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District Office Hours
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
April 20, 2017
Results of our follow up tests for faucets which exceeded EPA limits during our 2nd round of testing in December are listed below. These tests, along with future tests, are part of the District’s protocol to locate the sources of lead. Remedies to correct lead levels which exceed EPA limits may include replacement of fixtures, the addition of filters, and/or other plumbing projects. Alternative sources of water may be supplied if plumbing work cannot be completed in time for school. This process represents our commitment to provide our students and staff with water which meet standards set by the EPA.
A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the CENTRAL POINT SCHOOL DISTRICT #6, JACKSON COUNTY, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, will be held at the DISTRICT OFFICE, 300 ASH ST., CENTRAL POINT. The meeting will take place on May 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. An additional, separate meeting of the Budget Committee will be held to take public comment. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. The meeting for public comment will be on May 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., held at 300 ASH ST., CENTRAL POINT. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained at the DISTRICT OFFICE on or after May 2, 2017 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Calling all 2017-2018 Kindergartners! Central Point School District 6 will hold Kindergarten Round-up on the following dates/times:
|Monday, May 8, 2017||6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.||Patrick Elementary|
|Tuesday, May 9, 2017||6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.||Sams Valley Elementary|
|Tuesday, May 9, 2017||5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. A-L||Central Point Elementary|
|6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. M-Z|
|Wednesday, May 10, 2017||6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.||Jewett Elementary|
|Thursday, May 11, 2017||5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. A-L||Mae Richardson Elementary|
|6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. M-Z|
This is a chance to see your child’s school and learn about the Kindergarten curriculum and program. Please bring your child’s immunization records and birth certificates. We look forward to seeing all of you.
The School Board approved calendar changes at the February 7th meeting that designate the following dates as instructional days for District 6 students: March 10th, March 22nd, March 23rd and June 15th.
In order to develop a plan for “snow day” make-ups, the district prioritized meaningful instructional time for students, minimizing hardships on families and aligning as closely as possible to the original district calendar and schedules as possible. Additionally, we developed a plan that allowed for some flexibility for schools to meet the needs of their school community and staff.
March 10th—Instructional day for students (previously designated as a work day/ PD day)
March 22nd and 23rd—Instructional days for students (previously designated for Parent Conferences)
March 24th—Teacher Work Day/ PD Day/ Parent Conferences (individual schools will submit plans for how to use that day and notify parents regarding conference scheduling).
June 14th—Full Instructional day for students (previously designated “2 hour early release”)
June 15th—Last day for students—1 hour early release (previously designated “Teacher Work Day”)
June 16th—Teacher Work Day
December 21, 2016
Results of our follow up tests for faucets which exceeded EPA limits during our testing in November are listed below. These tests, along with future tests, are part of the District’s protocol to locate the sources of lead. Remedies to correct lead levels which exceed EPA limits may include replacement of fixtures, the addition of filters, and/or other plumbing projects. Alternative sources of water may be supplied if plumbing work cannot be completed in time for school. This process represents our commitment to provide our students and staff with water which meet standards set by the EPA.
December 11, 2016
I want to update you about lead testing in our schools’ water sources. Following the news from Portland Public that revealed levels of lead that exceeded EPA standards in a few of their aging school buildings last spring, we opted to begin testing for lead in our buildings. In June of 2016 random water samples were collected from every district facility and tested for lead—none of the random samples collected in June exceeded EPA standards for lead. Copies of the results were provided to the Mail Tribune and links to the actual reports, by building, were posted on the District’s website and FaceBook.
Under current law, all of our school buildings, with the exception of Sams Valley Elementary, are exempt from mandatory water testing because they are served by city water systems. The laws are based on the fact that municipal water systems test the water prior to distribution to the community, including the schools. In Sams Valley, where water is from a well, water samples are analyzed weekly for chlorine and every three years for lead.
In the last few months, the Oregon Legislature and the Oregon Health Authority have released recommendations for lead testing of water systems. One of these recommendations suggests that in order to identify sources of lead, schools should test all taps used in schools for drinking or food preparation. While this was only a recommendation, and our initial, random, tests revealed no issues with lead, I felt that a voluntary test of all taps used in our schools for drinking, food preparation, and potential consumption was again, a good idea (our buildings, including the plumbing, are aging). Therefore, our maintenance staff collected samples from 790 water sources in our buildings.
Results of this second-round of testing are now in and are posted by building, below. Results continue to demonstrate that overall, our drinking water is safe. However, results also revelaed that 6% of water sources within the district have lead levels which exceed the EPA limits. Only one of those sources was a drinking fountain—the majority were restroom faucets. These taps, if used for drinking or food preparation, were shut off immediately. Taps where shutoff is not possible have tagged clearly with an explanation that they are not to be used for drinking or food preparation. Remedies to correct this issue may include replacement of fixtures, the addition of filters, and/or other plumbing projects. Alternative sources of water may be supplied if plumbing work cannot be completed in time for school.
Our commitment is that no person will be allowed to drink or prepare food with water from fixtures that are found to exceed EPA standards or are unsafe. I will continue to keep you updated as we work to correct the few sources within the district which require attention. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns related to this issue.
We value instructional time and will delay or close schools only when transportation to or from our schools is deemed unsafe. When inclement weather is predicted, Deena Engberg (our First Student manager) and I will be in nearly constant communication. She will be out on the roads by 5:00 am to determine bus safety. Ultimately, we determine whether or not it is safe to transport students to and from our schools. Sometimes, this means that schools are open and we operate “snow routes” and sometimes it means that conditions may seem great in town, but are bad enough in rural areas to warrant a delay or closure.
The following is our communication protocol for school delays or closure:
- District 6 staff will receive an email with the details of the delay or closure, immediately following the decision.
- Approximately 15 minutes after notification to staff, Deena Engberg will notify the media with delay or closure information, along with any changes in bus routes. We will also ensure that the District website and the District Facebook pages are updated at the same time that media is notified.
- If you have questions or concerns, you are always welcome to contact me directly: email@example.com 541.494.6201 (office) 541.840.5644 (cell).
First Student has already prepared for winter driving conditions as higher elevation routes have buses with automatic drop chains and drivers have been trained in safe driving procedures for rain, snow, fog and ice. Drivers have already had “chaining class” and “snow training,” so they are well prepared for winter driving.
My weather wish is that the snow will fall heavily in the mountains all winter, but only on the valley floor for Christmas day and the occasional weekend afternoon—enough to facilitate snowman construction.
Like many of you, we were concerned about drinking water after seeing news about unhealthy levels of lead in some elementary schools in Portland. Currently, Oregon law does not require schools to test drinking water, however, District 6 collected water samples, on June 2, 2016, from all district facilities (except Sams Valley—that facility was tested in September of 2015 as part of routine required testing for well water) to test for lead and copper. Although some samples contained small amounts of lead, all samples were below EPA standards. Samples were taken from a variety of sources in each building and collected according to the protocols established by Neilson Research. Neilson also conducted the analysis of each sample and their reports, by building, are linked below.