The Latest from Camas School District
Inside this issue:
- Middle and High School Students Start Four Days Per Week
- Mill Town Pride: Bonnie Noble
- Another Clean Audit from State
Board Highlights (just the facts)
Reopening Schools Plan
Superintendent Jeff Snell updated the board on the next transition in our reopening plan. On Monday, April 19, our secondary students will be able to return to school for four full days per week. Remote learning will continue to be an option. This change reflects the Washington Department of Health’s recent amendment moving guidance on physical distancing from 6 feet to 3 feet in school classrooms. If community transmission levels are in the high range, the DOH recommends that middle and high school students return to at least six feet of physical distance between students if cohorting is not possible. High community transmission is defined as COVID-19 case rates of greater than 200 cases per 100,000 population over 14 days or test positivity is greater than 10%. We are currently at the moderate level in Clark County.
The school board discussed concerns about case rates trending up in the community and walked through different scenarios that could affect transition timelines. If our community returns to the high COVID level, the board would need to consider moving back to hybrid and the student cohort model. The school board directed staff to continue to engage with Clark County Public Health to inform school decisions based on public health data.
“We are in the home stretch of the school year and are excited to maximize the time students have for in-person learning,” commented Snell. “We are hopeful that with the expansion of vaccine eligibility and the continued diligence of our greater community, we will finish the school year strong and healthy.”
Mill Town Pride
Bonnie Noble, Custodian
Hayes Freedom High School
Her official title is Custodian, but she is so much more to our staff and students here at HFHS.
We can all agree that Bonnie Noble is a huge reason why our staff and students have remained safe and healthy through this COVID challenge. She is meticulous with sanitation, and she is so very dedicated and committed to her job. But what makes her so deserving of this acknowledgment is that our students LOVE her. She is our music DJ at lunch, frequently taking requests from the kiddos. Sometimes, Bonnie can be found playing ping pong with a student or just listening with genuine care. She is often the staff member the kids visit because she has a genuine interest in who they are as people. Bonnie celebrates their uniqueness and supports their individuality. She is a Camas graduate and an incredible asset to our community!
“We also want to recognize our entire custodial team. All of our staff have been pressed with the demands of this last year, and our custodial staff, in particular, had many challenges as we navigated rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols. We would not be able to serve students the way we do without them,” stated Jeff Snell.
Annual Fiscal Audit
Business Services Director Jasen McEathron informed the Board that the State Auditor’s Office recently completed our annual audit, noting that we passed with flying colors. The auditors reviewed our financial statements for accuracy and proper internal controls as well as Federal grant compliance. We appreciate the diligent work our staff does throughout the year.
“This was a challenging year in light of COVID, particularly at the ASB office at CHS and in our district payroll office. They did a tremendous job. The audit report found no issues or recommendations, which is the best possible outcome,” stated McEathron. “We are very fortunate to have the staff that we do.”
Would you like to see more? Agendas, supporting documents, and minutes are posted here.
WSU@Odyssey: A Project-Based Collaboration
Teacher Rob Mattson shared a project collaboration with Washington State University’s Department of Teaching & Learning and Odyssey Middle School that recently concluded its third year. The program helps graduate students in teaching at WSU learn how to plan and deliver project-based lessons while working directly with Odyssey sixth-grade students. Learn all about it in this video.
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Please join Camas School District's Social-Emotional Wellness Coordinator Jennifer McMillan as she gives practical guidance on how to help your child navigate the transition to middle school. Don't miss it!
Thur, April 15 | 6-7 PM
Join in at https://bit.ly/CSDwellness
This Zoom meeting will be recorded and posted on our website for those unable to participate.
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