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P. O. Box 375
548 2nd Ave
Chiloquin, OR 97624
Phone: 541-783-2338
Fax: 541-783-2410
Contact: Rita Hepper, Principal
Hours: 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Chiloquin Elementary

UPDATE: A letter to our Chiloquin families: https://www.smore.com/v27t6

Sept. 10, 2020

Dear Chiloquin families,

Please know we are with you.

Some of you have lost homes. Hundreds have had to evacuate and are now waiting and hoping for the best. Our hearts go out to everyone who is living with uncertainty, destruction, and loss.

We want to help, and are trying to contact our staff and families. If possible, we are asking staff and families to check in with our schools -- Chiloquin Elementary, 541-783-2338; and Chiloquin Junior/Senior High, 541-783-2321 to let us know you are safe and if you have any immediate needs.

The school district stands ready to coordinate with and support all emergency response efforts as needed. We currently are working with organizers at the Evacuation Center at Kla-Mo-Ya Casino and the Klamath County Fairgrounds with plans to provide free meals for children ages 1-18.

Here are some things to know:

  • A good source of information on the Two Four Two Fire is the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership. The Facebook page is regularly updated -- https://www.facebook.com/SCOFMPFIREINFO -- and information is available at their website at https://www.scofmp.org/.
  • Bus drivers and food services staff will be delivering meals in the Chiloquin area Friday. Meals also can be picked from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at Chiloquin Elementary School. Click HERE for times and locations. (The Fort Klamath route will not be run, but the school will contact those families and get meals to them.) Five lunches and five breakfasts will be provided.
  • Chiloquin Schools is asking that students check in with their teachers by logging into their regularly scheduled classes online if they are currently able to. Chiloquin staff also are reaching out to staff and school families.
  • The Red Cross is collecting donations at Kla-Mo-Ya Casino for local community members who have been displaced by the fire.
  • Donations also are being accepted at the Klamath County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall 2 (blue building). Items needed include non-perishable food items, diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, clothing, cash, fuel cards, bottle water, grocery store gift cards, pet food and supplies. Evacuees who need resources should visit the blue building just inside the main gate of the fairgrounds.

The fire still threatens homes and neighborhoods, and changing winds today likely will create new challenges. We are extremely grateful to all emergency personnel for their around-the-clock efforts and incredible commitment to our communities.

We send thoughts, encouragement, and hope to all our Chiloquin staff and families. Please be safe and take care.

Glen Szymoniak, superintendent, Klamath County School District
Rita Hepper, principal, Chiloquin Elementary
Scott Preston, principal, Chiloquin Junior/Senior High

Aug. 25, 2020
Dear Chiloquin Elementary families,

While Chiloquin students are distance learning from home this fall, the Klamath County School District will replace the entire ventilation system at Chiloquin Elementary School. The new system will resolve ventilation issues and ensure safety of staff and students when they return to the classrooms.

Students at Chiloquin Schools will begin the year with Comprehensive Distance Learning from home with their classroom teachers. The district will use that time to complete the ventilation project. Due to availability of the appropriate air handling system, completion is expected in late November 2020.

Replacement of the ventilation system was originally scheduled for summer 2021, but during a re-piping project this summer it was determined an immediate upgrade was required. The issue came to our attention on Aug. 12 and we called an emergency meeting that same day with the engineer to determine the risk of occupancy in light of COVID-19. Prior to receiving his occupancy report on Aug. 20, the district sent a letter to the Klamath Tribes and the school district Board of Directors indicating concern about the ventilation system.

The district is dedicated to the safety of the students and staff at Chiloquin and will continue to expedite construction of the new ventilation system at the elementary school. The district explored several options for remediating the problem, including placing heat pumps in every room to increase ventilation, but determined the safest course of action is to install a new ventilation system as soon as possible.

Students and staff will have limited use of the building until the ventilation project is complete. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
Glen Szymoniak
Klamath County School District





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