Reopening Plan Updates (May 2021)
Plans for Fall 2021
At the May 10 regular meeting, the School Board gave the green light to plan for 5-day, in-person instruction this fall. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction published guidance for fall as well as a frequently asked questions document.
Transition to In-Person Learning – Spring 2021
Clark County Health Department released COVID-19 data in March with rates below 150 new cases per 100,000 population. This number indicated that Clark County continued to be in the “moderate” risk level for a fourth consecutive week. This good news reinforced 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 moved away from a 2-day hybrid Cohort A/B model to 4-day, in-person instruction on March 22, which aligned closely with the end of the trimester. On April 9, elementary schools moved to 3 ft. physical distancing while in the classroom following revised guidance from the CDC. Masking and other countermeasure strategies are still in place. Wednesdays continue to be remote learning days and also used to support planning for both on-site and remote learners.
Middle School: Our middle schools held orientation events and began 2-day, hybrid instruction for sixth-grade students on February 1. We added seventh- and eighth-grade students to the hybrid model on February 15. Middle schools made the move to 4-day, in-person instruction on April 19 following the revised physical distancing guidance from the CDC.
High School: With cases of COVID-19 in Clark County below 200 cases per 100,000 over 14 days, our high schools had in-person orientation/small group activities during the week of March 1, and we began 2-day, hybrid instruction beginning March 8. High schools made the move to 4-day, in-person instruction on April 19 following the revised physical distancing guidance from the CDC.
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, 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).