Oregon sets graduation rate records for 2019-20

(Salem, Ore.) – The statewide graduation rate for the class of 2019-20 is 82.6 percent, up 2.6 percentage points over the previous year and the highest graduation rate ever recorded in Oregon, according to data released today by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). The increase means the four-year graduation rate has increased more than 10 percentage points compared to six years ago. – Read the ODE news bulletin here

Bulldog Pride!

(Creswell, Ore.) Creswell High School’s graduation rate for the class of 2019-20 is 85.19 percent, 2.6 percentage points higher then the state average. This is a remarkable achievement earned on the heels of a worldwide pandemic.

The Graduating Class of 2020 had an unprecedented ending to their school year. The disruption in a on-site instruction that began in March 2020 did not daunt local graduating Bulldogs. Creswell High School graduating seniors, their families, and district educators shared a mutual goal of closing the school year with a high school diploma. Through hard work, determination and a collaborative endeavor their goal was achieved. Go Bulldogs!

Student learning and success is at the forefront in Creswell School District

The goal of graduation begins the moment a student enters Creswell School District. Staff from all grade levels work to further students’ successes, while keeping their students on a pathway to graduation. Congratulations students, teachers, support staff, and administrators of Creswell School District. It is through your dedication and commitment to education that these graduation rates are achieved.

Superintendent Mike Johnson shared the Oregon Department of Eduction Press Release in an email to all staff, specifically sharing: “As you may have heard the great news about the increased graduation rates for Oregon seniors class of 2020, I want to commend all of you for your hard work with our kids to reach this historical level of success.” 

Further reading:

Creswell School District’s “At-A-Glance School and District Profiles for the 2019-20 School Year” (Link)

Statewide Graduation Reports from ODE with media files, summary and trend reports, policy and technical manuals (Link)

With Recognition and Appreciation: Creswell SD Board of Directors

2016_School_Board_Month_proclamationJanuary is School Board Recognition Month in Oregon.

Creswell School District is joining with other districts throughout the state to recognize the important contributions school board members make to our communities.

School board members contribute their time and talents toward advancement of public education. They represent a continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education.

The students of Creswell School District are served well by their School Board. Their commitment and dedication to our community is appreciated.

It is with high regard that we give this recognition to our dedicated local leaders: Board Chair Mike Anderson, Board Vice Chair Lacey Risdal, Director David Eusted, Director Kandice Lemhouse Worsham, Director Mark Parker, Director Debi Wilkerson, and Director Ashley Miller 

Message from Superintendent Johnson: updates regarding in-person on-site instruction and the path for CSD moving forward

Dear Creswell Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,

First, thank you for your patience and support through these unprecedented conditions and rapidly changing directions from state and health authorities. I know this has been challenging and frustrating for all of us in our personal lives, work situations and educating our kids.

I’d like to take this opportunity to follow up on my last letter sent at the beginning of this week, to give you an update and provide some clarity on where we stand as a district in terms of on-site learning. Like you, we are looking forward to the time when all students are safely back in school with us.

Returning students safely back to on-site learning is a high priority and our goal in CSD. Our District leadership team has been working diligently to develop Blueprint Plans for limited in-person on-site learning, hybrid on-site learning and athletics participation 6-12.

In this letter, you will find:

  • Information on the Governor’s changes and direction to ODE and OHA.
  • Current Lane County and Creswell COVID-19 metric case counts.
  • Where we are and where we are going with on-site learning.

Changes in State Guidelines for Schools:

Governor Brown has asked local school districts to continue making decisions based on science and public health and safety as we work toward in-person on-site learning. This has been our goal and we will be continuing in that path. The Governor also informed us that educators have been moved up in the vaccine distribution to Group 1b. That could happen anytime between a few weeks to a few months from now.

Oregon has established public health metrics to guide decisions for in-person on-site learning. Her recent direction to ODE and OHA was to shift the state metrics by January 1, to “advisory” recommendations for on-site learning from mandatory restrictions. Although she directed this shift to ODE and OHA, she maintained that the metrics would continue to be used as the guide for districts and schools to return safely to on-site learning. Her direction to ODE and OHA also included a review of the thresholds for COVID-19 case rates and the state metrics as well as the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance by January 19. OHA was also directed to develop a plan for rapid on-site testing to be available in schools. We are looking forward to the release of the upcoming guidance from ODE and OHA to adjust our Blueprint plans for on-site learning to the greatest extent possible.

Current COVID-19 Metric Case Counts:

As I have stated, the health and safety of our students and staff are the absolute priority in CSD. Current COVID-19 case rates remain in the Extreme Category for both Lane County and Creswell. The Lane County cases are currently at 318 per 100,000 and they must be considered for CSD reopening, not only because county rates are required by the state and OHA, but also because over 50% of our District staff reside in the Eugene/Springfield communities and approximately the same percentage of our Creswell community work in Eugene/Springfield as well. The Creswell case rates as reported by OHA on 12/4/2020, was 191 total cases, 35 active cases. When applying the CDC cases per 100,000 population formula, Creswell was above Lane County rates at 419 cases per 100,000. I will continue to work closely with Lane County Public Health Network to determine next steps in the school reopening process.

  • At this time, we continue to be under the direction of the state with the metrics until the January 19 ODE revision is released.
  • We have been informed by our district insurance carrier that we will not be covered for COVID-19 related liabilities, if we are not following all RSSL guidance and health authority recommendations.
  • We will continue to make decisions based on the local public health data and metrics to determine when its safe for students to return to in-person on-site learning modes.

The state and OHA health and safety measures (160 of them), also continue to be required on district property, including wearing face masks, maintaining 6’ physical distance, cohort limitations and group size limits.

Where we are with on-site learning and next steps:

  • CSD will continue to provide CDL and COA online learning as our primary mode of instruction and will adjust to on-site instruction in accordance with health and safety regulations and state and ODE guidance.
  • We have completed a survey to get input from parents/guardians, staff and students for moving forward with Comprehensive Distance Learning, Creswell Online Academy, and in-person on-site learning.
  • We have completed Blueprints for limited in-person on-site learning for CES, CMS, and CHS.
  • Teachers have offered input and recommendations for select students to participate in limited on-site learning based on educational, relational, curricular, instructional, and/or assessment needs.
  • Principals are in the process of collaborating with staff at their building levels to develop small groups of students for limited in-person on-site learning to begin the week of January 18.
  • Principals will be providing information to families regarding their plans for rolling out in-person on-site learning the week of January 11.
  • I have been working with legal counsel since October 2020, to develop a liability protection framework for school athletic and community based athletic activities on district property.
  • In December 2020, I finalized a framework for releasing COVID-19 liabilities for school athletic programs and community youth organizations to access district property for sports activities.
  • CHS coaches organized virtual meetings with their athletes during the weeks of December 28 and January 4.
  • CHS sports programs will begin workouts and conditioning activities the week of January 11.
  • Babe Ruth is scheduled to begin team practices in February.
  • On January 19, the Governor is scheduled to release the ODE RSSL guidance, the OHA COVID-19 metric threshold evaluation, educator vaccination time-line, and on-site testing availability for schools.
  • After the release from the Governor on January 19, I will meet with the CSD licensed and classified association leaders to review the guidelines and plans to return to in-person on-site hybrid learning.
  • By February 5, Blueprint plans for in-person on-site hybrid learning will be completed.
  • When health conditions allow and we are in compliance with RSSL guidance, we will begin to rollout hybrid in-person learning with staggered start dates for K & 1, 2 & 3, followed by grades 4 & 5, then 6-12.

As I have said before, this pandemic is a very fluid situation with rapid changes from week to week and often on a daily basis. We will continue to do our best to provide the healthiest and safest approach to providing the highest quality education possible, given the most difficult circumstances we have ever experienced in education.

I will continue to provide you with updates on the most current information as quickly as I possibly can. Please know that I diligently research and process all information with all state and local agencies to provide you with the most accurate and reliable information.

Again, I am humbled to be the Superintendent and leader of this great staff and I thank you for your support as we work together to educate all kids.

Sincerely,

Mike Johnson, Superintendent

Message from Superintendent Johnson: Reopening Schools Update

A message from CRESWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT 40

Dear Creswell Families,

I am sending you this letter to update you on recent developments regarding reopening schools. Over Winter break, the Governor announced changes in the state’s guidance related to bringing students back to schools for hybrid in-person instruction. Her announcement was made with no advance notice to superintendents and/or most state agencies. Since her announcement, several state agencies have been preparing revisions for reopening schools guidance and procedures. As Superintendent, I was invited and did participate in those conversations.

What the Governor Did:

• Governor Kate Brown has removed the mandated school closures that have been based on the level of COVID-19 in Lane County, instead, making the school closures “advisory”.

• In her letter announcing the changes, the Governor indicates that she has directed the “…OHA and ODE to evaluate and provide any needed updates, based on scientific data and evidence, to the appropriate thresholds for resumption of “hybrid in-person instruction.” This was further directed to be accomplished by January 19, 2021. This is a critical piece of information we need and the Governor has advised that Districts wait to reopen until the new metrics have been released.

This change moves us closer to the possibility of bringing students back to hybrid in-person instructional modes, particularly our youngest students who have been prioritized by the state for a return to the classroom. Before Winter break we had been working on plans to bring small groups of students back to school under the “Limited In-person Instruction” (Lipi) Guidance on Limited In-Person Instruction, exception provision provided in the Ready Schools, Safe Schools guidance Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance . Based on the Creswell parent/student survey results, 23% percent indicated they are struggling with the current distance learning model (CDL). Conversely, 77% indicated that they were doing “ok or good” with CDL. Our first priority is to provide support via limited in-person instruction for our highest needs students who have indicated that they are struggling. In addition, 69% of the parent/student responses indicated that they would like to participate in sports activities and 90% of high school coaches surveyed indicated that they felt safe conducting workouts and conditioning activities outside. This is another area that we have prioritized to move forward with.

Per the Governor’s message, resuming hybrid in-person instruction mode cannot take place without regard to our local COVID rate and the significant health and safety requirements that remain in effect. And reopening, even in Hybrid for a few days each week, is not a simple decision given the significant amount of planning and coordination that needs to be addressed. This is particularly true given that nearly 30% of Creswell parents surveyed have indicated that they wish for their children to remain in Distance Learning for the remainder of the school year for safety and consistency purposes.

We Must Consider:

• Lane County COVID rates.

• ODE Ready Schools, Safe Schools revised guidelines (1/19/2021).

• OHA updated scientific and evidence data to review the metrics and further inform health and safety protocols.

• A review of the new COVID-19 metric “advisory” status from the “required” status for reopening schools by state-wide school district’s insurance carrier for COVID-19 liability coverage.

• The preparedness and training needed for staff to implement health and safety protocols in our schools

• Creating/recreating classroom schedules for students participating in Hybrid instruction to be in compliance with the 6’ social distancing requirement.

• Continuing our survey of families so that we know which families will elect to remain in Distance Learning and those who will elect Hybrid in-person instruction.

*NOTE: No reopening for in-person hybrid instruction mode date has been set in Creswell School District for any grade level, and we promise to give families at least two weeks’ notice before beginning Hybrid instruction.

We are committed to providing updates as soon as there is news to share. In the meantime, thank you for continuing to engage in Distance Learning and following health and safety protocols to help lower our local COVID rate.

Sincerely,

Mike Johnson, Superintendent

Message from Superintendent Johnson

Dear CSD Parents, Guardians, and Students,

I have two announcements to share with you, however, I first want to thank you for all of your patience, grace and support for our students and staff during this pandemic. I am hopeful that the new year will bring all of us some relief from the virus and its threats.

My first announcement is in regards to the early release day and professional development scheduled for January 15, 2021. We will adjust the January 15th work day to a regularly scheduled school day just as we did for the first early release/professional development day that was scheduled on 10/2/2020. Adjusting the day to a regularly scheduled school day would allow us to make up lost instruction time that occurred at the start of the school year due to the wild fires and smoke. I also feel that having a regularly scheduled day of classes on January 15th would be very beneficial for staff, students and parents to maintain school schedules and routines.

Secondly, each year, we experience inclement weather conditions and potential snow days that result in canceling school. However, since we will be continuing online comprehensive distance learning after the break, we will have the ability to continue with school during those inclement weather situations. Therefore, unless we experience a severe freeze or blizzard, I see no need to cancel school for snow days. If the weather conditions are considered extreme, each school principal will inform parents and students of any schedule adjustments that would be needed.

Again, thank you for your support and I wish you healthy, safe and happy holidays.

Sincerely,

Mike Johnson, Superintendent

Creswell School Board Meeting: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Creswell School Board Meeting for December 2020

The Creswell School Board will hold their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM. This will be a virtual meeting. Review the meeting agenda (link)

Please click the link below to join the School Board Meeting as an audience member (Meeting registration required): https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_a59OaJsRQhaGWVNfqpa7Mw (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.)

The active weblink to view this meeting on YouTube will be provided here on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Board Meeting Link:

Written comments will be accepted and should be sent by email to info@creswell.k12.or.us . Comments must be received by noon on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Comments must be limited in length to be read in 3 minutes. Comments will be read into public record by the Board Chair at the meeting.

For more information, please contact Marilyn Cruzan at 541-895-6000