CSD Coronavirus Update:
Dear Centennial Families
Last Sunday, we called our Centennial Families and staff outlining how we planned to get food out to students as well as provide Chromebooks. We also talked about the supplemental learning options that would be available to support students during this time.
I am writing to let you know that the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) announced significant changes in the way that our state’s education system will operate going forward. Taking this into account, the new guidance from ODE calls for an unexpected shift from providing supplemental education to offering distance learning for all students.
To understand the context in which we’re operating, I want to remind you of all the shifts that have occurred over the last two weeks, including Oregon’s spring break:
- On March 12, Oregon announced that our students would lose seven school days.
- On March 17, Oregon extended the closure to more than a month of school days.
- And on Monday, March 30, Oregon’s leadership stated that there is a very real potential that our students, like those in many other states, may not return to school this academic year.
This shift by the state from ‘supplemental education’ to ‘distance learning’ is the best that schools can provide under these strenuous circumstances. It gives us a pathway that we did not previously have to provide credit for the work that our students will be doing over the extended closure. Additionally, it provides a path to graduation for our seniors, gives our youngest learners the skills and encouragement they need to advance, and supports all learners with the teaching and learning needed, to be successful.
The Oregon Department of Education defines Distance Learning as follows:
Distance Learning: Instruction in which the student and instructor are in different locations. Students have access to appropriate educational materials and receive ongoing interaction with their licensed and/or registered teacher(s). This includes multimedia communication and blended learning strategies, not just online learning.
Now, with new state direction, our teachers have the ability to do what they do best—connect with every student; report on progress and provide official grades; and ultimately provide our students with credit-earning options in high school for the last term of this academic year.
Oregon’s Distance Learning for All effort, while it will present challenges, allows us flexibility from the state to continue teaching and learning during this closure. It also draws on our mission – Collaborating in Community – Cultivating Equity – Inspiring Excellence.
We will need the deep support, patience, and resilience of every member of the Centennial School Districts’ team, our families, and our students, as we shift to a model that delivers students with an education from afar. We are committed and ready to take on this challenge in order to deliver the best classroom experience, remotely, as possible. This will take partnership with parents and families to meet the learning needs of your child(ren). We will be here to support you and your student(s) as we embark on this journey, together.
I realize that there are still more questions than answers, but I wanted you to have this information as an initial starting point for today and without delay. As always, l will continue to follow up with more information as soon as it becomes available and as plans develop. If you haven’t already heard directly from your students’ teachers/school, expect that they will reach out in the next few days.
Thank you for your strength, your compassion, your ongoing efforts and support on behalf of our students.
Paul Coakley, Ed.D
Centennial School District
Please Note: Due to extremely light participation, we are changing food delivery bus routes. beginning Thursday, April 2, 2020. After evaluating the routes and number of breakfast/lunches being delivered, there will now be two routes with four stops – with the bus stationed at each stop for 15 minutes.
North Food Route:
10:10 AM SE Division St. @ SE 154th Ave/Griffin Court Apts
10:30 AM 14222 SE Division St./Rollin Wheels Mobile Park Driveway
10:50 AM 2609 SE 145th Ave./Arbor Glen Apts
11:15 AM 16910 SE Naegeli Drive/Meadowland Apts
South Food Route:
10:10 AM 5001 W Powell Blvd/Worship Center
10:35 AM SE 156th Ave @ SE Ogden Drive
11:00 AM Pleasant Valley Elementary School
11:25 AM Butler Creek Elementary School
We will continue with the walk up/drive up food services at Powell Butte, Meadows, Parklane/Oliver, and Patrick Lynch Elementary schools as well as Centennial High School – back by the auditorium. Distribution times will be 10:30 am-12:30 pm.
If you are unable to make these locations work for your family please contact us at email@example.com
Currently Scheduled Outdoor Food Distribution for Families
- Parklane Elementary School, 15811 SE Main, Portland, on Friday, April 3, 12:30 -2:30
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced an extension to her mandate to close Oregon schools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The governor’s new orders Executive Order 20-08 mean that schools will be closed until April 28, 2020.
We hope you and your families are safe and doing all you can to follow the Governor’s guidance. This is a trying time and the closure of our schools is a challenge. Please know we are doing all we can to plan for our students’ return and are looking for additional guidance from the Oregon Department of Education on how to equitably deliver instruction to all students during this extended closure.
We have created a new website specifically to provide you and your family with online resources during this extended school closure. Please visit our Online Family Resources site. Please note that the Online Family Resources site will be updated as changes to resources and information occurs throughout this extended closure.
To access these resources through our district website please use the link below: http://csd28j.org/online_family_resources/
Meal Availability for Students
Walk up/drive up sites will be provided at Powell Butte, Meadows, Parklane/Oliver, and Patrick Lynch Elementary schools and Centennial High School – back by the auditorium. Distribution times will be 10:30 am-12:30 pm Monday-Friday beginning March 30, 2020.
We will also be driving elementary school routes to distribute breakfast and lunch. For route stops and times click here.
Middle and High School students as well as younger children are welcome to obtain food at any of these school locations or at stops along the route. Students will be receiving both breakfast and lunch at one time. No identification will be required, children up to age 18 may obtain food at any location regardless of the school they attend, non-school aged children are also eligible.
Health & Mental Health Resources
Student Health Centers provide health and mental health services across Multnomah County. Students do not need to attend the school where the center is located. For more information, visit our Online Family Resources website.
District Buildings Closed
All Centennial School District buildings will remain closed. We are complying with the Governor’s Executive Order. We will clean all surfaces in our schools to ensure they are disinfected for when students and staff return. In addition, please know that school play structures are now closed to ensure our obligation as a school district to interrupt the spread of COVID-19 and help all of our children stay healthy. Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times.
While our students are away from school, please help them understand the importance of this national health emergency by encouraging social distancing, good hand hygiene, avoiding people who are sick, and covering their coughs and sneezes.
We know that this is a challenging time. We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this constantly changing situation. Please know that we are doing our best to communicate directly with you as decisions are made. We will be in touch with more information as soon as we have a plan to navigate this extended closure. Unless there is a new development, our next communication with you will be after Spring Break. Please do what you can to help prevent the spread of this virus.
Thank you for taking the time to gain a better understanding of our plans at this point. As we know you understand, the local and national situation are in a state of flux. Therefore these plans are subject to change. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.
You can also send questions to: ODECOVID19@ode.state.or.us.
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You can help yourself and your student(s) to reduce their risk for getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, by encouraging them to take simple steps which will also prevent COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with warm water and soap.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue, sleeve, or elbow (not hands) when you cough or sneeze, and then wash your hands.
- If you or someone in your household is sick, stay home and follow the guidance of your healthcare provider.
- Keep your immune system strong by eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and regular exercise, and by taking care of underlying health conditions.
More information and ongoing updates from public health officials are available online, including:
- Multnomah County Health Department: https://multco.us/health-officer/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
- Oregon Health Authority (OHA): https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Pages/emerging-respiratory-infections.aspx
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Communicable Disease Guidance: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Documents/commdisease.pdf