In-Person Learning Plans
McKenzie families,

After weeks of careful planning, our school reopening committee decided to recommend Monday, March 15, as a safe target for allowing students to return for in-person instruction for grades 1, 2 and 3.

We hope to welcome back Preschool, Kindergarten, 4th, 5th and 6th grades the week after Spring Break. This will allow teachers to collaborate and mindfully plan for a supportive transition. Middle and High School grades will tentatively follow in subsequent weeks. An announcement with further details for those students will be released by March 19th.

Since November, we have been safely providing in-person distance learning support on campus to more than four dozen students. These students include elementary, middle, and high school. We recognize the need to continue offering this service for those students even when we welcome our first, second and third-grade students back on March 15.

We have highlighted a tentative daily schedule below.

You may have started to notice other districts in our area reopening, but we are battling additional obstacles because of the devastating wildfires that affected our community. Our internet connectivity remains a problem. We have been working with state and local resources to ensure that the internet is restored on campus so that when we welcome back students, there is a stable internet connection. We are hopeful we will be fully connected by the middle of March. Another obstacle has been the debris left from the fire. We continue to clean up the campus, but more needs to be done when removing trees that still present a hazard.

Thank you for your continued support through this challenging year. We hope that by setting these goals for reopening, our families have a reasonable amount of time to make plans to return.

We look forward to welcoming our students back, but our priorities will always remain our staff and students' health and safety. We know it has been frustrating at times, and we are still here for you. Keep in mind our decision is based on current COVID conditions. If cases were to grow significantly in our community, we would have to make additional adjustments. We ask that our school families follow all of the recommended CDC guidelines so that we can continue to serve our students in-person.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask us.

Lane Tompkins
Mckenzie School District

Returning Safely and Potential Timeline

McKenzie educators are receiving their vaccinations and McKenzie School District has been carefully monitoring all of the safety guidelines set out in the Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance.

In the weeks leading up to our targeted return date, we will begin sharing what your family can expect as you arrive and what an average school day will look like.

  • School schedule: 8 - 2 p.m; for both in-person & CDL learning. See school calendar for observed holidays and additional days off.
  • Free breakfast and lunch will still be offered to all students. Please update your info in the food service form below.
  • Extensive health and safety measures include face masks, social distancing, cleaning, hygiene and ventilation.
  • Transportation will be provided. We need your help to make this happen! See the job posting below.
Food Service Update
There have been many changes since we first sent out the food program sign-up in October. If you would like to continue or begin, please fill out the form.

By not filling out the form, you are canceling or letting us know you do not want food.

Click here to access the Google Doc.
Public Meeting For Facilities Improvements
Check out this video from Mr. Tompkins about our public meeting.
We have received some great input at our last two public meetings, but we still need more community members and McKenzie families to weigh in.

This meeting will offer another quick summary of the work District has done so far and solicit feedback from those present on the proposed projects and price points.

You can join us for our final meeting on Monday, February 15.

  • Meeting ID: 844 3307 2194
  • Passcode: 036529
We're Hiring
In order to meet our opening target date of March 15, we need to fill multiple positions.

We are hiring multiple bus drivers, a middle/high school secretary and an instructional behavior/educational assistant.

To view and apply for the positions, click here

Run For School Board

Are you interested in running for the school board?

McKenzie has position 1 vacant this year.

Here is a link to apply through the Lane County Elections Office with deadlines and criteria -

Our kids are lucky to have so many adults wanting to serve and make a difference in their education.

Community Engagement

Our campus has stepped up as a community connector, and we have loved acting in that role for our community members.

Most recently, we hosted a resource fair on campus organized by Locals Helping Locals to highlight needs following the fire. We received great feedback from those who said they were thankful to have one place to get so many of their questions answered.

Here is the news piece that KEZI put together for the resource fair - Click Here.

We also continue to act as a host for the community post office.
Keep Connected
Stay up to date on all of our events by clicking here.
Here is a look at our past videos. You can view additional videos on our YouTube channel.

You can also follow us on social media on Instagram and Facebook. Our next school board meeting will be on February 17th at 5:30.

Click here to watch and join the conversation.