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.