Corbett Grade School

January 2022

Corbett Grade School Principal, Michelle Dawkins

Dear families,

Welcome to 2022! We hope that everyone is having an enjoyable winter break. Our hope is that students read a good book or two while on break, either on their own or with a family member. The single biggest predictor of high academic achievement is reading to children. Simply sitting down with books that engage and bring joy to your children will lead to student success.

Our teachers and our classrooms will be ready for kids to return to school on

Monday, Jan. 3. Please continue to notify our grade school office if your child is sick or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID.

Happy New Year, Corbett Grade School families!

Michelle Dawkins

Corbett Grade School Principal


Monday, January 3 - First day back from winter break

Tuesday, January 11 - Grade School Strings Program 6:30pm (student musicians arrive at 6pm)

Monday, January 17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)

Friday, January 21 - School day


During the months of January and February, we often experience inclement weather that makes getting to school safely a challenge. During this time, we may have a school closure or a two-hour delayed start. You will be notified by email and/or a text message. Announcements of closures or delays can also be found on our district website and local news media.


We are pleased to welcome back our classroom volunteers! Please contact your classroom teacher if you would like to volunteer in your child's classroom. All volunteers will need to follow Corbett School District COVID-19 protocols, including wearing a face covering indoors and practicing physical distance when possible.

All volunteers will need to complete a background check, a confidentially statement, a COVID release form, and be fully vaccinated to be eligible to volunteer at school.

Here is the link to the required forms:


Many thanks to Melissa Davis and Becky Young for organizing our annual canned food drive and holiday gift giving. The amount of food that was donated was outstanding. We were able to support five different local families with food, paper goods, and toiletries.

Our school family was also very generous in their support of providing holiday gifts. With the support of our Corbett School Community, Kiwanis of the Columbia River Gorge Corbett Grange, Gresham Stand Up, and Corbett Fire Department, we were able to make six local families holidays just a little bit nicer.

Immunize Oregon Corbett Vaccine Clinic

On Thursday, Jan. 6, Corbett School District will host its second vaccine clinic from

2pm to 5pm. A parent or guardian will need to be present and a consent form completed to participate in the clinic. COVID-19 and flu vaccines will be available at this clinic. Booster vaccines are available according to the current FDA and CDC guidelines, which now includes 16 and 17 year olds.

Please use this link to schedule an appointment:


As the weather begins to become colder and wetter, we are asking that students come prepared to be outside each day by bringing a coat and hat to wear. Gloves are also helpful on those chilly days. We will continue to have students outside for recess when possible, but we have our gym, shed, and commons area as a backup.



Please enter and exit our parking lot with caution and care. Our cooler mornings often make the parking lot pavement very slick. If you are walking your student to our building, please use the designated cross walks.

  • K/1 dismissal is at 3:35pm
  • 2/3 dismissal is at 3:35pm
  • 4/5 dismissal is at 3:40pm

If you have a 4/5 student who is being picked up in Zone 1, please try to arrive after 3:40pm to allow time for them to travel from their classroom to Zone 1.


If your child will be absent for the day:

  • email your child's teacher and Carrie Evans ( to let them know
  • let us know why your child is not in school (illness, and appointment, or vacation)
  • if your child is ill, please keep them home
  • if your child or someone in your household has COVID, please keep them home
  • a staff member will call and let you know when your child may return to school

We appreciate your help in following the guidance from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD), and the Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD).


Corbett Grade School Playground Update Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 4:30pm. Thanks to Brie Windust, Hadley Thompson, Lindsay Kinney, Jean Anne Parker, Amy Johnson, and Ashley Brooks for volunteering to serve on this committee. We will also be including our students and staff as we plan, fund raise, design, and implement some new and exciting changes to our playgrounds.


Here is a link to our November 16 - December 16 Lost and Found photos. Please contact your child's teacher if you see a familiar item:


If your child has been identified as a close contact of student or staff member that has tested positive or is presumed positive with COVID-19 they will not need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means 14 days after their second dose of vaccine.

If your child has been fully vaccinated, please complete the following form. to update their school health record of current immunizations.

This form is confidential and is only accessed by our school nurse, principal, and registrar.

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Corbett Test-to-Stay Program

Students participating in the Test-to-Stay program may obtain an antigen test at school with a completed consent form or they may provide results of an antigen test to the school, along with the date of the test. Students testing negative may continue in-person learning and those testing positive or experiencing COVID symptoms will need to follow current Multnomah County Health quarantine protocols.
Test to Stay Protocol Webinar


*Beginning January 3, 2022

The Test-to-Shorten-Quarantine Program is for unvaccinated students who are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL DAY or do not participate in the Test-to-Stay Program.

If your unvaccinated student has been exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19 case OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL DAY (e.g. school sports practice, after-school extracurricular activity, community event, own household), your student can receive a shorter quarantine by participating in our Test-to-Shorten-Quarantine Program. IF they adhere to the following rules, the quarantine period can be shortened from 10 days to 7 days:

  1. The student remains asymptomatic during days 1 through 7,
  2. AND the student tests negative for COVID-19 on either day 5, 6 or 7 of the quarantine.
  3. If the student remains asymptomatic and has a negative COVID-19 test on day 5, 6 or 7 of the quarantine, the student may return to school on day 8 after exposure and not before.

  • Students may obtain free COVID-19 tests at the Corbett School District. Consent is required for testing at school. The test requires a shallow nasal swab, which must be independently self-administered by the student under observation. A school nurse will notify you of the results. Please contact your child's school for more information.
  • A student can take a COVID-19 test outside of the district and provide proof of a negative result to the school prior to returning on day 8.

If a negative test is not provided, students will continue to quarantine for 10 days and return on day 11.