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Letter to the Community from Superintendent Gardner – January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021  /  Superintendent

Dear Central Linn Community,

Thank you for waiting patiently for an update on the status of in-person instruction at Central Linn School District. Although the Governor made the metrics for reopening advisory as of January 1st, the mandatory portions of ‘guidance’ have actually increased the burden on local school districts across the state. We received these revised instructions Tuesday evening, January 19th. Staff have been working nonstop the last two days to assess how these guidelines impact our reopening plans that have been under development the past three weeks. I want to extend a huge thank you to my staff for their hard work and creative thinking.

Four things we need from you to help us open to in-person instruction:

  1. Bussing will be a limiting factor for the District’s ability to operate. If you can provide transportation for your child on a consistent basis, it will help us immensely to serve more children. Please contact the school office and let them know your transportation intentions and needs.
  2. Each family is being asked to commit to a quarantine protocol, and a signed copy of that commitment must be returned to the school in order for your child to attend in-person.
  3. Face shields will no longer be allowed as a substitute for face masks. Please send your child to school with a proper fitting face covering. If you need one that fits your child, please contact the school to request a mask. Our supply is limited, but we are willing to share.
  4. There will likely be a day in the next few weeks that our staff will have the opportunity to be vaccinated. When this occurs, it will likely be on short notice, and we will effectively need to close school for that day. A medical ‘snow day’ if you will. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

The following is an outline of what we are able to do under the current virus conditions in our community. I must remind you that if the virus conditions change, so will our ability to offer in-person instruction:

For Learners who are currently registered for in-person instruction grades K-3, there will be no  Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) Monday, January 25th, and Tuesday, January 26th, in order to give staff time to train and prepare for returning to in-person instruction on Wednesday, January 27th.

For Learners who are currently registered for in-person instruction in grades 4-6, there will be no CDL Monday, January 25th, for staff training, and you will be contacted by your teacher for the schedule for the 26th. CDL will resume for grades 4-6 on the 27th. We will be adding a grade to in-person instruction each week until all eligible 4-6 graders are back in the building no later than February 16th. Grades will not necessarily be added in order, you will be informed by the building the week before your child is expected to return.

For Learners who are registered for in-person instruction in grades 7-8 we are waiting on the fire marshal and county inspectors to grant us permission to occupy the new building. Grades 7-8 will remain in CDL until this permission is granted. We anticipate this approval in the next 2-3 weeks, and at such time, Learners will begin a hybrid schedule that will permit 2 full days in person and 2 days of CDL each week. You will be contacted by the building with details for your individual child along with Friday information.

For Learners who are registered for in-person instruction in grades 9-12, CDL will continue through January 26th. A hybrid schedule will begin Wednesday, January 27th. This hybrid schedule will permit 2 full days in person and 2 days of CDL each week. You will be contacted by the building with details for your individual child along with Friday information.

If you registered your child for CDL last fall and would like them to come to school for in-person instruction, please contact the school and make them aware of your wishes. Based on capacity, which is greatly impacted by health protocol, we will add Learners as it is possible and safe to do so.

Folks, the last eleven months have been hard on everyone. I know that we all just want a normal life again and, hopefully, that can happen with wide scale vaccinations. In the meantime, we must stick together, grant & receive grace, and remain diligent for what I expect to be a rough few months in the battle against this virus. Central Linn has always been a family. A family complete with function and dysfunction, with love and frustration, great victories and great sorrows but together we are a family, a community. Please take care of yourself and each other and be gentle with both.

Brian Gardner
Superintendent