COVID-19 2021/22 Communications
DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)
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@example.com.
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 Portalhelp@cesd.us 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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