Back to School Information Letter 7.23.20

Weld Re-8 Community,
 
I want to update you on the School Year 2020-2021.  These past months have certainly provided many opportunities to practice patience and grace as a Country.  I know it is frustrating to not know “what is next.”  
 
Using continuing data and information as it becomes available, Weld Re-8 School District will return to in-person learning beginning five (5) days a week in August.  I am enclosing several articles that guided this decision.  All students Preschool through Grade 5 (Little Trappers, Butler, Twombly and Homyak) as well as Kindergarten through grade 5 (same schools) will resume in-person learning this August.  I am also including the Student/Parent calendar for your review.
 
We will provide and exceed all safety guidelines that are currently in place.  Our staff members will all be wearing KN95 face masks throughout the day and have the option to also wear face shields.  We will maintain the recommended three feet of social distancing at these above-listed schools.  Please take a moment to read through the documents attached.  We will require face masks for all students on buses.  We will be asking you, as parents, to take your students' daily temperatures prior to the beginning of the school day.  Students of the age 10 or younger will not be required to wear a face mask, however, if you desire that, please provide one for your child.  We will have masks available daily, however, those are the paper-type masks.
 
At Fort Lupton Middle School and Fort Lupton High School, we will also return to in-person learning on August 17, 2020.  Based on the most recent guidelines, these age-group students will need to socially distance six (6) feet apart.  With the size of our classrooms, we will not be able to accommodate all students every day of the week.  As such, both buildings will implement an A/B student attendance schedule.  Middle School and High School students will attend in-person learning every other day.  For instance, students with A Schedule will attend school on Monday followed by remote learning on Tuesday.  Students on B Schedule will remote learn on that same Monday followed by in person-learning on Tuesday. This cycle will continue for our students until new guidance is available. In this schedule, all students will be in-person learning five days in every ten-day cycle.  Middle School and High School students will be required to wear a face mask during their attendance at school.
 
We are offering the option to those families who desire to continue a full-time, everyday remote learning schedule.  Information around registration for both options will be released on Monday, July 27, 2020
 
Please know that our instructional staff has been, or will be, participating in Professional Development, to ensure that remote learning includes new instruction, is meaningful, and is engaging for your student(s).
 
Our number one priority is the safety of our students and staff as well as our community of parents.   While this is only an outline of the process, we will have a complete description on July 30, 2020, including the documents around our cleaning and safety while your students are at school as well as the health guidelines that we will employ.
 
I am thankful for the opportunity to have students back in our schools, and will send out the registration update on Monday, July 27, 2020 followed by the complete plan on Thursday, July 30, 2020.
 
Alan