Coronavirus Information

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Last Updated: 3/26/20 @ 8:22 a.m.

Thank you for your continued partnership in advancing the safety and well-being of our students, teachers, staff, and community. St. Vrain Valley Schools has been closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak, also known as COVID-19, and following direction from state and county public health agencies. 
 
On March 18, we learned that Governor Polis issued an executive order to keep all school buildings in Colorado closed through April 17, 2020. To this end, we are prepared to implement our online instructional learning plan on Monday, March 30 to ensure that our students are engaged in their schoolwork to advance learning, and maintain established relationships with our students, families, and teachers. Further, this will enable us to stay on schedule with our students regarding progression to the next grade-level and graduation.

Read the full communications sent to families:

Joint Press Conference with St. Vrain Valley Schools, Boulder Valley School District, and Boulder County Public Health >>



Message from the Superintendent



Student Services

Student medication: If you need assistance with accessing medication at your student's school, please email your school principal.

Meals: Meal distribution for breakfast and lunch will resume on Monday, March 30, as weather permits. The daily drive-thru pickup window is 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at one of the following district locations: Timberline PK-8Northridge Elementary SchoolAltona Middle SchoolSunset Middle SchoolSoaring Heights PK-8Frederick High SchoolMead Middle SchoolLyons High School (12-12:30 only), Hygiene Elementary School (11-11:30 only), Niwot High School, and the Learning Services Center.

Community Schools Child Care: Community Schools will not be in session while schools are closed.

Athletics, Arts, Activities, and Events: There are numerous events and activities that have been impacted by the coronavirus health crisis. As a reminder, all events, activities, and athletics, including all practices, at this point are cancelled. If anything in this area changes, we will communicate accordingly. Further, we are keeping a close eye on our end-of-year graduation ceremonies and developing contingency plans in the event we need to make any logistical adjustments. We will keep you updated as we move forward.

Building Cleaning Protocols: While we fully believe that our buildings and buses are safe, our outstanding custodial and operations teams will be working this week to continue to deep clean and disinfect all areas of our buildings and buses so that they are ready for students when schools reopen.
 


Online Learning Plan

Our goal is to support student engagement in their learning and maintain established relationships between our teachers, students, and families. Further, we are required by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to demonstrate a good faith effort to meet required instructional hours and days so that our students can stay on track with progression to the next grade-level and graduation requirements.

The district has developed online curriculum for the first two weeks of closures. On Monday, March 30, we will share these links with our families so that you can begin to work with your student on their daily lessons. During the first two weeks, online lessons will focus on language arts (K-12), math (K-12), high school science (9-12), and high school social studies (9-12) activities. Examples of the lessons are below so that you can begin to familiarize yourself with the format:

Many of our teachers have already developed additional online instructional resources that they may use as well. Your student’s teacher will communicate directly any changes to their online learning plan for the first two weeks of the school closures. 

Beginning April 13, students will be given online lessons in all content areas, including art, music, physical education, etc.

Grading: We understand that these are unprecedented times and will cause some changes to the end-of-school-year grading process. Students will begin with the grade that they earned at the end of the third quarter for middle and high schools (coincidently the day school closures went into effect) or second trimester for elementary schools for their final end-of-year grades, unless one of the following criteria is met: 

  • All end-of-year grades will be based on student engagement. If students engage adequately in their work as determined by their teacher and submit assignments, they will maintain their third quarter or second trimester grades through the end of the year. If students do not engage in the online environment or complete their assignments, teachers may determine that your student’s end-of-year grade should be lowered.

  • If your student is not satisfied with their third quarter or second trimester grades, they can contact their teacher(s) and request the opportunity to work toward raising their grade by completing the necessary level of work as determined by their teacher.

Please note that during the school closures, teachers will no longer be using Infinite Campus to track assignments. If you want to know if your student has submitted assignments, please ask them to show you their work in Schoology or Seesaw. If you have questions about assignments, please reach out to your teacher or school principal for guidance.

Curriculum Platforms: Online curriculum will be shared with families and students through the following learning platforms.

  • Students in grades 6-12 will use Schoology.

  • Students in grades 4-5 will use Schoology unless their teacher is already successfully using Seesaw and plans to continue with that platform.

  • Students in grades PK-3 will use Seesaw.

Click here for information guides and tutorials on how to use and gain access to these learning platforms.

Access to Learning Devices and Wifi: We understand that some students may not have access to an appropriate learning device (computer, laptop, or tablet) at home or internet access. To this end, the district has prepared iPads for families to check-out from one of our two drive-through Community Resource Centers, and we’ve also created wifi hotspots geographically placed throughout the community. We will also have a limited number of printed packets for the first two weeks of lessons at each Community Resource Center. After the first two weeks of lessons, printed packets will no longer be available. Please work with our staff at the Community Resource Centers if you are in need of additional assistance and/or resources to access lessons in our online environment.

iPads will be available for pick-up starting the week of March 30. We have a limited number available and ask that only families who do not already have a computer, laptop, or tablet at home request to check-out a device. If you have a middle or high school student with a district-issued device, we ask that students share that resource with their sibling(s).

The district’s two drive-through Community Resource Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at one of the following locations:

When you arrive at the Community Resource Center, we ask that you follow the recommended social distancing guidelines and remain at least six feet away from other community members as you wait in your car to have questions answered or to pick-up your resources.

Special Education: Special education goals and accommodations to meet the requirements of your student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be included in the online learning plans. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s case manager. If you have an IEP or 504 meeting scheduled during the school closures, a member of the special education team will contact you with information in order to continue with a remote meeting.

Assessments: The Colorado Department of Education has announced a pause for end-of-year assessments including the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS). We are working with CDE and College Board on plans to for PSAT, SAT, and other assessments such as AP exams and IB. We will share information with the community when it becomes available.

(High School Only) SAT Tests, AP and IB Exams: As you may be aware, all state assessments for the 2019-2020 school year have been cancelled. We are still waiting to hear from the College Board about plans to accommodate SAT testing for high school students and will share more information when it becomes available.

We have been informed by the College Board that Advanced Placement tests will take place online this year and will focus on content that was covered earlier in the year. Additionally, we have been notified by the International Baccalaureate (IB) World Organization that this year’s IB tests have been cancelled, however, students will still be able to receive credit and earn their IB Diploma based on their body of evidence. We will share additional information regarding AP and IB as it becomes available.

(High School Only) Concurrent Enrollment: Due to contractual obligations with our postsecondary partners, concurrent enrollment classes will not be graded using the district’s new grading process. We are working directly with teachers and students on learning expectations and support for online concurrent enrollment course access and completion.



Community Resource Centers

The drive-through Community Resource Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with bilingual staff available to answer questions, provide resources, check-out iPads, and/or provide printed packets of instructional materials at the following locations:

  • Families can check-out an iPad to support student learning at home
  • Families can receive printed packets of learning activities and lessons
  • Families can access wifi to download any lessons or student learning materials
  • Staff will be available to answer questions or help families find additional community resources
Community Resource Center locations:


District Employees

As part of the building closures, we have implemented a remote work policy except for employees working in essential activities that cannot be completed from home. Payroll will continue during the closure, as we all continue supporting the work and mission of our district. Your supervisor will be in contact with additional information and expectations with regards to your work and communication protocols during the closure.  



State and County Resources

In close collaboration with our state and county health agencies, we will continue to monitor and evaluate the continued risk to our community before a decision is made to reopen schools. We ask for your partnership and patience as we continue to work through this evolving situation. You can also contact the Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP) for the latest public health information with reliable, consistent, and accurate information. The CO HELP number is 1-877-462-2911. Interpreters are available in Spanish and many other languages. 

Other state and county health resources include: