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Welcoming All Students to Create a Sense of Safety and Belonging
In addition to living through a pandemic, this year racism has been more open and apparent. People and organizations are recognizing the harm racism causes and are speaking out. The Oregon Department of Education issued the Every Student Belongs Rule prohibiting hate symbols and harassment based on perceived race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and national origin. Districts across the state are working to implement the rule. We will be vigilant in making sure this rule is carried out.
In the past year alone and in the last few months we have witnessed killings and tragedies fueled by hate. Our superintendent Dr. Paul Coakley put out the following statement following the killings in Atlanta. A Message of Support for Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander Communities.
We have not forgotten the killing of George Floyd. The trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd has been broadcast for the world to see in the last three weeks. This has the potential to re-traumatize people. These are not the only killings and deaths that have affected our school community.
As a school and a community, we are aware that this is happening and that our students, staff, and community are experiencing it from a variety of perspectives. We are ready to greet our students and support them; to listen to what they have been through, and discover what they have learned. We will also keep them safe physically by following the protocols established by the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education.
We are looking forward to having many of our students back on site and re-establishing a community based on safety and belonging.
We are looking forward to meeting our Freshman on April 21st.
Daily Health Self Screen before coming to school
Self Screening Questions:
- Do you have a new or worsening cough?
- Do you have a fever? 100.4 or higher.
- Do you have shortness of breath?
- Have you been in close contact with anyone with these symptoms or anyone that was COVID-19 positive in the last 14 days?
- Do you have a new loss of sense of taste or smell?
If yes, to any of these screening questions, stay home and notify the school.
Chromebooks and Personal Devices
The places that they can check out Chromebooks are the main office, Room 103, and the library.
We are glad to be welcoming two service animals onsite.
A service dog will be joining our student body to assist one of our students, and a facility dog will be on campus in one of our self-contained classes.
This service dog is well trained to meet the specific needs of our student. The service dog is able to assist in many of the routine activities that have previously posed some challenges for this student and will be included in all aspects of the student’s life.
The facility dog also trained as a service dog, so is very well behaved. He is able to offer a variety of emotional supports and learning opportunities to students in the class as well as the building as a whole.
In conjunction with the new arrivals, there will be information sessions held with staff to help integrate the service dog into our community. Students and staff will be informed of the boundaries to observe while the service dog is working at school.
Research has shown that service dogs benefit some students by increasing safety, reducing anxiety, facilitating communication, and assisting with transitions and school activities. We look forward to the growth and learning we will undergo as a school community as we welcome this opportunity to support one of our students.
Please contact the principal, Mairi Scott-Aguirre, if you have any questions or concerns.
Cohorts and Bell Schedule
Live in-person school hours are from 8:10 am - 12:00 noon. The morning bus schedule will be very similar to the bussing schedule in the past. Hybrid learning does not start until the 4th Quad so most students have 3 classes plus advisory. The students will attend all of their classes and advisory, then there will be grab-and-go lunches available and students will leave for the day. There will be online tutoring available during 8th period when all students can access support remotely.
The "Bell Schedule" for Hybrid Learning is linked here.
School Based Health Center
The Student Health Center at Centennial High School opens April 6th, offering students in-person healthcare and telehealth services 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays. Call 503-988-5488 to make an appointment. Student Health Centers are also open at David Douglas, Parkrose, Roosevelt and Reynolds high schools. Student Health Centers are like having a doctor’s office at school. We offer convenient physical and mental health care services to all Multnomah County students ages 5-18. There are no out-of-pocket costs. For more, visit multco.us/health/student-health-centers
Portland Bureau of Transportation and Metro High School Focus Groups
The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Metro are hosting focus groups with high school students to better understand their perspectives on traffic safety.
About the virtual focus groups
High school students are invited to participate in a 1-hour focus group via Zoom and will receive a $20 gift card for participating. There are several focus groups dates below to choose from and are separated by Portland and Metro geographical areas. This study is led by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Metro.
Portland Bureau of Transportation and Metro seeks to better understand barriers and motivations for safe driving and transportation among local youth. Staff would like to hear from a mix of teens who drive and those that do not drive. The purpose is timely because of PBOT’s ongoing efforts to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets.
Here is a link with dates and how to sign up.