Dear Roseburg families,

I am writing today to debunk some misinformation that has been circulating on social media about some of our students and schools.

You may have heard of the so-called “furry” trend around the U.S., in which students claim to identify as animals and act accordingly at school. While we do encourage our students to express their creativity and individuality, I can assure you that all our students are required to act like humans on our campuses. We take disruptive behavior seriously and work to ensure all of our students can focus on learning and gaining the skills needed for future success.

False rumors have also accused school districts around the country of providing these students with litter boxes in school restrooms. To be clear, this is not happening at our schools, and we have not heard of a single instance in which this is occurring in any other school district. These rumors are completely baseless.

If you are ever concerned about your child’s learning or well-being at school, I encourage you to please follow the appropriate steps and contact building administrators. Spreading misinformation on the internet has led to threats against children, which is unacceptable, and is not an effective way to resolve issues.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Jared Cordon
Roseburg Public Schools Superintendent