During a meeting this month with charter school leaders, Governor Polis made an announcement of a more hopeful scenario for reopening schools, predicting the possibility of a cohort model with class sizes of 20-25 by the time school opened. He also acknowledged the importance of returning students to school on a full-schedule, full-attendance model. In an additional meeting with superintendents the following day, the Governor reiterated his expectation that schools will need to manage normal-sized classes with cohort strategies, hygiene, and personal responsibility, including a strong recommendation that all staff, and students, especially older students, wear masks.
Based on this information, as well as taking into account that we already have class sizes within this cohort range, we are evaluating the following model for immediate preparation and implementation in August. We will continue to closely consider the rationales and unknowns laid out in our framework as we prepare for August. In addition to this framework, we have back-up models that will be utilized in case of an outbreak or based on the changing county and state public health guidelines. These models include a hybrid schedule that would operate with two days of in-person learning with two days of remote learning with smaller cohorts, with Friday being a prep and plan day for teachers. We also have a framework to implement 100% remote learning if the need arises.
In the full-schedule, full-attendance model, we will serve our full population of students, but with more rigorous practices for personal hygiene and public health. Cleanliness and caution will remain high priorities, but we will depend more on personal responsibility and social modeling to keep us safe, rather than isolation or rigid rules. In the event that an outbreak occurs within a cohort, that cohort will transition to remote-learning for a period of time recommended by public health officials. There may be a need to transition, school-wide, to a hybrid schedule in case of a broad outbreak or other changing circumstances. If a more serious community outbreak makes on-campus learning non-viable again, we would return to 100% remote learning.
We are still reviewing guidance and developing our model to ensure safe practices for specials, recess, lunch and after school programming, so expect to see further clarification and opportunities for input as we develop options for those activities.
This survey is our attempt to be transparent with our community and attentive to community concerns and input. We are completely aware that any departure from conventional school operations will be disruptive for many students and families (including our AAK staff) so we are seeking input to help us create the best balance of supports and service. Thank you for helping us make the best plan possible as we transition through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
AAK: Return to School School Preferences Survey
This survey is our attempt to be transparent with our community and attentive to community concerns and input. We are completely aware that any departure from conventional school operations will be disruptive for many students and families (including our AAK staff) so we are seeking input to help us create the best balance of supports and service. Thank you for helping us make the best plan possible as we transition through and beyond the COVID pandemic.
Please take the survey here:https://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/3zZcN1
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised communities to prepare for a domestic outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and the number of confirmed cases in Colorado and in the U.S., visit:
- Larimer County Department of Health and Environment website
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Building on best practices and official health recommendations, AAK has developed an infectious illness prevention, preparedness and response plan shared below. Please note this information is subject to change as the global outbreak evolves, and the school determines how best to respond to the emergency.
During an outbreak, AAK will follow the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment’s lead on any quarantines, closures, or other health measures needed. AAK’s focus is always to ensure the safety of students and staff, and, if any of those situations arise, determine how education can continue.
PREVENTION MEASURES YOU CAN DO
Parents and guardians can help prevent illness by continuing with the same critical practices – for themselves and with their children – as one would during flu season.
- Wash hands often with soap and water
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
- Keep kids home if they are sick. Please notify the school if your child is sick and needs to stay home. If possible, please share their symptoms and if they have a positive influenza diagnosis. Refer to the CDPHE “How Sick is Too Sick”
More information is available on the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment website.