Canyonville Academy Coronavirus Information and Resources

4/01/2020 9:40am PST: Updates about general campus information, virtual classes starting and further steps we are taking to keep everyone safe. 
3/23/2020 1:39pm PST: Updated Spring Break Information, can be found above or here. Additionally, updated cancelled events.
3/20/2020 1:00pm PST: Updated with information on Spring Break, a dedicated Spring Break information page, and a cancelled Spring Break activity.
3/17/2020 2:21pm PST: Updated with new letter to parents regarding Oregon governor Kate Brown’s policy on groups.

COVID-19 Information And Resources

Canyonville Academy is working hard to keep students, parents, faculty and staff updated with information regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) virus. This page will provide the steps Canyonville Academy has taken to prevent the spread of illness, public resources provided by various government sources, letters sent to parents and guardians, and up-to-date information regarding cancelled schooling events and any further information that would affect the well being of everyone on campus.

We ask that if any student, faculty or staff is feeling ill or have a fever that they stay home until they go 24 hours without showing any symptoms. Please do not come to campus if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, as noted by documentation provided by the CDC (found on this page).

We also ask that anyone who has traveled to/in, or had close contact with someone who has, any country with a CDC warning level 3 or 4, do not come to campus for your safety and the safety of others.

Please know that the administration here at Canyonville Academy are closely monitoring the status of COVID-19. We are dedicated to remaining in close contact with families as we work through the complexities caused by the effects of the virus.

Notices Sent Out To Canyonville Academy Student’s Families

March 30, 2020

Dear Parents,

As of Monday morning March 30th we are running classes virtually at Canyonville Academy. Some teachers will be on campus teaching classes that contain less than ten students while other teachers have chosen to teach from home with their whole class going virtual. Larger classes have been broken up into two groups and will be in the classroom every other day as noted on a student’s schedule.

Our teachers are using an app called “Zoom” to provide a video feed while teaching. Each teachers zoom IP address is provided for the students to login to their lecture during their regularly scheduled time. Students will stay in their dormitory for all virtual classes. Teachers will be taking attendance so we have asked your student to use their name when logging in. Your child has downloaded the application to a device of their choice. Teachers will provide necessary documents through google classroom accounts, email, or have hard copies available on campus. Please directly contact teachers regarding questions your child has with classes. All teacher emails are provided next to the class they teach on PowerSchool. I will send a weekly update on any changes that might occur.

Dawn Shepherd

Coronavirus Update

Cases in Oregon remain low.  Canyonville Academy is diligently watching and following the guidelines of our governor Kate Brown.

This week has been very good so far here at Canyonville Academy.  Here is what our students have been doing:

Monday, we changed our trip to Crater Lake for a movie marathon day in the auditorium.  The students all mainly wanted to sleep in and watch movies or relax with their friends.

Tuesday, we started the Battle of the Teams.  They played basketball, volleyball and badminton.

Wednesday continued with the Battle of the Teams.  Small teams of students played soccer outside and enjoyed a beautiful day!

Thursday, we had signups to take students to Wildlife Safari, an animal reserve that people can drive through and see wild animals in their natural habitat.  It also was a beautiful day.  The students really enjoyed seeing lions, bears, zebras, elephants, emus, giraffes and a whole lot more.  The giraffes were especially fun as they walked close to the cars.  The students loved it!

Friday, students had opportunity to sign up and go hiking on a nearby mountain, and enjoy a bonfire with s’mores again.  Then later in the evening, the teams had a last competition to finish the Battle of the Teams.

Saturday – the Battle of the TEAMS Award Celebration where each team will be presented with a team award. We will announce winners that evening, followed by a line dance fun time! (All done in small groups)

Sunday, the students will go back to their normal deans and normal schedule.  And students will have a virtual chapel in the evening.

Monday, we are preparing a school schedule keeping in line with Governor Brown’s orders.  When the schedule is ready, we will also send it to you.

March 17, 2020

Greetings to all of you,

In light of these interesting times, Canyonville Academy is continuing to monitor and adjust its practices to best fit with Governor Kate Brown’s order of 25 or less in a gathering. Some changes we have made are:

⦁ Social distancing in the classrooms. This involves students sitting one empty desk apart from each other.
⦁ Staggering lunches and dinners. We have taken to staggering the times our students are taking lunches and separating the students to 3 different buildings. This would fall in line with Gov. Kate Brown’s orders of 25 or less in the lunch room.
⦁ We have installed sneeze guards on both sides of the serving area lines to assist in prevention.
⦁ PE classes. No transfer points of contact using balls, students will be doing calisthenics/exercises instead.
⦁ Chapel – virtual chapel on Wednesday with students staying in their 5th period bible class.
⦁ Teachers are sending school work home to day students who have high risk family members in their home.
⦁ Virtual classes live test will be happening on Friday.

We will continue to keep you updated as we move forward in step with local health departments and government imposed safety guidance.

Serving Him,

Corinne Burkhert
Chief Operating Officer
Canyonville Academy

Dear Canyonville Academy Students, Staff, Faculty and Families,

Like most of you, I have been intently following reports of this Coronavirus Covid-19 and considering the many ways in which this virus could affect my life and the lives of those closest to me.  These past few weeks have been a powerful reminder of just how interconnected we are and how our choices today can impact our options for tomorrow.

Here at Canyonville Academy, we are blessed to have a group of extremely dedicated people who have been working literally around the clock to respond to the multi-faceted challenges posed by this COVID-19.  As a team, they have been considering every possibility as they go about their important work on your behalf.  I write to you today updating you on a major adjustment that will limit exposure to the disease among our students and staff members.

Canyonville Academy is choosing to hold Spring Break here on campus for the safety of our students.  This is an answer to recent parental requests and hearing our own student voices as they voiced feeling safer here on campus.

During this time of uncertainty and using our best efforts to protect our students, faculty and staff, we are announcing that Canyonville Academy is NOT charging any fees for students choosing to stay on campus for Spring Break.

⦁ We purpose to have a full, fun schedule as follows:
⦁ Friday 3-20 Bon Fire on East Campus with hotdog and S’mores (weather permitting)
⦁ Saturday 3-21 Rest, online gaming and Karaoke night
⦁ Sunday 3-22 church service am – rest
⦁ Monday 3-23 Tubing – play in the SNOW day!  Diamond Lake Fun Pizza, S’mores and Hot Chocolate – Private Coach (weather permitting)
⦁ Tuesday 3-24 Battle of the TEAMS 2 Day Tournament – Intramurals, Badminton competition, Volleyball team competition, Basketball Tournament – (part of the rules use all your players in this tournament)
⦁ Wednesday 3-25 Continued Battle of the TEAMS – Tennis tournaments, Soccer teams tournaments, Chess tournaments, Trivia tournaments
⦁ Thursday 3-26 Rent out the Medford Theater – Movie and Popcorn day – Private Coach
⦁ Friday 3-27 Bandon Day at the Beach, Botanical Gardens and Clam Chowder – Private Coach (weather permitting)
⦁ Saturday 3-28 – Award Ceremony – Dance Party.
⦁ Sleep in, then back to your dorm day… Chapel in the evening.
NOTE:  All private coaches, busses used will be disinfected and wiped down by our own staff to ensure protection to our students.
A Food Service company will supply meals during this break.
⦁ To keep our students safe, if you still choose to have your student leave for their pre-scheduled Spring Break Trip, we are preparing a quarantine dorm for students who will be using public transportation such as airplanes, trains or buses.  All students who use public transportation will be placed in the quarantine dorm for 14 days when they return to campus.  They will be checked daily for any symptoms, and once the 14 day quarantine is complete, then they will be reintegrated into their dorm.
⦁ Students who choose to leave:  To protect our staff, and drivers, upon returning, student will have to use airport transportation automatically paid by the student his family.  Upon entering the campus, students will go directly to quarantine for the safety of you and your peers.
⦁ If the student is picked up by family in a private vehicle, we trust their family’s to care and be responsible for the students health and safety.
⦁ Staff who use public transportation during the break would be required to self-quarantine.  Private or rental vehicles are not part of public transportation.  (rentals should be wiped down with disinfectant as a precaution.)
⦁ Students who are quarantined will be required to attend virtual school and turn in all their work as required by the teachers.  Everything will be done digitally.
⦁ The quarantine also pertains to day students if day students use any public transportation while on break.  Day students will be required to quarantine at home and attend virtual school turning in all their work as required by teachers.  This is to protect you and other staff of our community here on campus who may be more susceptible to this disease than you are.
⦁ We have heard that Major Airlines carriers are waving cancellation fees and they are issuing a credit for up to 12 months.
This decision was not made lightly.  The goal of these adjustments are to minimize students to any public exposure outside of the school.

Our actions are consistent with the recommendations of leading health officials on how to limit the spread of this COVID-19.  This decision is also consistent with similar decisions made by peer secondary schools in Oregon.

We have setup a dedicated webpage for regular updates and additional information here – COVID.  You will also continue to receive School information via email.  If you have any questions about Spring Break please contact us at

To our students, I know it all sounds difficult to possibly be quarantined and separated from your friends.  We are doing this not just to protect you, but to also protect other members of our school community who may be more susceptible to this disease than you are.

To our faculty, I recognize that we are asking you midway through the semester to completely add a different dimension and rethink how you teach and score. We do this because we know that you want to avoid putting your students at risk.

To our staff, I understand that we are expecting you to go above and beyond in your efforts to support our important mission of teaching and mentoring.  We do this because we know we can rely on your creativity, your flexibility, and your sound judgment through these challenging days.

It is an honor to be a member of a community where people put the greater good above their own self-interest.  Thank you for your commitment, your patience and your resilience as we all learn to walk through this unforeseen circumstance, all the while sharing a deeper care for one another.

Wade Mumm James Davis Corinne Burkhert
President Executive Vice President Chief Executive Officer
Canyonville Academy Canyonville Academy Canyonville Academy

Dear parents of Canyonville Academy students,

Our first priority here at Canyonville Academy is the safety and good health of your child.

As you are well aware, the news has been abundant about the spread of the Coronavirus, now called Corvid-19.

At this moment in time, we have no reason to believe that the virus is a threat to our campus, yet we are prepared to respond should it be necessary.  With no cases on our campus, and 14 so far in the state of Oregon, we are on high alert and taking extra measures to ensure the safety of our students.

Here are our precautionary steps that we have taken:

1.  In January, we prepared by ordering dust proof/virus quality masks for every student.
2.  Students have been instructed to wash their hands well, (20 seconds using soap and water) and frequently.
3.  Students have also been instructed to distance themselves from sick people.
4.  With Spring Break approaching, students are concerned with everyone leaving the campus, then returning (they actually feel safer here on campus).  Students have expressed concerns of becoming exposed to the virus while on break.  To assist with these concerns, we are taking further steps such as:

⦁ Put together a task force that will assist with daily updates and direction on whatever steps we need to take to protect the students.
⦁ Evaluate our campus buildings for potential plans of deep cleaning and disinfecting before students return.
⦁ As students return we will:
⦁ take their temperature
⦁ monitor for any symptoms
⦁ ask questions such as
⦁ if they were exposed to anyone sick
⦁ if they went to any crowded places
⦁ how often they washed their hands
⦁ We have prepared with disinfectant wipes to use on all classroom and dorm room door handles daily.
⦁ disinfectant sprays for the bathrooms in all dorms and school bathrooms.
⦁ hand lotion to assist with dry hands due to frequent hand washing.
5.  Additionally, we are monitoring all available information from the Oregon State Department and all Oregon health agencies for up-to-date information and training to help us prepare and respond immediately if this Corvid-19 virus were to occur on our campus or in our community.

We want you to be assured that we are actively engaged in this issue here at Canyonville Academy.  We do not want our decisions to be driven by fear or misinformation, but we do want to be prudent and make decisions that if necessary, will benefit your child’s health and safety.  If you have any questions, please direct them to Corinne Burkhert at who is leading the task force and who communicates with me each step of the way.

Our hearts and our prayers are that our students continue to enjoy the peaceful environment here at Canyonville Academy, enjoy some time off for Spring Break, then return, refreshed and ready to finish their last quarter in preparation for summer.

Each student is very dear to us.  They are full of love, joy and life.  They are a gift, and a treasure.  We pray for them daily and are very blessed to call them our students.

We will be keeping you updated on a weekly basis.
May you continue to be blessed each and every day,

Wade Mumm
Canyonville Academy

Hello parents of Canyonville Academy Students:

I hope this letter finds you doing well. It’s hard to believe that we are already in March, and Spring Break is coming up soon! The news of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) has been dominating the news worldwide. Here at Canyonville Academy, our first priority is the safety and good health of your child. At this point, we have no reason to believe there is an immediate threat to our campus, but we are proactive and ready to respond. More on that in another letter to be sent soon.

This month, our students have gone shopping at 3 different places in Roseburg, this weekend they will have a volleyball tournament on Saturday evening in the gymnasium. The following weekend, on March 14th at 1pm there is an Iron Chef competition (cooking contest), lastly, we are renting out the Roller Skating rink on March 15th and bringing pizza for them.

Spring Break starts March 20th at 3:30pm. This is also the end of our 3rd quarter for grades. This means that any extra time students miss by leaving early, it will affect their grades as it is considered lost time. Teachers will be teaching classes and handing out school work until 3:30pm Friday March 20th, 2020. Grades will be calculated and reported during Spring Break.

Canyonville Academy’s mission statement states the following:

Building Character • Engaging Cultures • Promoting Excellence

The rest of our mission statement follows through with:
Through academic and non-academic programs, we purpose to:
Promote the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to fully participate in human affairs, while encouraging the desire to work toward effecting change and solving problems, consequently helping to create a better future for us all.
Transmit a knowledge and appreciation of the highest values, ideas and ideals of our Judeo-Christian heritage, upon which Western Civilization is founded.
Cultivate critical thinking and problem-solving skills, while encouraging creativity and vision in all aspects of life.
Encourage an appreciation for God’s creation and promote a balanced stewardship of the resources entrusted to man.
Develop an awareness and knowledge of interpersonal relationships by learning communication skills, conflict resolution, social responsibility, and respect for authority.
Honor the sanctity of life and promote an understanding of various cultures and backgrounds.
Foster an awareness of the consequences of actions and a willingness to accept responsibility for individual behavior.
Provide positive, creative, and safe ways of having fun

We work hard to ensure that all of our students are taught well, learn values important for life, and learn to be respectful and diligent in their school work and in their afterschool time.

We ask for your assistance in helping the students stay focused till Spring Break begins as we continue to prepare them for the future in colleges, universities and then work.


Corinne Burkhert
Chief Executive Officer

1st Semester is √ DONE.  Second Semester Has Now Started.

We have just completed our first semester, and have begun our second semester of the school year.

This past weekend, we held a campus Super Bowl Party on our large projector screen in the auditorium for our students and staff.  It was full of football excitement, fun and snacks.

This week is our Spirit Week and Homecoming Week!

This new semester also brings the news of the coronavirus that is affecting Wuhan, China and surrounding regions.  At this time, all our students are well, but this has raised our level of protection for all students.  As a boarding school, we provide face masks for any staff or student feeling ill.  Students are encouraged to wash hands, cover their mouths if they cough or sneeze, and we encourage students to avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu symptoms. 

In the next few days, we will be sending out a separate letter to our agent partners for our student’s parents.  This letter will be informing them that we are monitoring this situation closely as we are preparing for spring break activities and trips. We are also looking ahead towards summer vacation and if some of our students will need any special arrangements if this epidemic situation has not been alleviated.   We will be sure to keep you informed.

Current Enhancements To School Cleaning, Sanitation and Food Handling

Cleaning Routine Changed, Daily Cleaning Of:

  • Dorm door handled/knobs
  • Faucets and light switches
  • Toilet flush handles and cabinet handles
  • All counters and flat surfaces
  • Fridge doors and handles
  • Remote controls, controllers and keyboards
  • Trash disposed of more often

Encouraging all students to have proper hygiene:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Don’t touch face
  • Clean and cut fingernails
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Don’t share food or drinks.

School Assembly 3/10/2020 1st period

  • Demonstrated to students – Proper hand washing method
    • 20 seconds with soap and water

As of 3-11-2020 we have discontinued any self-serve areas in the cafeteria to minimize exposure.  This includes the following:

  • Bread, bagels, muffins, cream cheese, peanut butter and jelly will be portioned out.
  • Cereal will be available in individual serving packets
  • Salad bar will be served from the serving line.


The Cafeteria is sanitized daily using the following means:

  • all serving surfaces are washed and sanitized
  • all tables are washed and sanitized
  • all prep surfaces are sanitized ongoing throughout the day
  • food servers wash their hands for 20 seconds before serving with soap and water according to the guidelines set out by government health agencies.
Virtual Classes

As of March 30th, 2020, Canyonville Academy has begun to offer virtual classes. In order to better protect our students and teachers, classes larger than 10 students are being separated into different groups. Additionally, some teachers have elected to teach virtually online. More information regarding our virtual classes can be found below.

NOTICE: Information and scheduling for Spring Break 2020 can be found here. UPDATE: We have a large photo album of Spring Break photos to be enjoyed during the stay on campus, which is also on our Spring Break page.


If you have any questions regarding how Canyonville Academy is managing any part of our response to the Coronavirus, please contact:

Cori Burkhert
Canyonville Academy CEO

Canceled Campus Events:
  • At this time, Spring Break has been changed to be held on campus. More information can be found below on this page. 
  • The Redwood Forest Spring Break trip has been cancelled. 
  • The Mission trip to California this spring has also been cancelled. More information will follow soon regarding its cancellation. 
  • Due to a state wide mandate, many Spring Break events have been cancelled. Please see our Spring Break page for further details here. 

All upcoming school events are being monitored on a daily basis as to whether or not cancellation is in order. Up to date news on these cancellations will be provided on this page. 

Public Health Resources:

For information regarding the COVID-19 Virus, please visit COVID