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Tigard-Tualatin School District will start school online September 14, 2020 - 07/28/20

TIGARD, OR. – Superintendent Dr. Sue Rieke-Smith announced today that the Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) will start the 2020-2021 school year online in comprehensive distance learning (CDL). This announcement follows Governor Kate Brown’s guidance released today in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority.  Rieke-Smith identified the guiding factors leading to this decision to include the continued spread of COVID-19 specifically in the metropolitan area; the mandated health and safety measures that must be in place to open buildings and serve all students; and the disruption to learning that will be caused by mandatory 14-day quarantining of students and staff and the shutting down of classrooms and buildings when positive cases are reported. 

“As educators, we are painfully aware of the importance of in-person instruction and relationship building, and all of us cannot wait for the day when we can welcome our students back into our buildings,” said Superintendent Rieke-Smith. “This decision was made by weighing evidence-based data from our county and state health officials alongside my obligation to protect the safety and well-being of each of all of our students, teachers, and staff. Making this decision now allows our staff time to focus on creating a robust online learning experience that will thoughtfully meet the needs of every TTSD student.” 

Per the district’s newly amended school year calendar, TTSD’s first day for students will be Monday, September 14, 2020. Online instruction will continue for the first nine weeks of the school year.  Planning will continue to ready the district to safely transition back into buildings and for hybrid in-person instruction. That timeline will be informed by local and state public health conditions as reported in the Governor’s health metrics and the phased recovery of Washington County. 

TTSD is currently hosting community presentations to engage students and families in the planning to-date for the “Operational Blueprint to Reentry” plan as directed by “Ready Schools Safe Learners” (RSSL) guidance from the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority. Parents, guardians, and students are highly encouraged to participate in this process as their feedback is helping inform this planning. Presentations specific to grades, schools, languages, and special needs will be hosted over the next several weeks. A calendar of upcoming virtual community and family meetings, along with presentations and important return-to-school resources are available on the district’s website. 

TTSD will finalize planning over the next two weeks and present the completed Blueprint to the School Board on August 10th. The full plan and details specific to elementary, middle, and high school will be sent to district families the week of August 10. All Oregon districts must file their Health and Safety plans with their county health departments and the “Blueprint to Reentry” with ODE by August 15, 2020. The district’s finalized plan will be posted and available to the public on the district website. 

Zinnia Un
Zinnia Un
Tigard-Tualatin School District names Zinnia Un Directr of Equity & Inclusion (Photo) - 07/23/20

TIGARD, OR. – The Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) has named Zinnia Un Director of Equity & Inclusion. In this role, Un will work closely with the School Board, Superintendent, and Assistant Superintendent in advancing the district’s mission to “Educate Every Child” through a dedicated focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Un will build on her work with TTSD as the coordinator of equity and inclusion with an emphasis on institutionalizing systems that will dismantle historic practices of systematic racism in our schools, policies, and curriculum. 

“There is no work more important for our district right now and Zinnia is the perfect leader to step into this role,” said Assistant Superintendent Lisa McCall. “This position will champion real transformation in our district like no other time. District leadership is ready to listen to and learn from Director Un, and roll up our sleeves to ultimately set the example for what an inclusive education system looks like.”

Immediate priorities for Director Un, in partnership with the School Board and district leadership, include convening diverse voices as the district commits to creating a Hate Speech Board Policy; creating and executing a plan in support of TTSD Board Resolution 1920-19, a student inspired anti-racist district resolution; and leading community and local governments in conversation around Student Resource Officers in TTSD schools. 

“Racism and systems of injustice impact all of us, some at a higher cost than others so we must know our community, who is in it, our struggles as well as our strengths because only we can solve the problems ahead of us. I bring that weight and responsibility to this position, “ said Director of Equity & Inclusion Zinnia Un. “I also bring the knowledge that those in our community have what it takes to bring our commitments to addressing injustices and personal responsibility to our collective reality. We are not stuck in the loop of inaction. No one will save us, we are our own problem-solvers, creative collaborators, and advocates for justice, equity, and inclusion. It will take all of us, all the time, always.” 

With a focus on the success of all students, Un will work collaboratively with district leadership, principals, teachers, and staff to assess current and potential barriers for students and their families especially in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. She will contribute to district strategies to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, dedicating resources to data-verified areas of identified disparities. The Director of Equity & Inclusion reports to the Assistant Superintendent

Director Un has been with TTSD for nine years serving as a learning specialist and equity coordinator at Twality Middle School and, for the past three years, led the district’s equity initiatives to include professional development of leadership, teachers, and staff. She earned a BS in Social Science and a MS in Special Education from Portland State University (PSU) where she earned her Teaching and Administrative Licensure, and Special Education and PK-12 Reading Specialist Endorsements. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree at PSU with a focus on Equity in Complex Systems and is scheduled to complete in the fall of 2021.


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