Centennial Families and staff,
As you know, Oregon weather can be unpredictable and this winter has been exceptional with regard to inclement weather days. To date, we have experienced eight school closures (December 8, 9, 15, 16 and January 9, 11, 12, 13), with more possibly to come.
Each closure means lost instructional time for our students. The Oregon Department of Education requires a minimum number of instructional hours for students and those differ depending on level (Elementary, Middle, High School). In recent years, ‘make-up days’ haven’t been an issue, but with the number of school closures so far this year, we realize that many of you are wondering if and when we are going to make up the lost days. This message is intended to acknowledge what we are thinking and provide some clarity around the decision making process involved in determining how instructional time will be added back for students.
District administrators are beginning to develop a comprehensive plan on what we need to do in order to meet the State Required instructional time. The plan will be taken to the School Board either at the end of January or the first part of February. Once the Board has taken final action on the plan for making up days, the district will post revised calendars on the district website and send information to out to students and their families. The revised calendars will also be available at each school.
At this point it is clear that students will be making up days at Centennial High School and Centennial Park School to ensure that we are meeting the state’s instructional requirements. There is also a possibility that instructional time may need to be made up at Centennial Middle School and all seven of the district’s elementary schools. While we are exploring solutions that may not result in adding days to the end of the school year in June, we recommend that students and staff do not make plans or change existing plans for the week of June 19th at this point.
We thank you for your patience. We are diligently working with district leaders and our School Board to implement a plan as soon as possible that will meet our students’ instructional time requirements.
Paul Coakley, Ed.D.
Centennial School District
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