School Closure Resources and Information
DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)
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.
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:
- 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
- Ways to take care of your Chromebook
- 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This email address will be operational as of April 1st and will also be posted on the District and school websites.
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 Message to the CESD Community from Superintendent Martinez - CLICK TO READ
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.
Norma E. Martinez
Centralia Elementary School District
March 13 Message to the CESD Community from Superintendent Martinez - CLICK TO READ
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:
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
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
March 12 Message to the CESD Community from Superintendent Martinez - CLICK TO READ
MESSAGE TO THE CENTRALIA COMMUNITY FROM SUPERINTENDENT NORMA E. MARTINEZ
March 12, 2020
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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).
- 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
February 28 Message to the CESD Community from Superintendent Martinez - CLICK TO READ
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