COVID-19 2021/22 Communications
May 24, 2022
Dear Centralia School District Families and staff:
With only a handful of school days left, I wish we could focus our attention on the many things worth celebrating in our district. We continue to be incredibly proud of our amazing teachers and staff who support our 4200 students through the most complex time in our history. I am privileged to see the positive impact taking place in our classrooms as our students engage in scholarly work and find joy in learning, making connections with students and staff in our schools. I am so grateful to our families for your support and continued partnership in our education journey.
Instead, I write to you with the sobering news of another tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that occurred today, May 24, 2022. This event comes the day after we learned that three children were struck by a vehicle outside an elementary school as they were on their way to school in Santa Ana by an individual whom the police are investigating. Our sympathies are with families who have experienced a loss, and with all students and staff whose lives have been altered by these tragic events.
The safety and security of our students and staff is of utmost importance. We remain committed to creating the safest schools possible for our students and staff and to work toward ensuring that our scholars are educated in schools that give them a sense of safety, belonging and community. This is a formidable task and one that we must do in partnership with our families, staff, local police agencies and our extended community.
I remind our families of our district’s commitment to school safety.
- All schools have safety plans in place and updated annually through the school’s Safety Teams and School Site Councils.
- To provide mental health crisis support, we have a trained Crisis Response Team ready for deployment to schools during a crisis to provide mental health support.
- All schools in Centralia ESD require that parents and visitors check in through a single point of entry, the school office. You may recall our community supported Measure N, partly because of the need to provide a single point of entry through modernized offices, with front-facing office doors.
- The social, emotional well-being of our students remains a priority. If you feel that your child is experiencing a challenge processing these violent news events, please know that help is just a call away. Reach out to your school principal or our Parent and Student Engagement (PASE) Department for additional support.
- In our district, every staff member has the authority to call a lockdown if necessary. This is important because staff work in all corners of a school and all must act with speed to protect our children.
- Our partnership with our three police agencies, La Palma PD, Buena Park PD, and Anaheim PD, remains strong.
This level of violence can seem incomprehensible and may cause us to feel a sense of helplessness. But there is much we can do! At this time, I ask that we all unite to remain vigilant and support one another to keep our school communities safe. Thank you for being a good neighbor, thank you for following our school rules, thank you for checking in with your children to be sure that they feel a sense of safety. Thank you for reporting any unusual circumstances near our schools. We encourage you to report anything that seems out of the ordinary to the school office or if necessary, the local police.
In addition, I wish to provide an update on COVID-19 in our district community. As you may be aware, Orange County is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases across the county, as experienced by most states throughout the nation. While this increase is not at the rate that we experienced in the month of January 2022, we at Centralia ESD continue to monitor our own data and note that it aligns with what the county is experiencing. I remind our families and staff that
- The use of facemasks remains a choice for all employees and students, both indoors and outdoors.
- Facemasks are available in all schools and departments for any student and staff who wishes to use one on campus.
- Hand sanitizers are available in all classrooms and workspaces.
- We maintain a COVID-19 Dashboard, available to the public, so that you can review the local health condition at your children’s school. This is available on our website.
- CESD has secured another 3,000 rapid tests from the CA Department of Public Health. Any student is eligible to receive the test by having a parent come to their school office and pick up a test. Staff may receive a free test kit from their school office or district office department.
- CESD has a board-approved COVID-19 Plan of mitigation strategies and protocols that align with CDPH and OCHCA. All schools and departments will continue to implement the plans as indicated and will review updates based on local health conditions and guidance for the new school year. Thank you for your cooperation in following these protocols.
I thank you for your time and attention to this notice and for entrusting your child in our care. Please contact your school principal or our Parent and Student Engagement (PASE) Department for guidance, questions or support at 714-228-3141 or [email protected].
April 29, 2022 Communication from Superintendent Martinez
As we move into the home stretch of the 2021-2022 school year, I want to begin by thanking our parent community for your support and patience this school year as we continue to emerge from the last few pandemic years safely, while remaining centered on student wellness and academic excellence. This year, we expanded our purpose to enhance focus on the whole child, recognizing the need to strengthen social emotional learning, creativity, and a sense of safety with students. Along with striving for academic excellence, we are delighted to see our students rise to the expectation of meeting grade level standards enhanced by developing global competencies and technological knowledge. As we get ready to finalize our school year, I wish all students in grades 3-6 much success in the upcoming state tests. Give it your best, scholars!
I also want to take a moment and recognize the special people who serve our district, our employees. Without a doubt, our teachers, certificated and classified staff, both at the district level and at the site level, as well as our administrators, have demonstrated incredible heart, work ethic and flexibility as we have strived to meet the needs of our families and students as well as rebuild our programs to support excellence in learning. I encourage all families to consider a note of appreciation for a staff member who has gone above and beyond in supporting our students this year!
CONGRATULATIONS!Centralia Elementary School District is proud to share some of the following success stories with you from this year. Congratulations to all staff, parents and students who contributed to these accomplishments!
- In lieu of the California Distinguished Schools Award program, California is recognizing districts and elementary and middle and high schools that who demonstrated a pivotal practice that was implemented during the 2020–21 school year when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations to all eight of our schools and the district office for being the recipients of the 2022 CDE’s Pivotal Practices Award!
- Congratulations to Raymond Temple School, honored as a 2022 Bronze Level California Department of Education Green Ribbon School!
- Congratulations to the following school for being designated an Award-Winning School by the California PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) Coalition for their work to promote positive school culture. It was great to start the school year with this bit of good news!
- Buena Terra, Danbrook & Raymond Temple Schools – Platinum Recognition
- Miller, Los Coyotes & San Marino Schools - Gold Recognition
- Centralia School – Silver Recognition
- Dysinger School – Bronze Recognition
- Congratulations to our employees of the year:
- Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Theresa Ogawa, Danbrook School
- Classified Employee of the Year: Mrs. Adrienne Werderman, Instructional Assistant, San Marino School
- Congratulations to Los Coyotes Elementary School: National Blue Ribbon Award recipient. The National Blue Ribbon Award is one of the most coveted awards, given to schools that exemplify outstanding academic excellence.
- Congratulations to Los Coyotes Elementary School who just received an Honorable Mention as part of the Civic Learning Awards from Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye’s office.
- The district office has moved to its temporary location on the Walter Knott Education Center Campus, 7300 La Palma Avenue, Buena Park – right next door to OC Fire Station #61 and across from the BP Post office.
- The last day of school is Friday, June 3, 2022, and student dismissal will be at 12:30PM.
On behalf of the Board of Education, Art Montez, Lamiya Hoque, Luis Flores, Henry Charoen and Elizabeth Gonzalez, thank you for an incredible year and congratulations to our entire CESD learning community: Parents/guardians, students, and staff – our collective challenging work continues to provide a great learning environment for all!
March 11, 2022 Communication from the Superintendent
Dear Centralia Community, Families and Staff:
This communication is to inform you of important adjustments to our COVID-19 protocols in the Centralia Elementary School District, in alignment with California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) most recent guidance.
MASK GUIDANCE UPDATE:
After March 11, 2022, the universal masking requirement for K-12 and Childcare settings will terminate. CDPH strongly recommends that individuals in these settings continue to mask in indoor settings when the universal masking requirement lifts. This includes Preschool and all after school programs on site.
At any time, the local health jurisdictions and entities may implement additional requirements that go beyond this statewide guidance based on local circumstances such as high-risk transmissions or exposures.
School principals and teachers will review expectations of the implementation of this new guidance in our classrooms, starting Monday, March 14, 2022. CESD will continue to make available face mask coverings for staff and students. Parents may wish to discuss this important change with their children this weekend.
GROUP TRACING APPROACH TO STUDENTS EXPOSED TO COVID-19 AT SCHOOL:
Starting on Monday, March 14, 2022, Centralia School District will be utilizing the Group Tracing Approach recommended by CDPH and the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) for student exposure to COVID-19 at school. Under this approach, all students who are potentially exposed for over 15 minutes in a 24-hour period in the same indoor space at school will be notified using a Group Notification Parent letter. Exposed students can continue to attend school if they are free of symptoms. When a confirmed case happens on a school campus, parents can expect to receive a Group Notification letter providing specific protocols to follow, including the required use of a face mask during a certain period of time in order to remain on campus if symptom-free, in compliance with OCHCA guidelines. For staff, all current contact and reporting procedures remain in place.
COVID-19 MITIGATION STRATEGIES REMAIN IN PLACE
CESD has been consistent in its application of CDPH guidance to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. Our COVID-19 Safe School Plan components are as follows:
- Mask strongly recommended, not required indoors – Face masks continue to be available at schools for students and staff.
- Physical distancing while eating as practicable – Current lunch seating assignments will remain in effect, at site discretion.
- Ventilation – High grade filters and HEPA filters will remain a standard in our district.
- Staying home when sick and getting tested- Students who are ill need to stay home and follow protocols to rule out COVID-19.
- COVID-19 testing- CESD offers many testing opportunities (see below).
- Case Reporting- CESD will continue to monitor cases and report them to OCHCA as currently recommended.
- Quarantine/Isolation – CESD will continue to follow the recommendations for student and staff quarantine and isolation from OCHCA.
- Hand hygiene – Hand sanitizing stations will remain in place in classrooms and public spaces. Frequent hand washing will be encouraged, and students will be instructed in how to wash hands.
- Cleaning – The district will continue to follow CDPH guidance on cleaning/
- Food Service Recommendations – The recommendations from our safety plan remain in place.
- Vaccination Verification- Unvaccinated staff must continue weekly surveillance testing as per CDPH.
- COVID-19 Safety Planning and Transparency – Our safety plan is posted online HERE
- Extracurricular Activities- We will continue to follow guidance from CDPH.
- Additional considerations and other populations – On a regular basis, the district’s Emergency Operations Center Team and/or its Special Events subcommittee will meet to determine the local health conditions of our community (county data) and determine if other additional mitigation protocols need to be established based on current information inclusive of opportunities for parents to participate in school events.
- School Transportation- School buses are considered a school setting and follow the CDPH K-12 School Guidance.
COVID-19 TESTING OPPORTUNITIES
As a courtesy to our community, the following are some of the many testing opportunities available to our families, students, and staff:
- Starting March 7, 2022, every home in the U.S. can order an additional set of 4 rapid COVID-19 tests from covidtests.gov.
- Ambry tests are available for free from all school offices (and , for staff) and OCHCA via mail.
- Cost-free community testing clinic is available at Walter Knott, Room 13 for PCR and rapid antigen tests. https://qrco.de/bcSr3w
We appreciate the support of our families and staff as we continue our pandemic journey, adjusting our protocols in alignment with CDPH and focused on keeping safety a priority in our district. As with all matters COVID-19, remember that guidance, protocols, and information is subject to change as directed by federal, state, or local law, regulations, or guidance.
On behalf of the Board of Education, Art Montez, Lamiya Hoque, Luis Flores, Henry Charoen and Elizabeth Gonzalez, we thank you for your partnership and understanding.
Please read below for additional district updates:
STUDENT RECOGNITION ASSEMBLIES:
Each school is now able to provide an in-person outdoor student recognition assembly for their students to permit parents to come on campus and celebrate their children’s recognition. Please check with your school site regarding the schedules for these events and protocols.
NEW CALENDAR FOR 2022/23 HAS BEEN APPROVED:
Please visit this link to see the new calendar for next school year. We encourage families to look at non-school days to schedule vacations and discourage vacationing during school days.
HIRING FOR AFTER SCHOOL STEA2M CLUB:
CESD is staffing for afterschool Science Technology Engineering Arts Athletics Mathematics (STEA2M) Club programs at all school sites. We are looking for potential employees who are interested in working daily from 1-6 pm, M-F and select summer days. To apply, please call Human Resources at 714-228-3126 or log on to EDJOIN to view current openings. Employment fairs for this new program will be happening at WK Education Center on Saturday, March 12 and Saturday, April 2. For more information, click HERE.
DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION (DLI) PROGRAM:
We are enrolling students for grade K and 1st for our inaugural Dual Language Instruction program, housed at Centralia School. This program is for families with a commitment to have their children develop biliteracy in English/Spanish. For more information, contact Mr. Roy Lopez at [email protected] or call 714-228-3210.
STATE TESTING RETURNS FOR GRADES 3-6
State testing for grades 3-6 will resume this year. More information will come from your school site.
February 28, 2022 Communication from Superintendent Martinez
Dear Families and Staff:
CESD continues to honor our partnership with our families and school communities as we continue to rise to the challenge of meeting our students’ needs during a year of incredible change and varying perspectives.
Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a change in the universal face masking requirements for K-12 settings.
“After March 11, 2022, the universal masking requirement for K-12 and Childcare settings will terminate. CDPH strongly recommends that individuals in these settings continue to mask in indoor settings when the universal masking requirement lifts.” - CDPH
Please note that this change to statewide guidelines takes effect after 11:59 p.m. on March 11, 2022, effectively, Saturday, March 12. Masking is still required by all while indoors on school grounds until that date. The press release further clarifies the following:
- When no longer required, face masking in indoor settings will be strongly recommended
- Schools and childcare settings must allow any individual to wear a facemask if they desire
- Local health jurisdictions and entities may continue to implement additional requirements that go beyond this statewide guidance based on local circumstances
- The complete release is available here.
We recognize that the CDPH guidance is different from CDC’s guidance issued last week and this can create confusion. As a reminder, CESD must abide by the guidance offered by CDPH/Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) minimally.
CESD will continue to review and comply with guidance issued by CDPH. As a district, we will continue to make facemasks available to our students and staff if they wish to wear one. I have personally observed many of our students and staff make a personal choice to mask or unmask while outdoors. As of March 14, 2022, this same choice will be extended to the indoor school setting, with the same level of support for individual decisions.
I want to thank our families, staff and students for your incredible support and resilience this year. CESD continues to prioritize health and safety as key components to a high-quality education, aligned with recommendations from CDPH. This information will be shared with our Board of Education at our upcoming board meeting as part of our regular COVID-19 update. As new information becomes available to us, we will continue to keep our community informed.
January 10, 2022 Communication from Superintendent Martinez
January 10, 2022
Happy New Year! With 2021 in our rear-view mirror, I was hopeful that 2022 would bring the optimism that this pandemic is behind us. Instead, we have started 2022 with a deluge of news stories that cause us to pause and reevaluate in these complex times. Our team spent this past week planning a successful return to school for students and staff, with continued attention to safety at the forefront of our work.
Having our students attend school is vital to the health and needs of our scholars, their families, and our community. Working together, we can ensure that we provide the best environment possible for our children to continue to learn in one of our amazing schools!
I truly do thank each family and staff member for your commitment to doing what is best for our scholars. As you have seen in the news, having our staff present and healthy is key to the success of our return to school. With this in mind, we are implementing additional mitigation strategies at each school for the month of January (January 11th to January 28th) in order to keep us in the best readiness state possible.
I am delighted that we had the foresight last year to add an extra week of winter break into our school schedule and give everything time to “settle” in these pandemic times. It is now time to return to school for our students and staff in 2022.
• Monday, January 10th, we welcomed our staff back to engage in professional development.
• All Pre-K-Grade 6 students return to school on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
This notice has a lot of important information, we ask that you please continue to read the whole document for reminders/notices to ensure a healthy return to school.
WELLNESS AND TESTING
Families are asked to continue to monitor your child(ren)’s health in order to keep each other healthy. Each morning from January 11th to January 28th, our principals will have staff at their designated entry points to have students respond to the WELLNESS SCREENER questions, just as we had done previously. We encourage families to do the same at home.
If your child is ill or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please keep your child at home and administer a COVID-19 test to rule out this virus. To assist our families with COVID testing, you are provided several ways to help test your CESD student:
Parents can test their children for COVID-19 using any of the following options.
- Visit the Sierra Labs testing site at Walter Knott Education Center at 7300 La Palma Avenue, Room 13 and participate in testing for the student/family members https://bit.ly/cesdcovidtest or https://patients.sierrabiolab.com/appointment/43 ) – This is a free service. They are open Monday through Friday 10:00-5:00 pm., closed from 1:00-2:00 for Lunch. Appointments are encouraged!
- CDPH Free COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Kits: Thank you to the 1,548 students and their guardians who attended the Friday, 1/7/22 drive through pick up for FREE Antigen Test for Students, provided to us by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). A second opportunity was made available at each child’s school for students who still needed a free test kit. In an effort to reduce COVID-19 transmission on campuses, particularly as the Omicron variant surges, CDPH made rapid antigen testing kits available for students. These are the tests that parents have been hearing about in the local news for the testing of your child in the comfort of your home as an added precaution. Parents who seek more information can access this link in multiple languages explaining when to test your child and what steps to take if you get a positive test result. More information can be found on the CDPH website. Instructions for the at-home administration are available on the test box.
- Parents who need help with the administration of this test can call our county nurses/LVNs for assistance.
- Please note: If a child has been a close contact to someone with COVID-19 or if a child does not feel well, then those children need to have a test prior to returning to school. You can use the test provided by the district or you can go to any testing clinic in order to receive test results.
Positive Cases: We remind you that if your child tests positive for COVID-19 to report it to your school, and have your child stay at home until they are cleared to return to school per OCHCA guidelines and CESD contact tracer.
CESD COVID-19 Dashboard provides current data on the number of confirmed active COVID-19 cases with exposures on CESD campus. CESD is committed to providing accurate and transparent information regarding COVID-19 cases on its school campuses in person, while also maintaining privacy and confidentiality for students and staff. Confirmed active positive cases will be posted for 14 days and/or until cleared by OCHCA’s guidelines. This data will be updated regularly and dated when there is a change to the case count.
ADDITIONAL JANUARY MITIGATION STRATEGIES AT SCHOOL
- We have been thankful to have an extra week of winter “off” as a mitigation measure! Having our students return on January 11th gives our families time to determine if a child is sick and needs to stay home to be well.
- All students and staff in shared spaces across all district facilities must wear a facemask while indoors. This is in effect until at least February 15th, as per CDPH. This applies to all regardless of vaccination status.
- As an added CESD measure, masks must be worn outdoors by students and staff “in crowded spaces where physical distancing is not feasible” except when actively eating and drinking.
- As per guidance, staff who are in a room alone, with doors closed, may choose to wear a facemask or not during their alone time.
- Each morning, assess if your child has a temperature. If they do, they need to stay home. If they have any of the following symptoms, they need to also stay home:
|Fatigue||Shortness of breath||Sore throat|
|Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea||Congestion/runny nose||New loss of taste or smell|
- Additionally, if your child has had contact with someone with COVID-19 recently, they need to stay home.
- As students enter campus, we will have staff ask the wellness screener questions from our WELLNESS SCREENER. Children who are sick need to stay at home in accordance with the OCHCA Student Symptom Tree. Contact the school office to inform of the student illness.
- All staff must self-administer the CESD Online Daily Screener and temperature checks at home or upon arrival to work.
- Hand hygiene will be reinforced for all students and staff. Classrooms are equipped with hand sanitizer and students/staff are encouraged to wash hands frequently. Students will sanitize their hands upon entry into the classroom and throughout the day.
- Daily end-of-day site sanitizing will be conducted at all sites.
- Our schools will be practicing limited movement across classrooms and encouraging as much physical distancing as feasible, with opportunities for structured recess and play times.
- For staff: Staff were provided an at-home rapid antigen test prior to leaving in December and were invited to self-administer the test. Any positive cases must be reported to Human Resources. Individuals not yet fully vaccinated must continue to participate in the weekly lab-processed test
- For Students: See above for information on having parents administer an at-home test using the free State-provided rapid antigen tests.
Meetings & Upcoming Parent Events
- In an effort to reduce potential close contacts, all meetings involving 8 people or more are to be conducted virtually; an exception may apply to an IEP meeting if requested in person by a parent. In that case, the IEP should be held in the largest room possible with as much distancing as possible between the adults.
- Parent Conferences are scheduled to be held from January 18- January 20, 2022. In order to minimize close contacts, we are holding parent conferences via Zoom. Parents should expect to receive a teacher Zoom link for this meeting. Some exceptions may apply.
- Open House is scheduled for the month of March. At this point, we are reviewing options for Open House. More information to come as we get closer to the date.
- CESD strictly follows the OCHCA and Cal/OSHA’s guidance for isolation and quarantine in alignment with CDPH. New guidance was revised on January 4, 2022 by OCHCA and is available here: https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/article/oc-health-officers-orders-recommendations.
- CESD follows the OCHCA Student Symptom Decision Tree to guide decisions on student isolation, quarantine, and clearance to return to school from an illness.
At all times, Centralia ESD must comply minimally with all guidance provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency and the CA Department of Public Health. Centralia ESD retains the right to implement said guidance as is, or in a more restrictive manner, knowing that a school district is not permitted to implement lesser protocols than what is provided to us.
I recognize that this is a lot of information, but it is information that is pertinent to our families and staff. I sincerely thank you for the partnership in collaborating to help keep our children and staff healthy during this time. Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate through another complex winter.
Wishing you good health,Norma E. Martinez, Superintendent
November 2021 Communication from Superintendent Martinez
Happy November to all our Centralia ESD families! Despite a complex year, we are continuing our trajectory of focusing on doing what is right for our students, helping to welcome them back and reorient them to in-person school life again. We have just finalized Trimester I and report cards will soon go home. While this first trimester has not been without its challenges, I am seeing such positive learning environments in all schools. Our students are thriving and showing joy in being back in person! As always, we thank our parents for your incredible support.
One item that I would like to address broadly for all in our community is the aspect of decision-making, particularly as it relates to vaccination and masking mandates. When it comes to matters of COVID-19 and public health, our district is legally bound to follow directives from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Governor’s Office and the Orange County Health Officer. Locally elected school boards and superintendents are responsible for approving and implementing school safety plans but those plans must meet or exceed the standards set by the state. While I recognize that many perspectives abound on these topics, the appropriate place to share these concerns is with the entities that make the decisions: the Office of the Governor, and your state representative. While we may hear public input on these matters, the CESD Board of Education cannot lessen or eliminate restrictions.
The following are important updates for our community.
Calling for continued vigilance to prevent COVID-19 transmission in schools, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) health officials announced recently that the indoor mask mandate for students and staff will remain in place until further notice as the state monitors conditions through the winter.
In a joint statement issued Oct. 20, California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly and CDPH Director Dr. Tomás Aragón said masking requirements, coupled with vaccinations and regular testing, have been key to keeping schools open, with California accounting for less than 1 percent of all school closures nationwide.
CESD will continue to abide by the CDPH guidance and maintain masking for all students and staff while they are indoors on school campuses in shared spaces.
NEW: COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENT FROM THE STATE
On October 1, 2021, Governor Newsom announced that California would be the first state to require student vaccinations, adding the COVID-19 vaccine to list of vaccinations required for school, such as the vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella. Students would be required to be vaccinated for in person learning starting the term following FDA full approval of the vaccine for their grade span (7-12 and K-6).
On October 29, 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age. The FDA news release noted that the “authorization was based on the FDA’s thorough and transparent evaluation of the data that included input from independent advisory committee experts who overwhelmingly voted in favor of making the vaccine available to children in this age group.”
As a reminder to our families, this authorization is emergency-use only and does not currently meet the threshold established by Gov. Newsom to have this vaccine be required for schools yet.
We are interested in providing information to our families about childhood vaccinations and are reaching out to the Orange County Health Care Agency for an opportunity to bring information from our local medical professionals to our families via a zoom or webinar. More information to come.
As a point of clarification to our families because the current vaccine order by the governor was made through an executive order, medical, personal and religious exemptions will be allowed for students and staff. The opportunities for these exemptions are diminished if the vaccine order becomes a legislated law. Lastly, do remember that parental consent is required for anyone under 18 to get vaccinated, including this emergency-authorized vaccine.
ACCESS TO FREE COVID-19 TESTING FOR STAFF, STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY
COVID-19 testing is available at Walter Knott Education Center, Room 13, from Mondays through Fridays, from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For more information and how to access the testing, click HERE or to make an appointment click HERE to register. Other community testing resources are available throughout the cities we serve. For more information, you can access County testing resources HERE.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - TIMING YOUR VACATIONS
With many holidays around the corner and a new district calendar this year, we want to remind families of upcoming days off for students. We encourage families who need travel time to take advantage of days school is not in session to minimize school absences. Please review the school calendar and be aware of the following dates:
VETERAN’S DAY: Thursday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day, all schools and offices will be closed in observance. Friday, November 12 is a regular school day for all Centralia ESD students.
THANKSGIVING BREAK: Monday, November 22 to Friday, November 26 is Thanksgiving Break. Schools and offices will be closed the entire week in observance. Monday, November 29 is a non-student day, with students off so that teachers can attend a Fall Professional Development Day. Students return to school from Thanksgiving break on Tuesday, November 30.
WINTER BREAK: This year, we are observing a three-week Winter Break, with it starting on Monday, December 20 and students returning on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Monday, January 10 is a non-student day and day of professional development for our teachers. School offices are closed the entire time that students are out on break. The District Office will be open to the public starting January 3, 2022 to serve the public. Instruction resumes Tuesday, January 11. Families who may need childcare for December 20-22, 27-29, and January 3-7 are asked to call our Child Care program at 714-228-3153.
First quarter report cards will be going home on Friday, November 19. This first trimester has shown us the resiliency and dedication put forth by students and the professionalism of our staff to address known gaps and to continue to press on and motivate students to learn. We know that trimester II will be a wonderful opportunity to further provide skills instruction and to accelerate learning for students. CESD appreciates all our families who create a quiet time for reading and writing at home, even on the breaks listed above. The habit of reading and writing are two habits that contribute positively to a successful adult life!
As always, I wish each family good health and continued blessings. Centralia ESD has been successful in keeping students and staff safe by adhering to our strong health and safety protocols. Thank you for your collaboration in this effort. I again congratulate all of our schools for their earlier recognition as PBIS award winners. I congratulate our District for being Kindness Certified and a Media District. I also congratulate Los Coyotes School for being the recipient of a national award, the National Award! Congratulations, Centralia ESD!
Norma E. Martinez, Superintendent
Centralia Elementary School District
August 27 Communication from Superintendent Martinez
August 27, 2021
Dear Centralia Families,
As we our third week of school, I want to extend a huge thank you to all families and staff for your partnership as we implement our return to school in these complex times. With information changing all around us, it is important to keep you apprised of important updates.
We have posted our 2021-22 COVID-19 Safety Plan under COVID-19 ON OUR WEBSITE, www.cesd.us. This is a dedicated area to all things COVID in our district. Our district is required to comply with local and state guidance and requirements. Since the time of adoption by our Board, there have been some slight revisions to the safety plan due to changing guidance from the State. If you have any questions about the protocols, I encourage you to attend a school principal Coffee Chat or the next Superintendent’s Forum on September 29
Communicating with our families, particularly those who are impacted directly by their closeness to a positive case is critical. In CESD (CENTRALIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT), once a positive case is identified and confirmed, our team investigates to identify any close contacts. All close contacts in our district receive a call from a school or district employee and receive a letter via email. Currently, individuals who are contacts receive a letter as well. Our team then updates the District COVID-19 Dashboard, typically by 4:30 pm, on days on which cases are confirmed for in-person instruction. All cases are reported to the Orange County Health Care Agency, as is legally required
We understand the confusion and fear that comes with hearing that your student may have been exposed to COVID-19. The district is committed to keeping our community informed to keep our schools and your families safe and hearing such news can be overwhelming. We want to remind our families to check symptoms daily, do not send your child to school if they are feeling unwell, and to remain vigilant of your in-home health protocols.
Enhancing Mitigation Strategies:
One of our commitments as a district is to continuously monitor the data and take appropriate action to mitigate the impact of the pandemic where we see it We recognize that this may mean a temporary imposition with more restrictive protocolsThis week, one of our schools reported a much higher rate of active student COVID-19 cases than our other schools. We reviewed the data and created a two-week period of additional mitigation strategies, unique to that school We have communicated with school staff and families via various formats including Zoom meetings and written correspondence. Actions like this are supported by our local Health Care Agency and reaffirm our commitment to make modifications to our plans in a responsive manner, focused on student and staff safety
Governor’s New Vaccination Orders:
Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have added new requirements for school district employees. No later than October 15, 2021, all school district employees are required to show proof of a complete vaccination or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. CESD will be following this order well before that deadline. In a recent compilation of vaccination attestations from our employees, we can share that our vaccination rate for employees is over 85%, well above the county vaccination rate of 50.2%. I am appreciative of our employees who have taken this step to keep themselves and the community healthy.
Individuals who wish to have their 12 year vaccinated or other members of their families may search COUNTY VACCINATION RESOURCES for a vaccination location.
CESD has secured thousands of COVID-19 testing kits for students and staff. These are PRC saliva-based testing kits. They are free of charge for our families. There is a registration process to use so that both the parent and the district receive the test results of the students.
If you believe that anyone in your family has a positive COVID-19 case, please visit https://oc.care.ambrygen.com to create your account and then call 714-228-3141 or your child’s school to schedule a drive through pick up of these tests English, Spanish & Korean translations of the flyer are available here: http://bit.ly/cesd-c19kits.
Back to School Night:
This year, Back to School Night is being adjusted to either 9/1/21 or 9/8/21, depending on the school site. Your principal will provide you with the exact date and time for your students. Because Back to School Night is what we call a “business-type meeting,” with presentations from teachers, we believe that this information can be conveyed to our families via a Zoom meeting, giving you the comfort of home to listen to vital information about your child’s academic year. We would love to have 100% parent participation during this Zoom presentation! Your child’s teacher will provide more information about time, date, and a Zoom link for your conveniencePlease reach out to your school site if you need to arrange technology support to connect on Back-to-School night.
Continue our Education Journey, together!
Lastly, I congratulate all our staff who provide direct or indirect support to our students continue the processes of learning! I leave you with two graphs that show the academic impact on learning across the nation in both reading and mathematics. These charts are from our Curriculum Associates partner, the makers of our iReady assessment. The charts show that there were significant dips in learning across the nation, in grades for both content areas. Our CESD one year data, however, in the most challenging academic year of our generation, shows that our children continue to perform significantly higher than the trend suggests! This success is only possible in high performing, high functioning districts that operate together: Parents, Students and Staff.
I genuinely appreciate the collaboration of our parents and our staff who come together and do what is best for our students! It is a joy to work in an environment focusing on the well-being of children!
Thank you so much for your collaboration as we continue our education journey together have a great 2021/22 school year
Norma E. Martinez, Superintendent
Centralia Elementary School District
August 6 Communication from Superintendent Martinez
Greetings, Centralia Families!
Stepping on any of our campuses, you will find that the air is charged with excitement. Rooms are ready, campuses are fresh, teachers are rested and full of eagerness to get back into classrooms and to reengage with our scholars for what we know will be an exceptional school year. Welcome to the start of the 2021/22 school year! School starts at 8:05 am on Tuesday, August 10th!
As I shared in the July 26, 2021 communcation, we presented the 2021-2022 COVID-19 Safety Plan to our Board and it is now ready to be shared with our families. This document is meant to provide answers to many of the questions posed by families regarding the safety protocols in place to keep your students, family, and all staff safe. This plan delineates the actionable steps to be taken at schools as we implement the guidance and requirements presented by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)’s K-12 Guidance for Schools document.
On behalf of our Board of Education and our staff, I wish everyone a most successful school year. Please know that you can continue to 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. Welcome one and all!
The CESD COVID-19 Safety Plan is now posted to our website. Please click here to review the document. Or visit our website at www.cesd.us, click on Students and Parents and click COVID-19. There is also a text only translatable version available to you on the same link.
July 26 Message from Superintendent Martinez
Dear Centralia School District Families:
Welcome to the start of the 2021-2022 school year! We are incredibly proud of the great connection between schools and homes last year and your support to help us continuously evolve and provide our the best learning possible in such uncertain circumstances. As we ready to launch the new school year, I thank you, on behalf of our Board of Education and all district staff, for placing your educational trust in our schools.
This letter is a bit lengthy as it many details to help you with your start of year planning. Please read the whole document. If you have questions and/or want to learn more about our preliminary plans, I encourage you to join me in our ongoing Superintendent's Forum this Wednesday, 7/28/2021 at 11AM via Zoom: https://cesd-us.zoom.us/j/91577194442.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated K-12 Guidance for Schools on July 12, intending to help all districts develop plans for returning students to school. We continue to review the new guidance to determine how it may impact CESD's operations.
As you are aware, guidance information is subject to change. Here is where we stand as of July 26, 2021:
- CDPH requires universal masking for all students indoors and for all employees who are in a shared space with students. While students may enter a campus without a mask, once they are in an indoor space, such as an MPR or a classroom, they will be required to put on their face mask. Of course, any parent who wishes for their child to wear a face mask while at school, indoors and outdoors, can advise their child in that way. From the CDPH Guidance of July 12, 2021: CDPH will continue to assess conditions on an ongoing basis, and will determine no later than November 1, 2021, whether to update mask requirements or recommendations.
- Physical distancing and barriers are not required. CDPH notes that, after exhaustive review of what has transpired in schools this past year, the wearing of a face mask while indoors is the most important indicator to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For this reason, CDPH has eliminated distancing rules in schools.
- Continuing layered mitigation strategies remain critical in keeping our schools COVID-safe:
- Universal masking when indoors in a school setting for students and staff who are in a shared space with children.
- Ventilation: Our district uses MERV-13 quality filters in our HVAC systems. We also provide a HEPA filter in each classroom/workspace setting.
- Hand sanitizers will continue to be available in all classrooms and we continue to expect our students to sanitize/wash their hands with frequency, including each time they enter a classroom.
- In lieu of health screenings at the gates as was done last year, we ask our families to continue to be mindful of the COVID-19 symptoms and to conduct a health screening at home for your child.
- Of course, children who are sick need to stay home. The district offers COVID-19 testing kits for children for free. Many other local resources ( pharmacies) are available to families who need testing for family members. For District assistance with COVID testing, please call our Neighborhood Resource Center 714-228-3235.
- We will continue to instruct our students on sneezing protocols, effective handwashing, and the use of a face mask.
- Our site principals and key district staff support the Health Care Agency with contact tracing.
- We have retained our Utility Attendants to assist with the frequent cleaning of high- touch objects.
More specific details on the District’s Health and Wellness protocols will be shared prior to the start of the school year.
As a reminder, California School Districts are required to follow CDPH guidance. We are updating our COVID-19 prevention plan for the 2021-22 school year that keeps the academic, emotional, and physical well-being of students and families at the center.
I have received a few inquiries if CESD will lower or rescind the universal mask requirement for students at school. Please know that neither our Board of Education nor administration can lessen any CDPH requirements.
Again, we are so excited to welcome our students back! We are all honored to share the education journey with you and your child.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
We welcome our students back on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Instruction Begins at 8:05 am. Unlike last year, this is a firm school start time. Breakfast and lunch will be free for all students in the coming year. Please visit the Food Services website for the daily meal plan. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 am, with students walking through the Multi-Purpose Rooms (MPR) to get their meal. Supervision for students eating breakfast will be available starting at 7:30 am. All students not eating breakfast should arrive at school from 7:50- 8:00 AM. Our principals have expressed an interest in keeping multiple gates open as this helped with crowd control last year. Please look for more information on school entry procedures from your school principal.
EDUCATION RECOVERY PLAN
As you have probably heard in the news, schools in California have been provided additional funding, either from the federal or state level, to support the dynamic needs of our students as we continue to educate our students in the next two-three years. For the sake of simplicity, I shall refer to these funds as COVID-19 funds, though they have multiple names! Below, please find a sampling of the ways in which these funds are being used to support our students in their education journey. Again, for the sake of simplicity, we will refer to this as the Education Recovery Plan.
Our goals for the coming year are simple:
- Address the Whole Child needs
- Whole Child refers to ensuring that our students' social emotional needs are understood that they feel safe at school that they are engaged and feel a sense of belonging at school.
- Whole Child education underscores the importance of creativity, the arts, play and joy as part of the education program for students
- Ensure academic achievement
- As an elementary school district, we understand our critical role in establishing strong foundations in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and mathematics. We expect to see strong academic gains for our students in the coming years as we provide rigorous academic instruction in the school during the day and significantly increase opportunities for before and after school learning practice, remediation, and enrichment
- Academic achievement also includes the realization that computer skills, through computer literacy and computer science, are now as essential as reading and math.
- Prepare our students for global competencies
- Living through the past year, we all understand the need to develop skills necessary for our students to thrive in complex and dynamic environments. These global competencies include what we once referred to as the 4Cs (Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, & Collaboration). We will include two additional Cs: Character Development and Citizenship.
Within this framework, we are putting in place additional components to support students in the 2021/22 school year:
Each school has been provided with an additional classroom teacher to help upper grade classes reduce their class size for the coming year and give us a bit of flexibility with the fluctuating enrollment needs at each site. This is possible with the one-time state COVID-19 funding. Being proactive, we hired many of these teachers last year and they are already familiar with our education programs.
In addition, each of our Title I (, Centralia and San Marino) have been provided a second additional teacher to better serve the needs of these students.
As we move forward with before and after school programming, we will be hiring additional classified staff to support our students. We have also retained our Utility Attendants who will help us with daily and continuous cleaning and student supervision throughout the day.
We have hired two additional social workers to better support our families and students, many of whom have experienced significant loss (of life and work) that has impacted home life. The PASE (Parent and Student Engagement) department is also securing social worker interns and we aim to have social worker support at each of our schools.
RENEWED FOCUS ON LITERACY (READING, WRITING) AND MATHEMATICS
Understanding that the pandemic may have impacted the learning to read abilities of some of our scholars, we will have a defined Foundations in Literacy focus for our K-2nd grade students. Our staff in these grades will receive extra training to support literacy.
INCREASED TECHNOLOGY TOOLS FOR STUDENTS
In school, all Grade 1-6 classes are now 1:1 student devices.
EXPANDED TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN (TK)
We are very proud to share that, while CA gives us funding for and permission to offer TK for all children who turn five (5) by December 2nd, CESD is expanding this offer and we encourage all who will turn five (5) by April 30th to attend our TK programs! We believe in the power of early intervention and this program gives our youngest students the gift of an extra year in school! For families who do not want their 4 year in an all-day program, we encourage you to enroll in our half day State Preschool program. For more information, call your school office or the district office 714-228-3141.
INDEPENDENT STUDY (IS)
Centralia Elementary School District’s C-VALT program is an independent study program offered as an optional alternative instructional strategy for students whose needs may be best met through study outside of the regular classroom setting. To complete the enrollment process, a C-VALT Learning Agreement must be signed; and students with IEPs will need to go through the IEP process. For more information on the CESD C-VALT Program, please join us for the C-VALT Parent Information Meeting on Thursday, August 5, at 6pm via Zoom (https://cesd-us.zoom.us/j/93645115344) contact the C-VALT Principal, Dr. Vicki Wong at [email protected].
CESD will continue to utilize the Aeries Parent Portal Data Confirmation to have ALL families confirm each TK-6 student’s enrollment and verify information for the 2021-22 school year. Data Confirmation is a process that allows parents to verify/update student contacts, medical conditions, Emergency Card information, etc. Parents/guardians will need to sign in to the CESD Parent Portal and complete all the steps to secure a spot for each student in the 2021-22 school year. For the Parent Portal website, go to: https://centralia.asp.aeries.net/Student/LoginParent.aspx. This process needs to be completed in order to see your child’s classroom assignment for the 21/22 School year.
If you are considering the C-VALT independent study/virtual program for your child, please wait to complete Data Confirmation until the C-VALT enrollment has been completed.
PLEASE COMPLETE DATA CONFIRMATION FOR EACH OF YOUR TK-6 CESD STUDENTS BY MONDAY, AUGUST 2, FOR PRIORITY PLACEMENT.
If you do not remember your Parent Portal password, go to “Forgot Password” from the Parent Portal website. If you need assistance with the Parent Portal or Data Confirmation, please email [email protected] or call 714-228-3141.
CLASSROOM TEACHER ASSIGNMENT FOR 2021-22 (TENTATIVE)
Your child’s classroom teacher assignment for 2021-22 school year will be posted on your Aeries Parent Portal account August 9, 2021, prior to the August 10, first day of school. When you log into your Aeries Parent Portal, your child’s Classroom teacher assignment will be found under Student Info – Profile – General.
Please remember that this is tentative until enrollment is finalized. For Parent Portal assistance, please visit the Parent Portal Help Page or email [email protected]. Class lists will NOT be posted at school sites, they will only be available through Aeries Parent Portal. Staff will be available on the first few days of school to assist students with finding their classroom.
Lastly, please know that our school offices will open to serve the public starting on Tuesday, July 27. Office hours to serve the public in the first week of school, from July 27 to the 30 are 8:00am- 3:00pm.
- Whenever possible please call the office to conduct your business.
- Please understand that a school office is an indoor setting in a school and that our office staff required to wear a face mask when they serve you. Additionally, because the office is a place in which children can be present at any time, we will ask kindly that all visitors to the office wear a face mask.
- If you need a face mask, one will be provided for you.
- If you are unable to wear a face mask, we encourage you to conduct your business via phone or to understand that we may serve you in an outdoor space adjacent to the office.
- While there is no spacing requirement for COVID-19, some of our office spaces are small and may have an outdoor waiting space as a manner of providing confidential space for our patrons to conduct their business.
Cheers to all of us as we continue our education journey together into the 2021-2022 school year!
School Offices Open: July 27, 2021
Data Confirmation: https://centralia.asp.aeries.net/Student/LoginParent.aspx
Class lists posted in Aeries Parent Portal: August 9, 2021 (must complete Data Confirmation to see assignment)
First Day of School: August 10, at 8:05AM
School Meals are FREE for all Students
Norma E. Martinez, Superintendent
Centralia Elementary School District