community to demonstrate our very best qualities: to use good judgment in responding to changing circumstances, to prioritize the greater good of the community above personal preference or convenience, and to use HEART skills in all interactions, whether face-to-face or long-distance. Recommendations from Public Health Authorities are fluid; therefore, keeping up to date in our communication is vital. We have assembled the information we have shared within the community and provide it here:
- A log of letters sent to our school families
- Steps we are taking to prevent the spread of illness
- Information from Public Health Authorities
Please be assured that Abiqua Administrators are closely monitoring the status of COVID-19. We will remain in frequent communication with families as we work through the complexities caused by the effects of the virus.
All Abiqua Academy teachers are committed to maintaining personal relationships with our students. PreK-12 instructors are preparing live and recorded lessons through our Griffin Flex Academy.