The Latest from Camas School District
Inside this issue:
- High School Students Return to School in Cohorts
- Woodburn Elementary: A Day in the Life of a Kindergarten Teacher
- Inclement Weather Makeup Days and 2021-22 Calendar
Board Highlights (just the facts)
Transition to Hybrid Learning
The Clark County Health Department will release the latest COVID-19 data for this week later today with rates expected to be below 150 new cases per 100,000 population. This number indicates that Clark County continues to be in the “moderate” risk level for a fourth consecutive week. This is good news and reinforces the importance of our COVID countermeasures as across the region we’ve added in-person learning experiences for our students and county rates have continued to drop.
The board reviewed COVID-19 level data and our current Reopening Plan again on February 22 and made the following decisions around elementary and high school transition timing and programming.
Elementary: At our elementary schools, instruction will move away from a 2-day hybrid Cohort A/B model to 4-day, in-person instruction on March 22, which aligns closely with the end of the trimester. We will still be following the 6 ft distancing requirement, masking, and other countermeasure strategies. Staff will be looking at how to maximize classroom and school space. In certain cases, additional staff may need to be hired to support smaller groups of students. Families who indicate a desire for on-site learning will have students attending on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays will continue to be remote learning days and also used by staff to support planning for both on-site and remote learners. More information will be sent to families via ParentSquare.
High School: With cases of COVID-19 in Clark County below 200 cases per 100,000 over 14 days, our high schools will have in-person orientation/small group activities during the week of March 1, and we will begin 2-day, hybrid instruction beginning March 8. Students will have a Cohort A/B model. More information will be sent to families via ParentSquare and specific schedule details will be shared by each school. Note: Hayes Freedom High School is already in a hybrid model.
Detailed information will be shared directly with families this week and can be found at http://www.camas.wednet.edu/covid-19/2020-21-reopening/ Note: There will be no changes to the current middle school schedule.
Board members addressed the communication they have received, from staff, families, students, and community members about our return to in-person instruction. Each board member expressed an appreciation for the feedback and questions and encouraged staff and families to continue to engage with them as we move forward in our reopening plan.
Business Services Director Jasen McEathron gave a monthly budget status report indicating we are trending to end the fiscal year with a $3.5 million shortfall largely due to the pandemic. There are still many variables at play in the 2020-21 budget including Federal and State relief funding and how that might impact us in Camas.
Assistant Superintendent Lisa Greseth and Helen Baller Principal Melissa Hutton were on hand to share an update on the social-emotional wellbeing of our students. District-level data was shared from our second student survey. Highlights for our students were in the areas of supportive relationships with staff and at home, and opportunities for growth in the way we help support emotion regulation for our students. Principal Hutton gave specific examples of how a school uses the data as part of the overall school plan for social-emotional learning and support.
Would you like to see more? Agendas, supporting documents, and minutes are posted here.
Mill Town Pride
CSD digital automation specialist Becky Stauffer received the 2021 Laserfiche K-12 Education Impact Award at this year’s virtual Laserfiche Empower Conference.
This award recognizes influential industry leaders who exemplify leadership within the Laserfiche community and empower others to drive transformation within their organizations. Congratulations Becky!
CHS junior Noah Christensen was honored with an MTP award by Coach Jones. Noah has grown a lot over his years at Camas, in all facets. One of the biggest ways in which he’s grown is by not being too proud to ask for help when he feels himself getting out of sorts.
“Noah displays good leadership qualities on the football field and in the classroom and he’s just a really fun young man to get to work with and coach," stated Coach Jones. Great work, Noah!
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In the News!
Enjoy this KOIN-TV 6 news story featuring Camas School District's Woodburn Elementary and how they are closely following state COVID safety protocols as kids get back to school.
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Come Work With Us!
CSD is looking for substitute part-time custodians! Make $19.22 per hour working flexible AM and PM shifts, Monday–Friday. No prior experience is needed; training is provided. This job is ideal for college students – most shifts are 4 hours long. Candidates must meet basic physical requirements, display a positive attitude, and be highly dependable.
Visit https://camasjobs.hrmplus.net to register (if you haven’t yet applied for a CSD position), and apply for Job #14717
Camas School District has several job openings for substitute bus drivers. Learn new skills, help students, learn about our schools and programs, and earn extra money. Substitute drivers earn $23.18 per hour! Training will be provided for qualified applicants.
Visit https://camasjobs.hrmplus.net to register (if you haven’t yet applied for a CSD position), and then apply for Job #14640. Please share!
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Virtual Parent Workshop
The Birds & Bees for Parents of Middle Schoolers
What does your student need to know about the birds and the bees by the time they start middle school? Get prepared for what’s coming and learn this – and more – in this workshop like the #1 avoidable fact about teen sexuality and what typical middle schoolers are up to in the sexuality department. And, discover the key to getting kids to listen to you when you talk about these issues.
Seattle-based Amy Lang, MA, will facilitate this presentation. As a sexual health educator for more than 20 years, she helps parents of all beliefs talk with kids of any age about the birds and the bees – turning conversations they dread into a regular (and fun!) part of their family lives. She is a speaker and award-winning author of the award-winning book Birds + Bees + YOUR Kids – A Guide to Sharing Your Beliefs About Sexuality, Love, and Relationships and Dating Smarts: What Every Teen Needs to Know to Date, Relate or Wait. Learn more at birdsandbeesandkids.com.
Tuesday, February 23
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Ideal for parents of K – 8
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