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815 S. Oakdale Ave.
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 842-3636
Fax: (541) 842-1087
Contact: Medford Schools
Hours: 7:30 - 4:30

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Questions & Answers For Parents

Questions & Answers For Parents Regarding the Teacher Strike

UPDATED 2/20/14
The Medford Education Association is on strike as of 6 a.m., Feb. 6. Below are answers to important questions about the situation.

How will the teacher strike affect my child's grades?
Posted 2/20/2014
  • Due to the teacher strike no student mid-term grades will be issued.
  • Grades are the responsibility of the teacher.
  • Guest teachers are working with the lesson plans and instructions left for them by the teachers.
  • Upon their return, teachers will evaluate the work students completed during the strike.
  • The District administration will determine at what point it becomes necessary for guest teachers to take over the grading of student.
  • The end of 3rd quarter grades will be a combination of pre-strike, strike, and post-strike student work and assessment towards the standards.
Do I have to send my child to school during the teacher strike?
Posted 2/10/14, 3:25 PM
Under Oregon compulsory attendance laws, parents are required to send their children to school on a regular basis. During the teacher strike, if parents choose to keep their children home from school, their absence would be excused due to the current “state of emergency.” State law does require schools to drop any student from enrollment who is absent from school for 10 consecutive days. Should students miss 10 consecutive days of school during the teacher strike, they will need to be re-enrolled when they return to school. 

Where and when will my child go to school as of Tuesday, February 11? 
Updated 2/5/14, 9:25 AM
Elementary Schools
AM Student Schedule
7:30–8:00 Breakfast
8:00-8:15 Assembly
8:15-12:15 Classes/Lunch/Recess
12:15 Dismissal
PM Student Schedule
12:00-12:15 Assembly
12:15-4:30 Classes/Lunch/Recess
4:30 Dismissal
NOTE: Kindergarten students will attend a full AM or PM session with their assigned school.
Abraham Lincoln Students   Attending Kennedy Elementary
Griffin Creek Students Attending Griffin Creek  
Hoover Students Attending Hoover Elementary  
Howard Students   Attending Howard Elementary
Jackson Students   Attending Jackson Elementary
Jacksonville Students   Attending Griffin Creek
Jefferson Students   Attending Hoover Elementary
Kennedy Students Attending Kennedy Elementary  
Lone Pine Students Attending Lone Pine Elementary  
Oak Grove Students Attending Howard Elementary  
Roosevelt Students Attending Jackson Elementary  
Ruch Students Attending Ruch Elementary  
Washington Students Attending Washington Elementary  
Wilson Students   Attending Lone Pine Elementary
Secondary Schools AM Student Schedule
8:30-12:00 Four period rotation
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30 Dismissal
PM Student Schedule
12:20-12:35 Assembly
12:35-1:00 Lunch
1:00-4:35 Four period rotation
4:35 Dismissal
Hedrick Students   Attending North High
McLoughlin Students   Attending South High
North Medford High Students Attending North Medford High  
South Medford High School South Medford Students  
Central Medford High School Central Medford Students  

What subjects will be taught?
Updated 2/10/14, 3:10 PM
Reading, writing and mathematics is the focus of instruction in all the district’s elementary classrooms. Our guest teachers are using the district’s core curriculum materials. In math all student instruction is based on the district’s math curriculum. Special education students and students enrolled in special programs such as English Language Development continue to receive appropriate support and instruction.

Middle School
Middle school students are organized into teams and are receiving instruction in English, mathematics, science and social studies. The focus of each class period is based on the state’s core curriculum. Materials our guest teachers are using are based on the district’s adopted curriculum. Special education students and students enrolled in special programs such as English Language Development continue to receive appropriate support and instruction.

High School
English, math, science and social science including advance placement courses are the focus of the four class periods at the district’s high schools. Guest teachers are using the district’s adopted curriculum. Student assignments and activities are focused on building reading, writing and critical thinking skills based on Oregon’s state education standards. Student work is graded and counts toward progress in course credit. Senior graduation requirements are a priority including support for Senior Projects. Special education students and students enrolled in special programs such as English Language Development continue to receive appropriate support and instruction.

Will sports and other extracurricular activities continue?
Updated 2/18/2014
OSAA High school sporting events will continue as scheduled, unless otherwise notified. All district extracurricular activities such as music and theater, and middle school sports are canceled or postponed as of Wednesday, February 6.

Medford community groups that have already scheduled after school activities in the Medford School District buildings will be allowed to hold those activities starting Friday, Feb. 14. The one exception will be the after school care programs which will not be operating because schools are being double shifted and several of the district’s schools are closed until the teachers’ strike has ended.
Hours school buildings will be open for after school activities:
                Monday-Friday: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
                Saturday-Sunday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

When will school busses run during a strike?
Updated 2/10/14, 9:00 AM
Bus routes operating during the teacher strike are now available on the Medford School District web site. Click the link below to access the Bus Routes web page. Once on the page, click the button for your student’s HOME school routes. Schools will reopen on Tuesday, February 11. Please consult the letter mailed to parents on February 5 or the Medford website,, for more information. Click here to view your student’s bus schedule. Kindergarten students will ride the bus on the same schedule with the other students in grades 1-6 from their home school. Students who normally walk to school and who are attending a different building will walk to their home school to meet the bus to be transported to the assigned school. 

When will kindergarten students attend school?
Updated 2/5/14, 12:45 PM
All Kindergarten students, whether they are currently AM or PM, will attend a full session at their assigned school.

For example, if your school is an AM school, both the normal AM and PM kindergarten classes will be attending in the morning for the full session from 8:00 AM until 12:15 PM. If your school is a PM school, both morning and afternoon kindergarten classes will be attending school from 12:00 PM until 4:30 PM.

Meals will be available for kindergarten students as they are for other students. Breakfasts are $1.05 each and lunches are $1.95. Students eligible for reduced price lunches may purchase them for 40 cents each.

How will the School District keep me informed? 
Updated 2/3/2014
We will use automated e-mail and phone calls to provide rapid notification to parents. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CURRENT E-MAIL AND PHONE NUMBER INFORMATION ON FILE IN YOUR SCHOOL OFFICE. We also will operate a telephone hotline for parents to call with questions. We will provide the number and hours for this service before Feb. 6. Additional information is available:
  • On the web at Click the “Subscribe” button to receive updates automatically.
  • On Facebook – like Medford School District 549C
  • On Twitter – follow @MSD549C
Letters were mailed home to all parents and guardians regarding school schedules during the strike on Feb. 4 and 5.
Will schools be safe if there is a strike?
We will station security personnel inside and outside every school. Security teams will help students and parents enter and leave school safely. Access to interior areas of the school will be tightly controlled.
Who will teach the children?
We will use a combination of substitute teachers, non-striking teachers and administrators to teach. All teachers will be licensed in Oregon or eligible for certification. All substitutes will have to pass a background check and drug test, as all of our regular staff have done.

Will seniors continue earning credits toward graduation?
Seniors will be given the opportunity to earn their credits to graduate. We will address individual concerns as they arise.
Who will provide support services such as assisting teachers, driving buses, fixing meals and maintaining buildings?
These workers are not members of the teachers union and will continue to do their jobs if there is a strike.
Will meals be served?
Schools will have full meal service during the strike.
Question & Answers for Students With Special Needs

Will special education services continue to be provided during a teacher strike? Updated 2/3/2014
Yes. Special education services will be provided by a combination of substitute teachers, non-striking teachers, classified staff and specialists. Additional special education staff, who will continue to work during the teacher strike, will be assigned to schools.

Will there be anyone at my child’s school who knows about his/her special needs? Updated 2/3/2014
Our special education classified staff and some specialists will be working.  These staff are familiar with the special needs of students. In addition, substitute teachers will be provided information for each student with special needs and any accommodations that need to be provided in the classroom.

Will SOESD programs, such as STEPS and STEPS Plus classes be in session? Updated 2/3/2014
All STEPS and STEPS Plus classes will be open and staffed with current SOESD employees.  The STEPS classes will follow the same schedule and may be relocated, the same as the home school.  STEPS Plus classes will follow the regular schedule.  All SOESD classes located in the Medford School District will not have school on Feb. 6, 7 and 10. Classes will resume on Feb. 11.

Will nursing services still be available? Updated 2/3/2014​
Yes, nursing services will continue to be provided during the teacher strike. 

What procedures will be followed for students with allergies? Updated 2/4/2014
  • No peanut butter sandwiches will be on school menus starting Tuesday, Feb. 4.
  • Juice will be available for lactose intolerant students.
  • A “NUT FREE” table clearly labeled will be available in each school cafeteria. Principals will designate these areas for students.
  • Appropriate snacks will be available for diabetic students as coordinated by school nurses.


549C Medford School District

Medford School District 549C Mission Statement
We are a high quality teaching and learning organization dedicated to preparing all students to graduate with a sound educational foundation, ready to succeed in post-secondary education, and to be contributing community members.

Medford Public Schools 549C recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society and our community. It is the policy of the Medford School Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment.
For District Federal Title Program compliance, please contact the Office of Federal Programs: (541) 842-3633
For District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act compliance, please contact the Office of Special Education & Student Services: (541) 842-3628
For District American Disabilities Act compliance, please contact the Office of Human Resources: (541) 842-3625

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