MVCKS Parents and Guardians,
Due to updated mandates from the Governor’s office and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment last week, we are excited to announce to our school community that we will be allowed to open our doors for the 2020-21 school year at full capacity, albeit with strict safety and health protocols in place.
Saying that, Mountain View Core Knowledge School philosophy and mission remain the bedrock of our school. These are guiding us now more than ever during the COVID 19 pandemic. With this foundation in place, we will continue to offer our students the finest education possible. Our plan is designed for all of our students to be on campus every day. We will need your support during this time. We appreciate your flexibility with plans moving forward. Based on the nature of this pandemic, protocols and procedures seem to be changing daily. The guidelines and plans set forth below are developed in conjunction with state and local health guidance and will continue to be altered as necessary.
MVCKS will begin school on August 17th with a slow start in an effort to acclimate staff, students, and parents to the new procedures, routines, and protocols. Our current plan will not include AM and PM cohorts as we prepared for last week. However, we will divide students into two cohorts based off their last names for the first two days of school.
Kindergartners will start school with the same traditional staggered start as normal. Ms. Jarvis will be contacting all kindergarten parents with that schedule soon.
All students in grades 1-8 with a LAST NAME beginning with A-L will attend a full day of school on Monday, August 17th from 7:30 to 3:45. Those same students will NOT attend school on Tuesday, August 18th. This cohort will resume school at its normal time on Wednesday, August 19th and from that point forward.
All students in grades 1-8 with a LAST NAME beginning with M-Z will attend a full day of school on Tuesday, August 18th from 7:30 to 3:45. Those same students will NOT attend school on Monday, August 17th. This cohort will resume school at its normal time on Wednesday, August 19th and from that point forward.
Our official reopening plan that includes options if state mandates change will be emailed to you at the address we’ve got for you in Infinite Campus. This reopening plan includes expectations for pick up and drop off, measures we’ve put in place in an effort to keep everyone safe, and general expectations for what school will look like as we begin the school year.
If your student is already registered for school at MVCKS and this plan changes your intentions for enrollment, please contact Susie Fish in our main office at (719)275-1980 as soon as you can. Conversely, if you have not yet registered your student for school, please do so as quickly as you can.
Our administration and governing board would like to thank all of the parents who provided feedback through the forms of surveys and participation in our work session last night. Know that we have more preparation to undertake as we get closer to August 17th. Yes, school will look differently this year. But our unity, our resolve, and our intention of being a tight-knit school community will continue to be the foundation that makes Mountain View Core Knowledge School so great
We can’t wait to see all of you!
Please read the Reopening Plan for complete details. Thanks
MVCKS COVID-19 Reopening Plan for 2020-2021
MVCKS’s philosophy and mission remain the bedrock of our school. These are guiding us now more than ever, during the COVID 19 pandemic. With this foundation in place, we will continue to offer our students the finest education possible. Our plan is designed for all of our students to be on campus every day. We will need your support during this time. We appreciate your flexibility with plans moving forward. Based on the nature of this pandemic, protocols and procedures seem to be changing daily. The guidelines and plans set forth below are developed in conjunction with state and local health guidance and will continue to be altered as necessary.
MVCKS will begin school on August 17th with a slow start unrelated to the previously planned ½ sized cohorts. Although we don’t now anticipate the need to run the half class schedule, we still see the value in having fewer students in the first couple of days back. This will help us to practice new protocols and learn new routines while also getting back in touch with the students.
Students in 1st-8th grades will attend a full day with half of their class on either...
Monday (8/17) Last names _____A___to ___L_______
Tuesday (8/18) Last names ____M_____to____Z______
All students 1st-8th grades will begin with a full class on Wednesday (8/19).
Kindergarten students will receive their soft start assignment via a mailing from Mrs. Jarvis, Kindergarten teacher.
*These plans may change prior to opening day and throughout the school year based on CDPHE and CDE requirements.
3 Instructional Options
Below are 3 instructional options for our school moving into the 2020-2021 school year. MVCKS will make every effort to have students in school. We will also make every effort to make sure our students and families feel safe and healthy during the day.
Option 1 - Full House/ 4 days per week/8 hrs per day
7/27/20-CDPHE and CDE guidance allows elementary aged classrooms to run with normal classroom sizes but recommends social distancing at as close to 3ft as possible. That group of students is considered a “cohort”. That cohort of students will have minimal interaction with other cohorts. Applicable teachers will rotate into the classroom throughout the day, within certain limits. Guidelines allow for 4 constant staff to be in contact with elementary students. Specialist teachers and staff are not counted in the number due to minimal contact and time spent with students.
CDPHE and CDE guidance allows middle school students to run normal class size cohorts if students can be distanced at approx. 6 ft. Due to their large sizes, the three middle school classes will be using alternative classrooms such as the cafe, library, and music room or dual rooms to make it possible to have a full class every day. This may leave an opportunity for some elementary classrooms to spread out as well.
Cohorts of students will have minimal interaction with other cohorts and applicable teachers will rotate into the classroom throughout the day. Guidelines allow for 3 constant staff to be in contact with middle school students throughout the day. Specialist teachers and staff are not counted in the number due to minimal contact and time spent with students.
Option 2 - A and B Groups (will be used if state and local regulations require partial class sizes)
For this option, we will break the school into 2 cohorts. We will have an A group that will come to school from 7:30-11:30 a.m. and a B group that will come to school from 11:45-3:45p.m. Monday through Thursday.
This plan will reduce the number of students in the classroom by about half while providing time for sanitation in between cohorts. We will have around 15 students in each class. The cohorts are being created with household siblings kept together as the first priority. Students who play afternoon sports at Harrison school will also be assigned the afternoon cohort. Due to the large number of siblings in our school, there is very little wiggle room for adjusting but if we can meet requests, we will do our best to accommodate.
This plan does not involve the use of virtual learning from home. There will be a common understanding that we are not covering 100% of our Core Knowledge curriculum, but only what we are able to do in the time we have with students at school. Homework as a means of reinforcing the skills that were taught during school hours will be assigned. Supplemental materials to enrich student learning will be available for parents upon request.
Building Protocols and Procedures for Option 1 & 2
- Students will not report to the playground in the morning. They will report to their individual classroom door. At this time, they will be greeted, asked to sanitize their hands, and have their temperature taken. Masks (10 yrs + or 5th-8th) will need to be worn (see more on mask requirements below). Families will be asked to expediently transport their child(ren) home in the event the child records a temperature of 100.4° or above.
- Students will eat lunch in their cohorts either in the cafeteria, tables in the gym, or an outside space being careful not to mix with other cohorts of students.
- Students will be able to go outside for recess in their cohorts but will not mix with other cohorts. Playground and gym equipment will be sanitized between each cohort and students will wash their hands upon coming inside.
- Movement within the building will be minimized. When classes are moving to another location, they will use the outside walk at all times possible.
- Applicable teachers will rotate into the cohort classrooms to provide special instruction.
- Desks will be in rows and spaced out as much as possible within each classroom. Teachers will be asked to move out and store any unnecessary furniture in order to provide more classroom space. Students at tables will be spaced apart. Students will have seating assignments in every classroom.
- Bathrooms and water fountains will be checked and disinfected every 30 minutes throughout the school day.
- Lockers will be used to maintain personal belongings and allow for more classroom space. Students will only be allowed to go to lockers 5 at a time per grade level to eliminate crowding in the halls.
- Students will not take whole class bathroom breaks. Instead, they will be allowed to go 4 at a time. If others are in the bathroom, they will wait in the hallway for their turn. One in, one out.
- We will ask teachers to minimize group work when here at school.
- Supplies will not be shared.
- Teachers will discuss proper hand washing and cleaning techniques to keep this at the forefront of our students’ minds. Hand sanitizer will be readily available and the use of it encouraged multiple times throughout the day.
- Desks, chairs, and surfaces will be sanitized multiple times every day.
- Staff will be encouraged to keep windows open and air purifiers will be placed in every classroom.
- Extra steps will be taken by the building maintenance team to clean the building each evening.
- If we do have an outbreak in one classroom, then that class alone could potentially stay home and go online if it is determined that there hasn’t been cross-contamination throughout the school. There is also the chance that we will have to go fully virtual for two weeks or until deemed safe to return. We will consult with FCHD and follow state and county outbreak protocols.
Option 3 Online
This is the option that we basically did in the Spring of 2019-2020. We will continue to teach virtually per state standards and per the Core Knowledge curriculum. We will distribute Chromebooks to families in need and all learning will be conducted online. Classroom teachers will create video instruction lessons as well as use multiple tools to create their on-line platforms. Google Classroom will be used 3rd-8th grades and Classroom Dojo will be used K-2nd grades. Small tutoring sessions will be offered if permitted by health and safety guidelines.
Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures
Morning Drop Off
To prevent students from mixing with other classroom cohorts, we will not provide before school supervision on the playground. Students will report to their individual classroom door. At this time, they will be greeted, asked to sanitize their hands, and have their temperature taken. Abnormal temperatures will be recorded and a health screening will take place by Nurse Jody Enderle. Families will be asked to expediently transport their child(ren) home in the event the child records a temperature of 100.4° or if a student shows other signs of illness.
*Please do not drop your student off any earlier than 10 minutes before start time.
Afternoon Pick Up
At the end of the day, we cannot simply let students out of the school at once. The hallways become crowded and students typically congregate. Instead, we will stagger the release of students based on the first letter of their last name. Below is the timed schedule along with the first letter of last names to be released each day. Parents are encouraged to be at the school to pick children up at designated times below. Please do not come early or late. Ideally, students will walk outside, find their car, and leave the premises. Any students not picked up will report to the front of the school. They will be sitting on the benches in front of the main building.
Field Zones for Recess
In order for us to maintain social distancing as well as stay within classroom cohorts, we will need to keep classroom students separated from students in other classes. This will allow for better contact tracing if a student does contract COVID. Classes and cohorts will take turns using part of the divided playground and the back track for recess times. Sanitation of equipment via a disinfectant sprayer will take place often and students will be asked to wash their hands upon re-entry to the building.
Cleaning the Building
MVCKS will be taking extra precautions in keeping our building clean and safe for your children to attend in person. All classroom desks will be staggered and spread apart from each other to the largest extent possible. Classrooms with tables will distance students and use other classroom space to accommodate appropriate distancing.
We will be purchasing several electrostatic handheld sprayers to disinfect surfaces. These sprayers will allow us to easily clean the surface of desks each night. We will also purchase several portable HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) air purifiers that will be strategically placed in the building. Our HVAC filters have been upgraded to the highest quality HEPA standard. Our custodial staff has been briefed on deep cleaning procedures that will reduce any contaminants in the building.
If a classroom has a student or staff member that has seen a doctor and has tested positive with COVID, then we will have only that class move to online learning. Students in the class will be given Chromebooks (if needed) and all lessons will be done online. After 14 days, and if all students show no symptoms, then they will come back to school. We will follow all county and state outbreak protocols.
The temperatures of all staff and students will be taken each day upon arrival. We ask that parents take their children’s temperature each day prior to bringing them on campus as well. If it is at all abnormal, refrain from bringing your child to school. Do not give your child fever reducing medication and send them to school. We need everyone to be responsible for keeping our students, staff, and families safe.
Lockers and Hooks in the Hallways
We will continue to allow students to use their lockers in the hallways. Since students are using lockers with their classmates, then they are not mixing cohorts but we will still limit the amount in the hallway to no more than 5 at one time. Keeping bags and jackets in the lockers/cubbies will help reduce clutter in classrooms where we need as much space as possible. With students spaced farther apart than normal, every square inch of the room will be needed.
Parents/Guests in the Building
This might be the most difficult part of starting the school year in a pandemic. Our school was built by parents and we thrive on having parents in our hallways and interacting with staff, students, and Board members on a regular basis. During this time, parents will have to drop their children off at the outside classroom doors and not come into the building unless they have a specific need to be inside.
If a parent does need to enter the building to talk with the administration or the secretary, they will be temperature screened and asked to sanitize hands before entry. All visitors must also wear a mask to enter.
Masks During School
Per the Governor’s orders, all people 10 years of age/or 5th-8th and older must wear a mask at all times that they are in the building. Students younger than 10 will be highly encouraged to wear masks as well. Students will not need to wear masks (unless parents request) when playing outside and if they are socially distanced, during outdoor/indoor P.E. classes, and when they are seated to eat lunch. This mandate will be continually reviewed and altered as Governor orders allow for school discretion.
Mask Executive Order
Colorado Department of Education Guidelines http://www.cde.state.co.us/planning20-21/covid-guidance-saferathome