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DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) 

Information and Resources are provided in the column to the right. As more information is updated from our partner agencies in other languages, they will be added. (Updated 28 August 2020)
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SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MARTINEZ  
 
Dear Families,  
 
On September 9, 2020, our Board of Education met to solidify aspects of our reopening plan.  While sometimes unsettling, it is important to remain fluid and flexible in our transition to reopen schools, as we are constantly responding to the changing guidance and information about this virus.  This update is provided to inform families and staff of the most recent developments.  As with much of the information relating to aspects of COVID-19 impact, please remember that information is subject to change due to the fluid nature of this matter. 
 

WHY ARE WE STARTING IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION? 

On August 28, 2020, Governor Newsom presented an updated framework for reopening schools and the economy described as the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” The Blueprint replaces the previous “County Monitoring List” and presents a 4-tiered system with each tier designated by a different color and level of “County risk level:” 
  • PURPLE Tier: “Widespread” 
  • RED Tier: “Substantial” 
  • ORANGE Tier: “Moderate” 
  • YELLOW Tier: “Minimal” 
As of September 8, 2020, Orange County is categorized as being in the “RED tier,” transitioning from the original “PURPLE tier” upon the inception of this new plan, August 31, 2020.  Criteria for Designation of Tiers and “In-Person Instruction” The California Department Public Health (CDHP) uses 2 main indicators to determine county risk levels: number of daily new cases per 100,000 and percentage of positive tests.
As of September 8, 2020, Orange County’s daily new cases were 5.2 per 100,000, with placement in the RED or “Substantial risk tier and the positivity rating was 4.2 percent, which is in the ORANGE or “Moderate risk tier.” When a county has data in two tiers, the county must remain in the most restrictive tier.   On the state’s COVID-19 website, it states “schools can reopen for in-person instruction once their county has been in the Substantial (RED) tier for at least two weeks” (COVID-19.ca.gov).
Local health officials estimate this reopening date to occur no earlier than September 22, 2020. The District’s priority is to reopen campuses safely for the 4,150 students and 400 staff members, as well as to minimize future virus disruption. Our goal is simple: Maintain strong health and safety protocols for students and staff and provide a quality instructional program under the conditions permitted.      
 

WHEN IS CENTRALIA ANTICIPATING SCHOOL TO BEGIN IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION?  

SDC classes- We anticipate that classes SDC classes will begin on September 28   

SDC classes, typically comprised of no more than 15 students, will be able to resume 100% in person instruction as of September 28, 2020, five days per week.   
  • All students in an SDC class are expected to attend school in person unless they notify their school principal to request an IEP to remain in Distance Learning 2.0 (or already did through the completion of the most recent survey).  For SDC students, remaining in Distance Learning 2.0 requires an IEP team decision.  Parents may begin to contact their case manager to arrange an IEP meeting for placement in all year SDC.    
  • For students in our SDC classes who use transportation:  Temperature checks will occur prior to boarding the bus.  Students must wear a face mask while on the bus.  Students who do not have one will be provided one before they board the bus.  Students will be seated one student per seat only.   It is possible that program start times and end times may be adjusted to permit us to safety transport our students to school in this seating configuration.  For now, it is anticipated that the following schools will begin their SDC class at 8:05 am:  Dysinger, Buena Terra & Miller, with SDC classes at Centralia, Danbrook, Raymond Temple, San Marino beginning instruction at 8:30 am. Please note that this information is subject to change.  Parents in the SDC classes will receive their finalized notification the week of September 21.    
  • For students in PreK SDC:  Because our SDC program is intertwined with our general education PreK program, we anticipate the start date for this program to be October 5.   More information will come to our PreK SDC families later.   
 
Transitional Kindergarten through 6th Grade - Anticipated First day of In Person Instruction:  October 5 
 
As we transition into In-Person instruction, parents have asked that we explain details as to what the school experience will be for students.    In order to minimize the number of students in the classroom (and maximize the space between students), we will return to in person instruction in a hybrid model.  
 
A hybrid is a combination of in-person and at home learning.   Our current hybrid model is an AB model with Group A in school on Mondays and Tuesdays and Group B Thursdays and Fridays.  On Wednesdays, group A and B will work from home with a morning zoom time to connect all students and the teacher together. 
By reorganizing in this manner, we will be better able to space out our students, with in class sizes of approximately 14-17 students per typical classrooms. We do anticipate regular school days with flexibility for the staggering of school to avoid overcrowding as students enter campus.   
 
Moving forward, parents must select to remain in Distance Learning 2.0 or return to In-Person Instruction in an A/B Hybrid Model with the district’s commitment to ease into a five day a week program as space and conditions improve. The information on how to make your selection will be emailed on Monday, September 14.  Efforts will be made to keep families in the same Group.  
 
For our students who select Distance Learning 2.0, these students will have a similar schedule to what they have now.  Please note that it is possible to expect to have different teachers assigned to your student as we separate our Distance Learning 2.0 students from our In-Person Learning.  Parents should expect to receive an email from our district Monday September 14 to confirm your August survey selection. Please be thoughtful in this as we move forward.    
 
Every principal is finalizing a Site-Specific Plan to share with our families through a zoom Coffee Chat.  This Site-Specific Plan takes the district’s plan, which is derived from the California Department of Public Health and personalizes it to each CESD school.
 
WHAT WILL “SCHOOL” LOOK LIKE?
 
Each school site is preparing a site-specific plan that your principal will share with you. As we have 8 unique campuses, there is no “one size fits all” option. The following is just an overview of what you may see at your school site.  
 
Dropoff: Each school has identified 2-3 gates that will be used for entry.  Temperature checks will happen curbside/as students enter gates. We ask that you remain in the car or with your student until the temperature check is completed. Parents will not be permitted to enter the campus or congregate at the front of the campus.  Schools may have staggered start and end times.  Parents will need to ensure that children are not dropped off earlier than necessary.
 
Temperature Checks and Hand Washing: All students will have their temperatures taken by their teacher or other staff member with a no-touch thermometer before entering the campus and before boarding the school bus.  They will also be asked to hand sanitize as they enter the campus.    If a student has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, the student will be sent home.  You are encouraged to take your child’s temperature and check for symptoms prior to leaving for school, and if the child has a fever or symptoms they need to stay home from school.  Staff are required to take their own temperature and self-screen for symptoms daily. Teachers or staff with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher or who have symptoms will remain home and not come to work.  Hand sanitizer dispensers are installed in all classrooms, shared school spaces, and available at school entrances.  Each school will receive 4 additional exterior sinks for handwashing.    
 
Mask Wearing: The CESD Board of Education has selected to require face coverings for all students in all grades.  This is different from the CDPH guidance that “strongly encourages” face coverings for children Grade 2 and below. CESD is permitted to be more restrictive in this area.  All students must wear a face covering while in the classroom.  Students who do not bring one to school will receive one upon entry to wear.  Accommodations will be determined through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process or 504 process.  A doctor’s note will be required.   
 
Learning Environment: Classrooms will be arranged to provide appropriate distancing. There is at least 6 feet of distance between the teacher’s desk or teaching station and the students.   Desks will be arranged to encourage distancing, including all desks facing forward and spaced throughout the room and extra furniture removed as needed. Classrooms are limited to provide distancing, with the number of students in each room to vary given the size and layout of the rooms.  Sneeze guards have been installed in classes as an added layer of health protocol.  Students will wear a face covering while in class. Designated time and areas will be provided for individualized “mask-breaks” for students throughout the day. Twenty additional lunch tables have been provided to each school. Schools are also identifying outdoor learning areas to be used as desired, utilizing shade sails and the natural campus environment to support extended learning.
 
Student Materials: Basic materials and supplies will be provided and will not be shared to the extent possible. Students may bring approved school supplies to school if they choose to, however they must leave them at school.  Sharing of materials will be limited. If materials are shared, they will be sanitized between uses.  Each child’s belongings will be separated from others and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas.   
 
Recess and Meal Breaks: For outdoor recreation, including physical education, structured recess and hand washing breaks are being scheduled by site so that groupings will remain with their class cohorts, eliminating cross-grade mixing. Activities will be provided that don’t allow shared materials or equipment. Playground equipment will be scheduled on a rotational basis and limited to one cohort per day. Students may bring lunch bags to school each day, however we ask that backpacks stay at home at this time Meals will be served outside of classroom, and extra space will be provided for physical distancing during meals and snack times.  Students will stay with their cohorts to the extent possible as recommended by CDC and CA Department of Public Health.  Restroom access will be limited to a small number of students at a time and will feature spacing guidance and enhanced cleaning throughout the day.
 
Campus Sanitization: Frequently touched surfaces within the school will be cleaned regularly. Frequently touched surfaces in the school include, but are not limited to:  
  • Door handles   
  • Light switches   
  • Sink handles   
  • Bathroom surfaces   
  • Tables    
  • Water Fountains 
 
While this may seem like an exhaustive list of details, each school’s site-specific plan carries with it more detail with the regard to the application of the CDPH’s guidance respective to each site.  I appreciate the work of our district safety team in finalizing details.   For now, this information serves to inform families that we are preparing to reopen in the manner described in this letter.   Please make sure to complete the survey that is being emailed to you on Monday, September 14. 
 
We look forward to continuing to work with our families, those that seek to return to in person instruction and those that choose to remain in distance learning.   Centralia values the partnership between our schools and community!     
 
Attentively, 
Norma E. Martinez,
Superintendent 
 
Website: www.cesd.us  
Twitter: @CentraliaSup  
Facebook@CESD.us  
Instagram: @CentraliaSchoolDistrict 

 

Good afternoon Centralia Families. Just a quick update to let you know that I am aware that Governor Newsom just released a new monitoring metric regarding the reopening for California, including Orange County schools and businesses. 

This new metric replaces the manner in which the county was calculating the data for monitoring the reopening of schools for in-person learning.  This is a significant change from past guidance.  Please know that staff will be reviewing this newly received guidance in greater detail, in consultation with the Orange County Health Care Agency, to determine the impact on our district.  We will follow up with more information as we receive it. Thank you very much.

To view today's statement from Gov. Newsom: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=314282859895165&extid=h088gbkraDHEH48F

Have a safe weekend,

Norma E. Martinez, Superintendent

Website: www.cesd.us 
Twitter: @CentraliaSup 
Facebook@CESD.us 
Instagram: @CentraliaSchoolDistrict 

August 26 Message to Our Families

 

Hello Families, I want to begin by thanking our families for your support during this opening of the school year in distance learning mode.   As you can imagine, our entire team of teachers, administrators and support staff have been diligent in planning for and adjusting to the challenges of the day as we embarked on the opening of schools a few days ago.  I thank you for your flexibility as our entire county engages in online learning, taxing the technology infrastructure across our entire county.   I am super appreciative of our technology team who have been staying on top of each challenge that comes our way.    Remember, if you need help with technology issues, please log on to our website, www.cesd.us, and click on the button on the home page that will take you to Distance Learning Tech Support.  
 
In the last few days, there has been a lot of attention on the reopening of schools in Orange County. On Sunday, August 23, Orange County came off the State monitoring list.  Per Governor Newsom’s orders, issued July 17, 2020, districts must be off the county watch list completely for three days (the third day was August 25, 2020) AND then remain off the list for 14 consecutive days.   In consultation with Dr. Clayton Chau, Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency, he predicts that if Orange County maintains or improves its numbers over the next 14 days, school districts in Orange County will be able to reopen starting September 8, 2020. I imagine that this news is greeted with excitement by some, and with concern by others.   With this information, Centralia is taking a measured approach to reopening.  We will use the month of September to ensure that the county numbers reflect an ongoing positive trend of infection reduction, while activating in-person learning protocols and final site walks in order to assure the safety of our students, staff and community.  Centralia will be prepared for the return of In-Person Instruction tentatively set for Monday, September 28, 2020. 
 
Parents have asked me what I think one should do regarding sending their children to school in person during this time. This is a highly personalized decision that each family must make.  As we track Orange County’s COVID-19 dashboard, and count the number of days we have spent off the watch list, I encourage you to discuss with your child what a return to school will look like. Please continue to reinforce the importance of handwashing, physical distancing and face coverings as ways to keep each other safe. If your child has any underlying health issues that concern you, I advise you to consider the words of Dr. Chau and schedule an appointment with your pediatrician to talk about risk factors for vulnerable children. While children have shown less severe symptoms associated with the Coronavirus, Dr. Clayton Chau has affirmed that underlying conditions, including obesity and diabetes, put children at a much higher risk for serious illnesses. “We will have to discuss risks for vulnerable children as well as addressing health issues in children such as obesity, diabetes, etc.,” Dr. Chau is quoted as saying in the OC Register over the weekend. 
 
Once we can return to in-person instruction, parents who do not intend to send their children to in-person instruction are able to have their children remain in Distance Learning 2.0.  The results of the August 10 district survey noted over 1100 families preferred to stay in Distance Learning for the entire year.  We intend to support this decision. Families who have chosen for their children to attend in-person when feasible will need to abide by the health and safety protocols that have been established to support our entire community.    
 
During these complex times, I appreciate the many voices that have surfaced.  I thank you for your interest in helping us be successful in decision-making that benefits students while we provide as safe an environment as we possibly can. Centralia engages in continued collaboration with the local health agency to determine the best approach to reopening. 
 
I understand that this is a lot of information to absorb and may raise many more questions. I will be hosting a series of community forums that I welcome all to join. Our first one is tomorrow, if you would like to join us. You can find the information HERE. To register for the English with Korean translation meeting, you can register HERE, or for the Spanish only meeting, you can register HERE.
 
If you are unable to attend the forum and have questions or concerns you would like us to consider or address, please click HERE to complete this form.   
 
I am also including the following documents that have been posted on our website for your further review.
 
I thank you again for your patience as we navigate this constantly changing landscape. Your continued positive support as we work towards the safest learning options for all our families is deeply appreciated. 
 
Be Well,
Norma E. Martinez
Superintendent
 
Website: www.cesd.us 
Twitter: @CentraliaSup 
Facebook@CESD.us 
Instagram: @CentraliaSchoolDistrict 
Greetings, Centralia Families!   Welcome to the start of the 2020/21 school year.   We do not need to read the news to know that anxiety levels are high for all families with school-aged children across our communities.  This document is meant to provide answers to many of the questions posed by families at this time and ease your concerns about the start of the school year.   
 
Typically, the days before the first day of school are days that we mark with a return to putting school routines back into our homes, to help our children prepare to be up and ready for showing up to school. These are days in which our kids usually get to pick that “first day of school outfit” and make sure that their backpacks have the supplies that they need for the school year.   For our little ones with greater anxiety about school, these are the days in which parents reassure our children that everything is going to be OK.
 
For now, we know we cannot begin school in this traditional format. But it is important for parents to reestablish in home routines to help children be prepared for the first day of school, Thursday, August 13th.  And of course, thank you for preparing a space in your home for your child to set up a learning station to use as their at-home classroom. Principals have or will soon share information with families about Pick Up Parties at school, when you can drive through to get the supplies that your children need for instruction. I thank you in advance for allowing us to begin with a soft opening this August 13th, so that we give all students an opportunity to have the necessary supplies and to be ready for school.  Our teachers will also be reaching out to our families, eager to connect with you and make introductions between staff and student.
 
On behalf of our Board of Education and our staff, I wish everyone a most successful school year.  It is different, but you can count on Centralia ESD staff to connect and engage with our scholars in ways that continue to motivate them, that gives them the tools to be prepared for their future and to continue to connect with one another as human beings.  
 
All the Best,   
Norma E. Martinez
Superintendent 

 

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Below are answers to questions about the start of the 20/21 school year for the Centralia Elementary School District.      

1. When can children return to in-person instruction?  This answer is unknown. The state requires that schools operate in online-only instruction until our county demonstrates that the pandemic is within control in our county and that we are off the State Watch List for 14 consecutive days. As I write this, OC remains on the county watch list.  

 

2. Will CESD be applying for the Elementary Waiver to permit our schools to reopen earlier than what the State recommends?  At this time, the Director for the OC Health Care Agency, Dr. Chau, has informed us that while he encourages districts to apply for the elementary waiver, he will not be processing any applications until the State corrects a glitch in their data system that is monitoring the pandemic data for the State. This glitch has not yet been corrected.  

 

3. What does it take for the District to apply for a Waiver?  There are many steps that an elementary district must take to apply for the waiver at the local level. It is an involved process and the exact details can be found on the California Department of Public Health website, linked here for your convenience.  

 

Knowing that we are beginning the year in Distance Learning, the District has spent this summer preparing a Distance Learning Handbook for our incredible team of teachers. Last year, we engaged in surveys with teachers and parents to hear from you regarding what worked and what did not work in distance learning.  Our Education Services team has engaged our staff and we are prepared to support our students as we begin.   

Learning Schedules & Student Attendance 

The most difficult part of our district’s ability to prepare a daily learning schedule for our families is the knowledge that every family’s home situation is different.  To this end, please know that our staff is committed to be as flexible as we can be, knowing that we must also provide as much structure as possible  to provide our students with anchors to instruction, including the use of a schedule.  

  • Instruction for students begins at 8:30 AM in Distance Learning. This gives our families a little extra time in the morning to get kids ready for virtual school. Attendance will be taken!  
  • All students have a full day continuum of work available to them, some of it synchronous (zoom interaction between the teacher and the students), either whole group or small group and some of it asynchronous (independent work where students work on instructional packets, watch video instruction and select from our online instructional software programs).    
  • A weekly schedule will be made available to you by your child’s teacher to help you manage your family’s routine with greater ease.  
  • Teachers will be providing whole and small group instruction to their students, just as they would in a regular school day.    

Communication 

  • This year, we launched our AERIES online portal for families. In addition, we maintain our Phone Messenger system so you can be informed by your school principal on a weekly basis.  Last year, we added PeachJar as a communication tool. Be sure to subscribe!  Lastly, thank you for keeping your email up to date so we can stay connected. Our teachers are prepared to maintain open communication through email and via their own platforms for communication.    
  • Principals will be hosting a regularly scheduled Principal’s Coffee Chat so that you can have direct access to your child’s principal as we get going with our Distance Learning platform.  
  • As your Superintendent, I too will be hosting a biweekly community Zoom meeting, to keep our parents appraised of our educational program along the way. We will post the schedule online and be sure to email it as well.  

Grading 

  • Teachers will be issuing grades during distance learning time. Each grade level team will work with families to discern work that can be done with support from a parent and work that should be done independently, so that we can gauge students’ learning.   
  • At this time, it is unknown if CA will modify the annual State test or cancel it, as they did last year.  Nonetheless, we remain committed to remaining a district that prepares our scholars academically and have purchased a new software program, iReady, to assist with online student assessments in order to help students.  

 

Continuum of Learning Plan & Teacher Assignments 

 

From past parent surveys, we know that about 80% of our parents have indicated preference their children attend In-Person Instruction.  For our remaining 20% of parents, you have shared that you prefer to have your children continue to receive instruction at home, even when we are permitted to return to in person learning. This information is vital to planning class assignments and how the school year will evolve.  Below, you will see a very simplified process to our Continuum Models.      

 

Additionally, because the entire district is starting with Distance Learning, we are launching Distance Learning 2.0 (DL 2.0) until we are cleared by county and state health care agencies to transition to in person instruction. To help families finalize their learning options, we are sending home a final commitment form. 

 

  • In the Final Commitment Form, you will be selecting from one of three choices. (see below)  To help families understand the differences in programs, a video link is provided here: https://bit.ly/3iorL1V 
  • Because the C-VALT program is so unique, we will be providing an informational video on the C-VALT program, available on our website shortly.  Families who commit to C-VALT will begin the year in DL 2.0 and transition to this alternative program after parents make a commitment.  
  • Families who do not complete the Final Commitment Form will be assumed to select enrollment in the In-Person Instruction model, once we are cleared by county and state health care agencies to transition to In-Person instruction.  
  • If a parent wants to change models, it will currently be done by trimester.  We will do our best to accommodate mid-trimester changes but cannot make guarantees. 

 

CONTINUUM OF LEARNING PLAN 

The first model in our Continuum of Learning Plan is our In-Person instruction. This program meets the needs of approximately 80% of our families.  

IN PERSON INSTRUCTION

For our families who are committed to returning to our brick and mortar schools, we look forward to being able to return to In-Person Instruction in the future. For now, we will begin with Distance Learning.  

It is important that our families understand the Health and Safety Protocols that we will follow once we reopen schools. Please review CESD’s Safety & Health Protocols document that is posted on our district website.  We appreciate your flexibility in knowing that these Safety & Health Protocols will continue to evolve based on the newest guidance and regulations.    

For our remaining 20% of families who selected to remain off campus for the entire school year, it is important for us to know if this is the choice you wish to make, as program selection may impact staffing.  Either way, we are ready to support you. We have customized our programs to meet the needs of parents through the following platforms.

DISTANCE LEARNING 2.0

(DL 2.0)

The first platform is what we are calling DL 2.0 (Distance Learning 2.0).   DL 2.0 is going to be how we start the year for all students, with a structured schedule, grading and a strong instructional program.   However, once we return to school DL 2.0 will continue only for those families who select this option.

C-VALT PROGRAM

The second platform for those who need to have their children remain off campus for the year is being referred to as the Centralia Virtual Learning Alternative program, C-VALT.  This program should be selected by families who are more interested in a program that has the flexibility of a home teaching/independent study program. Please note that this model provides the flexibility of an independent program, however, is not an “Independent Study” program as defined by the state. With this program, families will be assigned a teacher to support them as our students go through an independent curriculum.   Families who select this program understand that flexibility in this program requires a commitment from families to engage with the teacher in a different way.

 

We expect to have our families be able to log on to the AERIES parent portal to learn of the tentative assignment for each child and their teacher on August 12th.   I expect that the first few weeks will have some enrollment adjustments as parents finalize their selection and we can expect to see another enrollment adjustment as we transition from Distance Learning back to the classroom.  While these transitions require adjustments, all our teachers are more than ready and more than prepared to meet the needs of our scholars.  Thank you for your understanding as we launch the 2020/21 school year!

August 3, 2020 Centralia Elementary School District Update

 

Dear Centralia School District Families, 

As you are aware, we will begin the school year in Distance Learning and transition to In-Person Instruction when it is safe to do so, following appropriate guidance. At Centralia School District, we are committed to delivering the highest quality education we can envision while prioritizing student and staff safety.   

CALENDAR

In order to best prepare to offer our robust distance learning program, we have made some changes to the school year calendar, pending board approval at this August 5th Board meeting. The proposed changes are as follows: 

  • The FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL is August 13, instead of August 12
  • Modified day will now be WEDNESDAY not Thursday
  • November 30 is no longer a non-student day, it will now be a student day

TECH DEVICE NEEDS 

Our priority is to provide devices for those students that currently do not have any technology devices at home.  If your TK-6 child NEEDS a Chromebook for Distance Learning, please complete the Tech Device Survey by clicking here. Students who received a Chromebook in spring 2020 are not required to complete this survey; they may keep the device, and the terms and conditions of the Student Device Sign Out Agreement will be extended. Due to the high volume of need in the community, we appreciate the candidness of families who already have a device at home and don’t need one. This will help us get a device in the hands of children with this need.  

TECH SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS 

If your child is experiencing any technology issues, please submit a Help Ticket for their District-issued device using this email address studenthelp@cesd.us.   

ONLINE PARENT PORTAL   

The Aeries Parent Portal has been created for parents using the email address provided to the school. Parent Portal is a secure online tool where parents can access information specific to their child.  To access your Parent Portal account, please check your email for an message from donotreply@cesd.us if you have not done so already, or click here to log in.  If you have any questions, please go to the CESD Parent Portal Help Page or contact your child’s school.   

ENROLLMENT & DATA CONFIRMATION 

Please complete Data Confirmation through the Parent Portal if you have not already, in order to secure a spot for the 2020-21 school year. The deadline has been extended to ensure that all families complete this process.  

CLASSROOM TEACHER ASSIGNMENT FOR 2020-21   

Your child’s classroom teacher assignment for 2020-21 school year will be posted on your Aeries Parent Portal account prior to the first day of school, August 13 (pending board approval). For Parent Portal access, please visit the Parent Portal  Help Page , and if you have trouble accessing your portal you can email portalhelp@cesd.us or contact your child’s school.  

TK SCHOOL & TEACHER ASSIGNMENT 

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students’ school assignments can be viewed via Parent Portal Data Confirmation.  TK classroom teacher assignments will be posted on the Aeries Parent Portal account prior to the first day of school on August 13 (pending board approval) as with all other students. 

SCHOOL OFFICES OPEN BY APPOINTMENT 

The school offices are now open for visitors by appointments. Please call or email your school office manager or principal to schedule an appointment.  We ask that visitors to our sites comply with health and safety protocols, including the wearing of a face covering.   

FREE & REDUCED MEAL PROGRAMS APPLICATION 

The 2020-21 Online Applications are available NOW! Click here to apply. If you need any assistance in completing your application, please contact the Food Services Office at 714-228-3183.   It is important that all parents complete a meal application, even if you do not want to participate in the food program.   Parent eligibility is a measure often used to fund district programs by state and federal agencies.   Thank you for completing this application!    

CHILD CARE

The last day of the summer Child Care program was Friday, July 31. This is the usual break in service, as this is the time when Child Care staff prepare and train for the fall. As far as Child Care for fall when learning resumes August 13 (pending board approval), Child Care is currently taking a wait list as we await guidance on how we will be able to open and provide services for our community as we start the year distance learning. Contact Child Care directly if you have any questions at 714-228-3153.

PARENT MEETINGS WITH PRINCIPAL 

Centralia Elementary School District is complying with the Governor’s orders to remain in distance learning until local conditions demonstrate a readiness to reopen schools for in-person learning.  When the county has met this threshold, we will inform families and begin the transition to in-person instruction.   For now, we welcome our families to begin the school year with distance learning on August 13 (pending board approval).    

Anticipating questions from families, please look forward to opportunities to engage with your school principal and key staff as we prepare to start the year.  

DRIVE-THRU PICK UP PARTIES 

The schools will be scheduling Pick Up Parties for textbooks, materials, and Chromebooks as needed. Information and schedules will be sent by the site principals. In order to abide by social distancing guidelines, the materials will be distributed in a drive-thru format. 

Please know that our District is committed to ensuring that our program implementation is meaningful and representative of the high caliber of education that is emblematic of the Centralia School District. We are committed to review program outcomes on a monthly basis, to maintain careful attention on the health status of our community and to stay updated on the latest information from our guiding health agencies. This ongoing evaluation will then inform us on the gradual return to “brick and mortar” school learning. 

In closing, we want to thank you again for your partnership and support.   Be well and stay healthy. I look forward to a successful return to school.   

In Service, 
Norma E. Martinez, Superintendent 

July 30, 2020 Centralia Elementary School District Update

 
Dear Centralia Families and Staff:
 
This week, the Orange County School Board of Education has again made news headlines with a decision to sue the Governor of California over his most recent set of guidance for schools.
 
It is important for our community to know that the Centralia Elementary School District is governed by its own Board of Education, who are in no way directed by the OC School Board. The CESD Board remain committed to opening schools for in-person instruction as soon as it is safe to do so, following appropriate guidance.
 
The Centralia Elementary School District Board of Education is scheduled to meet this coming Wednesday, August 5th. The agenda for the meeting will be posted by Friday evening here.

July 16, 2020 Centralia Elementary School District Update

 
Message from our Superintendent
 
July 16, 2020
 
Dear Centralia Learning Community
 
Our Board of Education held a special meeting this July 15th to discuss the topic of the start of the 2020/21 school year. We shared information about the current public health risk, survey results from our parents, and presented a Continuum of Learning model that demonstrated how children could return to brick and mortar schools using protocols for safety based on the guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Together framework. After much discussion, and in response to the record number of COVID-19 cases within our region, the Board of Education unanimously voted to begin the school year via Distance Learning (DL), choosing to delay the start of In-Person Instruction until it is safer to do so.
 
Please know that our District is committed to ensuring that our program implementation is meaningful and representative of the high caliber of education that is emblematic of the Centralia School District. We are committed to review program outcomes on a monthly basis, to maintain careful attention on the health status of our community and to stay updated on the latest information from our guiding health agencies. This ongoing evaluation will then inform us on the gradual return to “brick and mortar” school learning.
 
Now that the decision to move to Distance Learning has been made, we are shifting our focus to preparing a dynamic and meaningful Distance Learning program to our families. We received much input from our parents and staff last year that will inform us on how to make DL more meaningful and effective at home. Detailed information is forthcoming.
 
Next Steps:
  • In the next week, all CESD families will receive an email asking for Data Confirmation. This is a process that families will use to access our AERIES database to update and confirm that the enrollment information is accurate for your child.
  • Anticipating questions from families, please look forward to opportunities to engage with your school principal and key staff as we prepare to start the year.
  • Additionally, please remember that we offer live person support at 714-228-3141, Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM.
 
For our families who wish to continue with Distance Learning as an Alternative Program following our return to in-person instruction, we ask that you please contact us at the number listed above.
 
Working together, we will overcome challenges and provide the best learning opportunity for our students in the safest possible way during this Pandemic. Our Centralia team of administrators, teachers and classified employees are working together to provide the best virtual learning experiences for our students when school begins on August 12th.
 
As we move into the 2020/21 school year, our intention is to engage, to build community, to educate meaningfully and to focus on meeting the needs of our Centralia scholars in this new normal. I wish for the safety and well-being of our families and staff and extend gratitude for your continued engagement as we return to learning during this time.
 
Be Well,
Norma E. Martinez
Superintendent
 
Website: www.cesd.us 
Twitter: @CentraliaSup 
Facebook@CESD.us 
Instagram: @CentraliaSchoolDistrict 

June 18, 2020 Centralia Elementary School District Update

 
Dear Centralia School District Families,
 
We hope you and your family are healthy and safe as you receive this message.  Centralia Elementary School District is committed to keeping our families informed about our planning efforts for the 2020-21 school year. With guidance from public health agencies and input from our stakeholders, the CESD team is currently considering various plans to maintain continuity of instruction and provide equity and academic excellence for our students.  With all of this at the forefront, your input is needed.  The impact of COVID-19 notwithstanding, we are committed to delivering the highest quality education we can envision while prioritizing student and staff safety.  We thank you for your patience as we have waited for important guidance information from local and state agencies to help in our planning. 
 
It is time to solicit parent input once again to further refine our planning.    In the next few days, parents will be receiving an email on behalf of Centralia ESD with a link to the CESD Return to School Survey. Please complete the survey so that we can determine the number of children we expect to see return to our schools physically and/or virtually.  Our priority is to provide optimal safe learning environments for students and staff.         
                           
FEEDBACK FROM MAY PARENT SURVEY
In May, as the school year was ending, we asked families to complete a parent survey and give us feedback on the emergency distance learning education implemented during spring 2020, as well as other questions. We received over 1500 survey responses. Thank you to all who completed that survey.  Here are some of the results of that survey:   
 
1. We asked families to indicate the way in which they believed they would want children to resume school in the 20/21 school year.   
  • 43 % indicated wanted their children to return to school.
  • 36% of our families indicated that they would prefer to have their children enrolled in distance learning.
  • 20% indicated wanting to return in what we called a “hybrid model,” indicating wanting their children in school only part of the week (2-3 days is how it was described).
 
2. We asked parents to tell us what they liked about the emergency distance learning implementation. Key components that were well-received included:
  • Strong communication between school/teacher and family
  • Face to face zoom meetings
  • Responsiveness of staff
  • Consistent schedule
  • Making the best of a tough situation
  • Flexibility of completing the work
 
3. We also asked parents to tell us what they did not like about the emergency distance learning implementation. Sample responses centered around these concepts:
  • Some parents did not like distance learning for their children
  • Not enough Zooms or too many Zoom meetings
  • Difficult for multi-children families to manage the many schedules
  • Some parents wanted more packets

 

Finally, parents were asked to tell us if they had further questions. Parent questions centered around four key areas:Planning, Health & Safety, Child Care, and Learning.  We have provided responses to sample questions in a Q & A format below.   

 

Planning 
Q: When will we know the plan for back to school so we can make appropriate arrangements on our end?
A: The first day of school is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Details of reopening will be announced as plans are finalized. We anticipate that the Board of Education will make the final decision at the special July 15th Board meeting, focused on the reopening of schools. Once a final decision is made, messages will be sent via phone, emails, and posted on our website. Please continue to check for important messages we will be sending out over summer break.  Parental input via an upcoming survey is critical to help us with this step. 

 

Health & Safety
Q: What measures and steps are being taken to ensure student safety should they go back to school?
A: Centralia Elementary School District is following local, state, and federal guidance to plan the safe reopening of schools.  Modified protocols will be based on the best available public health data and guidance provided and meeting the practical realities of managing school operations.  As new data and guidance emerge, the protocols will be updated. These protocols include considerations for promoting healthy hygiene practices, addressing physical distancing, mindfulness of group size, proper training for staff and students, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols.  
 
Q: What policies are in place should infection/outbreak arise during school?
A:  If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and had exposed others at the school, we will follow CDC guidelines and consult with the local public department to determine next steps. If it was determined that we need to close the class or school, we will implement communication plans for school closure to include outreach to students, parents, teachers, staff and the community. Continuity of education, nutrition, and other services will be offered during school closures in the form of: Distance Learning, Grab and Go Meal Service, etc.   
 
Q: Will the school provide hand sanitizers and make sure students use them?
A: The District provides hand washing/ hand sanitizing products; however, students and staff are welcome to bring their own hand sanitizer bottles.  Routines will be implemented enabling students and staff to regularly wash/ sanitize their hands throughout the day as appropriate.

 

Child Care
Q: Will there be before and after school Child Care available?
A: CESD has already opened summer childcare for families who have preregistered.  Our program is running from June 15- July 31, 2020. Registration for childcare can be arranged by calling our Child Development Office at 714-228-3153
 
Learning
Q: Will there be changes to the curriculum as we start the new year?
A: The curricular focus for our students has not changed. We anticipate needing to provide rigorous instruction to help our students remain on/above grade level with supports to those who need it. Current planning includes the strengthening of our distance learning program, a stand-alone home teaching/virtual school option for those who wish to remain at home for the whole year, and the return to in-person instruction as permitted by local authorities. 
 
The information from the May survey helped us to think that we may need to, if permitted by the state, offer differing learning models to our families. Our District work group, comprised of representatives from all of our associations, has reviewed these various plans and helped us to narrow our options to plans that could realistically be implemented.  As you can imagine, there are a lot of ideas out there but we have to plan for what is safe, feasible and effective.  Ongoing considerations revolve around developing ideas that:
  • Provide meaningful education and social-emotional benefit to our students
  • Ensure the application of health safety protocols, as permissible by current guidance
  • Create the least disruption possible to our families
  • Include considerations from employee association groups and parent groups

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Again, we thank all in our community who have been patient as we engage in our early summer planning phase, being intentional to wait for firmer guidance for schools, including attendance and funding waivers from the State.  While we wait for this to be finalized, Centralia ESD must move forward to the next phase of planning.  

 

CESD REOPENING PLANNING
Centralia Elementary School District is planning for the 2020-21 school year with health and safety protocols following guidance from local, state, and federal agencies. Our District’s Reopening Plan will be in alignment with California’s Pandemic Roadmap and the 4 Stages of Reopening.  We are planning with an expectation to be ready for the first day of school for Wednesday, August 12, 2020.   The Board of Education is scheduled to deliberate and review the most up-to-date plan in a special meeting on July 15, 2020.  This meeting date gives us time to continue our planning process and to be responsive to changing local conditions. 
 
ACADEMIC MODELS
At this time, as California and Orange County are entering into Phase 3 of the state’s reopening criteria, CESD is considering the following academic models to meet the needs of our students and families. 
  • In-Person Learning: Child receives instruction at school every day.  Parents who choose this plan want their children to attend school Monday-Friday, during the regularly scheduled hours.  For these families, having their children return to school is greatly important.  
  • Full Distance Learning: Child receives instruction via online Distance Learning/ Virtual Learning at home only. Parents who choose this plan have decided that they want a plan that keeps their child with our district either through a distance learning model or an independent virtual school model.   For these families, keeping their children at home is the primary factor of importance. 
  • Hybrid/Blended Model: Child attends school 2-3 days or 2-3 partial days for direct in-person instruction on the basic core programs (math, reading, writing) and would complete the remainder of the instruction at home independently.  Parents who choose their plan are tentative about their children returning to school 100% and would want to have their children gradually ease into returning, by having students come either in a combination of a certain number of days per school, with the remainder of the days at home.  Please note that current state funding plans do not permit this model for the new school year, but it is possible that the state may offer a waiver again.

 

As you know, much can change during this time and we are hopeful that any new developments will only improve our opportunities to return to as normal of a school environment as possible. Our plans include considerations for each of California’s reopening phases and can be scaled to meet those phases as needed. We will continue to work collaboratively with state and local expert agencies and officials to closely monitor this fluid situation. Please know that the safety of our students, staff and families is our top priority and all decisions will be made through this lens in accordance with health guidelines.
 
 
In moving forward and with an interest in reopening our schools in a manner that is responsive to the communities we serve, we thank our district workgroups who continue to assist with the many challenges facing us in this pandemic reopening time.  The June survey results will be used to inform us moving forward. Please be sure to complete the CESD Return to School Survey when you receive the email. 
 
In closing, we want to thank you again for your partnership and support.  Over the years, we have taught our students to develop a “growth mindset”.  A growth mindset unlocks our ability to learn and grow especially during challenging times.  We are all certainly developing this growth mindset! I remind our community that our Board of Education will be presented final recommendations at a special meeting on July 15th, focused on school reopening plans.  
 
Be well and stay healthy. I look forward to a successful return to school. 
 
In Service,
 
Norma E. Martinez
Superintendent
 
Website: www.cesd.us 
Twitter: @CentraliaSup 
Facebook@CESD.us 
Instagram: @CentraliaSchoolDistrict 

Hello CESD Families, 

With the end of the 2019-2020 school year, we want to thank our parents and families for your partnership in having taken on new, unexpected and expanded roles in your child’s learning during these past few months. We appreciate your support and partnership, essential for continued student learning during this unprecedented time.  I am also extremely grateful for the innovative and hardworking staff here in the Centralia Elementary School District, who work tirelessly to keep communications strong with our families during these past months of distance learning.   

As we hear about the Governor’s Stages for reopening in California, we know that schools are currently slated to open as part of Stage Two.   It is my understanding that further guidance on the reopening of schools is forthcoming from the California Department of Public Health in the very near future.   We will use this new guidance to inform us about our path to the reopening of schools.  Please know that our decision-making is being guided by input from stakeholders and that we are intent in listening to your needs as well as complying with local, state and federal guidance that keeps our students and staff safe as we return.  We will be looking at a variety of models that consider current and potential new health orders.    

As the landscape before us continues to shift during this pandemic, please know that we continue to adjust and revise our plans with each new information piece. We anticipate a finalization of our plan for reopening in the next few weeks.  As always, the health and safety of our students will be the primary driving force behind our decisions.      

DISTANCE LEARNING SURVEY 

We are receiving valuable information from our families about our distance learning program.   At this time, I want to encourage our families who have not completed it to please complete it.  We are extending the window for completion and will be closing it on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020.  Please click HERE or go to our District website www.cesd.us.     

DISTRICT OFFICE  

The District Office will continue to assist parents and the community remotely during the summer (with the exception of holidays). Live in-person support will be available for student enrollment at the District Office by appointment only.  Call 714-228-3141 if you would like to schedule an appointment for assistance with student enrollment. 

SUMMER CHALLENGE  

We invite our students to participate in the optional Study Island Summer Learning Challenge and continue learning with the District’s online programs, through Clever. Please look for details on the District website. 

ONLINE PARENT PORTAL  

The Aeries Parent Portal has been created for parents using the email address provided to the school. Parent Portal is a secure online tool where parents can access information specific to their child.   To access your Parent Portal account, please check your email from donotreply@cesd.us if you have not done so already, or click: https://centralia.asp.aeries.net/student to log in.  If you have any questions, please go to the CESD Parent Portal Help Page

CLASSROOM TEACHER ASSIGNMENT FOR 2020-21  

Your child’s classroom teacher assignment for 2020-21 school year will be posted on your Aeries Parent Portal account prior to the first day of school. For Parent Portal access, please visit the Parent Portal  Help Page , and if you have trouble accessing your portal you can email portalhelp@cesd.us.  

CENTRALIA EDUCATION FOUNDATION FIREWORKS BOOTH 

Please support our schools by purchasing your fireworks from the TNT Fireworks booth, located at Walter Knott Education Center, 7300 La Palma Avenue, Buena Park. Sales begin July 1, and we are looking at adding drive up shopping from your car. All proceeds from the sales are used to support student programs at all Centralia schools via the Centralia Education Foundation. Please check our website for more information as we get closer to July 1.  

CENSUS  

The 2020 Census is happening now. The results of Census counts guides funding for much-needed services and programs in the community including hospitals and schools. Please complete the Census questionnaire and be counted if you have not done so already. You can complete your Census online at my2020census.gov, by phone, or by mail. 

THANK YOU!   

We want to sincerely thank our parents, teachers, and staff for coming together for our students during this unprecedented time. We look forward to working together to continue the excellent work of Centralia School District.  

Have a wonderful summer! 

In good health,

Norma E. Martinez, Superintendent 
Centralia Elementary School District 

Website: www.cesd.us 
Twitter: @CentraliaSup 
Facebook@CESD.us 
Instagram: @CentraliaSchoolDistrict 

May 1, 2020

 

Dear Centralia Families,

 

At this time, it is necessary to inform our community that Centralia Elementary School District (CESD) schools will remain physically dismissed and open virtually, with continued distance learning for the duration of this school year.   We had been hopeful for students to return May 11, 2020. It is evident that this is not the time to end stay-at-home practices for our students. With May 21, 2020 being the scheduled end of school, our energies remain focused on concluding the year with the maximum amount of learning happening in your homes through our distance learning programs. Keep at it and stay engaged!   Please know that we are also in the midst of the strategic planning necessary to open the 2020/21 school year, ready to support our students and families in whatever form that may be, with the high standards that you have come to expect from CESD.    

I would like to take this time to answer some questions about end of the year procedures for our CESD schools.  Please review this document for details about end of year procedures for students. 

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GRADES/REPORT CARDS

In this unprecedented year, virtually all California Schools are closed, and the issue of report cards has been deliberated at all levels. At the high school level, this conversation is critical since grades have implications for graduation credit, grade point average, college admission and so much more. 

At the elementary level, our report card system is different. Our grading is used as a feedback tool to assist parents in knowing where their children’s mastery of foundational standards lay.  Teachers typically use a grading reporting system that relies on in-person assessments (tests & quizzes), performance tasks, and completion of assignments from directed, teacher-delivered lessons in our award-winning brick and mortar schools.   

After listening closely to the feedback from our representative teachers, administrators and in compliance with state guidance, I wish to share that our grading system for Trimester 3 is being modified.  Though we will use the same report card as in the past, we will not be updating any standards-based grades on the report card and will instead provide teacher feedback in the comments section to each of our students.   This feedback will let our parents know of their student’s level of participation in distance learning.  I acknowledge that while the 3’s and 4’s on the report card would be nice to see; the habits of hard work, persistence, dedication and perseverance that have been demonstrated by all is beneficial in the short and long term during this unique time in our history.  

Report cards will be emailed to parents through teacher communication channels on May 21, 2020. If you have not received your report card by the end of the day on May 21, please contact your school office.     

 

CHROMEBOOK DEVICE COLLECTION

We presently have more than 2,000 CESD Chromebook devices in use in our community.    I appreciate our community’s support in collecting them back so that we can make all necessary updates to them for use at the start of the new school year.  They will be collected in the following manner: 

Grade 6:  Principals will be providing a schedule for Chromebook device collection for all sixth graders. Thank you for helping us to return all devices.  You can expect this collection time to be during the week of May 18.  

Grades TK-5:   Students who borrowed a district Chromebook in these grades will have two options:

Option 1:  Families who are ready to return their devices may return them during the week of May 18, as indicated by an upcoming principal notification.  

Option 2:  We have had feedback from teachers and families requesting extra time with the Chromebooks in order to take advantage of June as extended learning time.  I am happy to announce that all TK-5 families who wish to borrow the Chromebooks longer will be able to return them on July 7 & 8, 2020.  A brief survey will be sent out to all families, so we can identify who would like to utilize this extended Chromebook time. 

 

SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Realizing that many of our students may need to continue learning during the month of June, CESD is pleased to offer the following educational options for our children. 

  1. Extended School Year for Eligible Students in Special Education

Students whose IEPs call for participation in Extended School Year (ESY) will be provided information regarding the distance learning opportunity offered for eligible students during the regularly scheduled time of ESY, June 1 - June 26, 2020.  Our office of Special Education will be in contact with these families with registration information. 

  1. Voluntary Summer Learning – The Study Island Learning Challenge

As a way of motivating our students to continue to learn independently, CESD is pleased to offer a summer Study Island Learning Challenge to all students in the district!      

Study Island Learning Challenge Dates:  June 1 - June 30, 2020

Challenge:  We encourage students to continue to practice developing their proficiency level on state standards learned throughout the school year.  We encourage our students to make a goal of earning Study Island blue ribbons for the standards in their grade level. This serves as a great review and preparation for the new school year. More information about this program will be provided to our families on the Centralia Distance Learning web page and through your school principals/teachers. 

 

RETRIEVAL OF STUDENT MEDICATION & PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Prior to May 21, your school principal will be providing information about how families can gather their student’s personal medication still stored in school offices and any personal belongings left in the classrooms.  

 

SCHOOL MEALS

I am proud to share that CESD will continue to offer our pick up meal program, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at San Marino School, Danbrook School and the Walter Knott campus from 10 am to 12 noon during May and June.  This meal service is open to all children under the age of 18, regardless of district of attendance.  We recognize that there is a need for access to food in our community and we are happy to provide this valuable resource.

For more information, please see visit www.cesd.us/summerfood/ for up-to-date details.

   

6TH GRADE PROMOTION

CESD prides itself in the high-quality education programs for our students and the great promotion send-off that is made available to each 6th grade student in our schools.  Regrettably, our tradition of an in-person promotion assembly will not be possible this year.   Our school teams are working to conclude our year in a celebratory manner, in which we can say congratulations and farewell to our incredible 6th grade scholars, while complying with current physical distancing safety protocols.  More information will be coming to you from your school principal.  

 

2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR

As you may be aware, Governor Newsom has made comments about considering a possible earlier start to the school year, mentioning late July or early August.   While we are already an “early start” district (our first day of school 2020/21 is scheduled for August 12, 2020), CESD intends to continue to work with state and local agencies/health experts to determine the next steps.   At this time, our anticipated first day of school has not changed.   We will keep you updated about any changes or modifications as time progresses. 

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Any time I am faced with critical decisions, I am reminded of the importance and strength of mindset.   We do not always control what happens to us, or the circumstances in which we are thrust; however we are in control of our perspective and our reaction to it.  It is as the adage says, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

 

As your Superintendent and as a parent, I assure you that none of us thought that this year would end in this way. Is there something to celebrate in all of this?   Absolutely! 

 

I celebrate our families who have been extremely resilient, understanding and supportive during this time. Thank you for letting us be in your home and partnering with us in such an incredible way!  

 

I celebrate our teachers who are working so hard, day in and day out, to create incredible lessons. They are also reaching out to our students so that the loss of learning is minimized and that connections with one another is maximized. I truly believe that the level of support provided by our teachers and staff is unparalleled, and truly reflective of the high quality practices that are a hallmark of CESD. 

 

I celebrate our incredible support and operations staff who continue providing the necessary services to keep education moving forward.  From paying the electrical bills to serving meals, making calls, deploying devices, keeping our campuses clean and so much more; our support and operations staff keep our district gears moving! 

 

I celebrate our district and school administrators who are carrying on, transferring guidance into practice and helping to guide and lead. Our principals are amazing!   

 

I celebrate our Board of Education whose leadership and work of advocacy is so valued at this time.   We must continue to speak on behalf of the needs of our children now, and always! 

 

And most important, I celebrate our students.  Our students are the future leaders of our great nation.  As dissonant as this experience is to this generation, I wonder how many of them will be buoyed by it to become scientists, engineers, inventors, medical professionals and leaders who will defend us wisely from future pandemics?  To our students, I say to you, in the words of Dr. Seuss, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more than you’ll ever know.”  You make us all so proud!

 

In good health,

Norma E. Martinez, Superintendent 
Centralia Elementary School District 

Website: www.cesd.us 
Twitter: @CentraliaSup 
Facebook@CESD.us 
Instagram: @CentraliaSchoolDistrict 

April 6, 2020

Dear Centralia Staff and Community:   

As I write this update, please know that my heart is filled with a longing to return to “normal”, not just for our families but for our students and our staff. This unprecedented time of COVID-19 has proven to be the most significant challenge of our time, impacting each of us in unimaginable ways. By observing social distancing, many are enduring the isolation that comes with these stay-at-home practices, along with the anxiety of dealing with possible job and financial instability, and concerns for personal health or the health of loved ones.

It is with immense gratitude and appreciation that I tip my hat to each of our employees and families who have demonstrated love, courage, care and support for one another through these trying times.  The compassion and care shown in our Centralia community give me hope that together, we will overcome this challenge. 

This past week, Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond indicated that schools would probably be closed for the remainder of the school year, as a result of increasing COVID-19 cases in California. In anticipation of such a recommendation, I authorized Centralia schools to dismiss students until May 11, 2020.  As of this update, school districts across Orange County are still contemplating whether to announce a school dismissal for the remainder of the year or to make this decision in the coming weeks. While the extended dismissal seems to be inevitable, we are focusing our attention on formally beginning our extended learning time, which we are referring to as our distance learning plan. Understandably, this school dismissal is creating a profound sense of loss for our students, families, teachers, staff, and community; however, part of what we do as educators and parents is prepare our children to develop resiliency, hope, optimism, healthy habits, and determination. That is part of our focus as we move forward with this new way of learning.

As we prepare for this first week of distance learning, we will continue to make every effort to ensure that students have the necessary tools to stay connected with their teachers as we launch this new way of teaching and learning.  This past week, our focus was on student access and teacher readiness.  We also distributed close to 2000 Chromebook devices to our TK-6th grade students. Our teachers had time to plan and prepare for distance learning.  Our teachers and staff began the work of earnestly connecting with our children and testing out the communication tools in use.   What that looks like may appear different for each child, grade level, and classroom as teachers continue to work hard to connect with and engage their students in continued learning.  Connectivity and having access to a device is critical and we will continue to support our families. For families who are still without connectivity or a device, please contact your child’s principal. We need to have our students be ready to learn online as soon as possible. 

Our food services department has resumed the service of providing meals to our community.  We have made some modifications to our meal service to comply with recommendations in order to keep our employees and our community as safe as possible during this time of social distancing.  Our food services staff will continue to prepare and provide drive through take and go free meals for all children under the age of 18, Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 10:00 - 12:00 at Danbrook, Walter Knott and San Marino Schools.  Please join me in giving a huge shout-out to our food services staff for their dedicated service.  

I thank our staff for your openness to a new way of teaching and I thank our families for your patience as we work together to create meaningful learning opportunities for our students in your homes.  But I want to be clear, this is not business as usual.   In our schools, our teachers are the lead learner, teaching with mastery and control over their schedule in their classrooms.  We recognize that our teachers are about to provide instructional opportunities in your home.  With over 4100 students in our district, we are bound to have significant differences in each of our students’ homes and our teachers want to support our families through this process.  Please help us to support you by staying in proactive and positive communication with our staff. 

My heart goes out to each and every one of you as we all try to find balance in our new reality. Although we are physically apart, we are in this together as Team Centralia.  We look forward to continuing to teach, engage and support our students through distance learning. Please take care of each other and stay healthy.

 

Yours sincerely, 
Norma E. Martinez
Superintendent 
Centralia Elementary School District 

 

Website: www.cesd.us 
Twitter: @CentraliaSup 
Facebook@CESD.us 
Instagram: @CentraliaSchoolDistrict 

LETTER TO FAMILIES ABOUT DISTANCE LEARNING
FROM EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

Dear CESD Families,

The CESD staff knows that this temporarily school dismissal has a tremendous impact on our students and steps will need to be implemented to support the continuity of learning for our students. 

 You may be asking, “How does this school dismissal affect my child’s learning?” For most of our grade levels, by this time of year, most of the essential standards have been taught and we are preparing for the administration of the SBAC state testing.  You are aware that SBAC state testing has been waived this year, making this preparation unnecessary.  For our primary grades, this time is valuable in that we see our children’s developing independence and academic growth.  

 Though school has been dismissed for your child, we want to continue to support our students’ review and learning through an extended learning opportunity, something that we will refer to as distance learning.   The State of California defines distance learning as anytime a student and teacher are not in the same location during the learning period. Distance learning can take on many forms, including the use of paper packets, online instruction, television and other external resources (CDE, 2020).   

We are well aware that the high quality instructional program that our families have come to expect from CESD is one that takes place in our classrooms, with a dynamic teacher at the helm, support staff as needed, and energetic interactions between our students and staff.  This is what makes our district a highly competitive and innovative learning system.  Like you, we look forward to the days when we can return to our “brick and mortar” schools, our routines and our dynamic instruction.    Our efforts to engage in this extended, distance learning mode is to help prevent the loss of learning and to help our young scholars stay engaged and motivated during this challenging time. 

For our students in Special Education, we recognize the importance of providing instructional opportunities that address their unique needs.   Please know that our special education staff is exploring options to connect with our students and families during this school dismissal time.  We will do what we can to provide supports to our students during this closure, to the degree that we can, with the limitations that we have.  Please look for further information from your child’s case manager. 

We sincerely appreciate your patience, understanding, and continued support for all of our students as we navigate this change.

As we prepare for a full transition, please be reminded that families can access learning using the following online resources during the week of March 30-April 3.

  • Use this OCDE resource to engage your child/children in learning during the transition to Distance Learning. 
  • Use our regular CESD online resources available HERE.
 

Distance Learning Rollout

We are very proud and grateful for our staff who have taken on the tremendous task of transitioning to distance learning within a very short timeframe in order to continue to educate and support our students.  Please view the details in timeline below.

Timeline

CESD will work with staff and families to focus its energies in this way: 

March 30-April 1:  Ensure that all homes are prepared for distance learning.   During this time, our priority will be to ensure that all homes have access to a device and internet connectivity.  (see below for access to a technology tool survey). 

April 2- April 3:  CESD will roll out a soft implementation of Distance Learning.  Teachers will be connecting with their class through Zoom in small group and whole group delivery.  Be sure that your email is up to date on our database.   Your child’s teacher will be in contact with you on the details of their daily schedule, how to log on, and how to access resources.  If you do not yet have an email account, we recommend that you get one to facilitate conversation between the parent and home. 

April 6 - May 8:  Students will engage in Distance Learning.  We again thank you for your patience as our plan evolves according to the needs of our students and adjustments are made to help families in the transition.  Our teachers will be providing their students a weekly schedule of the distance learning opportunities, including face to face zoom meetings. 

The purpose of Distance Learning is to provide continuity of learning to all of our students, Preschool-6th grade.  Teachers and administrators have been working hard developing lessons and using Distance Learning platforms.  Teachers will now be able to communicate, teach, connect and provide feedback to students online.  For families who may have difficulties accessing Distance Learning online, alternative plans will be available. 

TIPS to assist your child in a successful experience during Distance Learning Instruction, please be sure to do the following:

Watch this video on how to take care of your Chromebook – Click here to access video.
    • Ways to take care of your Chromebook
      • Keep it on a flat surface
      • Be sure not to pile things on top of your Chromebook
      • Keep the keyboard clear
      • Keep food and drinks away from your device
      • Make sure your hands are clean before using your Chromebook
      • Close the Chromebook if you need to move it
      • Don’t carry your Chromebook by the screen
      • Keep it charged
      • Tell your teacher if it breaks
      • Stay on teacher-approved websites
  • Ensure your child has their device ready and is logged in daily. We want our classes to begin with a morning meeting between the teacher and the class. Look for that message from your child’s teacher. 
  • You may assist your child in logging on and support them by allowing students to do the work independently. Students should be able to independently extend their learning with the direction of the teacher.
  • If you and your child need support in joining a Zoom meeting with your child’s teacher, please click on this link: Zoom Tutorial
  • If your child needs support in logging onto Clever (to access online programs such as ST Math, Accelerated Reader, etc.), please click on this link: Clever

 

Device Access 


Our priority is to provide devices for those students that currently do not have any technology devices at home.  For students that do not have a device or internet access to participate in Distance Learning, you will be able to check out a device and obtain information to gain internet access.  To gather information on your child’s access to a device, CESD is requesting your participation in a tech survey.  To access the tech survey, please click HERE.  Please take this survey by Friday, March 27, 2020 so we can take an accurate inventory and prepare the devices for distribution.  Again, due to the high volume of need in the community, we appreciate the candidness of families who already have a device at home and don’t need one. This will help us get a device in the hands of children with this need.

CESD staff will be disseminating devices at your child’s school on Tuesday, March 31-Wednesday, April 01, 2020.  If you filled out the tech survey, you will receive an email by Monday, March 30 with details on your pick-up date and time, including instructions on how to pick up the device from school.   In order to abide by social distancing guidelines, the device checkouts will be a drive-thru format. You will drive your car into the main parking lot and a staff member will check out a device to you and provide you with information on how to obtain internet access.  You will need to bring your child’s Student ID # to check out the device.  Please read the Chromebook Device Loan form by clicking the links below prior to arriving to pick up a device. 

ENGLISH- Student Device
SPANISH – Student Device
KOREAN – Student Device

Tech Support for Students

If your child is experiencing any technology issues, please submit a Help Ticket for their District-issued device using this email address studenthelp@cesd.us.  This email address will be operational as of April 1st and will also be posted on the District and school websites.

Special Education

Our Special Education and Related Service personnel will be supporting distance learning for students who are on Individual Education Plans (IEPs), as feasible within a distance learning model, starting the week of April 6, 2020. For students with IEPs, special education case managers will communicate with students (as appropriate), parents and guardians the plans for providing instructional support consistent with distance learning. Special education and related service areas will be addressed through planned activities, consultation, and digital support as feasible. This will look different for each grade level and for each student.  Please contact your child’s special education teacher or school site administrator with questions as they arise. You can expect to hear from your child’s teachers and related service providers the week of March 30-April 4, 2020.

March 20, 2020 

Dear Centralia Families, 

As you are aware, the Centralia School District held a special meeting on Friday, March 13, 2020 to address our efforts to help “flatten the curve” regarding the spread of COVID-19.  In that meeting, our Board of Education declared a State of Emergency and stated that schools would be closed to students from March 16-20, 2020. The week of March 23-27 was already part of our regularly scheduled spring break, with all schools and the District office normally closed during this week.  With March 30 quickly approaching, our district had to take into consideration our present status, both as a district and community to determine when to reopen schools. 

Please be assured that our District team has been monitoring the rapidly evolving guidance coming from federal, state and local agencies including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the White House, the State of California Governor’s office, the State Superintendent’s Office, the California Health Care Agency, the Orange County Department of Education and the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). We remain in close communication with all Orange County superintendents, and together we are discussing how to best address this health crisis for the communities we serve. 

Since the emergency Board of Education meeting, held on March 13, 2020, much has changed:

  • We continue to monitor the OCHCA website for the latest number of COVID-19 cases in the county.  We know that this number is increasing, and all news sources indicate that the current availability of COVID-19 testing will impact the case count.     
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom has held several press conferences this week.  On Tuesday 3/17/2020, he advised parents and students not to expect schools to be back in session in the next few weeks, and possibly not reopen until after the summer break (ABC7, 3/17/2020 California Gov. Gavin Newsom warns parents to be prepared for schools not to open until after summer break).   On the morning of 3/19/20, he stated that he anticipated “at least 25.5 million people in California will be infected over an eight-week period” (LA Times, 3/20/2020 Gov. Newsom orders all Californians to stay home as coronavirus cases top 1,000), and on the evening of 3/19/20, he announced a statewide “stay at home order” for all of California, with exceptions to many essential businesses (Executive order N-33-20).  
  • We are listening to our District staff and local parent community and we know that part of the stress for you is the ambivalence of knowing how long to plan and prepare.   
 

Acting on the information that we currently have and in order to protect the health of our students, staff and community, the Centralia Board of Education has granted me the authority to dismiss students from school from March 30, 2020 to May 8, 2020, with an expected return to school date of May 11, 2020.  

If the COVID-19 outbreak situation stabilizes sooner, we are prepared to retract the May 11, 2020 date and welcome back our students and staff to our brick and mortar schools. If Governor Newsom or another official agency extends our dismissal beyond this time, we will review those recommendations, take appropriate action and keep you informed. 

The Board of Education and I are fully aware of the challenge this places on our students, staff and families. Please know that the decision has made thoughtfully and with great intent.  By sharing this extended dismissal date of May 11, our District staff can engage in thoughtful long-term planning to adjust to distance learning and families can create stronger at-home contingencies to support their children at home, emotionally, physically and educationally.  Safety for all is the main driver. 

I am aware that many of our families have children in the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) and that they have issued a different school dismissal date.  I support their decision, as every District in California is making unique decisions considering the timeline of dismissal based on their community needs.

I know that you will have many questions. My next update will share the upcoming plans to transition to distance learning, including making sure that all students have access to a device from home and internet connectivity.  We will communicate information on how we can continue to serve you in a virtual school/District office world.

I want to share with our families how incredibly blessed with are to have such dedicated staff in our District.  Everyone is impacted by this dismissal.  Everyone is jumping on board to learn, to collaborate and to think critically and creatively.  Our District-wide commitment and success to adjust to this temporary reality rests on us all.  I can assure you that our staff is being diligent and thoughtful.

I appreciate your patience, trust and understanding as we all navigate the issues surrounding this health crisis and its impact on our everyday life. Stay healthy, stay positive and know that we are looking forward to a return to school.   

Please continue to monitor our website www.cesd.us, stay connected with our School Messenger calls and emails, and our social media platforms. Thank you again.   

Yours sincerely, 
Norma E. Martinez
Superintendent 
Centralia Elementary School District 

Website: www.cesd.us 
Twitter: @CentraliaSup 
Facebook@CESD.us 
Instagram: @CentraliaSchoolDistrict 

CENTRALIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSES SCHOOLS FOR ONE WEEK
(MARCH 16 - 20, 2020) AND WILL REMAIN CLOSED DURING
THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED SPRING BREAK (MARCH 23 -27, 2020)

March 13, 2020

Dear Centralia School District Families, 

The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest importance. With that in mind, an emergency meeting of the Board of Education was convened this afternoon, March 13, 2020. The Board provided direction authorizing me to take all appropriate action to respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Out of an abundance of caution, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, and with guidance from local, state, and federal public health experts, students will be dismissed from school beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20.  In addition, schools will remain closed during the regularly scheduled spring break, scheduled for March 23 - 27.  To date, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Centralia Elementary School District or any other districts in Orange County. We will be providing additional communication should it become necessary to extend student dismissal beyond spring break. This is not an easy decision and not one that was taken lightly. The closing of any school has real consequences beyond the loss of instructional time.

Federal, state, and local health agencies advise that students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep caregivers and adult family members safe. While children have not been shown to be at high-risk for serious illness from COVID-19, these steps are critically important in supporting public health as children can transmit the virus to those most vulnerable.  

Our District is taking the following steps to provide support to our families:   

INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT 

Centralia Elementary School District is in the process of providing options to our students to continue learning while school is closed. 

  • Teachers will continue preparation for a move to Distance Learning.
  • Families can use this OCDE resource to engage your child/children in learning during the transition.
  • Families can use our regular CESD technology resources available HERE

 

ACCESS TO MEALS 

The district will be providing school meals so that students have access to breakfast and lunch during the week that school is closed, March 16 -19.  Meals will be provided at the following locations to all children present under the age of 18, rain or shine:   

  •  Walter Knott Education Center 

7300 La Palma Avenue, Buena Park
Breakfast 8:00-8:30 AM, Lunch 12:00-12:30 PM 

  •  Danbrook Elementary School  - GRAB AND GO

320 Danbrook Street, Anaheim 
Breakfast 8:00-8:30 AM, Lunch 11:00-12:30 PM  

  •  San Marino School  - GRAB AND GO

6215 San Rolando Way, Buena Park 
Breakfast 8:00-8:30 AM, Lunch 11:00-12:30 PM 

CHILD CARE OPTIONS  

At this time, childcare options are being made available to our families currently enrolled in our before and after school childcare programs.  A separate message is going out to our child care and Club CASA families regarding their options.

NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE CENTER (NRC)  

The NRC will remain open from Monday, March 16-20.  The NRC continues to provide information of importance such as local food banks, community supports, etc.  

  •  Neighborhood Resource Center

320 Danbrook Street, Anaheim 
714-228-3235, Hours of Service:   8:00-4:00 PM  

SCHOOL OFFICES 

While school offices will be closed to the public for walk-in services, they will be open for phone and email service from 8:00AM to 3:45PM.  Please access our website for the school office phone numbers.     

We will continue to send updates to families through School Messenger on any developments that may impact student attendance at school. This information will also be posted under News and Announcements on the district website, www.cesd.us.

On behalf of the Board of Education and our entire district staff, I thank each of you for your patience and trust as we all work together through this unprecedented public health crisis.

 

Sincerely,

Norma E. Martinez 

Superintendent 

All Centralia School District schools will close effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. In response to growing concerns regarding COVID-19 transmissions, all Centralia School District schools will close to students beginning Monday, March 16- 20, 2020. Schools will also be closed for the regularly scheduled spring break from March 23-27, 2020. REGULAR DISMISSAL IS IN EFFECT TODAY We expect schools to resume on Monday, March 30, 2020. We recognize that this school closure can be disruptive to our families, but it is a decision made to support the COVID-19 containment efforts statewide. Please begin to implement your Family Preparedness Plan. Check our district website at www.cesd.us for updated information.

MESSAGE TO THE CENTRALIA COMMUNITY FROM SUPERINTENDENT NORMA E. MARTINEZ

March 12, 2020

  

Dear Families:

 

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created alarm among many parents, and it is important that parents are aware of the present situation for COVID-19 in our community. The intent of this letter is to provide parents with general information about COVID-19, and specific information about our ongoing efforts to address this health topic, with guidance from the California Department of Health. Centralia Elementary School District (CESD) has been working closely with our local agencies and out of an abundance of caution has implemented the following protocols to ensure the safety of our students, staff and community members.

 

Social Gatherings

In an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19, the state’s public health experts are asking that, for the month of March, all social gatherings be cancelled or postponed if they exceed 250 people.  In CESD, this guidance will be in effect until April 3rd or until further guidance is received. This guidance does not apply to activities such as attendance at regular school classes, work, or essential services. 

 

  • CESD schools will remain open unless we are directed by the OC Health Care Agency (OCHCA) to close. We will continue to follow the guidelines provided by the official agencies.
  • All scheduled Open House events are cancelled for the time being.
  • All non-essential schoolwide assemblies and events in excess of 250 people are cancelled. Schools may hold grade level assemblies in the MPR or outdoors, but assemblies will not include spectators/family members. Grade level assemblies will be limited to students only.
  • All field trips are cancelled until April 3rd. Schools may work to reschedule these, if the vendor agency permits.
  • We have reviewed all school events during this time and will be cancelling or postponing any event that normally has a parent audience.

 

Student Attendance

Local and state public health officials have informed Orange County school districts that it is appropriate for schools to remain open and maintain as normal a schedule as possible. Only absences due to illness or a specific quarantine directed from OCHCA will be excused.  Families engaged in self-quarantine due to travel are asked to contact the school office.  Absences resulting from a reluctance to send children to school due to fear will be marked unexcused. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the health risk to the general public in California from COVID-19 remains low, but our schools are taking common sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases.

 

Hand Shaking/No-Touch Greetings

CESD is following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance to discourage the use of handshakes during this time. An instructional video is being distributed to our schools to teach students non-physical ways to greet one another, and we ask that anyone who comes to the district office or schools also engage in any of the four following alternatives to hand shaking:    

 
  • The Nod
  • The Bow
  • The Wave
  • American Sign Language “Hello” greeting
 
Face Masks
The CDC does not recommend that healthy people wear face masks to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Understanding that parents may wish to have their students wear a face mask as a personal choice, they will not be prohibited from doing so unless the wearing of the mask disrupts the instructional program.  
 
Cleaning Protocols
Our Maintenance and Custodial Teams are enhancing cleaning and sanitation routines to include the daily cleaning of doorknobs and commonly touched areas. These protocols are being followed on school buses as well.
 
We ask each employee and student to share in the responsibility of maintaining a healthy environment: 
  • Teachers have provided direct instruction on hand washing and personal hygiene, with class posters and instructional videos available to them.
  • Staff is encouraged to keep their own personal space clean.
  • Students are permitted to bring liquid hand sanitizer for personal use, if used appropriately and is not a distraction from learning.
 
We ask all guests and visitors to help us by: 
  • Staying home if you are ill.
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or tissue, disposing of the tissue immediately in the trash.
  • Bring a personal hand sanitizer bottle with you and use as needed.
  • Be mindful of what you are touching.
  • Engage in the no-touch greetings (see above).
 
Travel Guidance /Spring Break
Spring Break for CESD is scheduled for March 23rd - 27thWe encourage families who are planning or have recently traveled to affected areas and/or have contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 to self-report and self-quarantine to allow time for medical evaluations to safeguard everyone’s health.
 
Family Preparedness Plan
As advice to our families during this complex time, we ask you to develop a Family Preparedness Plan, just as you would have for any other type of emergency, such as an earthquake.  Please consider the following:
 
  • Is your contact information with the school up to date? We may need to contact you to pick up your child within a short window of time. 
  • If you are working, have you updated the list of those who can pick up your child from school in case you are unable to leave work?
  • If school is asked to close, the closure can last anywhere from one day to several weeks (as we have seen in news reports). Are you developing a child supervision schedule with trusted adults in your community?
  • Are you taking steps to sanitize your home?
  • These times may be scary for your child. Reassure him/her that all efforts being taken are to support their health.  https://www.apa.org/  The American Psychological Association offers resources for you. 
  • Take advantage of online resources, like the CDC, to finalize your Family Preparedness Plan for COVID 19. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html 
 
 
Information Access
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, we invite you to visit the following websites:
 
 
Finally, we want to assure parents and staff that CESD is working closely with state and county agencies. District practices are quickly updated as new information and recommendations are received from local health authorities. By working together, we can collectively reduce our risk of viral illnesses and keep our school community healthy and safe!
 
Sincerely,
 
Norma E. Martinez
Superintendent
 
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HELPFUL HYGIENE VIDEOS

Hand Washing - Pre-2nd Grade
Hand Washing - 3rd-6th Grade
Cover Your Cough
 

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