Update from SMART Reading:
Along with all schools across Oregon, SMART Reading programs are closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year to limit the spread of COVID-19 and help keep our communities safe.
As of Monday, March 16th, are staff is 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, and we’re continuing to work with our school partners to safely distribute books to kids.
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:
April 8, 2020
Thank you for all you’ve done to help spark joy and opportunity through the magic of a shared book this year!
As you know, Gov. Brown has extended statewide school closures through the end of the 2019-20 school year. At this time, all SMART Reading programs are also closed for the remainder of the school year. While we are deeply sad that we won’t be resuming reading programs this year, we know that this is in the best interest of our communities.
A note about virtual reading: Many of you have suggested the idea of connecting with students for virtual reading sessions. We understand the desire to find a way to continue bringing our reading pairs together — our volunteers are committed and eager to serve our students, and technology is a powerful tool. However, there are a number of issues with virtual reading, both logistical and safety-related, that we’re not able to effectively address in the necessary timeframe. Therefore, we are not pursuing this as a delivery model adaptation for one-on-one reading this year.
We hope to see all our volunteers back in schools next year, when we can all return safely and in good health. In the meantime, our team is working hard to continue to safely get books to kids as much as possible, preparing for when we can open reading programs again, and raising resources to help us continue delivering on our mission and providing books for kids next year. We may be operating in a different environment with added challenges, but we’re still focused on what we’ve always done: getting kids excited about books and reading!
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