Central Point School District #6

2020 Tax Exemption for Parents of Children with Disabilities

January 29th, 2021 by Chuck Whiteley III

The Oregon Tax Code provides an additional tax exemption for parents of eligible children with disabilities in Oregon.  The procedure for claiming an exemption for the 2020 tax year is explained in the Oregon Individual Income Tax Return and Instruction booklets.

Who qualifies for the exemption?

A child qualifies if he or she meets all of the following criteria:

  • Qualifies as a dependent of the parent(s) for tax year 2020;
  • Is eligible for early intervention services (birth to age 3), early childhood special education services (ages 3 to 5) or receives special education as defined by the State Board of Education of the state where the child attends school; and,
  • Is considered to have a disability as of December 31, 2020 under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and related Oregon laws.

What documentation must be submitted with the tax return to qualify for this exemption?

As the tax instruction booklet indicates, the child must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), as well as a current eligibility statement as a student with a disability.  If you do not have these documents contact your District for a copy of the IEP/IFSP cover sheet, and eligibility statement.  Copies of the IEP/IFSP cover sheet and eligibility statement are not required to be submitted with the tax return.  However, parents are advised to retain a copy with their 2020 tax records as the Oregon Department of Revenue may ask the parents to provide such documentation. If you have any Special Education related questions, please contact your local education provider.

Oregon Department of Revenue Online Instructions and Forms

For further information and assistance in completing Oregon tax forms, consult a tax professional or contact the Oregon Department of Revenue at 1-800-356-4222.  Oregon income tax forms/publications are available at the DOR website (www.oregon.gov/DOR).  That process will allow you to claim the additional tax exemption for the 2020 year.

Updated D6 Express Routes – 2/5/21

January 27th, 2021 by Amy Shipley

Update as of February 5, 2021! Route 7 will no longer stop at Tea Pot on Wheels.

D6 Express Routes have been updated and will begin on February 2, 2021. Please note, routes 5-7 will run on Wednesdays only.

D6 Express Routes – Spanish

Looking forward

December 18th, 2020 by Samantha Steele

As the calendar year ends, there is some hope for a better 2021; initial vaccinations against COVID-19 have begun in Oregon.  Whether your focus is getting kids back to our campuses or being able to socialize with family and friends again, we finally have some hope for the not-too-distant future.  Further, Governor Brown has communicated with school district superintendents that her priority is to have Oregon students back in our schools by February.

Following the three weeks of “scaled back LIPI,” in December, D6 schools will resume or expand LIPI beginning January 4th. Specific LIPI programs and schedules are available from your principal.   January 2021 will also be an opportunity for schools to gear up for a hybrid learning model tentatively beginning February 2.  Every D6 school developed a hybrid plan in August and many of those plans will need to be revised or updated for current circumstances.

While we may have students back on campuses by February, school is likely to look much different from a year ago—the protocols that must be in place to assure staff and student safety and meet statewide guidelines will result in a “hybrid” model for most of our schools.  This means that many students will attend school for either partial weeks or partial days.  The “hybrid” model will vary by school primarily because our school buildings are so different—schools with lower enrollments and larger classrooms will be able to accommodate more of their students each day and week.  Schools with smaller classrooms and larger enrollments will be able to accommodate fewer of their students.  You will receive more information from your child’s school as these programs and schedules are finalized.

 

Is on-site learning really going to happen by February?

We honestly have no idea, but we’re optimistic and we want to be prepared.  Most of us have whiplash from the constantly changing guidelines, rules and COVID numbers.  We’ve learned a lot since March, primarily that all plans are subject to dramatic change.  Nonetheless, our goal is to have our students and staff back in schools as soon as possible, provided our schools are safe for kids and staff.

 

Why is the district pushing to get kids back in school?

Our kids need to be back in school for their physical and mental health and because school is where most kids learn best.  Many of our students do not have the resources and support they need to be successful in comprehensive distance learning and all of our students are missing the learning activities, collaboration and social aspects of on-site learning.

 

Is it safe to have kids and staff on site?

Our schools have been serving students on-site for months through LIPI and to date, we have not had a case of COVID transfer at a school site.   The Oregon Department of Education has referenced the following information regarding safety on school sites: click here to review the articles.  We recognize and respect the dangers of COVID and COVID transfer.  There is no such thing as “no risk,” but the protocols established for school sites are working, much the way the protocols for salons are working to prevent spread of COVID.

 

What are the protocols we can expect for on-site learning?

The “operational blue prints” for each school provide the specifics for the protocols (you can access those blueprints here) but the general protocols, across all D6 buildings include:

  1. Reduction of the total number of people on site
  2. Daily Screening for symptoms
  3. Face mask requirement (there are some very specific circumstances where a face “shield” may be worn)
  4. Sanitizing spaces between uses
  5. Physical distancing
  6. Personal hygiene, including handwashing/hand sanitizing

 

Will distance learning be available for my child if I am uncomfortable with in-person learning?

Yes.  We recognize that every family has different circumstances and needs.  Please keep in mind that the distance learning will likely look a little different once we move into a hybrid model—we want our students to remain in their regular classes and with their regular teachers, but teachers need time to integrate distance and hybrid.

 

There is currently a massive number of cases in our county, why plan for LIPI/Hybrid now?

Jackson County is experiencing a huge spike in cases, mostly the result of social events.  We have consulted with the Jackson County Health Department about our school programs, including LIPI, and on November 11th, The Jackson County Health Department recommended that all current LIPI in schools could continue.   Part of the health department’s rationale was a track record of safety at school sites and part was the role that schools play in contact tracing, allowing for swift responses to positive cases and exposures that would otherwise not be addressed for days, leading to more community spread.  In instances where LIPI has been canceled or scaled back in D6, it is only because the case count in Jackson County jeopardized our ability to provide necessary staffing.  Finally, we anticipate a change in guidelines or metrics to come from the Governor and ODE that will allow for a move to hybrid by February and we want to be prepared for our students’ return to schools.

 

Why doesn’t the district establish a LIPI program that is aligned across all schools?

Limited In Person Instruction (LIPI) is driven by two factors—need (student need) and resource (staffing and space).  LIPI is not intended to be a district wide program.  This means that elementary is likely to have more LIPI than secondary (in general, need for in person is greater for younger students and at secondary,) and schools with more space or lower enrollment are able to serve a greater percentage of their student body per day than schools with larger enrollment or smaller spaces.

Need more information?

More information about LIPI and the hybrid models will be available soon.  You may also contact your child’s school or contact me directly at samantha.steele@district6.org or 541-494-6201 (office) 541-840-5644 (mobile).

 

 

 

Mirando hacia adelante

December 18th, 2020 by Samantha Steele

A medida que finaliza el año calendario, hay esperanzas de un mejor 2021; Las vacunas iniciales contra COVID-19 han comenzado en Oregon. Ya sea que su enfoque sea hacer que los niños regresen a nuestros campus o poder socializar nuevamente con familiares y amigos, finalmente tenemos algo de esperanza para un futuro no muy lejano. Además, el gobernadora Brown se ha comunicado con los superintendentes del distrito escolar que su prioridad es que los estudiantes de Oregon regresen a nuestras escuelas para febrero.

Tras las tres semanas de “LIPI reducido”, en diciembre, Las escuelas D6 reanudarán o ampliarán LIPI a partir del 4 de enero. Los programas y horarios específicos de LIPI están disponibles con su director. Enero de 2021 también será una oportunidad para que las escuelas se preparen para un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido tentativamente a partir del 2 de febrero. Cada escuela D6 desarrolló un plan híbrido en agosto y muchos de esos planes deberán ser revisados ​​o actualizados para las circunstancias actuales.

Mientras es posible que tengamos estudiantes de regreso en los campus en febrero, es probable que se vea muy diferente a hace un año; los protocolos que deben estar en su lugar para garantizar la seguridad del personal y los estudiantes y cumplir con las pautas estatales darán como resultado un modelo “híbrido” para la mayoría de nuestras escuelas. Esto significa que muchos estudiantes asistirán a la escuela durante semanas parciales o días parciales. El modelo “híbrido” variará según la escuela principalmente porque nuestros edificios escolares son muy diferentes: las escuelas con menos inscripciones y aulas más grandes podrán acomodar a más estudiantes cada día y semana. Las escuelas con aulas más pequeñas y matrículas más grandes podrán acomodar a menos estudiantes. Recibirá más información de la escuela de sus hijos cuando finalicen estos programas y horarios.

¿El aprendizaje en el sitio realmente se realizará en febrero?

Sinceramente, no tenemos ni idea, pero somos optimistas y queremos estar preparados. La mayoría de nosotros hemos estado confundidos por las reglas y números COVID que cambian constantemente. Hemos aprendido mucho desde marzo, principalmente que todos los planes están sujetos a cambios drásticos. No obstante, nuestro objetivo es que nuestros estudiantes y el personal regresen a las escuelas lo antes posible, siempre que nuestras escuelas sean seguras para los niños y el personal.

 

¿Por qué el distrito está presionando para que los estudiantes regresen a la escuela?

Nuestros niños necesitan regresar a la escuela por su salud física y mental y porque la escuela es donde la mayoría de los niños aprenden mejor. Muchos de nuestros estudiantes no tienen los recursos y el apoyo que necesitan para tener éxito en el aprendizaje a distancia integral y todos nuestros estudiantes están perdiendo las actividades de aprendizaje, la colaboración y los aspectos sociales del aprendizaje en el lugar.

 

¿Es seguro tener niños y personal en el lugar?

Nuestras escuelas han estado sirviendo a los estudiantes en el sitio durante meses a través de LIPI y, hasta la fecha, no hemos tenido un caso de transferencia de COVID en un sitio escolar. El Departamento de Educación de Oregon ha hecho referencia a la siguiente información con respecto a la seguridad en los sitios escolares:  haga clic aqui para revisar los artículos. Reconocemos y respetamos los peligros de COVID y la transferencia de COVID. No existe tal cosa como “ningún riesgo”, pero los protocolos establecidos para los sitios escolares están funcionando, de la misma manera que los protocolos para los salones de belleza funcionan para prevenir la propagación del COVID.

¿Cuáles son los protocolos que podemos esperar para el aprendizaje in sito?

 Los “planos operativos” de cada escuela proporcionan los detalles de los protocolos puedes acceder esos planos haciendo clic en la letras azules ) (you can access those blueprints here) pero los protocolos generales, en todos los edificios D6, incluyen:

  1. Reducción del número total de personas en el sitio
  2. Detección diaria de síntomas
  3. Requisito de cubre bocas (hay algunas circunstancias muy específicas en las que se puede usar una “pantalla facial”)
  4. Higienización de espacios entre usos
  5. Distanciamiento físico
  6. Higiene personal, incluido el lavado y la desinfección de manos

 

¿Estará disponible el aprendizaje a distancia para mi hijo/a si no me siento cómodo con el aprendizaje en persona?

Sí. Reconocemos que cada familia tiene diferentes circunstancias y necesidades. Tenga en cuenta que el aprendizaje a distancia probablemente se verá un poco diferente una vez que pasemos a un modelo híbrido; queremos que nuestros estudiantes permanezcan en sus clases regulares y con sus maestros regulares, pero los maestros necesitan tiempo para integrar a distancia e híbrido.

 

Actualmente hay una gran cantidad de casos en nuestro condado, ¿por qué planificar LIPI / híbridoahora?

El condado de Jackson está experimentando un gran aumento en los casos, principalmente como resultado de eventos sociales. Hemos consultado con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Jackson sobre nuestros programas escolares, incluido LIPI, y el 11 de noviembre, el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Jackson recomendó que todos los LIPI actuales en las escuelas pudieran continuar. Parte del fundamento del departamento de salud era un historial de seguridad en los sitios escolares y parte era el papel que desempeñan las escuelas en el rastreo de contactos, lo que permite respuestas rápidas a casos positivos y exposiciones que de otro modo no se abordarían durante días, lo que lleva a una mayor propagación comunitaria. . En los casos en que LIPI ha sido cancelado o reducido en D6, es solo porque el recuento de casos en el condado de Jackson puso en peligro nuestra capacidad de proporcionar el personal necesario.Finalmente, anticipamos un cambio en las pautas o métricas que vendrán del Gobernador y ODE que permitirá un cambio a híbrido en febrero y queremos estar preparados para el regreso de nuestros estudiantes a las escuelas.

¿Por qué el distrito no establece un programa LIPI que esté alineado en todas las escuelas?

La instrucción en persona limitada (LIPI) se basa en dos factores: la necesidad (necesidad del estudiante) y los recursos (personal y espacio). LIPI no pretende ser un programa para todo el distrito. Esto significa que es probable que la primaria tenga más LIPI que la secundaria (en general, la necesidad en persona es mayor para los estudiantes más jóvenes y en la secundaria) y las escuelas con más espacio o menor inscripción pueden atender a un mayor porcentaje de su cuerpo estudiantil por día que las escuelas con mayor matrícula o espacios más pequeños.


Necesitas más información

Pronto habrá más información sobre LIPI y los modelos híbridos. También puede comunicarse con la escuela de su hijo/a o comunicarse conmigo directamente

samantha.steele@district6.org o 541-494-6201 (oficina) 541-840-5644 (móvil).

 

 

 

The Central Point School District 6 office is currently open with limited staff.  However, our staff is available by appointment at any time.  To make an appointment, please call 541-494-6202.

Limited In Person Instruction scaled back at D6 schools

November 16th, 2020 by Samantha Steele

All District 6 schools will significantly reduce on-site learning the week of November 16 through 20th due to multiple positive COVID cases and exposures among staff and students that have resulted in quarantine.  We have not seen evidence of spread at our school sites and our protocols—masks, physical distancing, screening, sanitizing and limiting the number of people at our sites—have proven effective.  However, the surge of cases in our school community has limited our ability to staff programs at each site.

Your child’s school principal will provide details about the LIPI services that will continue for specific groups of students including students who do not have internet connection.  YMCA childcare will continue at Jewett, Central Point Elementary and Mae Richardson (the YMCA program is temporarily closed at Patrick and Sams Valley Elementary because of COVID cases) Comprehensive Distance Learning will also continue.  Meal services will continue via the D6 Express and “grab and go” at all sites except Patrick Elementary (Gold Hill families should use the Hanby Middle School site). Patrick Elementary will resume “grab and go” meal service on Tuesday, November 17 from 11:15am – 12:30 pm.

Our goal has been and continues to be maximizing on site learning for students–our schools are prepared to increase the number of students on site as allowed by the new Oregon Department of Education rules for Limited in Person Instruction (LIPI).  We are also planning for a move to “hybrid” or full on-site learning when the metrics in Jackson County allow.  It’s incredibly frustrating to see a huge surge in Jackson County and specifically in the Central Point area, just as our schools prepared to serve more students.  Cases in our school community and in Jackson County are monitored daily—our schools are prepared and eager to resume in person learning (LIPI) as soon as we are able to staff those programs—expect an announcement by December 2.

 

 

New metrics provide hope for re-opening D6 schools—we want kids and staff safely back in our schools, classrooms and playgrounds

October 31st, 2020 by Samantha Steele

Today, Governor Kate Brown announced new, relaxed metrics for re-opening schools in Oregon (you can access the new metrics here).  Although cases in Jackson County are currently too high for schools to be eligible for immediate transition to on-site learning, the metrics are within reach—community practices that include physical distancing, wearing masks and washing hands will help reduce the transfer of COVID-19 and allow our schools to open.

In addition to new metrics for re-opening, the Oregon Department of Education has revised requirements for “Ready Schools Safe Learners” including more generous rules for Limited In Person Instruction (LIPI)–larger cohort groups (up to 20 students) are now allowed and schools are no longer limited to 250 students per week.   The “2-hour” per day rule still applies and the distancing requirements for transportation on school busses remain—both a challenge for families and schools.

District 6 will continue to maximize “in person” learning wherever possible.  Schools have already begun planning to bring additional students on campus for Limited in Person Instruction (LIPI) as soon as next week.  Further, our schools are preparing to transition to more on site learning (elementary level and hybrid plans) so that when Jackson County meets the metrics, we can move quickly to return students to schools.

Finally, protocols that keep students and staff safe continue to be implemented at our schools.  Mask requirements, screening for symptoms, physical distancing and sanitation protocols assure that students and staff in our buildings are protected from the transmission of COVID-19.  We recognize the impact school closure has on kids and families and the D6 staff is working hard to maximize every opportunity for in person learning.   Don’t forget to turn your clocks back tonight—we recommend turning them back to 2019.

Division 22 Assurances

October 21st, 2020 by Amy Shipley

As reported to the School Board on October 20, 2020, Central Point School District 6 is in compliance with all state standards for the 2019-20 school year set forth in OAR chapter 581, division 22.

Division 22 Report to Community

District 6 schools: “gentle” return to instruction September 14

September 13th, 2020 by Samantha Steele

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of D6 families—we recognize that many are suffering significant impact from wildfires.   We also have students and families who are eager to get “back to school” and there are families at every point in between.  Beginning Monday, September 14th, instruction will resume for most students; students and families can expect communication from D6 teachers and staff to determine individual needs.  Because every D6 family may have different needs, D6 schools’ have prioritized services:

First priority

  • Outreach to D6 families to provide support for any challenges they currently face—housing, meals, clothing, healthcare, mental healthcare or other challenges.
  • D6 Express will resume to provide meals and delivery of requested supplies or other items to students and families. Please check out the new D6 Express routes.
  • Grab and Go meals will be available at Jewett, Crater, Patrick Elementary and Central Point Elementary.
  • Childcare through the YMCA and with D6 staff at each of our elementary schools.
  • Childcare through Kid-Time will be available beginning 9/21 at Crater High School.    Please use this link (English) (Spanish) to learn more.
  • Direct support of statewide efforts to fight wildfire—Scenic Middle School is serving as the Central Incident Command Post for State Fire Marshal operations in Jackson County.
  • Direct support of recovery efforts–Crater High School is serving as the Incident Command Center for an Urban Search and Rescue team.
  • Support for families throughout Jackson County who have been impacted by wildfire. We’ve offered our facilities, resources and support to children and families from outside D6 who have lost homes in regional fires.

Second priority

  • “Gently” resume live instruction, activities, Zoom calls and other instruction, K-12, with maximum flexibility. This means school staff will work with each family to provide support, including as much extra time as students need before a “return” to comprehensive distance learning.
  • “Gently” resume plans for limited in person instruction and other “in person” activities and events. Schools will initiate transportation services for in-person instruction, support or to get students access to internet.

In addition to the devastation caused by the wildfire event in Jackson County, we now have hazardous level air quality.  Plans to provide a significant portion of childcare activities and limited in person instruction outdoors, will be suspended until the air quality improves and outdoor activities are safe.

Finally, D6 staff, community, businesses and families have demonstrated incredible generosity and support for those who have lost homes, been displaced or who are actively working to fight the wildfires or on the recovery efforts.  If you would like to help with the recovery efforts, please use this link for Rogue Valley Recovers.

Escuelas del Distrito 6: regreso “Suave” a la instrucción el 14 de septiembre

September 13th, 2020 by Samantha Steele

Nada es más importante que la salud y la seguridad de las familias del D6; reconocemos que muchas están sufriendo un impacto significativo por los incendios forestales. También tenemos estudiantes y familias que están ansiosos por “volver a la escuela” y hay familias en cada punto intermedio.  A partir del lunes 14 de septiembre, la instrucción se reanudará para la mayoría de los estudiantes; los estudiantes y las familias pueden esperar la comunicación de los maestros y el personal de D6 para determinar las necesidades individuales.  Debido a que cada familia D6 puede tener diferentes necesidades, las escuelas D6 han priorizado los servicios:

Primera prioridad

  • Comuníquese con las familias D6 para brindar apoyo para cualquier desafío que estén enfrentando actualmente: vivienda, comidas, ropa, atención médica, salud mental u otros desafíos.
  • D6 Express se reanudará para proporcionar comidas y entrega de los suministros y otros artículos solicitados a los estudiantes y sus familias. Por favor, consulte las nuevas rutas de D6 Express
  • Las comidas para llevar estarán disponibles en Jewett, Crater, Escuela primaria de Patrick y Primaria de Central Point.
  • Cuidado de niños a través de la YMCA y con el personal de D6 en cada una de nuestras escuelas primarias.
  • El cuidado de niños por parte de  Kid-Time estará disponible a partir del 21 de septiembre en la Preparatoria de Crater. Utilice este enlace(Ingles) (Espanol) para obtener más información.
  • Apoyo directo a los esfuerzos estatales para combatir los incendios forestales: la escuela secundaria Scenic se desempeña como el Puesto de Comando Central de Incidentes para las operaciones del Jefe de Bomberos del Estado en el condado de Jackson.
  • Apoyo directo a los esfuerzos de recuperación: La preparatoria de Crater  está sirviendo como el Centro de Comando de Incidentes para un equipo de Búsqueda y Rescate Urbano.
  • Apoyo a las familias de todo el condado de Jackson que se han visto afectadas por incendios forestales. Hemos ofrecido nuestras instalaciones, recursos y apoyo a niños y familias de fuera de D6 que han perdido hogares en incendios regionales.

Segunda prioridad

  • Reanudar “lentamente” la instrucción en vivo, las actividades, las llamadas de Zoom y otras instrucciones, K-12, con la máxima flexibilidad. Esto significa que el personal de la escuela trabajará con cada familia para brindar apoyo, incluido todo el tiempo adicional que los estudiantes necesiten antes de “regresar” al aprendizaje integral a distancia.
  • Reanudar “lentamente” los planes de instrucción limitada en persona y otras actividades y eventos “en persona”. Las escuelas iniciarán servicios de transporte para instrucción en persona, apoyo o para que los estudiantes tengan acceso a Internet.

Además de la devastación causada por el incendio forestal en el condado de Jackson, ahora tenemos un nivel de calidad del aire peligroso. Los planes para proporcionar una parte significativa de las actividades de cuidado de niños y una instrucción limitada en persona al aire libre se suspenderán hasta que la calidad del aire mejore y las actividades al aire libre sean seguras.

Finalmente, el personal, la comunidad, las empresas y las familias de D6 han demostrado una generosidad y un apoyo increíbles para quienes han perdido sus hogares, han sido desplazados o están trabajando activamente para combatir los incendios forestales o en los esfuerzos de recuperación. Si desea ayudar con los esfuerzos de recuperación, utilice este enlace link for Rogue Valley Recovers.

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