Dear St. Vrain Valley Community,
Thank you for your continued support as we work together to advance student learning and well-being during this challenging time. Many families are taking advantage of the additional academic and social and emotional well-being support for students offered throughout the week. Additionally, our schools continue to provide one of the safest environments for students, teachers, and staff with many robust safety measures in place. Toward this end, we continue to require mask wearing, maintain MERV-11 high-quality air ventilation HVAC systems, provide hand washing and sanitizing stations, ensure appropriate social distancing, support heightened and increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols, and continue to ask everyone to conduct daily temperature and symptom checks.
As we continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus in our community, in close partnership with Boulder County Public Health, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and the Governor’s Office, data trends over the past several weeks have been very promising with decreasing positivity rates and case numbers. Boulder County’s one-week average positivity rate is currently at 2.9 percent with a one-week cumulative incidence rate at 110.3, and Weld County’s one-week average positivity rate is at 4.7 percent with a one-week cumulative incidence rate at 119.8. Additionally, approximately 94 percent of our teachers and staff have received or had the opportunity to schedule a vaccination appointment, and we anticipate that most teachers and staff will have received their second dose prior to Spring Break. Accordingly, and as we have stated consistently, we are continuing our plans to increase in-person learning when students return from Spring Break on Monday, March 29.
As many of you know, elementary students began the Spring semester learning in-person, four days per week. This schedule will continue through the end of the year. Additionally, Fridays will become open library days for students who choose to come to the school and work independently. For the remainder of the semester, Fridays will continue to be asynchronous learning days in order for teachers to have appropriate time to plan and support students who choose to continue learning in the online environment, while also teaching students in-person. At the start of the 2021-2022 school year, all schools plan to return to a traditional five-day school week.
As we near Spring Break, your school principal will share additional information about open library hours on Friday asynchronous learning days.
Middle and High School Students
Our middle and high school students have been learning in a hybrid model since the start of the spring semester, with thousands of students who have been attending in-person four days per week. With declining case rates in the community and high vaccination numbers for teachers and staff, conditions are now favorable to support all middle and high school students returning to in-person learning four days per week beginning Monday, March 29. Additionally, middle and high schools will continue to support the Friday Academic Independent/Peer Work Centers for students to engage in independent or small group work during asynchronous Fridays. For the remainder of the semester, Fridays will continue to be asynchronous learning days in order for teachers to have appropriate time to plan and support students who choose to continue learning in the online environment, while also teaching students in-person. At the start of the 2021-2022 school year, all schools plan to return to a traditional five-day school week. Families who wish to remain in the online synchronous learning model after Spring Break may do so for the remainder of this academic year.
Robust Summer Programming Supports
In addition to increased in-person learning opportunities, we plan to offer robust summer programming to support continued academic engagement, growth, and acceleration. Students in grades K-8 will have the opportunity to enroll in Project Launch, an engaging literacy and math-focused summer program, extending the school year through the end of June. Other summer programs will include innovation and STEM camps, eCredit recovery for high school students, jump start programs for transition grades (K, 6, and 9), and other academic and enrichment camps and programs. As programs are finalized and summer program enrollment begins, your school principal will continue to share and update information.
Again, thank you for your continued support as we navigate the many complex challenges related to advancing student learning and success during this global pandemic. We will continue to closely monitor data trends and other important information related to in-person learning and will update you if anything requires us to alter our return to four-day in-person learning after Spring Break. We will share a follow-up email in mid-March with additional details and logistics regarding in-person learning and academic opportunities. If you have any questions regarding this change, please feel free to contact me directly or to reach out to your school building principal.
Don Haddad, Ed.D.
St. Vrain Valley Schools