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School closed per Governor’s order, Centralia School district still teaching

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2020 at 10:43 am

Remote teaching to continue into May

The face-to-face classes may be cancelled but teachers will still be teaching and students will still be learning, at least until May 15.

Nathan Gordon, Chester Boren Middle School principal discussing homework with a district parent.

That is the word from the administrative offices of the Centralia R-VI School District.

“Superintendents were not given any advanced warning to the Governor’s announcement yesterday so we are all racing to clean-up the message,” Steven Chancellor, superintendent of the Centralia R-VI School District said. “School is not over.  Per his order, we are to continue delivering materials until May 15.  The only thing he canceled is the physical return of students to school for classes.”

Chancellor stressed the situation is still fluid and evolving.

He made time to answer a few question from the Centralia Fireside Guard:

• Summer school ? “Summer school is still an unknown.  We still need more information from the county and state regarding timelines and gatherings.  However, summer school can be offered at anytime before the academic year begins.  It is likely summer school will be held near the end of the summer rather than the beginning.”

• Will there be any type of graduation ceremony or prom for the seniors? “We will wait a little longer for this topic.  Again, we still need guidance regarding gatherings.  We understand high school graduation is a milestone, we will make every reasonable effort to hold this event.”

• What manner of grading system will be used for the last quarter/semester/year? “From the beginning of the outage, we recognized students did not sign-up for virtual and/or independent learning.  They rely on the personal interaction they get from their teachers and peers, especially when introducing and making meaning of new content.  All work completed during this alternative method of instruction has been designed to improve students’ skills and understanding – there is great academic value for revisiting the material we covered in the first three quarters of the school year.  All material completed during this time will only improve students’ grades in place as of March 18.”

Chancellor said there will be a traditional grade-card answered for the quarter.

• How will the district know when it is safe/time to resume regular schooling? “We are awaiting guidance from the state and county regarding the criteria to safely resume normal operations.  We are mindful people may be anxious when this time comes, we want to be able to offer reassurance.”

• Is there a plan for remote learning for the 20-21 school year if needed? “We do not have any formal plans completed or installed for remote learning in the next academic year.  We are and will be developing these plans, however, moving forward.”

For more see next week’s issue of the Centralia Fireside Guard.