Cherry Creek School District families,
is the ninth day in a row that the district COVID Tracker dashboard has posted
a “red zone” rating. The virus is now at a dangerous level in our community and
we have seen a sustained trend in the data. Therefore, the district WILL transition to full
Remote learning for all students currently enrolled in In-Person learning.
transition plan prioritizes moving secondary students to Remote first, because
we are seeing higher rates of positive cases with older students. Elementary
schools will go next. The schedule is as follows:
Middle and High School
and High school students will finish In-Person learning this week.
Teachers will have Monday and Tuesday to prepare, and Remote learning will start
Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Pre-School & Elementary School
School and Elementary students will have their last day of In-Person learning on
Wednesday, Nov. 11. Teachers will have Thursday and Friday
to prepare, and Remote
learning will start Monday, Nov. 16.
do not take the decision to switch to Remote learning lightly. I have said from
the beginning that the data will determine whether we have In-Person or Remote
learning, and the data has clearly shown a sustained trend of concerning
numbers. I was hopeful last week that the data dump that impacted Tri-County
Health Department numbers would be a single high point on our scale that we
would quickly come down from, but we did not. The data since that time is
actually worse and therefore causes this move. Our internal data continues to
show that spread of the virus is minimal inside schools. However, the level of
spread in the community is so significant that we are seeing increased student
and staff cases coming into the schools from the community making it more
difficult to operate.
data has allowed us to have 11 weeks of successful In-Person learning and when
the data indicates a sustained 7-14 day trend of ratings in the “green zone,”
we will transition students back to In-Person learning. My hope is that this
period of Remote learning is short-lived, and students are again in class very
is more important than ever for everyone to do their part to slow and prevent
the spread of the virus in the community by wearing masks, maintaining 6 feet
of distance, avoiding large gatherings and staying home when you are sick. Our
behavior and decision-making will determine how quickly we can return to
have also started conversations with public health officials and our teachers’
association to evaluate the option of bringing our youngest students back for
In-Person learning sooner, because we know and a growing body of scientific
evidence shows, that there are fewer cases among elementary students.
can read more about the Remote learning plan and view
the schedule here. Please note, the decision to switch to Remote learning
does not impact the schedule for K-12 Online learning students.
is additional information about the Remote learning plan:
a family requires a device or Internet access for remote learning, please
contact your school.
and Nutrition Services will provide free breakfast and lunch at remote
locations. View the schedule and locations here: https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/FreeMeals
will look very similar to the care provided this summer with curbside health
screening, check-in/out and cohorting by grade level. What may be different for
some families is that care may not be provided at your school, but a school
the remote learning model, the
instruction will be a mixture of synchronous (students learning online together
at the same time) and asynchronous. Extended Childcare Services (ECS) will
provide space and supervision for both types of instruction for the children
attending. However, ECS staff will not be providing instruction to students
during this time. Children attending should bring their own technology to use,
but back-up technology will be available, if needed.
COVID Testing and
We will continue to
offer COVID-19 testing for staff and students through COVIDCheck Colorado.
Please email your school nurse for more information regarding testing for
School nurses and mental
health staff will re-introduce the Nurses’ HealthLine and MentalHealthLine to
allow parents and students to connect with school mental health staff and
nurses to access necessary resources during Remote learning.
The STRIDE Drive-Thru
clinic scheduled at Smoky Hill HS on November 6th will STILL take
place. Students can receive low or no-cost immunizations, flu shots, wellness
check-ups, dental and behavior screening exams. Contact your school nurse for
hope is that during this time of Remote learning, we can work together as a
community to take actions that significantly slow the spread of COVID and allow
us to re-open schools for In-Person learning for families who chose that
option. As I have throughout this year, I will continue to communicate
regularly with you and be transparent about data and planning.
healthy and safe.
Scott A. Siegfried, Ph.D.