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Covid-19 Documents and Current Information
Updated: 3/17/2020 8:40 PM

Statewide School Closures Extended 

Superintendents Desk

March 17, 2020

The Governor’s Office announced today that schools will remain closed through April 28, 2020.

Baker School District is in the process of developing plans to supplement the education of our students during this closure. The highest priority will be given to current Seniors so that they can meet all graduation requirements. Rest assured, we will be putting plans together to serve all children. Additional information will be forthcoming as we develop viable strategies for students and their families to meet the educational needs of their children. This will undoubtedly need to be a partnership between our staff and the families we serve. 

We will be seeking clarification on a number of issues from the Oregon Department of Education. We will keep our parents and community updated as we know more. BSD, along with community partners, will continue to provide breakfast and lunch at Haines, Brooklyn, South Baker and the High School. This program is for all children in our community 18 years old and younger. 

The Governor has also charged schools to implement child care for first responders, emergency workers and health care professions. BSD is in communication with management of each of these organizations to determine the level of need. We are striving to meet this need as soon as reasonably possible. We are currently developing plans for staffing/logistics to ensure quality care as well as meeting all previous protocols set forth by the state. 

I will continue to update our families, staff and community as further information is disseminated from State Authorities. This is a time when we are being asked to sacrifice. Our children and families will not be able to experience many opportunities that they have worked so hard to achieve. One example is our Girls Basketball Team. They lost the opportunity to compete as returning State Champions in this year’s State Tournament. This truly saddens me, these sacrifices are meant to protect those that we care about and love. Our parents, our grandparents and those that have underlying health issues. I am appreciative of how our community is pulling together to address these challenges. 


Extendida de Cierre Escolar a Nivel Estatal Oficina de Superintendente 17 de marzo, 2020 

La Oficina de la Gobernadora anunció hoy que las escuelas permanecerán cerradas hasta el 28 de abril, 2020. 

El Distrito Escolar Baker está en proceso de desarrollar planes para complementar la educación de nuestros estudiantes durante este cierre. Se otorgará la máxima prioridad a los estudiantes de último año para que puedan cumplir con todos los requisitos de graduación. Tenga la seguridad de que prepararemos planes para servir a todos los niños. Se proporcionará información adicional a medida que desarrollemos estrategias viables para que los estudiantes y sus familias satisfagan las necesidades educativas de sus hijos. Indudablemente, esto deberá ser una asociación entre nuestro personal y las familias a las que servimos. 

Buscaremos aclaraciones sobre una serie de cuestiones del Departamento de Educación de Oregón. Mantendremos informados a nuestros padres y comunidad a medida que sepamos más. BSD, junto con socios de la comunidad, continuará brindando desayuno y almuerzo en Haines, Brooklyn, South Baker y High School. Este programa es para todos los niño/as de nuestra comunidad de 18 años o menos. 

El Gobernador también ha encargado a las escuelas que implementen cuidado infantil para personal de primeros auxilios, trabajadores de emergencia y profesiones de atención médica. BSD se comunica con la gerencia de cada una de estas organizaciones para determinar el nivel de necesidad. Nos esforzamos por satisfacer esta necesidad tan pronto como sea razonablemente posible. Actualmente estamos desarrollando planes de personal / logística para garantizar una atención de calidad y cumplir con todos los protocolos previos establecidos por el estado. 

Continuaré actualizando a nuestras familias, personal y comunidad a medida que se difunda más información de las autoridades estatales. Este es un momento en que se nos pide sacrificarnos. Nuestros niños y familias no podrán experimentar muchas oportunidades por las que han trabajado tan duro para lograr. Un ejemplo es nuestro equipo de baloncesto femenino. Perdieron la oportunidad de competir como campeones estatales que regresan en el Torneo Estatal de este año. Esto realmente me entristece, estos sacrificios están destinados a proteger a aquellos que nos importan y amamos. Nuestros padres, nuestros abuelos y aquellos que tienen problemas de salud subyacentes. Aprecio cómo nuestra comunidad se está uniendo para enfrentar estos desafíos. 










Statewide School Closures 

Superintendents Desk

March 13, 2020

The Governor’s Office has announced Statewide School Closure for Students in Oregon from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020 due to the continued health threat posed by the Coronavirus.

Baker School District will close all schools for student instruction in compliance with the Governor’s announcement. Furthermore, Friday Academy and Friday+ programming (BMS Drama) will not be in session today, Friday, March 13, 2020. All staff are to report to work today. For more information, please see the Press Release file below at the bottom of this page in the file section.



March 13, 2020 – (Wilsonville, OR)
Per Governor Brown’s announcement regarding school closures, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) has suspended interscholastic practices and contests for sports and activities for all member schools effective today through March 31. 

During this suspension we will evaluate this evolving public health situation with the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Department of Education, the OSAA Executive Board, the OSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and member school administrators from throughout the state to determine when, or if, to resume the spring season.

More information will be communicated via as it becomes available.

Virus preventionspanish virus prevention

Baker School District has been monitoring the global coronavirus outbreak since it was first reported late last year.

Our schools and our district have emergency communications plans in place for when we experience heightened health risks. We will activate those plans to notify families, staff, and our community if the coronavirus risk elevates to the point where action is required. We are collaborating with Baker County Public Health Department and are preparing to take a variety of actions to protect student’s and staff’s health and safety. 

These include:

  • Sanitizing all classrooms and buses this weekend with an approved, safe product that hospitals and schools utilize as a disinfectant. It is called Vital Oxide and is applied utilizing a mist. Henceforth, we will be applying the disinfectant twice per week.
  • Monday, all classroom teachers throughout the District will review personal hygiene strategies with all students. Our District Registered Nurse, Becky Black, will be creating a video that will be sent out next week reinforcing these hygiene strategies.
  •  We have invested in hand sanitizers for each classroom as well as sanitizers that will be at each entrance of our schools to be utilized by students and the public. 

Closing schools would be a last resort, and a step the district would take after consulting with Baker County Public Health and the Oregon Health Authority if there were evidence of a severe threat from this virus in our region.

For now, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that students and their families take the same practical precautions they would take to prevent the spread of any other contagious illness such as the flu. 

This includes steps such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

More Information About Coronavirus

The Oregon Health Authority has provided further information that can be accessed at the following link: 

Below you will find a Fact Sheet that has been provided by the Oregon Health Authority.  We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

We care about our students' health and safety, our families, staff members and community members in the Baker School District and we will continue to keep you informed of new and helpful information as it becomes available. We are working in partnership with multiple agencies to be as prepared as we can be. For additional information, please visit the following links:


Public Agency Resources:

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