CHS Opens ‘Technology Center’ for Students Without Internet Access

Canby High School will open Monday to provide a “technology center” for students without internet access due to the recent ice storm and continued power outages in rural areas.

In an email Sunday, Principal Greg Dinse said the high school had opened to students impacted by the storm Friday and recognized that many families remain without power or technology services — particularly in the rural areas of Carus Elementary and Ninety-One School in Hubbard.

Students must follow the “limited in-person instruction” Covid-19 protocols dictated by the Oregon Department of Education, which include masks, health screenings, social distancing and limited contacts. Students will also be offered a free grab and go “breakfast/lunch” as they leave.

Students who avail themselves of the technology center will be expected to use the high school’s resources to connect to the internet, print if necessary, and download assignments, Dinse said. iPads/laptops can also be charged during this time, and students will be able to connect to synchronous classes.

“It is strongly advised that you screen your student at the beginning of each day and if your student is becoming or is ill, please do not send your student to school,” Dinse said. “Parents and guardians will be asked to pick up students that are showing symptoms of any type of illness within 30 minutes of the call home.

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“In order for us to maintain a healthy school environment, we ask that you err on the side of caution in regard to illness.”

Due to ODE regulations, students will be allowed to be in the building for 2 hours only. The high school will have two 2-hour sessions available — from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. — to provide time for cleaning and staff breaks in between sessions.

Parents or guardians may drop students off at the front entrance to CHS near the flagpole. No bus transportation is available. Students will enter through the front main doors and exit out of 200 Hall. Students will need to bring their own charging cords and headphones.

Also, Carus Elementary will again be open to students in need of technology assistance. Please email Principal Sam Thompson for more information and to let him know if you plan to attend.

“We look forward to seeing our students, even in this limited capacity,” Dinse said.

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