Central Point School District #6

All District 6 schools will close March 16th through March 31, 2020 / Todas las escuelas del Distrito 6 cerrarán del 16 de marzo al 31 de marzo de 2020

March 12th, 2020 by Samantha Steele

Governor Kate Brown announced a statewide school closure for students in Oregon from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31.

In an effort to prepare for the closure, District 6 schools will be open on Friday, March 13 and operating on regular schedules.  Students will be allowed to pick up belongings, books and supplies and then return home, or students may stay in school and classes through regular dismissal.   Busses and food service will operate on regular schedules on Friday, March 13.

All previously scheduled District 6 and school events, meetings and activities, including OSAA athletic and activity practices and competitions are canceled.

Debido a la pandemia de COVID-19, la gobernadora Kate Brown anunció el cierre de escuelas estatal para estudiantes en Oregon del lunes 16 de marzo al martes 31 de marzo.

En un esfuerzo para prepararse para el cierre, las escuelas del Distrito 6 estarán abiertas el viernes 13 de marzo y operarán en horarios regulares. A los estudiantes se les permitirá recoger pertenencias, libros y suministros y luego regresar a casa, o los estudiantes pueden permanecer en la escuela y las clases hasta el despido regular. Los autobuses y el servicio de comida operarán en horarios regulares el viernes 13 de marzo.

Todos los eventos, reuniones y actividades del Distrito 6 y escolares previamente programados, incluidas las prácticas y competencias deportivas y  actividades de OSAA, se cancelan hasta nuevo aviso.

COVID-19 –Update on March 12, 2020, 1:30 pm

March 12th, 2020 by Samantha Steele

The state of Oregon has implemented new rules designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and District 6 is aligning our school operations to meet these new requirements.  Advice from the Governor, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education is for schools to remain open.   However, District 6 will cancel or limit all non-essential meetings, events and activities.  General guidelines for these changes in operations are noted in the table below—these will be updated as the situation changes, or we receive additional guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Department of Education, the Oregon School Athletics and Activities Association (OSAA) .

Schools specific and event specific information can be found here.

ITEM STATUS AGENCY NOTE
School Schedules Open ODE
IEP Meetings Canceled or Completed on-line or via phone D6
Previously scheduled parent conferences Canceled or completed via on-line or via phone D6
March 20th Parent Conferences Canceled D6
PTO/PTA Canceled D6
Junior Comets Canceled D6
Crater/Scenic and Hanby sports and activities PENDING OSAA Outdoor practices and activities without spectators and where “social distance” can be maintained will continue until we receive further notice from OSAA or ODE.
Field Trips Canceled ODE, D6 Transportation to and from field trips, even “in district” is considered non-essential.
School plays, choral events and other evening or afterschool events. Canceled ODE, D6

Notes:  The status of activities, including school schedules, will be assessed daily.  At this point, canceled events, meetings and functions will be reassessed on April 1st.

District 6 schools’ staff will meet on March 20 to plan and develop remote learning options so that access to learning can be assured for students in the event of absences and closure.  We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we all work through this together.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at samantha.steele@district6.org or 541-840-5644.

COVID-19 Update on March 12 2020_Spanish

COVID-19 UPDATE:  OSAA will conduct 5A State Basketball Tournament without fans

March 11th, 2020 by Samantha Steele

The OSAA has restricted admittance to the 5A State Basketball Tournament in Corvallis, March 11-13, 2020 to players, coaches and school district administration.   Crater will not send band, cheerleaders or a rooter bus to the state tournament.  Parents should be advised that they will not be permitted into the venue for games.  Parents or fans who wish to watch the 5A tournament online can access it here (NFHS network; subscription fees may apply).   Crater Girls’ Basketball will play Silverton in a semi-final game at 1:30 pm on Thursday.  Crater Boys’ Basketball will play Silverton in a semi-final game at 8:15 pm.

The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education is expected to release new guidance for schools on Thursday, March 12.  We do not expect school closures, but we do anticipate changes in events, large group gatherings or other functions.  As soon as the guidance is released, District 6 will communicate any changes in schedules or events.  Thank you for your patience—the health of our students, staff and community is our primary concern.

COVID-19 Update–March 7, 2020

March 7th, 2020 by Samantha Steele

The Oregon Health Authority has reported 4 new presumptive cases of COVID-19 and two of those cases are in Jackson County.  The two cases in Jackson County are travel related, did not require hospitalization and are from the same household.   The Jackson County Health Department has advised that there is no recommendation to cancel school or community events and there is no known community spread at this time.

 Please note that the CDC has released some general guidance for people in high risk groups.

The Oregon Health Authority emphasizes that washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, practicing good sneeze and cough hygiene and staying home when ill remain the best defense.

The District 6 Pandemic Response Plan includes the steps the district and our schools are taking to protect students and staff.

The health and safety of our students, staff and community is our first priority.  District 6 will continue to monitor this situation closely and communicate any changes in protocols, events or school operations.

COVID-19 and Influenza Update

March 2nd, 2020 by Amy Shipley


The impact of COVID-19 on Oregon and Oregon schools is changing rapidly; the best way to have the most current information about the situation in Oregon is to use the Oregon Health Authority website, which includes resources and statewide tracking data.  The Oregon Health Authority has also released information and resources for both families and schools.  The FAQ for families (including information about when your child should stay at home) and the FAQ for schools provides helpful information about COVID-19 and protection against  the spread of all viruses, including influenza.

The Oregon Health Authority and the CDC continue to advise the following basic steps for protection against the spread of COVID-19, influenza and other viruses:

  • Handwashing with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette (use a tissue or a sleeve)

The Central Point School District prioritizes health and safety for our students and staff.  The District leadership team has reviewed and updated the “D6 Pandemic Response Plan” to align with the most current recommendations from the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC.  The purpose of the “D6 Pandemic Response Plan” is to protect the health and safety of students and staff; provide for the continuity of education; and assure the continuity of essential district functions.

Key aspects of the D6 Pandemic Response Plan include:

  • Coordination with Jackson County Health Department, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education to determine closures, event cancelations or changes in operation.
  • Procedures to disseminate information to all stakeholders while protecting student and family confidentiality according to federal law.
  • Infection control procedures for all school sites aligned to the CDC guidelines including
    • Encouraging sick students and staff to stay home
    • Prioritize disinfecting “frequent touch surfaces”
    • Additional hand sanitizing equipment and product
    • Instruction on CDC recommendations for self-protection to ALL students
  • Plans for the continuity of education in the event of student and staff absences or closure
    • Temporarily discontinue “attendance letters” Please note that you may still receive communication from your child’s school about attendance and access to assignments and make-up work.
    • Provide access to education for students who are home
  • Provide for the continuity of essential district functions including Business Services, Human Resources, Technology, and Maintenance.

Please see the following resources for more information:

District 6 Pandemic Response Plan

District 6 Pandemic Response Plan_Spanish

FAQ for Families_Spanish

FAQ for Schools_Spanish

Oregon Health Authority

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

JHCC – Communicable Diseases – Students

JHCC AR – Communicable Diseases – Students

Information and resources related to COVID-19 and influenza

February 29th, 2020 by Samantha Steele

Oregon’s first presumptive case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) was reported last night and the first U.S. death related to COVID-19 was reported this morning.  Further, Jackson County continues to see cases of “influenza b” in both children and adults.  District 6 is working with local and state agencies including the Jackson County Health Department, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education to monitor and respond to threats to public health.

Some resources about COVID-19, including statewide tracking data are available on the Oregon Health Authority website.  Information about protecting yourself and your children against COVID-19 and influenza are available here and include these simple steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when you sneeze or cough.
  • Get an annual flu vaccine (still available) to protect against influenza.

For further information, please review the Oregon Health Authority “fact sheet” on COVID-19 in English and in Spanish.

New information about COVID-19, influenza and the District 6 response will be posted here as soon as it is available.  Links to this information will also be posted on D6 social media, including FaceBook and Instagram.

Kindergarten Launch

February 14th, 2020 by Amy Shipley

Calling all 2020-2021 Kindergartners!  Please join us for Kindergarten Launch at your neighborhood school on the following dates/times. Kindergarten Launch is a time to learn about the kindergarten program, meet staff and teachers, tour classrooms and learn about “READY! for Kindergarten.”

Kindergarten Launch 2020

Kindergarten Launch 2020_Spanish

Press release regarding Crater threat

February 13th, 2020 by Samantha Steele

Central Point Police and District 6 issued the following joint press release this afternoon with an update on the threat at Crater:

The Central Point Police Department continued the investigation into social media posts that referenced a threat to Crater High School.  Police officers made direct contact with all parties involved and determined a threat had been made in a video gaming audio chat room. Officers were able to determine during the investigation that the threat was not credible.  Due to the alarm and impact to the community caused by the threat, the juvenile was lodged at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Facility for Disorderly Conduct I.

The Central Point Police Department and the Central Point School District take every threat to our schools seriously.  The safety and security of every student and staff member in our schools is our primary concern and we work together to ensure safe school campuses.

We want to thank the students for sharing the troubling information with the Police and School rather than disregarding the information as not being credible.  It is important to educated students that false information shared over social media and among peers could be alarming to the community and may have legal consequences.  If anyone has information regarding school safety concerns, please immediately call the Central Point Police Department at 541-664-5578. Remember, if you “see something, say something”.

Any further media inquiries should be directed to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

 

Security Update for Crater High School

February 13th, 2020 by Samantha Steele

Parents,

Last night, school officials and law enforcement were made aware of an anonymous and generalized threat to Crater High School, posted on social media.   The Central Point Police Department and school district administrators have investigated the social media post and determined that the post does not represent an immediate or continuing threat to student or staff safety.   CPPD and D6 administrators will continue to work together to further assure the safety of our students and staff, including an increased police presence on campus today.  Crater is open and operating on a normal schedule today.

The safety and security of every student and staff member is our district’s primary concern and every threat, credible or not, is taken seriously and investigated.  If you have specific information about a threat to school safety, please contact me, your school principal or law enforcement.

Samantha Steele,
Superintendent
541-494-6201
541-840-5644 (cell)
samantha.steele@district6.org

Radon Gas Testing

February 3rd, 2020 by Amy Shipley

Radon Gas Testing in Schools

In our continued efforts to provide safe and healthy schools for our students and staff, Central Point School District No. 6  is testing for radon gas in schools.  A new state law requires that all districts in Oregon test schools for radon before January 1, 2021.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from deposits in the soil.  It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless and can work its way into buildings through cracks in the ground and openings in foundations or under structures. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among people who do not smoke. The threat of elevated radon levels in southern Oregon is considered low; however, testing is the only definitive way to determine actual radon levels. Testing is non-invasive and poses no danger to staff or students.  It consists of placing a small container (test kit) in all rooms that people typically occupy and leaving it there for several days.

Please click the following link for more information on radon gas and/or to view test results. https://www.district6.org/about/healthy-safe-schools-plan/radon/ 

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