Dear West Leadership Academy Families:
We hope you and your family are doing well. We want to communicate details related to Returning to School for the fall semester. We know that returning to in-person learning is good for our students academically, socially, and emotionally: however, we need to prioritize the following for our students, teachers, and their families: health and safety, social-emotional and mental health, and unfinished learning from last year; Those properties have led to Denver Public School delaying its first day of school. We will start school via remote learning Monday, August 24-October 16th which is the end of the first quarter of the school year for many schools. We’ll be working hard to safely and gradually welcome all students back into schools, when health conditions allow.
The delayed start allows us to keep following Tri-County Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment directions to ensure that students and staff are safe. It also allows the District and WLA more time to prepare all of our classrooms and school spaces for physical distancing, which includes removing furniture, posting signage, and disinfecting — all according to the most recent guidance of local health officials. Our teachers and school leaders will also be given more time to prepare to shift to what will meet the priorities regardless of the situation. Lastly; parents will be given additional time to consider their options for student learning (at school or online).
To take part in Annual Family Update, first make sure you have an active Parent Portal account at myportal.dpsk12.org. The registration deadline for West Leadership Academy is August 3rd, the registration fee is $25.00. For more information on Annual Family Update, visit schoolchoice.dpsk12.org. Students and parents will decide if remote learning or in person learning is the best option for their family. If a student chooses remote learning they will have to stay in remote learning for the first semester of the school year (August-December). If students and parents choose in person learning, they can at any point choose to go to remote learning. The results of choices are solely based on planning and logistics. In person registration will not be offered.
It is also critical that we all continue to remain flexible and open to change. The circumstances around the pandemic and the return to school this fall seem to change daily. These are our plans for the start of in-person school at this time:
- Screening Guide
- Classroom furniture will be arranged to maintain recommended physical distancing as much as possible. All student seating arrangements will be in individual student desks..
- Students will be placed in cohorts/groups with teachers, and placed in specific classrooms. Students and teachers will stay in those cohorts all day, not leaving the classrooms, with the exception of breaks.
- Students/Cohorts will enter through designated locations, and picked up by their teacher. Students and teachers will be grouped in the building by grade levels.
- All school entries and classrooms will have sanitation stations that students and staff will use when they arrive at school, before lunch, and as needed throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom and in every space where learning or collaboration would occur. Dispensers will be checked nightly and refilled.
- All areas inside the school will be cleaned and sanitized (following the protocols of local health officials) as frequently as possible.
- Drinking fountains will not be used. Students are expected to bring their own water bottle to school. We will have bottle filling stations. Times to refill water bottles at these stations will be scheduled into the day to maintain physical distancing.
- Signage will be used on walls and floors will help students maintain physical distancing.
- Ventilation systems have been serviced and will be frequently checked to make sure indoor spaces are properly ventilated
- In an effort to limit exposure, and as a general rule, parents and visitors will not be allowed in during the school day. We will develop a process where parents and/or visitors may drop off materials that students need by appointment only.
- Middle and High School Remote Students: will be provided a computer and internet services.
- Middle and High School In-Person Students: will be provided computers during the remote time of instruction, Middle school students will be required to return computers if when we return to in person schooling.
- Billing for Lost/Broken Devices: Per our device agreement, students will be invoiced for lost or broken devices through MySchoolBucks
- Computer exchange and pick-up dates for returning and new students will be released August 3rd.
Meal Service Plan:
- Food service will be provided for remote learners, location TBD.
- WLA will be a closed campus for lunch.
- We will adapt food service over time so that we can serve as many students as possible – as we learn more about who our Virtual Program students are we will announce how they can continue to access food during Remote and In Person
- Physical distancing will be practiced during meal service.
- Change in meal service will help us keep the same students together in smaller groups as much as possible (cohort grouping) to limit exposure.
- Nutrition Services employees will be masked, with face shields, and will wear gloves.
- Streamlined menus that align with nutritional guidelines – fewer choices will support efficient processing through the cafeteria line.
- Special diets will still be accommodated following the usual practice (i.e., doctor’s note to show specific allergy).
- Hot vegetarian option available every day.
West Leadership Academy 6th and 9th Grade Academy
Why: At West Leadership Academy, we want to create a seamless transition between elementary and middle school and middle school and high school by welcoming our incoming students into our school and beginning strong relationships with their teachers. We will also learn more about our student’s abilities and needs through baseline assessments in order to anticipate and adjust instruction for our student’s success.
How: We will offer online courses and information to students on Schoology. Students will be able to access each of their classes on Schoology using: https://schoology.dpsk12.org to prepare them for the upcoming school year.
What: 6th and 9th Grade Academy
When: Lessons and information will go live on Schoology August 3 and close on August 7.
There will be a Parent Forum on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Join us: Meeting ID: meet.google.com/pxu-spnx-agw
Phone Number: 1 475-329-8073 PIN 590 100 413#
Where: For the safety of students and teachers, 6th and 9th Academy will be 100% virtual. Students will access all classes on Schoology by logging into https://schoology.dpsk12.org/ as early as August 3rd.