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SAFE RETURN TO IN-PERSON & CONTINUITY OF SERVICES PLAN (SY 2021-2022)

This document reflects health and safety strategies based on guidance for the safe return of in-person classroom instruction. This plan is subject to change as needed, taking into account the level of community transmission and based on the recommendations released by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Cochise County Health Officials, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A copy of the plan may also be downloaded here.

MASKS

CAS highly recommends that staff and students wear masks or appropriate face coverings per CDC guidelines.  Masks may be required at the discretion of school administration. 

If worn, masks or face coverings should adhere to CDC guidelines.

FACILITY MODIFICATIONS & SOCIAL DISTANCING

For the 2021-22 school year, CAS has modified facilities and implemented procedures to limit the spread of illness in all schools. 

Social distancing guidelines remain in place for the 2021-22 school year. 

CAS has invested in Air Purification Systems for every classroom, restroom, and cafeteria to support air circulation.  All HVAC units on school buildings are required to undergo an annual standards inspection by certified HVAC technicians. Replacement of older HVAC units is underway.

CAS high schools operate block schedules to minimize the number of students on campus on any given day.   

SANITATION PROCEDURES

  • High traffic and common areas will maintain regular sanitization and disinfecting schedules. 
  • Classrooms will be sanitized at a minimum of twice daily.
  • Students and teachers will disinfect items of use in the classroom during the day.
  • CAS encourages all students to use respiratory etiquette, wash their hands regularly, and use hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of disease.
  • Along with our cleaning staff, we will have Bioshield LLC provide quarterly, deep disinfecting services to our campuses.  The service will sanitize the whole building and will create a protective shield/coating on all areas that will limit the spread of Covid-19.

CONTACT TRACING AND QUARANTINE

  • If a student or staff member has come in close contact with a potential exposure of COVID, they should monitor for symptoms and test if possible.
  • If symptoms occur, the student or staff member should quarantine and test as soon as possible.
  • CAS also recommends testing if symptoms are not present just in case a student or staff member is asymptomatic.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID, they will need to quarantine for 10 days and can return to school in person when they are symptom-free with no use of fever reducing medicine. 
  • Students will be allowed to work from home with a distance learning option if they feel well enough to do so.  If they are not well enough to work from home, they will be marked as excused and will be able to make up their school work when they are feeling better. 
  • CAS will report any positive cases to the local health department for contact tracing and recommendations.
  • CAS health office staff screen for student symptoms regularly or as needed.  Our schools in Douglas invite Acupath Laboratories to administer a COVID-19 saliva test to students and staff every week. 
  • In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID, we will be updating this policy as deemed necessary.  CAS works closely with our local health department and the Arizona Department of Education to maintain up-to-date recommendations and procedures.

VACCINATIONS

Updated information is regularly provided to the school community on the availability of immunization.   

STUDENT ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Assistive technology will be determined and provided by the Special Education team and added to the student’s accommodations and/or modifications at the beginning of the school year.
  • IEPs and 504 meetings are offered in both virtual and in-person formats.  A parent portal is set up through the web-based e-IEP Pro program so that parents can view IEPs and 504s online. 
  • E-IEP Pro includes a teacher portal for viewing accommodations, modifications, goals, and present levels of performance.

STUDENT ACADEMIC SERVICES

All students are assigned school-issued Chromebooks allowing a seamless transition to distance learning if the situation requires.

Intervention and academic enrichment programs are provided before and after school for all students to address student learning loss and supplement the learning that occurs during the regular school day. 

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES

In order to maintain emotional and social support for our students and staff at the Center for Academic Success, we have done the following:           

Students

Students will be able to make an appointment to speak with our school counselors in person or virtually. 

The school counselor provides training to the staff on how to identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders, such as depression and suicide.  A referral process is set up to ensure students are receiving the help they need. 

There is also a school counselor link on the CAS website (www.casschools.com) so that both students and parents can reach out to her when they would like help.  The school counselor page also provides links to the many community resources available.

In addition, CAS school counselors provide support services for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) throughout the school day, to include classes and afterschool programs.

Staff

CAS school counselors have created a program to address staff social and emotional health needs throughout the school year. 

Program topics include:

  • Enhance the work environment through the promotion of a stress-free daily practice.
  • Create ways to promote a happy, relaxed “digital habitat” by sharing positive messages with students.
  • Increase the number of steps throughout the day to have a better metabolic system.
  • Celebrate a mindful week with staff and students special activities each day of the week to upgrade our level of consciousness to be more focused and aware of the present moment.

 PLAN REVIEW AND ADOPTION PROCESS

In order to continue to adequately address our school community’s changing needs, CAS has established a process to seek public input in the review and revision of this plan. 

Every six months, the committee composed of representatives from each of our schools and their stakeholders will meet to review and revise the plan as needed. 

Revised April 2022

A.R.S. 15-903 Teacher Salary Increase

Center for Academic Success is announcing an increase for teachers’ salaries for the 2021-2022 school year.

A.R.S. 15-903

Average salary of all teachers employed in budget year 2022$46,000
Average salary of all teachers employed in prior year 2021$45,800
Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year 2021$200
Percentage increase0.4%

Please note:  We define Teachers as those eligible to be included in the Charter School AFR Teacher Count.  Salary amounts shown include base pay, Instructional Improvement, and Proposition 301.  Salaries do not include extra duty pay for before/after school programs or summer school.

Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2018$37,868
Total percentage increase in average teacher salary since FY 201821.5%

In addition, CAS continues to ensure that our teachers have no out-of-pocket costs by covering all classroom supplies and expenses.

We would like to thank all of our teachers at the Center for Academic Success for everything they do to support our students.  Your care and efforts make a difference every day.  Thank you.

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AZ Dept. of Education 2020 Parental Rights Handbook

During the 2020 Arizona Legislative Session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1061 which went into effect on August 25, 2020. The new statute requires the Arizona Department of Education to establish and post a statutory handbook of parental rights.

Additionally, per statute, each school district and charter school is required to post a link to this parental rights handbook on its website.

You can find the 2020 Parental Rights Handbook by visiting ADE’s “Parents & Families” page on their website:  https://www.azed.gov/parents.

 


 

CAS Dress Code Policy

Before you dash to the store to pick out that perfect, new “back to school” outfit, please take a moment to read through our dress code policy below. 

DRESS CODE (K-8)

A dress code creates an environment that is free of distractions and encourages appropriate behavior so that students may excel academically.  Students at CAS will be expected to conform to a uniform dress code.  This uniform shall consist of a solid red, white, or navy blue polo shirt, and khaki or denim pants, shorts, or skirts.

Tops: Red, White, or Navy Blue (solid colors only)

Short or long-sleeved collared polo shirt, with no pockets, in the approved uniform colors.

Plain, red, white, or navy blue long-sleeved shirts/t-shirts may be worn under the polo shirt during the winter months.  The shirt/t-shirt must be appropriately sized and must not extend beyond the hem of the polo shirt.

Only one polo shirt at a time may be worn.

A light-weight, front-zippered jacket may be worn inside the buildings; however, the jacket must remain unzipped and open while inside.  NO SWEATSHIRTS MAY BE WORN.

Bottoms:  Blue jeans, Black, or Khaki/Tan:

Jeans, straight-legged trousers, shorts, and skirts in the approved colors are permitted.

All bottoms must be in good condition and hemmed (not frayed, ripped, cutoff, or containing holes).  Pants/shorts must fit at the waist.  Shorts, skorts, and skirts are to be no shorter than finger-tip length.

Not Permitted: 

  • Cargo pants/shorts
  • Joggers (sweatpants), jeggings, leggings, yoga style pants
  • Pullover sweat shirts
  • Lace, see-through clothing
  • Leather or leather type material
  • Sagging or oversized pants

Coats/Jackets:

Heavy coats/jackets do not have to follow the uniform colors and are to be worn outside of the building.  Heavy coats/jackets are not to be worn during classes.

Trench coats are not permitted.

Hats and Scarves:

Hats/head gear may be worn outside with the brim/beak facing forward.  Scarves may not be worn due to safety.

Shoes:

Students may not wear open-toed shoes due to safety concerns.  Shoes with laces must be fully laced up and tied.  The same applies to Velcro strap fasteners.

Accessories:

  • No sunglasses are to be worn inside the building unless medically prescribed.
  • No bandanas or bandana print headgear, or du-rags of any kind may be worn on campus at any time or at any school sponsored activity.
  • Any item of clothing that contains metal studs or simulated studs of any type is prohibited.
  • Lanyards are to be worn around the neck or tucked entirely into a pocket.

Students appearing on school grounds in violation of the dress code policy will be counseled and may be asked to change into appropriate clothing.  For the first offense, the parents will be notified and the student will remain in class so long as the clothing is not disruptive to class learning.  On the occasion that the clothing is disruptive to class, the student will be removed from the classroom and the parents will be required to bring a change of clothes for the student.  After the second offense, the parents and student will have a conference with the Administration.  Following the third offense, the parents will be notified and the student will be given in-school suspension for multiple days or will be required to be picked up by the parent or guardian.

Since student attire trends change, the previous lists will be updated and communicated, as needed, in order to ensure an appropriate and safe school setting.  Decisions regarding the appropriateness of clothing will be handled by the Administration.

 

DRESS CODE (High School)

A good school-learning environment is created when students have an appropriate, well-groomed appearance and conduct themselves properly.  Anything that tends to detract from this environment is unacceptable.  The following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:

  • Sunglasses, hats, caps and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors. Only medically/religiously required headgear, approved by the principal, may be worn indoors.  Sun-protective clothing must comply with District and school site dress and grooming standards.
  • Clothes shall conceal undergarments at all times. See-through or fishnet fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, and bare midriffs (showing the stomach) are prohibited.  Skirts or shorts shorter than 4-inches above the top of the knee are prohibited.  Swimwear, pajamas, nightgowns, and blankets are not appropriate school wear.
  • Pants with holes, rips, or tears that are more than 4-inches above the top of the knee are prohibited.
  • Clothing or accessories that advertise such substances as alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, or utilizes double play on words, obscenities, profanity, is gang-related, or is suggestive in any way are prohibited.
  • Clothing or accessories that depict illegal actions or use of fire-arms may not be worn.
  • Trench coats are prohibited.
  • Jewelry which poses a threat to the health and safety of students or which by its size or appearance is distracting in the learning environment (i.e., jewelry with sharp edges or which is so long or dangling as to pose a safety hazard).
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • All tops must have a minimum of two fingers-width of material over the shoulder and must conceal undergarments. Sleeve openings can hang no more than 2-inches below the armpit.
  • Hooded sweatshirts and jackets must be worn with hoods down.
  • Exposed lanyards and chains hanging from the waist area are prohibited.

Students appearing on school grounds in violation of the dress policy will be counseled and given a first warning.  Repeat offenders will be sent home, as appropriate, in order to change clothes and dress properly for school.  Students may initially be counseled by the teacher with a follow up referral.  A student who willfully and continuously violates the policy may be subject to suspension.

Since student attire trends change, the previous lists will be updated and communicated as needed in order to ensure an appropriate and safe school setting.

Decisions regarding the appropriateness of clothing will be handled by the staff and/or administration.

 

Thank you,

CAS Administration