In consideration of reopening its private school, Bridgeway House is following strict ODE and CDC guidelines, as well as state-specific regulations mandated by Gov. Kate Brown. The agency’s school has continued to operate with very little interruption following the COVID-19 closure on March 13, 2020, though at a different capacity, as online/distance learning is the only approved method of teaching at that time.

All programs are intended to resume at full capacity as soon as possible but the actual dates are uncertain, with Oregon schools tentatively scheduled to reopen for in-person learning in Fall 2020. Numerous factors could extend closure, but the Bridgeway House must have a plan in place as things continue to develop and change.

Please click here to download a PDF of the 2020-2021 Bridgeway House Academic Calendar.

Bridgeway House has developed a unique, school-specific, phased approach for reintroduction to on-site/in-person learning:


Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase 4

The most restrictive situation under a Shelter-in-place order. All school was remote via Distance Learning. All physical locations closed.

Distance Learning continues for all students.
Begin preparations for re-introduction of onsite school.
All physical locations closed.

Students return to school buildings for in-person learning, but classroom schedules are modified with decreased numbers.

All students return to in-person learning for a regular school schedule.

BW took immediate action to close all in-person services as of March 13, 2020. Parents were immediately contacted Distance Learning was iinitiated.

BW works closely with school districts, ODE, and families to provide the most comprehensive Distance Learning possible. IEPs and class meetings are attended online as well.

Classroom limit is 10 people at a time, including staff. School safety protocols based on CDC and ODE guidelines.

BW School provides in-person academics to all students from 8 AM to 3 PM Monday through Thursday. Friday is a teacher workday and students will not attend.

Phase 3 includes a block schedule as planned below:
Block A: 8 AM to 11 AM, Monday through Thursday
Sterilize and disinfect school: 11 AM to 12 PM (M-Th)
Block B: 12 PM to 3 PM, Monday through Thursday
Distance Learning: 9 AM Friday
The block schedule allows staff to work one-on-one with behaviors safely.
Parents will be notified to which block their child will be assigned prior to reopening.
In Phase 4 all students will attend from 8 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Thursday.
Friday will then become a workday for teachers.

Throughout all phases of reopening, Bridgeway House has identified four priorities to focus on during the entire reintroduction process:

  1. Ensure the health and well-being of all students and staff;
  2. Provide supports to teachers and staff;
  3. Maximize student academic growth;
  4. Assure operation and financial viability.



Phases 1 and 2

Phase 3

Phases 4

Ensure health and well-being of all students and staff

Distance Learning computer equipment is sterilized before being delivered to families in need;
Ensure clear and timely communications between staff and families;
Teachers regularly check in with student families to monitor health and emotional well-being;
Administrative staff continually monitors regulations for schools.

Create health and safety protocols and plans;
Develop and begin implementing reintegration plans for in-person learning;
Support physical, social and behavioral health needs through communication and outreach;
Collaborate with community partners to ensure access to support.

Formulation of an improved, school infrastructure;
Physical structures and distancing plans are in place to help protect students and staff from future health risks;
Categorized health screening plan is developed and followed, until the agency deems it unnecessary (even if state regulations do not mandate continued health monitoring).
PPE equipment/supplies will be kept stocked and available as required.

Provide supports to teachers and staff

Mobilize Lead Teachers/OT/SLP to:
   Implement online teaching platform
   Attend online meetings for staff;
Reorganize staff priorities to meet immediate needs;
Enact strict guidelines to only permit essential staff on school grounds.

Provide continued support and development;
Communicate frequently with all school staff as needed;
Communicate with Districts as needed to stay connected;
Develop reintegration plans.

Sustain strong supports, collaborations, and partnerships for all staff;
Ensure that safety training and supervisor help are available whenever needed.

Maximize student academic growth

Distribute devices/internet access;
Strengthen parent partnerships;
Carefully develop “Distance Learning” which provides individualized online curriculum;
Communicate with Districts regularly to attend IEPs, discuss goals, and monitor attendance and progress of Distance Learning.

Build new learning plans for students, with careful attention to the needs of individuals to maintain safety while in school;
Distance Learning continues for those still participating in school during building closures.

Review and implement teaching and safety strategies for students which will allow them to learn effectively while also ensuring IEPs and Behavior Plans are followed;
Some students may continue partial online schoolwork, as Distance Learning has given them critical new skills.

Assure school operation and financial viability

Retain only staff that is essential to school program;
Remaining teachers and administrators enact methods of safe, secure communication to maintain efficiency and compliance;
Seek community donations of technological equipment to support Distance Learning.

Utilize school revenue to construct all required safety and health systems using equipment mandated by ODE and CDC. This ensures on-schedule opening for in-person school again at both locations. Mandatory PPE equipment must be purchased and made available prior to students and staff returning

Develop new long-term policies;
Establish new budgets;
Continue to stay apprised of evolving health and safety compliance regulations.

Progression between the Phases will be determined by State health guidelines and Government regulations related to schools in Oregon. Overall, the reintroduction guidelines seek to create small, safe groups of students and staff by requiring routine temperature checks, physical distancing, limiting movement throughout school buildings, restricting large gatherings, and maintaining regular and frequent handwashing/school-sterilizing breaks.

Health Screening

  • All staff and students will be screened outside of the school building every day prior to entry. Any person with concerning symptoms will be sent home immediately.
  • Families of students, as well as the agency’s returning staff, will be required to regularly answer a set of screening questions to determine level of health risk.
  • Multiple entry and exit points for staggered student transition into or out of school buildings will be assigned and mandated.

Face Covers

  • Staff and students will be required to wear face shields or masks in alignment with both ODE and CDC guidelines.


  • There will be regular, frequent handwashing breaks required for all staff and students. Handwashing and sanitizing stations will be available to all classrooms, and an hourly wash is recommended (in

addition to the usual handwashing times before eating, after recess and bathroom, etc.)

Physical Space

  • 6 feet of physical space between student seats
  • One-way hallways marked with arrows
  • Students stay in classrooms as much as possible. Teachers move as needed but as little as possible.
  • No traditional water fountains. Only no-touch water systems
  • Regular disinfecting and sterilizing of school environment/materials/curriculum between groups of students at both locations
  • Restroom visits will be limited to one student (with assistance, if needed) at a time
  • There will be no school visitors allowed
  • There will be no access to the kitchen for both staff and students


  • All students will have their own designated materials. If supplies are used between groups, they must be disinfected at each change.

At this time, school locations will be closed through the summer of 2020, most likely providing Distance Learning until safety provisions are lifted for in-person attendance. Ongoing communication with families and staff is critical to ensure everyone is doing their best to make in-person school safe and successful as Bridgeway House plans its reopening. Although Bridgeway House strives to treat all staff and students equitably, it may be necessary to make building-based precautionary safety decisions. This means 15th Avenue and Camp Creek buildings could vary in terms of Covid-19 safety protocol.

One new academic media (Zoom) has actually created a new skill, so many students will supplement their in-person learning with the implementation of the new online skills they have gained.

Overall, the agency knows that safety and good health are paramount, as academic success cannot be achieved otherwise. Bridgeway House will do all that is necessary and required to ensure a safe reintegration of staff and students to the in-person school program.

Bridgeway House will keep you informed as things progress, with the most current updates available on the Bridgeway House Facebook page which we encourage you to follow.  

Due to the COVID-19 virus, our 2020 Fire & Ice Dinner & Auction has been rescheduled to October 10th.  We will have more information soon. 

Bridgeway House serves the needs of children with autism and related abilities while educating and supporting their families. We began by offering desperately needed hope to a small handful of families and have grown in the years since to offer hope to hundreds of families every year. Our programs help this diverse group of children meet the challenges of living with autism as well as help their parents and caregivers manage the stresses of raising a child with special needs.

We provide best practice services including ABA therapies, social skills groups, academic support, education, summer camps, family social events, parent education and support, a private school for children with autism, and more. We offer scholarships for all our programs because we are committed to serving all children with autism and their families, regardless of income level.

Bridgeway House enriches the lives of children with autism and their families by building relationships.

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In addition, you can help support Bridgeway House through the following:

Fred Meyer Rewards: Connect your Fred Meyer Rewards card to Bridgeway House online at Fredericton/community rewards then every time you use your card, in addition to the rewards you accrue, Bridgeway House will benefit, too!

Escrip: Register your credit, debit, and store loyalty cards at and a percentage of what you buy with these cards will be donated to Bridgeway House.

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