(541)-445-2131 * Fax : (541) 445-2041 * 197 Main Camas Rd/PO Box 57 * Camas Valley Oregon, 97416

Coronavirus Impacts

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted families all around the world. Here at Camas we are doing our very best to continue educating our students and supporting our families. Please find links to resources and answers to your questions below. We are here to help.

UPDATED 4/29/20: High school seniors who were passing all of their courses before distance learning began will receive a Pass and graduate. All other students will be working on a Pass/Incomplete model for the remainder of the school year via “Distance Learning For All” which began on Monday, April 13th. Please see the FAQs below to learn more. We appreciate your flexibility during these frequently changing times.

The front office will be open Mondays – Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Overview
What is Distance Learning for All?

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, all public schools in the state of Oregon are currently closed through April 28th under the Governor’s Executive order. While the impact of the pandemic is constantly changing, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has announced that there is a strong possibility that our students will not be returning to campus this academic year.

In an effort to educate and support all students, beginning April 13th, ODE has instructed all Oregon public schools to transition away from offering exclusively supplemental material and instead begin “Distance Education for All.”

“Distance Education for All” is a state-wide shift toward distance learning for Oregon’s students. Students will have weekly interaction with their teachers as they continue their education. How schools implement this alternative way of learning will vary across the state. We will try to answer your questions about how Camas Valley will be moving forward in the FAQs below.

We know that this time has been difficult for many, but we can move forward as a community. Everyone at Camas Valley is working very hard to support our students and families and we appreciate your patience as we continue to adapt and adjust our services.

Learning
Are there learning resources for students?

Yes. Supplemental learning materials are available for students beginning April 1st. Parents have been contacted individually to confirm if they can access those materials online or if they need a paper packet. Additional supplemental learning resources will be made availablthe week of April 6thThis supplemental material will not be graded.  

On Monday, April 13th the state transitioned to “Distance Learning for All.”  

“Distance Learning for All” means that students will receive teacher-led instruction in each of their classes. Coursework will be graded, and high school students will be earning credit towards graduation on a Pass/Incomplete grading system.High School students receiving “incompletes” will not receive credit for those classes until the work is made up.

Will the resources be a review of previous work or will there be new information?

Supplemental materials available the weeks of April 1st and April 6th will generally be a review of material learned, but not yet mastered.  

Beginning the week of April 13th, all courses will be moving forward in their curriculum.  

How will students access their courses?

Students will access their courses using Canvas, a website used by schools and universities around the country. Directions for how to access Canvas can be found hereDirections will also be sent home with paper packets.  

Some teachers might include links on Canvas to other resources they want to use such as Google ClassroomDiscovery Education, or Enginuity. Directions and links to those additional resources will be available in your Canvas course.  

Is there a daily schedule students must adhere to?

Until April 13th participation in the supplemental education material is not required.  

Beginning April 13th attendance and participation will be required but Camas Valley is not imposing a strict daily schedule for when students should be working. New material will be posted on Canvas (or via paper packet delivery) every Monday and students will be required to log in to check for their new work and turn in assignments according to their individual teachers’ deadlines.  

Will attendance be taken?

Until April 13th, attendance is not mandatory. Supplemental activities offered during this time are not required, nor will they be graded.  

Beginning April 13th when the entire state transitions to “Distance Learning for All,attendance will be tracked, and participation is required. We do understand that imposing a strict schedule upon families would not be helpful, but we do need to hold students accountableAll students will be expected to log in to their Canvas course every week or check in with their teacher over the phone if online access is not available. How individual teachers track participation may vary. Please make sure to read through the daily or weekly directions from your teacher carefully.  Students will have different assignments and posts that they need to respond to by the individual deadlines given by their teachers. 

How often will students have new work?

Most teachers will be updating their Canvas courses so that new work is available every Monday. Paper packet delivery of new materials will also begin each Monday. Some teachers, particularly in the lower grade levels, will have updated work for their students daily.  


How much time are students expected to spend on their coursework?

Until April 13th participation in the supplemental education material is not required.  

Beginning April 13th, ODE has offered a sample schedule and the maximum amount of instructional time each student will receive. Oregon, Washington, and Kansas have all recommended this same amount of daily guidance:  

  • Grades K-1: 45 minutes 
  • Grades 2-3: 60 minutes  
  • Grades 4-5: 90 minutes 
  • Grades 6-12: 30 minutes per teacher (3 hours in a day)

*Note that these guidelines are based on a 5 day school week. Camas Valley will be adjusting based on maintaining our regular 4-day school week.

Each teacher will be implementing this teacher-led instruction in a way that best suits their course and their students. Most courses will be uploading video for students on Canvas, others might make themselves available over the phone through scheduled office hours. We know that families’ schedules vary widely, especially during this pandemic. Each teacher will be working and adapting to create a system where our students receive the best instruction possible without putting a burden on families.  

ODE has also released recommendations for how students should spend the remainder of their day:  

Grades K-1 

  • Learning & Supplemental Activities (1-2 Hours) This might include work given by the teacher or family-led learning such as 15+ minutes of independent reading, making observations30-60 minutes of imaginative play, arts & crafts, talk time etc.  
  • Nutrition and Wellness (2 hours) This might include mealtimes, having indoor & outdoor play with family members, and quiet time.

Grades 2-3 

  • Learning & Supplemental Activities (2 Hours) This might include work given by the teacher or family-led learning such as 20+ minutes of independent reading, journaling, observations, measuring, sewing/crafts, 60+ minutes of imaginary play, etc.  
  • Nutrition and Wellness (2 hours) This might include mealtimes, having indoor & outdoor play with family members, and quiet time.   

Grades 4-5 

  • Learning & Supplemental Activities (3 Hours) This might include work given by the teacher or family-led learning such as 30+ minutes of independent reading, journaling, observations, finding patterns, crafts, 60+ minutes of imaginary play, etc.  
  • Nutrition and Wellness (2 hours) This might include mealtimes, having indoor & outdoor play with family members, and quiet time. 

Grades 6-8

  • Learning & Supplemental Activities (3 Hours) This might include work given by the teacher or family-led learning such as 30-60 minutes of reading or listening to an audio book, board games, sewing/crafts, meal planning, flash cards, journaling, creating videos, identifying and solving local problems, etc.  
  • Nutrition and Wellness (2 hours) This might include mealtimes, having indoor & outdoor play with family members, sports that allow for social distancing, yoga or practicing mindfulness, etc. 

Grades 9-12

  • Learning & Supplemental Activities (1-2 Hours) This might include work given by the teacher or family-led learning such as 30-60 minutes of reading or listening to an audio book, planning and researching life after high school, art projects, meal planning, journaling, watching educational programs, etc.  
  • Nutrition and Wellness (2 hours) This might include mealtimes and prep, outdoor physical activities or sports that allow for social distancing, yoga or practicing mindfulness, etc. 
Will student work be graded?

Until April 13th, attendance is not mandatory. Supplemental activities offered during this time are not required, nor will they be graded.  

Beginning April 13th when the entire state transitioned to “Distance Learning for All.” Work is graded and participation is required.  All grades will be on a Pass/Incomplete system. High School students will be earning credit towards graduation for courses “Passed” but will not receive credit for “Incompletes” until the work is completed.

Will high school students be earning credit towards graduation for this coursework?

Beginning April 13th when the entire state transitions to “Distance Learning for All” students will be learning and submitting work to be graded in order to earn credit for each course.  High school students will be working towards a regular letter grade.

Some high school electives, notably construction or student aides, cannot be done remotely. Students may be able to earn a quarter credit for work already completed in those courses. Every elective is different. Please log in to Canvas to see instructions from your teacher about how your elective course may be changing or an alternative elective course that may be available to you to earn that second quarter credit.

ODE released a Pathway to Graduation for 2020 graduating seniors on 4/8/20. You can real the full announcement here.  In general, high school seniors who were passing their courses before the closure, will receive a Pass for the entire semester. High School seniors who were not passing and need to pass the course to graduate will work with those teachers towards earning a passing grade. 

Will electives be offered?

We are doing our best to continue to offer our elective courses as we begin “Distance Learning for All.”  

Our art teacher is working closely with our elementary and middle school teachers to create activities that can be done at home with common materials. At the high school level, she will be sending home art materials so that those students can finish out the course as planned from home. 

Other high school electives cannot be done remotely and students are being moved into a new online elective course through EdgenityEach elective is differentPlease log in to Canvas to see instructions from your teacher about how your elective course may be changing or an alternative elective course that may be available to you. Edgenuity elective courses begin Monday, April 20th. You will see the new course on your dashboard.

What about preschool?

Our wonderful preschool teacher Mrs. Amy has been working hard to create materials and guidance for her preschool students’ families. She is contacting each family individually.  

How can students contact their teachers with questions?

EMAIL: Anyone with questions are welcome to email their teacher directly. Our Teachers page has been updated to include every teacher’s email. Canvas also has a built-in messaging system where students can send teachers a message.  

PHONE: Since teachers will be working remotely, we are in the process of setting up a way that they can all be reached by phone. In the meantime, please refer to the individual teacher’s Canvas page to see if they’ve posted a phone number they can be best reached at. You can also call the school and leave a message at their extensions. Teachers are able to check messages from home. 

MESSAGING: Some teachers have also posted information for joining them on Remind, which allows families to stay connected via the smartphone app or website version.  

OFFICE HOURS: Individual teachers will also be setting office hours, which you can find on their Canvas course’s home page. Each teacher may run their office hours differently, but with the help of canvas, video conferencing with individual students or the entire class is possible.  

Meals
Who is eligible to receive meals provided by the school?

All children ages 1-18 are eligible to receive breakfast and lunches provided by our school, even if they are not a Camas Valley Charter School students.  

Adults may pick up meals for their child/children without them being present.  

What meals are available and how often?

Grab and go breakfast and lunch will be available once per day Monday – Thursday via bus route delivery or in our cafeteria.

The Camas Valley cafeteria is open Monday – Thursday. Breakfast is available from 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. and lunch is available from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Social distancing guidelines do need to be adhered to when coming to the cafeteria.  

When and where can students get meals?

Grab and go meals will be available for pickup Monday – Thursday from the locations listed below. 

Our cafeteria also remains open Monday – Thursday. Breakfast is available from 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. and lunch is available from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Social distancing guidelines do need to be adhered to when coming to the cafeteria. 

Grab & Go: If you live in Camas Valley or Ten Mile:  

Meals will be delivered to all bus stops once per day. They will arrive 2 hours after the bus would regularly arrive to pick up your students for school. Example: If the bus usually arrives at 7:25 a.m. then the bus now will arrive with food at 9:25 a.m.  

The bus/van will arrive at the Ten Mile Fire Station at 9:15 a.m.  

Grab & Go: If you live in Winston or Green:  

The bus/van will stop at Abby’s in Winston at 10:00 a.m. and the Family Church in Green at 10:20 a.m.  

If Grab & Go or cafeteria hours do not work for you:  

Please contact the office directly at 541-445-2131. Office staff will be there Monday – Thursday between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. If you need something, please ask. We are here to serve our community.  

Is the school offering hot meals on campus?

Yes. Our cafeteria also remains open Monday – Thursday. Breakfast is available from 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. and lunch is available from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Social distancing guidelines do need to be adhered to when coming to the cafeteria.

I don't live in Camas Valley or along the bus route. Where else can I get meals?

Meals are being offered by school districts all around us for any child under 18 

Winston / Looking Glass families, click here for information on meals being provided by the Winston-Dillard School District: https://www.wdsd.org/ 

Roseburg / Green families, click here for more information on meals being provided by Roseburg Public Schools: https://www.wdsd.org/ 

Technology
I can't login to Canvas, what do I do?

If you’re having trouble navigating to Canvas or are unsure of your login, please click this tutorial for details.

We’ve had a lot of students getting an error message when logging into Canvas and almost every time it’s been because they were logged into a personal google/gmail account. If you get an error, in a new tab please go to Google.com and sign out of your personal account.

On our website, you can also hover over Students/Parents and then click on Google Docs. Once there you’ll see if you’re logged in. You can log out by clicking on your account at the top right hand corner.

 

We do not have access to the internet. What do we do?

We are in the process of getting internet access to all our students. Camas Valley has students that travel far to get to school, so internet services available differ from family to family. We are working with families individually to get them internet access.  

The first step for us is just finding out who needs internet access. Camas Valley teachers are calling each family to assess if they have proper internet access. If you have received a voicemail from a teacher, please give us a call back as soon as possible.  

Once we’ve gathered all of this information and know how many families need internet access and where those families are located, we will update you individually about getting it set up. 

There are other options for families as well:

Douglas Fiber Network is offering 2 free months of internet service to local students currently without internet access. Visit www.dfncares.com for more information. They are expediting orders and prioritizing Douglas County students.

We do not have adequate technology or enough technology for all students in our household, what do we do?

We are in the process of calling individual families to assess your unique needs. If you have received a voicemail from a teacher, please give us a call back as soon as possible so we can get that information.  

Once we have talked to every family, we’ll be able to sort through our available chromebooks on campus and assign them to students/families.  

Deliveries will begin the week of April 6th. We will be making deliveries via the bus route (just the same as meals) 

  • Tuesday, April 7th, we’ll be delivering to the Camas Valley stops.  
  • Wednesday, April 8th, we’ll be delivering to the Tenmile/Green/Winston stops  
  • Thursday, April 9th we will have them available for pick up in the cafeteria during mealtimes (8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) 

There will be a form that parents will need to sign taking responsibility for the borrowed technology as well as for monitoring the student’s online use.  

What technology is available for students to borrow?

Chromebooks are available for students to borrow though the school will be communicating with families directly about their need and making those arrangements.  

There are limited supplies of headphones and extra mice/mousepads. If you are having trouble using the chromebook without one, please contact your teacher directly so we can assess the overall need.  

How do we pick up technology we are borrowing from the school?

Chromebooks deliveries will begin the week of April 6th. We will be making deliveries via the bus route (just the same as meals).  

  • Tuesday, April 7th, we’ll be delivering to the Camas Valley stops.  
  • Wednesday, April 8th, we’ll be delivering to the Tenmile/Green/Winston stops  
  • Thursday, April 9th we will have them available for pick up in the cafeteria during mealtimes (8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) 

There will be a form that parents will need to sign taking responsibility for the borrowed technology as well as for monitoring the student’s online use.  

If you are not on a bus route or are not available to pick it up on Thursday April 9th in the cafeteriaplease contact the school directly to arrange pick up or a different delivery method. Call the school at 541-445-2131. Office staff will be there Monday – Wednesday between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Are we financially responsible for the technology we borrow?

Yes. Families are responsible for the chromebooks they borrow and will need to return them at the end of the school year. You will be given a technology release form to sign when you are given the chromebook.

We are worried about internet safety. How can students say safe working online?

At school we are able to block certain sites from our network/WiFi so that students cannot access them. Working from home, students do not have those same protections. There are plenty of things parents can do to help protect their children online.  

You can adjust your parental privacy settings on your own WiFi network just like we did on campus. You can find directions by googling your internet provider’s name and “router parental controls.  

Here’s more information if you have Spectrum: https://www.spectrum.net/support/tv/about-parental-controls/ 

Here’s more information if you have Verizon: https://www.verizon.com/support/residential/internet/security/parental-controls 

Here’s more information if you have Frontier: https://frontier.com/helpcenter/categories/frontier-secure/multi-device-security/configure-parental-controls 

If you cannot find information from your internet provider online, we would recommend you call them directly to see if they offer any parental control settings on their WiFi.  

Common Sense Media has some great articles on internet safety based on the age of the child available on their website here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/privacy-and-internet-safety 

Communication
What is the best way to get important updates from the school?

ONE CALL NOW: Whenever new information is available and urgent we will send it out to all parents through our One Call Now System. If you received a text message, phone call, or email alerting you about the original school closure then you are on this contact list. If you have not received any message from our school, your contact information on file may be out of date. Please contact the school directly at 541-445-2131. Office staff will be there Monday – Wednesday between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to update your contact information.  

WEBSITE: We will be updating our website regularly as we get new information, including answers to the questions on this page.  

FACEBOOK: If you do not follow us already on social media, please consider it. We will post all updates there as well to try to reach all of our families. You can find us at www.facebook.com/CamasValleyCharterSchool 

MAIL: We can mail the same information we’ve been making available digitally. If you have not received any mail from us in recent weeks your contact information on file may be out of date. Please contact the school directly at 541-445-2131. Office staff will be there Monday – Wednesday between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to update your contact information. 

What is the best way to contact a teacher?

EMAIL: Anyone with questions are welcome to email their teacher directly. Our Teachers page has been updated to include every teacher’s email. Canvas ALSO has a built-in messaging system where students can send teachers a message.  

PHONE: Since teachers will be working remotely, we are in the process of setting up a way that they can all be reached by phone. In the meantime, please refer to the individual teacher’s Canvas page to see if they’ve posted a phone number they can be best reached at. You can also call the school and leave a message at their extensions. Teachers are able to check messages from home. 

MESSAGING: Some teachers have also posted information for joining them on Remind, which allows families to stay connected via the smartphone app or website version.  

OFFICE HOURS: Individual teachers will also be setting office hours, which you can find on their Canvas course’s home page. Each teacher may run their office hours differently, but with the help of canvas, video conferencing with individual students or the entire class is possible. 

Social, Emotional, & Mental Health
Do students have access to mental health professionals through the school?

With the school buildings closed and social distancing in place, our regular therapist is not currently visiting campus.  

If you need counseling services, please contact the school directly. We know that this is a difficult time and want to help our students however we can. Please contact the school directly at 541-445-2131. Office staff will be there Monday – Wednesday between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Is there a way for students to connect with one another if they do not have social media?

We are in the process of setting up discussion boards on Canvas for students to connect with their fellow classmates.  All posts will be public, and students will need to adhere to school guidelines just as if they were on campus. Discussion boards will be separated into Elementary School, Middle School, and High School segments.  

Social distancing and self-quarantining can be very difficult for students used to interacting with their friends. We encourage our students to reach out to one another one the phone, digitally, or even by regular mail to check in on their friends and classmates.  

Where else can I get help?

If you are worried about yourself or some else’s mental health or physical safety, there are resources available to help.  

If you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911.  

For adults who do not feel safe at home: www.peaceathome.comThe state has also compiled information and services here: https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/abuse/domestic/pages/index.aspx 

If you are worried about the safety of a child, please call the Oregon Department of Human Services Hotline at 855-503-7233. Interpretation services are available.  

If you are having suicidal thoughts or need mental health services, contact the Douglas County Crisis 24-Hour Hotline at 800-866-9780 or learn more about their services at https://www.adaptoregon.org/mental-health/crisis-services/ 

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. English speakers dial 800-273-8255. For Spanish dial 800-628-9454. Interpretation services are available.   

Graduation
Have there been any changes to the graduation requirements for this year?

ODE released a Pathway to Graduation for 2020 graduating seniors on 4/8/20. You can real the full announcement here.  In general, high school seniors who were passing their courses before the closure, will receive a Pass for the entire semester. High School seniors who were not passing and need to pass the course to graduate will work with those teachers towards earning a passing grade. 

 

Are seniors still required to do senior projects?

Camas Valley is looking at adjusting the senior project requirements, though any changes will require board approval. We will update students as soon as more information is available.

Will there be an in-person graduation ceremony this year?

We all want to celebrate our seniors as much as you do, but at this time we cannot predict if we will be able to safely have an in-person graduation ceremony or not. We certainly will plan some sort of celebration. Please be patient with us as we monitor the situation. We will update families as soon as any decisions are made.

What about senior pictures?

We do still want to take a senior class pictures if/when social distancing restrictions allow.

We will definitely still need photos from all our seniors for this year’s yearbook.  If you have already taken senior pictures, please feel free to send them to Mrs. Gerritsen at shelbi.gerritsen@camasvalley.k12.or.us. She will be in touch with our seniors once things have settled to get any other necessary information/photos for the senior pages.  

Delivery for this year’s yearbooks will be delayed until sometime this summer. We will keep everyone informed as we learn more.

If you haven’t ordered one yet, you can do so online. High school hardcover books are $25 and available here: tinyurl.com/CVHSYearbook2020 

Our elementary/middle school softcover books are $12 and available here: tinyurl.com/CVMSYearbook2020 

 

 

I need help registering for college.

The best way to stay in touch is to join the Seniors 2020 Canvas “course” which will be on all seniors Canvas dashboards sometime the week of April 27th. There we will post information about scholarships and upcoming deadlines.

If you are planning on attending UCC, they are still prepared to register and advise students enrolling for this upcoming Fall. Please see the discussions on the Seniors 2020 Canvas page for more details or email Mrs. Gerritsen if you have any questions – shelbi.gerritsen@camasvalley.k12.or.us.

Childcare
Is the school offering childcare for parents who are still working?

As part of the state’s mandate, public schools have been directed to provide childcare for first responders, emergency workers, health care professionals, and other individuals.  

If you fall into this category and need immediate assistance with childcare, please contact the school directly at 541-445-2131. Office staff will be there Monday – Wednesday between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. If you need something, please ask. We are here to serve our community. 

If you live in Roseburg and fall into that category, their locations may be better suited to serve you. Read more about their emergency childcare services here: http://www.roseburg.k12.or.us/ 

Tech Support

Transitioning to distance education is a new challenge for us all. Don’t worry, we can help. Check out these tutorials or give us a call.

How to Log In to Canvas

Additional Canvas Resources

How to Log In to Your School Email

How to Use Microsoft Office Apps Online

Can’t Login? Your teacher should have all of your login info for email, Canvas, or other accounts they use.

Another problem? Check the “Technology” FAQs to the left.

If that doesn’t solve it, email Tech Support Mon-Thur 9:00 a.m -4:00 p.m. Leave a phone number if you’d prefer support over the phone. If you email after-hours we’ll try our best to respond.