Reopening Plan Updates (2/23/21)
Transition to Hybrid Learning
The Clark County Health Department released the latest COVID-19 data for this week with rates below 150 new cases per 100,000 population. This number indicates that Clark County continues to be in the “moderate” risk level for a fourth consecutive week. This is good news and reinforces the importance of our COVID countermeasures as across the region we’ve added in-person learning experiences for our students and county rates have continued to drop.
The board reviewed COVID-19 level data and our current Reopening Plan again on February 22 and made the following decisions around elementary and high school transition timing and programming.
Elementary: At our elementary schools, instruction will move away from a 2-day hybrid Cohort A/B model to 4-day, in-person instruction on March 22, which aligns closely with the end of the trimester. We will still be following the 6 ft distancing requirement, masking, and other countermeasure strategies. Staff will be looking at how to maximize classroom and school space. In certain cases, additional staff may need to be hired to support smaller groups of students. Families who indicate a desire for on-site learning will have students attending on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays will continue to be remote learning days and also used to support planning for both on-site and remote learners. More information will be sent to families via ParentSquare.
High School: With cases of COVID-19 in Clark County below 200 cases per 100,000 over 14 days, our high schools will have in-person orientation/small group activities during the week of March 1, and we will begin 2-day, hybrid instruction beginning March 8. Students will have a Cohort A/B model. More information will be sent to families via ParentSquare and specific schedule details will be shared by each school.
Detailed information will be shared directly with families this week. Note: There will be no changes to the current middle school schedule.
We started our school year in Remote Learning. Our goal is to transition to in-person learning as soon as possible. In partnership with Clark County Public Health and utilizing guidance from the Washington State Department of Health (Decision Tree K12 Schools), we developed the Camas School District Phased Return to In-person Learning.
The Department of Health guidance uses several indicators to identify COVID-19 activity levels in the region. One of those indicators is the rate of cases per 100,000 people per 14 days. The rate divides COVID-19 activity into three levels (updated 12/16/20):
- HIGH >350 cases/100K/14 days: At this level, DOH recommends in-person learning for pre-K through grade 5. Schools should prioritize the youngest learners—pre-K, Kindergarten, and grades 1-3—and those with the highest needs (from any grade), such as students with disabilities, students living homeless, or those farthest from educational justice, using small group instruction of 15 or fewer students and strict cohorting due to the level of community transmission. Then phase in grades 4-5, similarly in small groups.
- MODERATE 50-350 cases/100K/14 days; At this activity level, DOH recommends careful phasing in of in-person learning starting with any elementary students not already in-person and middle school students. Then over time, adding high school after middle school and when rates drop below 200 cases per 100,000 over 14 days.
- LOW <50 cases/100K/14 days. : At this activity level, DOH recommends the provision of in-person learning for all students, prioritizing full-time, in-person learning for elementary students. If space allows, full-time, in-person learning can be added for middle and high school students.
This indicator is updated weekly. The most recent rate of cases per 100,000 in Clark County is in the HIGH range (see chart below).
Within the high COVID-19 range per Department of Health guidance, we will bring students on campus in small groups starting with our youngest students and those with specific support needs. We will increase the number of small groups incrementally and methodically while monitoring community COVID-19 activity and specific school/site information.