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icon megaphone Update 4.23.2020

Dear Caldwell Parents

 

It’s hard to believe, we are nearly a month into emergency distance learning. We have some updates for you about what’s happening in the District. We also have answers to some questions asked by our Parent Advisory Council.

 

Are school buildings reopening this year?

 

Reopening our schools for students does not appear likely this school year. 

 

We are reviewing “reopen” criteria set by the Idaho State Board of Education as well as President Trump’s/Center for Disease Control reopening plan and Governor Little’s reopening plan.



Our schools will continue to provide resources as part of our emergency learning plans throughout this time of closure. Our teachers will continue to reach out to their students and to parents. This may be through a phone call, text, email, or through a classroom app. 

 

What about access to Wifi?

 

We were able to expand Wifi to the parking lots around our schools. Students using a district Chromebook your device will connect automatically. Others can connect to: "CSD PLIC" and use the password "caldwell".

 

What about high school graduation and other end-of-year celebrations?

 

Our top priority is keeping everyone safe and healthy by following social distancing requirements that are in place. This is impacting our planning for traditional celebrations of high school graduation and the completion of Kindergarten, fifth and eighth grades.  

 

Our high school principals are exploring options to honor our graduates this spring should social distancing requirements remain in place and we cannot gather in large groups. The same is true for our other celebrations. Please be patient. 

 

Right now it is very important that seniors work with their teachers and counselors to complete assignments and coursework to ensure they meet the requirements to receive their high school diploma. 

 

How will I know if my child is going to pass their classes?

 

If your child is in middle school or high school, you should be receiving a weekly email of your child’s grade report. If you are not receiving this report, please check with your school or you can verify your email address is correct in your Skyward account. If your child is failing a class, we need to work together to intervene with a corrective course for successful completion. 






What about summer school to make up lost credit and Advanced Opportunities?

 

We do expect to offer programs to support students this summer. With the uncertainty of whether we will be able to hold these “in person,” we are looking at how these can be provided online or in another fashion. 

 

What about drivers’ education?

 

Right now, we don’t have an online option for this. We are hopeful that when restrictions on gatherings are eased this can be resumed.

 

What about registering for Kindergarten for 2020-21?

 

We are asking parents with children who will be age five (5) on September 1 to sign up the first week in May at our elementary schools. We’re keeping the sign up short and will work with families at the start of school to collect copies of required documents such as the child’s birth certificate and immunization record. Please consider completing Kindergarten sign-up online, if possible. Opportunities to complete a paper form will be available, too. 

 

What about 5th graders who need to make elective choices for their first year of middle school?   

 

Our middle schools are working with elementary schools to share information with fifth graders and their families so students can indicate their choices for the coming school year. Look for more information in early May. 

 

What about 8th graders who need to make elective choices for their first year of high  school?   

 

The high school is working with middle schools to share information with 8th graders so students can indicate their choices for the coming school year. Look for more information in early May. 

 

When can my student get their personal property from a locker or desk?

 

This information will come from your child’s school. Caldwell High School distributed items from lockers this week. 

 

When will my family need to return Chromebooks on loan from the school? 

 

We need Chromebooks returned before the end of the school year. Your child’s school will send you information check-in dates.   

 

I am hearing about layoffs or furloughs in other districts. Is Caldwell School District going to furlough employees?

 

Because of the economic downturn, the state is cutting funding to all school districts by 1% for this school year. Caldwell expects the savings in reduced costs for substitutes, busing, utilities, and other areas, will cover this reduction without a furlough of staff. 

 

Please continue to follow us on our District Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/caldwellschools.org/ 

 

Information is continuously updated and you will find new posts daily. 

 

As always, we appreciate your patience during this time of tremendous changes.

 

Sincerely,



Dr. N. Shalene French

Caldwell School District

Superintendent

 

 

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Caldwell School District offers free "grab and go" meals for children age 1-18 weekdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. through June 30 at:

  • Sacajawea Elementary School
  • Van Buren Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Lewis & Clark Elementary School
  • Caldwell High School

 

After June 30, free "grab and go" meals for children age 1-18 will be offered weekdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. through July 30 at two sites:

  • Van Buren Elementary School
  • Lewis & Clark Elementary School

 

Community sites

 

Oasis Food Center offers free "grab and go" meals (lunch and breakfast) for children age 1-18 weekdays weekdays at these sites:
 
  • Caldwell Memorial 11:45 am-1 pm
  • Farmway 11 am-12:30 pm
  • Hardy Estates 11:30 am-1 pm
  • Indian Creek Mobile 11:30 am-1 pm
  • Luby Park 11:30 am-1 pm
  • Sebree Park 11:45 am-1 pm
  • Ustick Park 12:00 pm-1  pm 
  • Brother's Park (South Parking Lot Across from YMCA) 11:30 am-1 pm
  • Skyway Elementary, 11:45 am-1 pm

 

Families should stay in their cars and drive-thru as meals will be served curbside. Walk-ups are also welcome and will have a separate line with individuals keeping 6 feet apart. Meals should not be eaten on site. Unfortunately, meals are not available for adults.
Wifi logo Devices
Please contact your child's school about how to checkout a device to support learning at home. 
 
Community WiFI
You can go to any of our schools district wide and find WiFi access in our parking lots. If you are on a district Chromebook your device will connect automatically. Are you on a personal device? Connect to "CSD PLIC" and use the password "caldwell".We have extended WiFI to the parking lots of all our schools. Those with a district device will connect automatically. 
 
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) has opened Wi-Fi hotspots at Caldwell Housing Authority, 22730 Farmway Road  and Luby Park on North Illinois and Marble Front Road in Caldwell. 
 
Home Internet Access
The Idaho State Department of Education has a list of what every internet provider is providing for discounts for service to support learning at home. Here is a link to a large file that is available in English and Spanish. 
 
Student / Family Technology Help Desk
The technology department will provide limited remote support using an online request form as well as a hotline phone number. Read more about how to get technical assistance.
 

 

 

Caldwell School District parentsicon megaphone

 

Update 4.23.2020

 

Dear Caldwell Parents

 

It’s hard to believe, we are nearly a month into emergency distance learning. We have some updates for you about what’s happening in the District. We also have answers to some questions asked by our Parent Advisory Council.

 

Are school buildings reopening this year?

 

Reopening our schools for students does not appear likely this school year. 

 

We are reviewing “reopen” criteria set by the Idaho State Board of Education as well as President Trump’s/Center for Disease Control reopening plan and Governor Little’s reopening plan.



Our schools will continue to provide resources as part of our emergency learning plans throughout this time of closure. Our teachers will continue to reach out to their students and to parents. This may be through a phone call, text, email, or through a classroom app. 

 

What about access to Wifi?

 

We were able to expand Wifi to the parking lots around our schools. Students using a district Chromebook your device will connect automatically. Others can connect to: "CSD PLIC" and use the password "caldwell".

 

What about high school graduation and other end-of-year celebrations?

 

Our top priority is keeping everyone safe and healthy by following social distancing requirements that are in place. This is impacting our planning for traditional celebrations of high school graduation and the completion of Kindergarten, fifth and eighth grades.  

 

Our high school principals are exploring options to honor our graduates this spring should social distancing requirements remain in place and we cannot gather in large groups. The same is true for our other celebrations. Please be patient. 

 

Right now it is very important that seniors work with their teachers and counselors to complete assignments and coursework to ensure they meet the requirements to receive their high school diploma. 

 

How will I know if my child is going to pass their classes?

 

If your child is in middle school or high school, you should be receiving a weekly email of your child’s grade report. If you are not receiving this report, please check with your school or you can verify your email address is correct in your Skyward account. If your child is failing a class, we need to work together to intervene with a corrective course for successful completion. 

 

What about summer school to make up lost credit and Advanced Opportunities?

 

We do expect to offer programs to support students this summer. With the uncertainty of whether we will be able to hold these “in person,” we are looking at how these can be provided online or in another fashion. 

 

What about drivers’ education?

 

Right now, we don’t have an online option for this. We are hopeful that when restrictions on gatherings are eased this can be resumed.

 

What about registering for Kindergarten for 2020-21?

 

We are asking parents with children who will be age five (5) on September 1 to sign up the first week in May at our elementary schools. We’re keeping the sign up short and will work with families at the start of school to collect copies of required documents such as the child’s birth certificate and immunization record. Please consider completing Kindergarten sign-up online, if possible. Opportunities to complete a paper form will be available, too. 

 

What about 5th graders who need to make elective choices for their first year of middle school?   

 

Our middle schools are working with elementary schools to share information with fifth graders and their families so students can indicate their choices for the coming school year. Look for more information in early May. 

 

What about 8th graders who need to make elective choices for their first year of high  school?   

 

The high school is working with middle schools to share information with 8th graders so students can indicate their choices for the coming school year. Look for more information in early May. 

 

When can my student get their personal property from a locker or desk?

 

This information will come from your child’s school. Caldwell High School distributed items from lockers this week. 

 

When will my family need to return Chromebooks on loan from the school? 

 

We need Chromebooks returned before the end of the school year. Your child’s school will send you information check-in dates.   

 

I am hearing about layoffs or furloughs in other districts. Is Caldwell School District going to furlough employees?

 

Because of the economic downturn, the state is cutting funding to all school districts by 1% for this school year. Caldwell expects the savings in reduced costs for substitutes, busing, utilities, and other areas, will cover this reduction without a furlough of staff. 

 

Please continue to follow us on our District Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/caldwellschools.org/ 

 

Information is continuously updated and you will find new posts daily. 

 

As always, we appreciate your patience during this time of tremendous changes.

 

Sincerely,



Dr. N. Shalene French

Caldwell School District

Superintendent

 

 

April 8, 2020

 

Caldwell parents 

 

We have some updates for you.

 

State extends “soft closure”  

 

On Monday, the Idaho State Board of Education extended its soft closure of schools (buildings are closed and distance learning continues) from April 20 through the end of the school year. Schools may reopen this year if certain criteria are met which the Idaho State Board of Education will set Monday, April 13. The State Board also asked Governor Brad Little to waive some requirements in law including:

 

  • instructional time requirements for earning high school credit, 
  • the civics test for high school graduation, and  
  • the spring Idaho Reading Indicator for kindergarten through 3rd grade.  

 

Next steps for Caldwell

 

The State Board of Education will set the criteria for schools to reopen their buildings on Monday, April 13 at 3 p.m. This meeting can be watched live on the State Board's Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/idsboe/

 

I will discuss with the Caldwell School Board the criteria set by the state and whether Caldwell will remain in soft closure - buildings closed and distance learning provided - through May 22. This meeting is Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m. and may be watched live on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caldwellschools.org/  

 

If current conditions remain which are  --

 

  • community spread of the virus in the Treasure Valley,  
  • orders to stay-at-home, 
  • closure of all non-essential businesses, 
  • prohibition on gatherings larger than 10 people,  
  • the Center for Disease Control’s direction for individuals to wear masks when in public,
  • and more  

 

I don't anticipate schools being allowed to reopen buildings on Monday, April 20, or for the rest of our school year. However, we would continue to provide distance learning. 

 

We will update everyone with the Caldwell School Board's decision. 



Distance Learning Update

 

We’ve accomplished a lot since Spring Break, including: 

 

  • Teachers and administrators are connecting virtually to collaborate and finalize materials to send home. 
  • We’ve connected with our families and students and with the families of students with special needs.
  • Secondary schools have checked out Chromebooks where needed to support learning materials being sent home.
  • Learning packets are being sent home electronically or in paper form once a week or more.
  • We put together a Parent Tool Kit with resources to support learning at home.
  • We’ve created a technology Helpdesk for students and families. Learn more here

 

Family Supports

 

We’re serving hundreds of meals every week day from 10 to 11:30 p.m. at:

 

  • Sacajawea Elementary School
  • Van Buren Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Lewis & Clark Elementary School
  • Caldwell High School

Community partners have added more weekday sites for meals from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at:

  • Evergreen Mobile 
  • Hardy Estates
  • Indian Creek Mobile
  • Hawthorne Park
  • Foote Park
  • Farmway Village

Challenges

 

  • Graduation and special events - These events haven’t been canceled but may look different than in the past based on social distancing restrictions that may be in place in our community. We want to honor our seniors. We will keep you posted on these events.

 

  • Wifi Internet Access for Families - We know this is an issue for our families and we are working with business and community partnership to find some solutions.

 

 

 

CHS Choirs is leading an effort to harness our creativity to connect us when we are disconnected.  They want everyone in the community to get involved and stay connected.Tag your creation on social media with the hashtag #ctowncreates. Learn more here: https://youtu.be/yN6u-roHEMA

 

I want to thank everyone: staff, students, and parents for your patience and resilience during this time!  Please know you are not alone. We are in this together. Please reach out to your child’s teachers - they miss their students and would love to help.

 

Dr. Shalene French

Caldwell School District

Superintendent

 

April.1.2020

 

Teacher Check-Ins with Families

 

This week, you can expect your student’s teacher to make contact with you. Teachers have been asked to communicate with all their families regularly using District-issued email, Class DoJo, Remind, Google Apps for Education, Skyward, or through a telephone call. Be aware the telephone call may be from a non-District telephone number or unknown number. 

 

Our teachers will reach out to see how families are doing, as well as ask if you have access to the internet and a computer, or electronic device, other than a smartphone. The information our staff gathers will be critical in our efforts to launch course-based and grade-level online resources. 

 

Thank you for taking the time to respond to this important call from your teacher. 

 

Additional Information:

  • The district will provide translation support as needed for communication purposes.
  • Staff will communicate their scheduled virtual “office” hours with families on a weekly basis. 
  • IEPs, Eligibilities, 504s, ELPs, and ALP meetings will be conducted through virtual methods (i.e. District provided line, Google Hangout, Zoom, etc.). 

 

Devices

 

Your child’s school will contact you about when devices/Chromebooks will be available for check out and the process. This may take a few days, please be patient.

 

Wifi Access

 

Several Wifi and Internet providers are offering discounts for families with students. Here is a link to review what options are available  

 

SparkLight has added Wifi access spots in Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell Fruitland. Here is link to them.  The name is “Sparklight Free Hotspot.” There is no  password.

 

 

Free meals continue 

 

We ran out of meals at some sites and will make more. Please be patient as we adjust, it can be a challenge to predict how many meals to make.  

 

The state’s stay-at-home order allows for travel to pick up meals. We will serve free “grab and go” meals for children age 1 to 18 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays at: 

  • Sacajawea Elementary School 
  • Van Buren Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Lewis & Clark Elementary School 
  • Caldwell High School

 

Free meals also are available 11 a.m. to noon weekdays at Farmway Village, provided by Oasis Food Center volunteers. 

 

Families should stay in their cars and drive-thru as meals will be served curbside. Walk-ups are also welcome and will have a separate line with individuals keeping 6 feet apart. Meals should not be eaten on site. Unfortunately, meals are not available for adults.

 

Your child does not need to be a student at the school to receive a meal.

 

Thank you!

 

March 30, 2020 

 

Caldwell School District parents

 

Teacher Check-Ins with Families

 

This week, you can expect a phone call from your student’s teacher. Be aware the call may be from a non-District telephone number. Our teachers will call to see how families are doing, as well as ask if you have access to the internet and a computer, or electronic device, other than a smartphone. The information our staff gathers will be critical in our efforts to launch course-based and grade-level online resources. Thank you for taking the time to respond to this important call from your teacher. 

 

Devices

 

Your child’s school will contact you about when devices/Chromebooks will be available for check out and the process. This may take a few days, please be patient.

 

Free meals start Tuesday

 

The state’s stay-at-home order allows for travel to pick up meals. Starting Tuesday, March 31, we will serve free “grab and go” meals for children age 1 to 18 from 10a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays at: 

  • Sacajawea Elementary School 
  • Van Buren Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Lewis & Clark Elementary School 
  • Caldwell High School
  •  

Free meals also are available 11 a.m. to noon weekdays at Farmway Village, provided by Oasis Food Center volunteers. 

 

Families should stay in their cars and drive-thru as meals will be served curbside. Walk-ups are also welcome and will have a separate line with individuals keeping 6 feet apart. Meals should not be eaten on site. Unfortunately, meals are not available for adults.

 

Your child does not need to be a student at the site to receive a meal.

 

Thank you!

 

March 27, 2020

 

Caldwell parents

 

I hope you are healthy and well and have been able to enjoy Spring Break during this unprecedented time.

 

Next week, we enter a unique time for all of us: an extended school closure. 

 

In case you missed it, the Idaho State Board of Education directed schools to close until April 20 as part of an effort to protect all of us during this pandemic, and Gov. Brad Little announced that Idahoans should stay at home through April 15. 

 

During this extended closure, our goal is to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe: our students, our employees, and our community. 

 

Based on our capacity, we will provide essential services identified by the Governor and State Board of Education: meals and distance learning opportunities.

 

Buildings, playground equipment closed

 

Our buildings are closed to the public. Limited access will be provided to staff to provide meals and prepare learning materials for distribution. Our playground equipment is not cleaned and not available for use until further notice. Open spaces around our schools are available for walking and running for individuals but no group activities. 

 

Meals

 

The state’s stay-at-home order allows for travel to pick up meals. Starting Tuesday, we will serve free “grab and go” meals for children age 1 to 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays at:

Sacajawea, Van Buren, Lincoln, and Lewis and Clark elementary schools and Caldwell High.

 

Families should stay in their cars and drive-thru as meals will be served curbside. Walk-ups are also welcome and will have a separate line with individuals keeping 6 feet apart. Meals should not be eaten on site. Unfortunately, meals are not available for adults.

 

Starting Monday, free “grab and go meals” for children age 1 to 18 will be available weekdays from 11 a.m. to noon weekdays at Farmway Village, provided by Oasis Food Center volunteers. 

 

Preparing for distance learning

 

Families: Please continue parent-directed learning this coming week. You will be contacted by school administrators and/or teachers for information as we prepare to provide distance learning opportunities in early April.

 

Staff: Administrators will be organizing resources to support teachers to deliver distance learning opportunities and connecting with teachers and staff.  

 

Special needs

 

Special Education/504: Starting March 30, parents and guardians of students who have individualized education plans (IEPs) or 504s  will be contacted by case managers by telephone to identify the next steps to support your students’ needs. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSER) have communicated that schools may not be able to provide all services in the same manner as they have been during this national emergency. With parents as our partners, we will make our best effort to ensure that all students are learning during this time. Special education/504 case managers will be communicating with families on how meetings will be scheduled to meet  eligibility and annual review timelines. 

 

High school

 

We’ve been meeting with administrators about the unique concerns of our high school students, especially seniors and ensuring they can graduate and whether special events will be held. Some graduation requirements were waived by the State Board of Education including senior project and college entrance exams. Look for more information from the principals in the coming days.

 

Technology concerns

 

Thank you to those who completed our survey about your technology needs. We ordered items to support wifi access at home, but high demand has delayed delivery indefinitely. However, we do have a limited number of devices for family check out. Your child’s school will provide details. 

 

Our No.1 priority is our staff, students, and the community's safety. Please understand that we will continue to monitor and adjust the plan as mandated by our State Board of Education and our Governor. We will all need to practice patience, flexibility and understanding as we adapt to this “new normal.”

 

We will continue to update you each week. 

 

Thank you!

 

Dr. N. Shalene French 

Caldwell School District Superintendent

 

March 23, 2020


Parents and staff

Today the Idaho State Board of Education approved a “soft close” of the state’s schools until April 20. This means all Idaho students including ours in Caldwell will not return to campuses throughout Idaho until at least Monday, April 20.

What does that mean for us after Spring Break?

The State Board directed districts to provide instructional opportunities to the best of their capacity during this closure recognizing many districts are currently on Spring Break.

We began planning for a short extended closure during the four days before Spring Break. After break, we will be engaging our staff and will update parents on how instructional opportunities will be provided. We may need to extend the school year.

The State Board also took other action today that impacts our students and provides flexibility during this statewide soft closure.

Here are some highlights from the meeting, the Board:

Suspended the senior project graduation requirement for the class of 2020
Suspended the college entrance exam required for the class of 2020 and 2021
Approved seeking a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for ISAT testing in English Language Arts, Math, and Science and the alternative ISAT

We will continue to monitor the situation. As soon as we know more, we will update you!

Stay Healthy

N. Shalene French
Caldwell School District Superintendent

 

Caldwell School District March 20, 2020 Update

 

Is online education an option?


Not at this time. The district will provide online resources for families should an extended closure be necessary.  We also will be asking parents to provide information about their ability to access the internet to access resources.

 

What about graduations, proms and other spring events?


No decisions have been made about these events.

 

Will we extend the school year into June?


We simply don’t know. What we do know is the state has a process for waivers to account for lost instructional time for emergencies such as a “snow day.” We will apply for this waiver. 

 

What should I tell my child about COVID-19?

 

The National Association of School Nurses and National Association of School Psychologists have authorize a short guide called "Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  

Click here for English version and en Espanol

 

Where can I get more information?

 

  • About our district, check this website. Our first communication will be to parents and staff through email, text or phone call and then our website will be updated.
  • About Idaho, monitor the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website at: https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/
  • The U.S. Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/