Update from SMART Reading:
Along with all schools across Oregon, SMART Reading programs will be temporarily closed through April 28 to limit the spread of COVID-19 and help keep our communities safe. We’ll continue to monitor developments and keep you updated.
As of Monday, March 16th, most of our staff are working remotely. We remain open and committed to keeping our work moving forward smoothly — even when our volunteers and students aren’t able to read together, there are many other tasks and activities to be carrying out to ensure we can get back to our important work when the time comes.
If you’re trying to reach anyone on our team, feel free to email SMART@SMARTreading.org or call 877-598-4633, and we’ll make sure you connect with the right contact.
A message to our community:
March 18, 2020
We’re deeply committed to the health and safety of our students, volunteers, and our wider community. On March 9, we informed our community that we would temporarily suspend all SMART Reading programs through spring break (Friday, March 27). With Governor Kate Brown’s most recent announcement that mandates statewide school closures through April 28, our program closure has followed suit. Our staff is working remotely and remains available to you!
It’s impossible to know what the coming weeks and months will hold for Oregonians, our families, communities and schools. And if and when schools reopen, we don’t know what things will look like for our program and our volunteers this school year. We’re committed to taking it day by day, following the guidance of Oregon’s government leaders, public health officials and educators, and we’ll keep our community informed along the way.
Here’s what we do know: We have about 33,000 books planned for giveaway days for our 11,000 students statewide in April and May. No matter what ends up happening with Oregon’s schools, we want to get these books into kids’ hands, so we’ll be working with our school and community partners in the coming days and weeks to determine a plan for how and when to do this.
If you have questions, please email SMART@SMARTReading.org, call 877-598-4633 or contact your local SMART Reading office.
Here are a few of the resources we are monitoring for information on the virus:
- CDC COVID-19 Information Page
- CDC Resources on Protecting Yourself
- Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Information Page (but CDC is primary resource for up-to-date information)
- Memo from Oregon Department of Education