Update: Return to In-Person Learning

Posted September 22, 2020

Dear Families:

Thank you for your support and understanding as we’ve worked together to have a strong start to the school year.

Over the past week, we have received updated guidance from district leadership on how we can safely provide in-person schooling for middle schools and high schools when the second quarter begins on Oct. 21. I want to provide you with an update on how that guidance is shaping our plans for the start of in-person schooling. Also, please remember that all families have the option to choose the Virtual Program if you prefer 100% remote learning for your student. Generally, students will keep the same teachers they had in the 1st Quarter. We are hoping to minimize any schedule changes at this time.

Also, please note that the district has extended the deadline for middle and high school families to make or change their decision on in-person schooling or the virtual program. That deadline is now the
end of the day on Wednesday, Sept. 23
.

The overriding priority in the plans for in-person schooling continues to be the health and safety of students and staff. And it’s important to understand that the guidance from Denver Health creates significant limitations on in-person learning for middle schools and high schools, primarily due to
restrictions around how many students and teachers can be part of the same group (“cohort”) to minimize exposure risks for students and staff.

As a result, we are working to develop a weekly schedule that includes a mix of in-person and remote learning. In this “hybrid” scheduling model, we want to offer students a minimum of 10 hours of in-person learning each week — with the goal of more time if possible. Also, students in Noel Community Arts School special-education center programs will return to the hybrid model designed for all students in group sizes that align with health regulations.

Please be assured that we are working now to prioritize schedules that provide students with the most enriching and valuable in-person programs and opportunities we can, within the health guidelines. We know how important each minute is in our schools with their teachers, counselors, and peers, and we do want to have our hallways and classrooms buzzing with the voices and energy of our students again

  • Families can learn more about our hybrid schedule on our website in the days to come.
  • We anticipate a minimum of 10 hours of in-person learning each week.
  • Our anticipated cohort sizes are between 15 and 23 students.
  • Families will be able to find health and safety procedures on our website beginning October 5th.
  • There will be virtual open houses to discuss any particular health and safety questions you may have on October 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Our school will be hosting a virtual community meeting to share more information with our families and answer other questions you may have. Please join us October 6,7 and 8th. We will send out an email regarding the details of these meetings at a later date.

We will provide more detailed scheduling information in the coming weeks. Please feel free to contact Jose Martinez, Principal at Jose_martinez2@dpsk12.net or Jennifer Anderson, Assistant Principal at Jennifer_Anderson@dpsk12.org or by calling the schools main number at 720-424-5849 if you have any questions. And please know that our team of educators very much appreciates the patience and resilience that our students and families have shown over the past several months.

Thank you.

Jose Martinez, Principal
Jennifer Anderson, Assistant Principal