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MSD Connects Update

MSD Connects Update

New Metrics and CDL Survey Results

Nov. 2, 2020

Oregon schools have new metrics to follow for in-person learning. These new rules were announced by Governor Brown and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) on Friday, October 30th. They are slightly relaxed compared to before. You can see the full details here.

Unfortunately, Jackson County does not meet the new metrics for students to return to large scale in-person instruction. The county’s case-rate per 100K population is still too high. 

The state and country are continuing to learn more about coronavirus. Recent studies show school protocols (face coverings, physical distancing, etc.) mitigate COVID spread in schools. This is why Governor Brown and the Oregon Department of Education loosened the metrics. According to ODE, even in communities with high spread, schools are unlikely to be contributors to that spread. In fact, schools are actually good at identifying people with symptoms and connecting them with medical professionals.

Since we are continuing to learn from home, we are looking through the data parents, staff and students released in the MSD Connects at Home Survey. We will be using this feedback to make improvements to the CDL experience moving forward. 

We had 594 staff, 3,013 families, and 3,337 students take their respective surveys. Here are the data charts from  staff,  families, students

Big takeaways in the staff survey include:

  • Desire to connect more with students in person 
  • Concern around learning new technology and learning to teach online
  • Concern with technology generally
  • Concern around contracting COVID 

Many staff offered some really thoughtful comments with suggested areas for improvement around:

  • Schedules
  • Communication
  • Amount of synchronous vs. asynchronous learning time
  • Consistency in offering limited in-person instruction
  • Providing time for teachers and staff to collaborate

Big takeaways in family surveys include:

  • Desire for more social interaction and in-person instruction
  • Concern with the amount of screen time
  • Issues around balancing CDL with work/childcare schedules
  • Need for more direct instruction from teachers
  • More communication about schedules and changes

Big takeaways in the student surveys (closely aligned with family results) include:

  • Desire for more social interaction and in-person instruction
  • Concern with the amount of screen time
  • Issues with connection
  • Changes to amount of homework given


We will also be using this time to plan our eventual return to school, working with our educators, families, and students on next steps. As we always have through these times, we want to ensure everyone is well informed and prepared for next steps.

Please help our students get back to school by helping Jackson County “Get to Green” by wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, and limiting social gatherings.

Thank you for lending your voice in the recent survey, and for partnering with us like never before. Together, we will get through this.