We plan to provide virtual orientations to families on how to access the online systems the weeks of September 9th and September 14th. Core instruction will begin for all students on September 21st.
Q. How does online learning work?
A. Centennial Virtual Academy is a self-paced learning program.
Students will be assigned a Centennial teacher who will check in with them on a regular basis to support their learning. Schedules
will be shared with students and families.
Similar to a regular classroom, attendance is required, lessons are
designed to be comprehensive, assessments are given, grades are
given, and homework may be assigned depending on the course
and grade level of the student.
Q. How much parent/guardian involvement is needed?
A. At home support is critical to the success of the student. Support
can be provided by a parent/guardian, family member such as
older sibling or grandparent, or family friend. Younger students will
require more support. Middle and high school students are
typically able to manage their time and schedules
Q. Can students move between this program and their neighborhood school?
A. No. Students in the online program will remain online for the entire
2020-21 school year. In order to support the online program and
our neighborhood schools, staffing will need to be determined and
will not allow for constant changes in enrollment.
Q. Can students access meals?
A. Yes. We will continue to provide 5 days worth of breakfasts and lunches each Monday.
The walk up/drive up sites for food distribution are – 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
10:35AMS E 156th Ave @ SEOgdenDrive 11:00 AM Pleasant Valley Elementary School 11:25 AM Butler Creek Elementary School
Q. Will my student be provided a Chromebook?
A. Yes. We will provide a Chromebook to any student who needs a device. Chromebook pick up times will be scheduled during orientations with families and will take place at the Centennial District Office building at 18135 SE Brooklyn, Portland OR 97236.
Q. The Centennial School District will provide support to families who do not have internet access. Families will be contacted by your student’s teachers during the first two weeks of school to determine what support your family needs.
Q. Who will be my student’s teacher?
A. Students will be assigned a Centennial teacher who will check in with them on a regular basis to support their learning.
Q. What does a student’s daily schedule look like?
A. Centennial Virtual Academy is a self-paced learning program. Students will have flexibility to work at their pace for most of the day, as well as scheduled lesson times where they will interact with their teachers and to allow for engagement with peers, social-emotional and small group support, and set office hours when their teachers will be available. Students will also complete independent activities beyond structured lesson times. The amount of time needed increases with the age of the student. We will provide a recommended schedule for students to follow to help maintain balance and create a consistent daily routine.
Q. Do students receive grades?
A. Yes. Students will receive report cards like their peers in their Neighborhood Schools
Q. What online curriculum will be used?
A. We will be using Edgenuity and/or Odysseyware. While the courses are not Centennial School District courses, both are standards-aligned, include learning objectives, lessons, projects, and assessment, and meet state requirements for graduation for seniors. Teachers will also continue to have access to district-adopted curriculum and resources. We plan to provide virtual orientations to families on how to access the online systems.
Q. What courses will my student take?
A. K-6 students focus on the four core academic areas- reading, math, science and social studies, and electives.
Middle school students focus on the four core academic areas and elective courses.
High school students focus on the four core academic areas and elective courses. We anticipate offering options for Advanced Placement courses as well.
Q. Will my student have access to a School Counselor?
A. Yes. Staff will be providing social-emotional support to students and providing some small group support. We will be working with all staff to focus our efforts on connecting students to staff and their peers. The Centennial Virtual Academy counselor will also be creating and sharing lessons with classes virtually and be available to support students and families.
Q. How will English Language Learners be supported?
A. English Language Development services will be offered virtually by an ELD certified teacher and support staff.
Q. How will students experiencing disabilities in Special Education and students with a 504 be supported?
A. Special education staff members will begin reaching out the week of September 9 to discuss goals and services that are included in a student’s IEP.
A team meeting may be required to determine whether or not a student’s IEP/504 can be implemented through this fully online model and if amendments to a student’s IEP/504 are needed due to full-time participation in our online program.
Special Education services will be provided virtually by teachers and case managers. The school counselor assigned to Centennial Virtual Academy will review students’ 504 plans and discuss with assigned teachers how to provide the outlined accommodations.
Q. How will students identified as Talented and Gifted be supported?
A. Yes. Talented and Gifted services will be provided virtually by the program.
Q. Will the program offer AP courses?
A. It is anticipated that Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be offered.
Q. What school will be listed on a graduating seniors diploma?
A. Since the Centennial Virtual Academy is a program not a school, students will receive a diploma from Centennial High School.
Q. Will high school students have access to school clubs, activities, and athletics?
A. Yes, if and when high school athletics and activities open, students will be able to access clubs, activities, and OSAA athletics through Centennial High School.
Q. Is online learning hard?
A. Learning online requires that students complete 100% of the course before they earn credit. Students will need to work on school related learning and activities 3-6 hours per day, Monday through Friday, and may need consistent support from an adult at home in order to stay on track.
Q. What is the difference between the Centennial Virtual Academy (CVA) and the Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) model?
A.The Centennial Virtual Academy is a one-year temporary program requiring families to commit to a full year of online education. This option is designed to serve families seeking an online only option for the full school year.
In the Comprehensive Distance Learning model, students are engaged in daily interactive learning. This model is utilized when in-person learning poses safety risks to students and staff. This option allows the Centennial School District to transition to a Hybrid model (partial in-person learning) when state and county safety requirements are met, and eventually to full-time daily regular in-person learning in school.
Q. Why has the Centennial School District established a 550 student capacity on this program?
A.We needed to select a program size so we can appropriately staff the program. We believe 550 is a manageable size for starting a quality online program. Teachers for the program are going to come from neighborhood schools in the district. Our goals are to minimize the impacts on our neighborhood schools and maximize learning opportunities for all students participating in Comprehensive Distance Learning and the Centennial Virtual Academy.
Q. Is there a cost to participate in Centennial Virtual Academy?
A. No. There is no cost for these courses. If a student participates in other neighborhood activities (i.e. athletics) standard fees would apply.
Q. Will there be technical support for families?
A. Yes. In addition to Centennial Virtual Academy staff, technical support is available through Edgenuity.
What’s The Difference: Some families have asked us what will be different for students during the 2020-21 school year. DLA vs CDL to see the main differences between what students/families experienced in Distance Learning For All last year and what you will experience in Comprehensive Distance Learning this year.
August 17, 2020
Individual School’s Reopening Plans
Dear Centennial Community,
We know that you are eager to know our plans for Fall 2020. Below you will find a draft of our Return to Learn plan. We want to stress that due to the pandemic and the unprecedented times we find ourselves in, nothing we do this year is going to be normal. But whatever we do, we will get through it together and do whatever is best for our students, staff and the Centennial community.
As we examine health trends in the region, we are increasingly concerned that COVID-19 transmission rates continue to increase over the course of the summer. For this reason, the Centennial School District plan is focused on starting the school year in a Comprehensive Distance Learning format. The Centennial School Board will reevaluate the situation once Multnomah County has consistently met phase 2 requirements. Our reopening committees are hard at work creating plans for a hybrid learning model and Operational Blueprint for Reentry and we will to continue putting that plan together, as we are hopeful that we will implement our hybrid model at some point later this fall. However, right now we are focusing our time and energy into creating a robust Comprehensive Distance Learning program for students.
CENTENNIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT’S DRAFT OPERATIONAL BLUEPRINT 2020-21
Under Oregon Department of Education’s (ODE) Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance, each school has been directed to submit a plan to the district in order to provide on-site and/or hybrid instruction. Districts must submit each school’s plan to the local school board and make the plans available to the public by mid-August. Our district and schools plan will ensure students can return for the 2020-21 school year, in accordance with Executive Order 20-25(10). Schools must use the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance document as they complete their Operational Blueprint for Reentry. ODE recommends plan development be inclusive of, but not limited to school-based administrators, teachers and school staff, health and nursing staff, association leadership, nutrition services, transportation services, tribal consultation, parents and others for purposes of providing expertise, developing broad understanding of the health protocols and carrying out plan implementation.
Comprehensive Distance Learning
As Oregon moves beyond an emergency response to a planned response for applying a distance learning instructional model, schools have an increased responsibility to prioritize and target investments for students historically underserved by the system. Schools engaging in Comprehensive Distance Learning will focus on closing persistent gaps and inequities while maintaining high expectations for students and staff. Students engaging in Comprehensive Distance Learning will have access to standards-based, grade level-or-beyond educational materials. Students will interact in an ongoing manner with one or more teachers who skillfully guide the student’s full educational experience. Comprehensive Distance Learning includes multi-media communication and blended learning strategies, not solely digital/online learning.
Comprehensive Distance Learning includes required elements for realizing a school experience that honors the whole child and provides well rounded learning opportunities.
- Ensure safety and wellness.
- Cultivate connection and relationship.
- Center equity.
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE), in coordination with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), updated the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance for the 2020-21 School Year in accordance with Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-29. As of July 28, 2020 Governor Brown provided additional and specific metrics that school districts must consider prior to determining a specific model. School districts must select an instructional model based on multiple factors including but not limited to: local COVID-19 status, school facility capacity, staffing capacity, operational capacity, needs of high risk students and staff, available space, student enrollment, budget, technology capabilities, and input from staff, students, family, and community members. As a district we are prioritizing the health and safety of students, staff, families and community partners in our decision making around reopening.
Due to local COVID-19 numbers, in consultation with the Multnomah County Health Department, the Multnomah Educational Service District, our School Board, and Employee Groups (CEA & OSEA), for Fall 2020, school will begin with the Comprehensive Distance Learning Model. Under a Comprehensive Distance Learning model, schools have the responsibility to:
- Provide high-quality and engaging academic content in alignment with grade-level standards;
- Continue to focus on student identity and belonging, care, connection, wellbeing, and mental, social, and emotional health;
- Actively engage and nurture relationships with students, families, and community;
- Center equity in all instruction, outreach and communication efforts with parents, caregivers and students;
- Provide high quality, well-rounded learning opportunities; and
- Encourage, support, and provide opportunities for active collaboration and communication between school leaders, teachers, and all school staff.
This means that we will provide remote learning that is in-depth and robust planning. ODE’s full Comprehensive Distance Learning guidance provides additional considerations for schools when planning for Comprehensive Distance Learning. All of our schools are reviewing and using this as a guide for Fall 2020.
As a school district, we are utilizing the Oregon Department of Education Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) guidance to plan for instruction. All students in the Centennial School District will begin the 2020-21 school year in one of two options, Comprehensive Distance Learning utilizing our district adopted curriculum or a year-long online only option.
Students engaging in Comprehensive Distance Learning have access to standards-based, grade level-or-beyond educational materials. They interact in an ongoing manner with one or more teachers who skillfully guide the student’s full educational experience. Comprehensive Distance Learning includes multimedia communication and blended learning strategies, not solely digital/online learning. As appropriate, learning may or may not be separated in time often referred to as asynchronous or synchronous learning in the field of distance learning. Comprehensive Distance Learning requires meeting all federal and state laws and Division 22 requirements that apply to the 2020-21 school year, as well as requirements for mental, social, and emotional health and family engagement.
Required Elements Include:
- The Academic Conditions of: Teaching and Learning, Instructional Time, Assessment, Grading and Reporting Progress.
- The Operational Conditions: Nutrition, Attendance, Clubs and Extracurricular Activities.
- Student and Family Support: Equity and Access, Mental Social and Emotional Health, Partnering with Parents, Families and Caregivers.
- Digital Learning Needs: Infrastructure, Devices, Software Systems, Digital Content, Professional Development and Training.
As a district, our plans and practices must ensure student engagement/participation, mental, social, and emotional health supports, curriculum aligned to grade level standards, assessment for learning, alignment with Division 22 requirements, full provision of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), full provision of learning supports for students who qualify for English Language Development (ELD), and full provision of learning supports for students who qualify for Talented and Gifted (TAG). Students served under federal programs (e.g. Title I, IC, Title III, Title IV, Title VI, and IDEA) must receive the majority of services in a synchronous manner.on
Through the Fall 2020, the Centennial School District will monitor local COVID-19 status, school facility capacity, staffing capacity, operational capacity, needs of high-risk students and staff, available space, student enrollment, budget, technology capabilities, and input from staff, students, family, and community members in order to make a determination when a possible shift to Hybrid Learning could begin.
For the Centennial School District l to return to in-person instruction through the Oregon Department of Education’s (ODE) OnSite or Hybrid Instructional models, the metrics below, which consider local as well as statewide conditions, must be met:
Schools must be in a county that is no longer in baseline phase to consider in-person instructional models. At this time, no Oregon counties are in the baseline phase. State and County Metrics must also be met for three weeks in a row.
The Centennial School District will prepare a transition plan for effectively and efficiently shifting between instructional models. This plan will include professional learning for staff, communication for students and families, and thoughtful timelines for staff and families to adequately prepare for shifts to a new model
The Centennial School Board will review all information from the State and County prior to moving to a Hybrid model. Superintendent will recommend a date for moving to a Hybrid model.