3/13/2020 1:00pm

TLCS will be closed for students starting Monday, March 16 to combat the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. We are projected to reopen April 1.

At the request of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, this school closure is a preventive measure to help slow the rate of spread of coronavirus and, as public health agencies explain, to flatten the curve of the virus’s impact on our communities and health care systems.

In addition to the school day, this includes cancellation of:

  • after school clubs and activities
  • athletic practices and competitions
  • IEP meetings
  • Winter Sports Awards (scheduled for 3/19)
  • Junior/Senior Banquet (scheduled for 4/10)
  • field trips and guest speakers

Some of these events may be rescheduled for a later time. When we return to school, we will also reassess the scheduled events for the remainder of the year. We will update you as soon as decisions are made.

Schools provide vital support to our communities and we realize this closure will have a major impact on our families. Because of this, we do not take this decision lightly. Extending spring break will be a hardship for many families who rely on their schools for meals and a safe place for children to be during the day, as well as for education. While schools will be closed, we are finalizing plans to provide bagged to-go meals. Details will be shared as soon as they are confirmed, including location and times.

This is a temporary closure and we will not be providing distance learning at this time.

There are many decisions yet to be made, including whether these days will be made up at the end of the school year or by other schedule changes.

During the break, we encourage everyone in our community to follow recommended practices by avoiding large gatherings, washing hands frequently, and covering mouths when coughing or sneezing. Those experiencing fever, flu or cold symptoms should stay at home until well after they are symptom-free without the use of medication. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult with your healthcare provider.

We will continue to monitor this very dynamic public health situation and will provide updates during this extended break. We all hope this closure will be successful in helping to combat the coronavirus, and we look forward to being able to return to our normal school routine, with our students and staff healthy and ready for learning.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this challenging time for our schools and our community.

Learn more:    Oregon Health Authority information about coronavirus COVID-19