SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Schools are facing a new challenge as the new school year approaches.
Due to the Holiday Farm Fire spreading west toward Springfield, the district has decided to delay the start of the year to Sept. 21 for all students.
Officials said the fire is affecting many in the school community. The district is working to provide resources such as food and space to sleep as part of efforts to provide relief to the community.
The fire comes after many months of adjusting to the reality of a global pandemic and planning for a safe school year.
Kindergarten through third grade will return to in-person instruction in a staggered start with K-1 starting Sept. 21, second grade on Sept. 28 and third on Oct. 5 if conditions allow.
Technology distribution will be canceled for the rest of the week. Currently, it has been rescheduled for the following dates and times:
- High School (THS/SHS): Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- High School (A3): Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- High School (GHS): Wednesday-Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Elementary: Wednesday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.
- Middle School: Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- New Springfield students enrolled in SPSOnline: Wednesday, 2 to 5 p.m., Brattain School, 425 10th St.
Students needing access to Wi-Fi can check out devices Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Friday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Technology Department, 180 D St.
Food services will be available at elementary sites beginning Sept. 4 if not impacted by the wildfire response. It’s available for all children 18 and under for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The end of the school year and previously scheduled breaks will not change, with the last day of school set for June 17.