• January 7, 2021

    Here is a link to the Superintendent's Update Newsletter: 

    Superintendent's Update - 1.7.21

    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools 
    Centennial School District


  • December 23, 2020

    Here is a link to the Superintendent's Update Newsletter: 

    Superintendent's Update - 12.23.20

    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools 
    Centennial School District


  • December 18, 2020

    Dear CSD Parents/Guardians:

    I want to provide a few updates as we end this school week, head into an upcoming short week, the Winter Break, and the start of 2021.

    We will no longer provide schoolwide letters when we have a positive COVID case:


    Due to the frequency and volume of positive cases involving our students and staff, we will no longer issue schoolwide letters on a daily basis when we learn of one or more positive cases among students and/or staff at a specific school. Rather, we ask all stakeholders to stay abreast of trends in positive cases via our CSD COVID Dashboard which will provide case numbers by school. 

    However, please know that we will continue to issue classroom-specific letters where contact tracing is/was needed so that families are informed of situations that directly impact them.

    On January 4th, we will return to the Hybrid schedule K-12. At that time, we will also begin to provide school specific numbers on our CSD COVID-19 Dashboard counts:


    The following list details some of the main points:

    • The number for each school’s COVID cases on the dashboard reflects the number of cases reported to us that day by the Bucks County Department of Health. It is meant to give a picture of the trends in cases. It does not reflect the number of cases that were in school that day, nor is it a reflection of an individual being infectious on that day. If we are aware of a positive case, a symptomatic individual, or a close contact, that individual is not permitted to attend school. Of the individuals making up the number on any given day, in almost every case, the individual was not in the building that day.    

    • When a case is reported to us, the individual may have tested positive days prior and/or had been feeling ill days prior to that. As such, the individual may not have been in school for quite a few days or longer. The risk of them exposing someone in school is minimal. At times, we get reports that are several days old. As such, there is always a backwards look at data reflecting individuals who have tested positive, and their infectious period is often days in the past. The data is meant to, and can only be used to, look at trends in the number of cases over a period of time. It cannot be an indicator of the relative “health” of a given building on a given day. 

    • Some of the parents/guardians have chosen to have their students be 100% virtual learners while others will continue to participate in the hybrid model. Due to the hybrid schedule, the students may not have been in school for several days even if they attended on their scheduled days. Some may have chosen not to attend school on their scheduled days, and this has increasingly become the case at times which limits the close contact. Additionally, some of the 100% virtual students may participate in in-person extracurricular activities. 

    • Also worthy of note is that the District, in an effort to protect staff and student privacy, will intentionally not distinguish between staff and students when providing the numbers on the dashboard. This is especially important in the case of individuals being notified of a positive case within the classroom. If the District indicated that the individual was a staff member, then the identity of the positive staff member would likely be easily revealed, given that many classrooms typically only have one or two staff members. Additionally, the District will not provide any information (e.g., cohort, virtual status) that lends itself to distinguishing whether or not the individual is a staff member or a student.

    School/classroom specific versus school specific closure:

    As presented at the last public school board meeting and shared via the most recent Superintendent’s Update, CSD, like all other PA school districts, will now be using the new state recommendations for school/classroom specific closure guidelines when addressing COVID cases as required by the Attestation Process.

    https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/SchoolReopeningGuidance/ReopeningPreKto12/PublicHealthGuidance/Pages/SchoolClosureRecommentations.aspx

    Additionally, CSD has developed staffing/operational guidelines that will be used to determine our capacity to safely operate our schools and effectively implement our Health and Safety Plans.  This information will be shared at the next school board meeting on January 12, 2021 and then sent out to our CSD community.

    Thank you, as always, for your support of our students, our staff, and our schools!

    Sincerely,
    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools
    Centennial School District


  • December 11, 2020

    Here is a link to the Superintendent's Update Newsletter: 

    Superintendent's Update - 12.11.20

    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools 
    Centennial School District


  • November 22, 2020

    Please find attached a message from the Superintendent:

    Superintendent's Update 11.22.20

    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools 
    Centennial School District

     


  • November 20, 2020

    Hello CSD Parents/Guardians and Faculty/Staff:

    Today, the PA Department of Health updated the COVID Early Warning Dashboard.

    The new update shows every indicator/metric exceeds and in some cases significantly exceeds the indicators/metrics CSD developed based upon the guidelines provided by the CDC and PA Department of Education in collaboration with the PA Department of Health.

    CSD Covid Dashboard

    As previously communicated, if the new indicators/metrics indicated the continuing trend upwards, CSD would move to the full-virtual instructional model. Also, CSD is experiencing challenges with our ability to consistently implement our health and safety plan the impact of quarantine requirements and other factors.

    Effective, Monday, November 23, 2020, CSD will be in the full-virtual instructional model using the same indicator/metric tool that warranted our change to hybrid (part virtual/part in-person).

    Additionally, we were informed today that the Suburban One League voted to shutdown all workouts and practices in accordance with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health from 11/23-12/6. This action occurs because over half of the membership is either in Montgomery County or competes against Montgomery County school districts.

    CSD will continue to monitor information that is provided by the CDC, PA Department of Health, PA Department of Education, Bucks County Department of Health, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP, and other relevant agencies in order to make objective decisions on how to provide a safe teaching and learning environment as best we can for both students and staff.


    We will be communicating additional information later and updates regarding any possible changes that may occur with our instructional model based upon any new information or direction.

    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools 
    Centennial School District


  • November 18, 2020

    Here is a link to the Superintendent's Update Newsletter: 

    Superintendent's Update - 11.18.20

    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools 
    Centennial School District

  • November 13, 2020

    Current CSD Status - Update

    Dear Parents/Guardians and Faculty/Staff:

    The weekly update to the PA Early Warning Dashboard was published with the following information.

    Stats
    As many of you are aware, the CSD Administration presented the following Instructional Model Metrics to the school board as a guide for decision making.

    Stats
    Additionally, Montgomery County Health Department has now directed all schools to move to full-virtual. While this directive is very different from the guidance provided by our own Bucks County Health Department, the MontCo decision could have an impact on our staffing and operational capacity which is also a part of our decision making process.

    Given that we have moved closer to the instructional model metrics for virtual shown above, today the administration met to discuss the planning process for the possible implementation of full-virtual or the stratified/targeted mitigation strategy model recently suggested by health experts. It is important that everyone begin to prepare for the possible change in the instructional model that could occur the week of November 23rd.  

    Please note that CSD has had zero "0" cases of COVID as a result of school exposure. This is in large part due to the implementation of the Health and Safety Plan, implementation of the COVID-5 protocol, and other mitigation strategies.  For CSD to be successful, we must continue to work together in order to find a balance in providing a teaching and learning environment that is also safe.

    With the above in mind, please note the additional measures that will be implemented upon the return from Thanksgiving break:

    1) All students (families) who travel to a state designated as a hotspot (high amounts of COVID-19 cases) by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, are asked to quarantine for 14-days prior to returning to school. Here is the PA website: COVID-19 Information for Travelers: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

    2) CSD Employees - you will be receiving a separate communication regarding the Wellness Check procedure and module located in the Skyward Employee Access Portal.

    I will be providing additional information but wanted to provide some communication ASAP given the significant events of today.  Please remember, we are in this no-win situation together. We must all do our part to combat the increased spread of COVID by actively and aggressively following the recommended mitigation strategies.

    Please be safe and encourage others to be safe!

    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools 
    Centennial School District


  • November 11, 2020

    Here is a link to the Superintendent's Update Newsletter: 

    Superintendent's Update - 11.11.20

    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools 
    Centennial School District


  • November 2, 2020

    Dear Centennial Community,

    Here is the revised video released last Friday, October 30th, 2020. We apologize for any confusion it may have caused.

    Thank You,
    Centennial School District


  • November 1, 2020

    Here is a link to the Superintendent's Update Newsletter: 

    Superintendent's Update - 11.1.20

    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools 
    Centennial School District


  • October 27, 2020

    Here is a link to the COVID Instructional Model Metrics, presented to the CSD School Board on October 27, 2020: 

    COVID Instructional Model Metrics

    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools 
    Centennial School District


  • October 25, 2020

    Here is a link to the Superintendent's Update Newsletter: 

    Superintendent's Update - 10.25.20

    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools 
    Centennial School District


  • October 14, 2020

    Here is a link to the Superintendent's Update Newsletter: 

    Superintendent's Update - 10.14.20

    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools 
    Centennial School District


  • October 12, 2020

    Hello CSD Parents/Guardians:

    Please find a copy of the Superintendent's Update Newsletter regarding schools' operation during the pandemic via the below link.

    Superintendent's Update - 10.12.20

    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools 
    Centennial School District


  • October 12, 2020

    Dear CSD Family,

    I wish to thank our families, faculty, staff, and especially our students for your flexibility, grace, and positive attitude during this difficult time.

    Over the past week, we have unfortunately experienced several positive COVID-19 cases and required some faculty and staff to quarantine for the next 14-days. Several of you received letters out of an abundance of caution, either indicating a positive case or presumptive positive case based upon possible close contact.

    As we continue to move forward with attempting to try and provide the optimal instructional model and social-emotional learning within a safe and healthy environment, confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 will be communicated as follows:

    Applying the criteria for close personal contacts as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (i.e., Individual who has had close contact 15 minutes), the district will work with the Bucks County Health Department to identify those who have come into close personal contact with the positive individual while engaged in school-related activities, in-person instruction, or on the bus. The district will continue to report any positive case to the Bucks County Health Department (BCHD) and complete the close personal contact worksheet required by the BCHD to aid with the contact tracing process.

    All those students and staff whom the district identifies as having come into close personal contact with a positive individual will be notified by the designated CSD staff and receive communication regarding when they may return to in-person instruction. A representative of the BCHD may also contact them as part of the contact tracing process.

    Additionally, CSD will also now report positive case numbers as part of the newly released COVID-19 Dashboard located on the district’s website.

    We are hopeful that the new dashboard and COVID-19 case numbers will promote transparency within the wider school community while ensuring that affected individuals are provided with necessary information related to their health and well-being. We will continue to enforce our mitigation procedures and monitor any new cases outlined within our health and safety plan. We also want to thank each of you for supporting our efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and other measures recommended by the CDC.

    In closing, please remember:

    • COVID-5: https://youtu.be/c5DGUAiXkCY

    • Parent/Guardian Home Screening Tool or Faculty/Staff Home Screening Tool

    Thank you,
    Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA
    Superintendent of Schools
    Centennial School Disctrict