Central Point School District #6

Archive for November, 2019

Inclement Weather

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

School closure and delay information

Student safety is a priority for the Central Point School District.  When inclement weather strikes, our First Student manager, Deena Engberg, and I are in nearly constant communication.  She is out on the roads by 4:00 am to determine bus transportation safety.  I am also in communication with the National Weather Service officials and other valley superintendents to share information about road conditions and weather forecasts.  Ultimately, we determine whether or not it is safe to transport students to and from our schools.

In some cases, schools remain open, but buses operate on “snow routes” (click here to see snow routes).  In other cases, conditions seem great in town, but are poor enough in rural areas to warrant a delay or closure.

In the event that inclement weather strikes and schools are delayed or closed, this is the communication protocol:

  • District 6 staff will be notified immediately via email.
  • The District 6 website and the D6 FaceBook page will be updated within 15 minutes of staff notification.
  • All local media (television and radio) will be notified.

First Student has already prepared for winter driving conditions by training all drivers in safe driving procedures for rain, snow, fog and icy road conditions.  They also all attended a refresher course on October 25th in chaining procedures and inclement weather driving.  Also, all higher elevation routes have buses with automatic drop chains.

Should you have questions or concerns about our inclement weather procedures, please contact me at samantha.steele@district6.org or by phone at 541.494.6201 (office) 541.840.5644 (cell).

Sams Valley Elementary Update

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Late this afternoon, we started having some issues with our pump on our well. Maintenance worked diligently throughout the night and determined at 8:00 PM that the pump needs to be replaced. I have been assured that the well will be fully functional by Thursday.

This will leave us needing to function for part or all of the school day tomorrow without the well, but we will have water. While it will be slightly disruptive to some of our normal routine, there will be very little change to the classroom environment. We believe that attendance at school is vital for student learning and the staff is committed to minimizing any interference with the normal schedule. Besides drinking from water bottles, washing their hands at hand sanitizing stations, and possibly using portable toilets, students will have a normal day at school.

Our storage tank is currently partially full (and filling at a very, very, slow rate overnight) and in the event it runs dry we will have 12 portable restrooms and multiple hand sanitizing stations delivered in the morning. Bottled water will be available for staff and students and the food service staff will be able to bring in water to serve both breakfast and lunch.

As always, we believe you know your child best, so please proceed as you feel comfortable. If you feel it’s best to keep your child home, we respect your decision. If you feel like your child can handle these accommodations, than we would love to see them here in the morning! For those children that still attend tomorrow, they are welcome to bring their own water bottles, but please know we will have bottled water available for them. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office at 541-494-6870.