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Welcome Back! the new school year is off to a great start

We hope you enjoyed your summer. School staff and volunteers are looking forward to a great 2017-18 school year and we hope you are too!

SafeStop is Now Live at Canby School District!

SafeStop is the free mobile app that connects parents to the vehicles transporting their children. With SafeStop you'll always know where your child's bus is at along its route. You can register for SafeStop anytime.

SafeStop Tip: If your child's regular bus is in the shop for an oil change and the driver is using a substitute bus, SafeStop shows that the bus isn’t on the road. So if you ever see your bus isn’t on the road when it should be, feel free to call STA at (503) 263-1007.

Canby School District is Committed to Civility

On August 29, 2017 Canby School District superintendent, Trip Goodall, welcomed back district staff with a presentation that included a reminder about the importance of civility. Canby School District believes that a safe, civil environment is essential to high student and staff achievement, to the free exchange of ideas central to a quality educational process, and to the development of youth as thoughtful participants in our democracy. Conversely, uncivil conduct, like other forms of disruptive behavior, interferes with a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its students.

We are committed to leading by example as we begin a new school year, showing students the importance of respect, kindness, and civility.

A Great Start for Bus Routes!

"We know that we transport precious cargo, we know that." - Marilyn Big John

Marilyn Big John has been driving a school bus for 12 years: 100 miles a day on her current Eccles route. She loves her young riders, “My kiddos put a smile on my face everyday. There are kids I’ve driven starting when they were little all the way through high school and I still see them – it keeps me young!”

Parents and staff agree that Student Transportation of America (STA) did a great job starting the school year with well-organized routes and clear pick up times. There’s always a smoothing process as the new school year gears up but Marilyn says this year has gone so well because, “STA is out to do everything they can for Canby School District, with that type of attitude, we all have that attitude. And thanks to bus driver Patsy Hanson’s recruitment efforts, we started this year with plenty of drivers so we could send experienced drivers out on routes with our new drivers.”

Marilyn is the happiest she’s ever been at work now that STA is running operations, “The management and the people who work here are a great group. All of the upper management are helpful and caring. When it snowed last year buses had to stop and put on chains and upper management were out there in their suits, helping. It’s great teamwork. It makes you happy to come to work.”

But the most rewarding part of her work by far is the appreciation she receives, “My kids get on and off the bus and they say thank you, their parents appreciate what I do and the company appreciates what I do, that’s the most rewarding thing.”

Questions About DACA

President Trump recently ordered the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program, and established a six-month “wind down” of the program. While Congress will be considering legislation to retain some or all aspects of DACA, the coming months will be a time of uncertainty and stress for DACA recipients and their families. The rescission has created many questions regarding the obligations of school districts and the impact on students, families, and staff.

The rescission of DACA does not change the obligation of public schools to educate all students, regardless of the immigration status of the student or his or her parents. The Canby School District will continue to provide a safe environment for all students, and fairly apply all policies (including policies that prohibit bullying and harassment).

Many Oregon students and their families will be impacted by the DACA rescission. Losing DACA status means that an individual cannot legally be employed in the United States, and does not have protection regarding deportation proceedings. This will create economic hardship and instability for some families. The Latino Network created a planning guide for families to use in the event of deportation so that children are provided for. This website provides links to the planning guide in both English and Spanish, as well as other helpful resources: https://www.latnet.org/community-resources/

Principal Sets the Tone!

Canby High School Principal, Greg Dinse and other high school staff cheered the incoming freshman class as they entered the building for the first time - what a great start to their high school experience! And everyone at Canby School District will be rooting for these amazing students all the way through. Here's to the class of 2021!

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