August 3, 2020- Superintendent Letter to Families-- Health Dept. Update
Dear Centralia Families,
The District received notice from the Lewis County Health Department strongly recommending the closure of face to face instruction and the move to a full distance learning model for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year. This recommendation essentially requires us to open school in a distance learning model. The District and School Board have weighed the situation and recommendations carefully. The District will follow the Health Department guidelines. We want to make the best possible decision for the safety and learning of our students and staff.
While we are disappointed and saddened for our students and staff that we cannot open with face to face instruction, we are committed to providing meaningful daily instruction and to provide the needed learning supports for our students. We are hopeful that we will be able to return to face to face instruction quickly as the year progresses.
We are committed to providing a robust, meaningful distance learning program for our students. We have already been working on the distance learning model and our staff are dedicated to providing exceptional instruction and support. We learned from the school closure in the spring and are using that information to create an improved, rigorous, instructional model. As a district, we are committed to meeting the needs of our students. This includes the provision of special services to students that qualify and need it as part of their learning. We are still working on the details, but we can assure you of the following highlights:
- Students will be assigned to a Centralia School District teacher or teacher team who will instruct and facilitate the online learning.
- The curriculum will be aligned to our state and local standards.
- Families will receive a regular plan that outlines the content and assignments.
- The District will use a consistent online platform.
- The District will provide training for students, parents, and staff distance learning.
- Student assignments and tests will count towards their final grade.
- Students with an Individual Education Plan will be contacted.
- The District will check out a Chromebook for each student.
- The District will help ensure virtual access for students or a way to meet the learning requirements.
- Students will have the option of participating in after school activities and sports when and if they become available.
- Student attendance will be taken daily as required by the state.
We know the distance learning model creates challenges for working families. We are actively exploring options with community partners as a support for families.
There are many questions. While we do not yet have all of the answers, we encourage you to ask your questions and share your concerns. We have provided a link to submit questions on our Reopening website at www.centraliaschools.org/reopening. We will also continue to provide you regular communications as we move forward via email, the website and social media. As the planning continues, your child’s school will also provide specific, detailed information.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this challenging time.
July 27, 2020- Superintendent Letter to Families
July 27, 2020
Centralia Families and Students:
This is a challenging time and we know you are anxious to get all of the details about the coming school year. We are working diligently to plan for the reopening of schools on September 2, 2020. The reopening will depend upon the state and county pandemic requirements. We will work with Lewis County Public Health & Social Services and follow the guidance of the Governor’s Office and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction as we plan for a safe start.
The District has been working with input from parents, teachers, administrators, community members and each employee group on the Reopening Committee and the subcommittees to create the School Reopening Plan. There is no simple answer that best meets everyone’s needs, but the District continues to work to create as much flexibility for families and staff as possible, while creating meaningful, robust instruction for students in a safe learning environment. The goal is to get as many students back in a rigorous face to face learning environment and get our teachers and staff doing what they do best; working with our students.
The plan was developed based upon the following guiding principles:
- Maintain the physical and emotional safety of students and staff
- Maximize the quality of the contact and non-contact with students
- Comply with state, federal and other requirements
- Maintain a focus on equity
- Consider the needs of families and the community
- Plan with flexibility (and make revisions according to need)
- Prioritize communication
- Be fiscally responsible
There are many details still to be planned and more information will be shared in the coming days and weeks, but the plan is outlined below.
The Working Plan includes an option for families, K – 12. Elementary students in kindergarten through 6th grade will have a full-time virtual option or a return to face to face instruction (at as many grade levels as possible. The return to full-time face to face instruction will require some creative use of space. Pending numbers, if not all grade levels can return, primary grades will be prioritized to maintain the daily face to face instruction.
The Middle School and High School plan includes a full-time virtual learning option or an A-B rotation with two days each week of face to face and 3 days of virtual instruction.
A link to the selection form is below:
We ask parents to complete this form by August 3, 2020. This information will help us plan the specific details. Students will remain in the selected learning format for the grading period due to staffing issues and logistics.
There are many details to plan, but we will share information regularly. The Reopening Schools webpage will be updated regularly and we will use social media, the weekly Quick News, the callout/email system, and school level communication avenues to keep you informed.
Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. Your questions and feedback are important to us. You can ask us questions at https://forms.gle/AsLwi4bvYaq9HJbb6 and we will continue to update our Reopening page regularly.