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(Updated March 23)
Dear High School Families,
CAS is beginning its 4th quarter of instruction starting this week starting on Wednesday, March 25th. In response to schools having to be physically closed during this pandemic, CAS High School is continuing instruction online. For students who do not have access to online service or a computer, physical copies of each week’s assignments may be picked up at the school during limited hours to avoid unnecessary potential exposure to the virus. We know these are trying times and we are attempting to adapt as best as possible.
If your child’s teacher, instructor or someone else from the CAS staff has not reached out to you, please call and leave us a message as to whether or not your student will be able to access their education online or if we need to provide them with paper-based lessons. Please call and leave your message at 520-439-3500.
For physical copies of assignments (paper packets):
The CAS High School building will be open this Wednesday from 8:00am until noon. Parents and students can come in to pick up paper packets for each classes’ assignments for this week. There will be tables in the hallway with teachers’ names marked on them. Each teacher’s class will be labelled with the week’s assignments available to be picked up. Please limit the number of people coming into the building. It would be best if your child came in, since she or he knows which classes they need.
After this week, the CAS High School only will be open on Mondays from 8:00 am until noon for assignment pick up and drop off. Students can drop off the previous week’s assignments and pick up the current week’s assignments then.
We understand that this is a limited amount of time. Again, we are trying to limit the potential of exposure to the virus both for you and for our staff. These times coincide with our K-8 students/parents who will be picking up and dropping off assignments in the cafeteria on Wednesday’s weekly.
For Online instruction:
CAS High School has converted all of our classes into online Moodle classrooms. Each or your child’s classes has a separate Moodle class. All classes can be accessed through the school website at http://www.casschools.com. Your child will have the same CAS teachers. Click on the Information tab, scroll down to COVID-19 Updates and then MoodleCAS. This is where your student can log in.
Note: Teachers will provide your login information for MoodleCAS. If your child does not see all her/his class listed when they log in right away, please be patient. Their teachers are still rostering each class.
Once your child is logged in, she/he will see their classes. They can click on each class to access content, communicate with the teacher, and turn in assignments. Your child also can communicate directly with his/her teacher using e-mail. Your teacher’s e-mail should be on the Moodle site. All CAS teachers’ e-mails are listed on the casschools.com website.
For students using PLP (independent study) classes, they will access their classes through the same casschools.com, Information and COVID-19 tab. They already know their log in information for PLP and they will be working on their independent study through Mrs. Marshall. Mrs. Marshall will not have a Moodle class.
Students will continue using IXL for their math classes. They already should know what their log in information is for IXL.
We are asking parents to complete a very short survey to help us to better help your child. It is available at: bit.ly/cassurvey2020
We know there is going to be a learning curve in this process. We apologize for the limited hours of public access to the school. We are hoping that flexibility will be key for everyone’s success.
Center for Academic Success
For our K-8 families:
Online and paper-based education will begin on Wednesday, March 25. If your child’s teacher or someone else from the CAS staff has not reached out to you, please call and leave us a message as to whether or not your student will be able to access their education online or if we need to provide them with paper-based lessons. Please call and leave your message at 520-439-3518.
If we have already made contact with you, and your student will be paper-based, then those paper-based assignments will be available in our cafeteria on Wednesdays from 8am to noon. Please sign in next to your student’s name so that we know you have picked up your student’s packet. Then the next week you will return the packet to be graded and will pick up the next week of work.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we transition to this very different format of learning. Again, if you have questions, please call us and leave a message and we will return your call.
To the extent possible, teachers will begin offering online and paper education beginning Wednesday, March 25th. We will set up a limited window of time for pick up and drop off for those students in need of paper assignments.
Breakfast and lunch will be served on a to-go basis from 8:00-10:00 a.m., starting on Monday, March 22, 2020.
We encourage our students and families to make use of the online learning tools already available to them, such as IXL and Reading A-Z, during this extended break, and will be reaching out with additional materials beginning Wednesday, March 25th.
Governor Ducey has announced the closure of all schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020.
Because of this, CAS will be extending its break through April 10th. We will continue to keep our families posted on any new developments.
Governor Ducey’s letter to Arizona schools is below:
- School administrators should make every effort to provide continued education learning opportunities through online resources or materials that can be sent home.
- School administrators should work with the Arizona Department of Education to provide breakfast and lunch services for Arizona students.
- As demand rises on healthcare professionals and first responders, schools should consider expanding child care programs currently available to ensure minimal disruption to these critical jobs as a result of the school closure.
- When school resumes, school administrators should develop and implement precautions to ensure schools are a safe learning environment, including social distancing measures, regular intervals for administrators to wash and sanitize their hands, and guidance on how to properly and frequently sanitize election equipment and common surfaces.
Governor Doug Ducey & Superintendent Kathy Hoffman
March 11, 2020
Dear CAS parents/guardians:
In the wake of the presence of the Coronavirus in various parts of the United States, we are writing to inform you of our current efforts in order to keep your child, other children and staff members safe.
In our school community, we have asked staff members to do the following:
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
We are asking parents/guardians to assist us with the following:
- Keep your child/children home if they are running a fever and/or have symptoms of coughing and sneezing. Although we would normally have children come to school that are not running a fever, there are cases of the Coronavirus that do not include a fever; therefore, we are taking extra precautions to keep our community safe.
- Ask your child/children to avoid touching his/her nose, mouth and eyes.
- Remind your child/children to cover his/her cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Alternatively, he/she can cough or sneeze into their elbow.
- Remind your child/children to wash their hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing his/her nose, sneezing or coughing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Tell him/her to avoid close contact with people who are sick; thus, maintaining a social distance from others.
In the event that the school closes, this determination will be made by the local health department and we will closely adhere to their guidance. If a school closing is mandated, we will communicate with parents via automated telephone calls, the school website and Facebook page.
Finally, please be assured that we are carefully preparing contingency plans and we will share more information with you as it becomes available.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Stephen Huff, Principal
NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR THE 2020-21 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS (CCLC) GRANT
In accordance with the application instructions from the Arizona Department of Education, the Center for Academic Success, Inc. submits a public notice to the community of Cochise County its intent to apply for the 2020-21 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant for public schools to be served in the aforementioned areas.
The purpose of the 21st CCLC Program, as described in federal statute, is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities that focus on:
- Improving academic achievement of students
- Enrichment activities and services that reinforce and complement the academic program, and
- Active and meaningful opportunities for adult family members of students to engage in their children’s education.
The deadline for the application is May 1, 2020.
Federal Grants Office
Center for Academic Success, Inc.
Sierra Vista, Arizona | Douglas, Arizona
March 2, 2020
Center for Academic Success is announcing an increase for teachers’ salaries for the 2019-2020 school year.
|Average salary of all teachers employed in budget year 2020||$43,784|
|Average salary of all teachers employed in prior year 2019||$40,856|
|Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year 2019||$2,928|
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 2018||15.6%|
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.