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Return to Learn Q&A Fall 2020

Return to Learn Q&A – Fall 2020


We will continue to revise this document to help answer common questions from our community about the reopening of schools in the Centennial School District. If you have further questions, please contact us at info@csd28j.org or leave a message at 503.760.7990

Question Answer Details
Is the Centennial School District offering any in-person instruction to start the school year? No, we will only offer Comprehensive Distance Learning because Multnomah County and statewide criteria for opening in person have not been met.

We will begin comprehensive distance learning on Sept. 21. This will be different from the spring and have daily synchronous class time to support students and families.

Multnomah County must no longer be in a baseline phase to consider in-person instructional models. There are two metrics schools will use to determine readiness for the Hybrid in-person learning for K-12:

  • Less than 10 cases per 100,000
  • Less than 5% positive test rate
How will the district determine when it will go to a hybrid in-person instruction? There are two metrics schools will use to determine readiness for the Hybrid in-person learning for K-12:

  • Less than 10 cases per 100,000
  • Less than 5% positive test rate
The metrics must be met for three weeks in a row. Here is a link to the Multnomah County Health Department’s COVID19 dashboard – https://multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/regional-covid-19-data-dashboard


What happens if we meet the metrics for three weeks in a row? Centennial will be monitoring and preparing. We will notify the community and start to bring students back in stages.  The Centennial School Board has set a review date of Nov. 4th. At this time we will consider rates over time and whether we can restart a hybrid program at that time.  However, if rates decline significantly before that date, we will consider reopening for hybrid and will communicate to the community.
Will my child be provided a Chromebook? Yes, we will provide a Chromebook to any student who needs a device. This includes students who had to share the device last spring. We understand that with the new Comprehensive Distance Learning model that each student needs a device. Last Spring, Centennial provided  2,500 Chromebooks and we allowed those students to keep the devices over the summer for distance learning this fall. Each school will have a laptop pickup time in late August. Schools will send out a communication to let families know how they can get a device.
What if we don’t have internet access? The Centennial School District will provide support to families that do not have current internet. We will be contacting families via their school to help determine how we can support each family. Families will be contacted by your student’s teachers during the first two weeks of school to determine what support your family needs during the Comprehensive Online Learning. 
Will my child have personal and social counseling to support them in social-emotional learning? Yes, all staff  will be providing social-emotional support to students and providing small group support. They will also be case managing 504 plans to help support students who may need additional accommodations during distance learning. We will be working with all staff to focus our efforts on connecting students to staff and their peers. Elementary counselors will also be creating and sharing lessons with classes virtually through Comprehensive Distance Learning.
How will we serve Special Education students? Special Education students will be served by their classroom teachers and their case managers. Case managers and teachers will be reaching out to meet with families as the school year begins.
How will distance learning classes be formed? Our schools will organize all students into grade-level classes at the elementary schools and create schedules for all students at middle and high school Students will be notified of their classes and teachers in late August. Individual schools will notify families.
Who will be my child’s teacher? We will use our Centennial teachers at all schools and we will also utilize our support staff to create an improved experience from the spring. Schools will be in contact with families regarding their schedules and classroom teachers.
What will be my child’s schedule? Each school has developed student schedules that includes synchronous time online with their teacher, and asynchronous time working on assignments. Students will also see their elective teachers and support staff during their school day.

Schools will be providing a virtual parent meeting prior to school starting for all families to learn more about the specific expectations for the school schedule.

Students on IEP’s and English Language Learners will receive their specific support online during their school day. Families will be notified of a service plan for your child.

All schools will have a lunch period.


Your school will let you know the start and finish time. There will be synchronous class time every day and time for students to complete work and receive support in small groups at the elementary level.

At the middle school, it will  not be all synchronous learning time, but classes and student support will occur throughout the day.

At High School, some time will be synchronous online instruction and some will be work time and time to get support from staff.


Schools will be providing more details on their school schedules soon.

What about meals for my child? We will continue to provide a 5 days worth of breakfasts and lunches each Monday. All school schedules have at least an hour for lunch. We will provide a week’s worth of meals 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

10:35 AM SE 156th Ave @ SE Ogden Drive

11:00 AM Pleasant Valley Elementary School

11:25 AM Butler Creek Elementary School 

Should we buy school supplies? Schools will let you know if your child needs any school supplies during Comprehensive Distance Learning. Each school will communicate with you in the coming weeks about what each student will need.
What online platforms will you be using? Elementary will use SeeSaw K-5. This is a more user-friendly platform that allows for students to respond to assignments in multiple ways.

The 6th-12th grade will use Google Classroom and provide web pages that include the syllabus for each class.


For the Centennial Virtual Academy (CVA) – Centennial School District’s full-year online option, the curriculum will be Engenuity and Odysseyware. 

We plan to provide virtual orientations to families on how to access the online systems.

We will also have a family support desk to respond to technical issues a family may have during distance learning.  

Will there be technical support for families? Yes, on the Centennial website there are self-help documents and videos that students and families can use to address common technology issues.  Visit our website at csd28j.org for tutorial videos for students/families to help navigate the tools we will use for Comprehensive Distance Learning.


Will there be athletics and extracurricular activities? Not at this time, but The Oregon School Athletics Association has announced delayed starts to each season. Each season is modified due to the change. Winter sports are set to begin at the end of December and finish at the end of February.

Fall sports will begin at the end of February and finish in late April.

Spring sports will begin in April and finish in late June.

All extracurricular activities are postponed until it is safe to bring students together in person.

This is subject to change.