Dear Ninth Grade Students and Families,
We hope this message finds you well, safe, and ready to enjoy the summer. We are writing to let you know that, regretfully, we are not able to facilitate Summer Bridge this summer. Given the health and safety guidelines laid out late last week by Oregon Department of Education (ODE), we simply do not have the staff and facilities required to offer in-person instruction and to comply with the guidelines laid out before us.
This has not been an easy decision, but after extensive planning and review of the ODE guidelines, we cannot, in good faith, move forward with Summer Bridge. For over a decade, the 4J Summer Bridge Program has been a hallmark of ninth grade transition and support. Please trust that if we could facilitate Summer Bridge in a manner that is safe and compliant with state regulations, while at the same time, provides a meaningful opportunity for students, we would absolutely do so. Unfortunately, it is just not possible.
We have received guidelines from ODE for re-opening schools in the fall, and we are now dedicating our time to the extensive planning that is required for students to return to school in September. These plans will include much of the content we hoped to provide in Summer Bridge. We will be sharing more information to all ninth-grade students and families in the coming weeks.
There is another opportunity that may be of interest to your student:
HS Summer SAIL@UO
The University of Oregon will be offering their annual UO SAIL program remotely this year. This is an opportunity for students to learn more about college, interact (remotely) with college student mentors and take courses from a wide variety of UO faculty – all especially designed for high school students, including the incoming 9th grade class. In fact, we are strongly encouraging our ninth-grade students to participate in this experience.
This year, 4J will be offering 0.50 credit for students who participate fully in the SAIL activities this summer, meet with their college mentors three times during the school year, and participate in organized recruitment of other students to participate in SAIL in the summer of 2021. We will have technology available (laptops and hotspots) for any 4J student participating in SAIL. If you need technology, please let me know by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once we have confirmed your registration, we will communicate a plan for you to pick up needed technology during the week of July 20, 2020.
You can find out more about SAIL by visiting:
You can register for the program by clicking:
After students complete the one-week SAIL summer experience, the UO will give 4J the names of students who fully participated and qualify to complete the other activities to earn high school credit. In August, we will follow up with communication to let you know how your student can sign up to earn the 0.5 credit.
On behalf of all of the Summer Bridge staff, we appreciate you registering for Summer Bridge, and we are truly disappointed that we will not have the opportunity to get to know you this summer.
We are, however, thinking about you and planning activities to welcome and support you as a new high school student in September. Class of 2024, we look forward to meeting you!
Tia Holliday and the Summer Bridge Staff