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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates, Family Resources, and Learning Resources

July 10, 2020

Dear Centennial Community,

 

I wanted to provide you with up to date information about our efforts to safely reopen schools in September.  You may be aware that the Oregon Department of Education released statewide guidelines for the safe reopening of schools for the 20-21 school year. We recently sent a survey to get feedback on ideas of how we can safely reopen in September. There are still many details to problem solve and today we can give you an update of what we know and what we are still working on as a district.

What we know:

    • We understand, from your feedback this spring, that a primary objective in developing our plan should be to maximize the number of students who can engage in face-to-face learning, while also providing flexible learning options for students. We agree wholeheartedly and share your goal to bring as many students to our school campuses each day as possible.
    • The state guidance focuses on three core standards that help minimize the risk of spread of the virus:
  • Health and safety protocols: How we clean and sanitize, how we group (cohort) students for contact tracing, entry and exit rules, etc.
    • Social distancing: Students must have 35 sq ft. per space to help keep a distance from peers and staff. This is an average of about 18-19 students per classroom in Centennial. We also must maintain at least a 3-foot distance between students who ride our district transportation (This is approximately 12-28 students per bus depending on bus size).
    • Hygiene: All schools will focus on hygiene expectations to keep everyone as safe as possible. This includes increased expectations for handwashing and sanitizing on a frequent basis. We will also require face shields/masks for staff in compliance with ODE and state requirements. In addition, per current information, we will strongly recommend masks as age-appropriate for students, unless there is a health condition or disability that may interfere with a student wearing a mask.
  • In order to determine the most effective Instructional Model we are reviewing best practices, considering public health guidelines, and incorporating stakeholder feedback. At this point, the state has provided three instructional models options for our return to school. 

 

  • In order to meet the guidelines, provided by the Oregon Department of Education, it is not possible to offer full-time on-site instruction for most students, because of limited building capacity when meeting requirements for social distancing.  Bus capacity is also now limited due to similar requirements.  We are looking at offering hybrid and comprehensive distance learning models. We recently provided a survey to gauge parent feedback on these options.  If you have not yet taken this survey, please consider doing so now:
  • We will offer Comprehensive Distance Learning through an online-only version of school this fall for families who are not comfortable with an in-school schedule. 
  • If you are interested in your child attending the online-only option for 2020-2021, we kindly ask that you complete the following survey so we can plan accordingly and provide you with online school information as we develop our program.  
  • We will provide meals to students on the days they are in school. We will also have ‘grab and go’ meals available for students to have for the days they are not attending school in person.
  • We will prioritize support for our students who are eligible for Special Education services, are English Language Learners or are a part of other historically marginalized groups to provide as much additional support as we can.  
  • Reopening guidance continues to change based on the spread of the virus, and continued updated guidance from the Oregon Department of Education. These changes will continue to guide adjustments in the measures we take to reduce health risks. We will continue to update you as we learn more.

What we are working on:

 

  • We still await decisions from our legislature on school funding. Based on the revenue forecast from May and enrollment numbers, we may face significant budget cuts if there are not adequate interventions at the federal and state level. Our state legislature is meeting this summer to determine if they will develop strategies to reduce financials.  Again, these cuts would be significant in Centennial.
  • We want our staff to come back reassured that we are doing our best to keep them safe. We will continue to provide additional training, and equipment in order for staff and students to be successful. We are currently working on determining how to safely instruct, transport and safely feed students every day. The physical and mental health of students must be at the center of our work. 
  • We are still awaiting guidance from the state regarding sports and other extracurricular activities yet. Due to the evolving issues with the virus, the guidance from the state has not yet been released.

 

I know this process is difficult and not knowing all the details can be frustrating.  We are gathering information in order to create plans for a safe return to school in the fall.  We will stay in touch with our community approximately every two weeks, and keep you informed as we solidify our plans.  Thank you for your patience and support.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Paul Coakley

 

 

Centennial Families,

We are gathering input concerning the reopening of our schools for the 2020-21 school year. We will use this information to guide our decision-making process on how to proceed with the reopening. Your input is invaluable and we appreciate your feedback.

Please complete the survey below and let us know your preferences as we work to structure what school will look like for the fall. Please note: The guidelines will continue to evolve as we learn more about how to mitigate the risk of transmitting COVID-19. Our intent is to share a draft plan when it is available to help families plan for the fall.

Thank You!
 

CSD Coronavirus Update: 

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe and healthy, beginning Monday, April 13, we will be distributing food only on Mondays throughout the remainder of the school year. However, we will be providing a week’s worth of breakfast and lunches. The walk up/drive up sites for food distribution will remain the same – Powell Butte, Meadows, Parklane/Oliver, and Patrick Lynch Elementary schools as well as Centennial High School from 10:30 am-12:30 pm.

In addition, we will continue running the two bus routes, with four stops. At each stop, the bus will stay 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 

If you are unable to make these locations work for your family please contact us at info@csd28j.org

Message from Dr. Coakley – April 9, 2020

Dear Centennial Families and Staff:

Unfortunately, yesterday we learned that our students will not return to school campuses this school year, according to an executive order from Gov. Kate Brown. The Governor extended the closure of schools through the end of this school year. The extended closure is an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe and healthy. During this closure extension, all school facilities will remain closed, however, student learning will continue, in the new remote learning world. The Centennial School District will continue to serve families and deliver meaningful experiences to students for the duration of our academic year through Distance Learning.

As we move into this new phase, I wanted to share with you the definition of Distance Learning: 

Distance Learning is instruction in which the student and instructor are in different locations. Students engaging in distance learning have access to appropriate educational materials and receive ongoing interaction with their licensed and/or registered teacher(s). It is important to note that distance learning includes multimedia communication and blended learning strategies, not just digital/online learning. 

We know many of our families are experiencing challenges and hardships during this unprecedented time. Every day seems to bring new challenges and those can be stressful for us all. Please remember this one unwavering fact: we are in this together, for as long as it takes.

This year is also changing for our seniors. Gov. Brown has announced a plan surrounding graduation requirements. We are still digging into her recommendations, but we wanted to let you know that this will not impact our seniors’ ability to graduate this June. Our high school staff are reaching out to all of our seniors this week with more information. 

The extended closure also means that prom and field trips are canceled. Graduations, award ceremonies, and traditional senior activities will look and be experienced differently. We are working to reimagine these experiences and want all of our students to have the opportunity for connection, belonging and optimism. We are working with our student leaders in planning how this will look for the Class of 2020. We will share the details for these events in the near future.  We do know that the in-person graduation ceremonies for Centennial High School, Centennial Park School and the Centennial Transition Center will be delayed from their original June dates. We plan to make an announcement related to graduation ceremonies which will be shared by the beginning of May.

We will continue to provide food for our students through June 11th. 

We know that you have many questions on how to retrieve your student’s belongings, turning in library books, access to technology, etc. Our first priority is safety for all, as well as getting our teachers and students back to working on instruction through distance learning next week. We will begin working on how best to get staff and student’s belongings from the school – we hope to share more information with you in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, we will continue with our weekly Sunday evening calls with the most up-to-date information. In addition, information will be posted on the district’s website at csd28j.org and the district’s Facebook page.

From the staff members serving meals, to the teachers adapting to distance learning to the families at home juggling work, school and life – we want to say thank you for the kindness you show to one another. We will need patience, resilience, kindness and strength as we move through these next few months. We will persevere through this crisis, as we support one another and grow stronger together.

Sincerely,

Paul Coakley, Ed.D

Superintendent

Centennial School District

 

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 mean that schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year.

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. 

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/

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. 

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:

COVID-19 FAQs for Centennial Staff