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COVID-19 INFORMATION AND UPDATES

 


March 27, 2020

Dear HPA Families,

We hope you are doing well and that you are finding rhythm in our new ‘normal’.

This message contains information regarding the online learning approach HPA is taking, how and when to pick up a Chromebook, as well as additional resources for you and your family.

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 crisis and will communicate with you if there are any updates or changes to our response. Please email info@highpointacademy.net with any questions or concerns, we are here to support you during this unprecedented time. More than anything, our focus is on the health and wellbeing of our students, families, and staff, and if there is anything we can do, please let us know.

We are excited to embark on this journey with you. It has called for a tremendous amount of innovation, creativity, problem-solving, flexibility, and collaboration and I am thankful to our staff for stepping up and leaning in to make this a positive experience for our students. We know it will be messy at first, but if there is a staff and faculty that can pull this off, it’s our HPA team!

Teachers are eager to connect with your child. We miss them and we are excited to see them (virtually) again.

Stay well,

Keri Melmed

Executive Director

Online Learning:

As you know, Governor Polis has suspended in-person learning and closed school buildings until April 17th. We have been working around the clock to create an online learning experience to support our students until school reopens. The goal is to provide students with weekly lessons in each content area and to provide weekly social connection with their peers and teacher/advisor. We know that our approach may not feel extensive or robust for some families, and we know that our approach may feel too extensive and overwhelming for some. Knowing that each family is facing their own unique challenges during this uncertain time, we have landed on an approach that balances the two and supports students’ continued learning. Here is what you can expect:

Online content expectations presented through Google Classroom:

  • Monday morning by 9:00AM, teachers will send out the weekly lesson and the accompanying assignments to their students. These lessons will be recorded and students can access the lesson at a time that works for them and your family. Attendance will be tracked through google classroom.
  • By Thursday, 12:00AM midnight, all weekly assignments are due from students to their teacher. Students are able to turn assignments in prior to Thursday, midnight’s deadline.
  • Friday, teachers will grade assignments and reach out to students and families directly with feedback. Grades will be entered into PowerSchool.
  • Students who receive support through an IEP, 504, ELL, ALP or other plan will be contacted directly by their case manager to determine and share how services will be provided.
  • Teachers will reach out to you with specific details regarding your child’s class/advisory.
  • If preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade teachers are providing content through tangible worksheets and packets instead of an online lesson, the teacher will communicate that with you ahead of time.

Online community building & social expectations presented through Zoom:

  • Each week advisors and homeroom teachers will schedule a meeting, where students will be able to socialize with their peers, connect with one another in a structured prosocial environment with their teacher/advisor.
  • These meetings will be live and students will need to attend at the scheduled time.

School Schedule:

  • 9:00-3:00 – Monday – Friday – Teachers will be available for support, family meetings, content support, and any other needs you and your child may have. All communication between HPA and families will be conducted through HPA email, google classroom, and Zoom.
  • 12:00-1:00 – Monday – Friday – Teacher, staff, and student lunch hour.
  • HPA 36 hour response time (to emails and communication) remains in effect through this closure.
  • Week of March 30th – computer checkout and first ‘practice’ lesson and/or class/advisory meeting for each student.
  • Week of April 6th – official start of our online schooling.

Computer Checkout and Internet Access:

While the school has computers, HPA does not have 700 Chromebook for every child. To ensure that every student who needs a Chromebook receives one, if your student has access to a tablet, computer, or gaming system in working condition, please do not checkout an HPA Chromebook.

HPA is committed to every child and we will provide your student a Chromebook if they need one. Here is the pickup schedule and process.

  • Tuesday, March 31st – students with last names A-L will be able to pick up computers between 10AM-2PM
  • Wednesday, April 1st – students with last names M-Z will be able to pick up computers between 10AM-2PM
  • In accordance with social distancing requirements, computer pick up and checkout will occur through the carpool line.
  • Families will remain in the car and an HPA staff member will checkout the computer at your car.
  • Families will be required to sign an electronic agreement that will include your responsibility for the maintenance of the computer, damage charges, and lost, broken, or stolen charges.

HPA students can access FREE internet service through Internet Essentials- a Comcast service providing 2 free months of internet. https://www.internetessentials.com/

Tips for Families:

  • Establish a routine and create a ‘school schedule’.
  • Check in with your child and ensure they are able to access the learning on their device. (PreK-2 families will need to support students in accessing and logging in to their device each day).
  • Stay connected with HPA, your child’s teacher, and school leadership to ensure that you are up to date on communication, expectations, and support opportunities.
  • Encourage your child to try their best and to engage in the learning opportunities. We know that this may be intimidating for some students and we are here to support you if that is the case.

 Additional Resources:

 

En Español:

Estimadas familias de High Point Academy,

Esperamos que esté bien y que encuentre ritmo en nuestra nueva normalidad. Este mensaje contiene información sobre el enfoque de aprendizaje en línea que está tomando HPA, cómo y cuándo recoger una Chromebook, así como recursos adicionales para usted y su familia. Continuamos monitoreando la crisis de COVID-19 y nos comunicaremos con usted si hay actualizaciones o cambios en nuestra respuesta. Envíe un correo electrónico a info@highpointacademy.net con cualquier pregunta o inquietud, estamos aquí para ayudarlo durante este tiempo sin precedentes. Más que nada, nuestro enfoque está en la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, familias y personal, y si hay algo que podemos hacer, háganoslo saber. Estamos emocionados de emprender este viaje con usted. Ha exigido una gran cantidad de innovación, creatividad, resolución de problemas, flexibilidad y colaboración, y estoy agradecida con nuestro personal por ayudar y ayudar a que esta sea una experiencia positiva para nuestros estudiantes. Sabemos que será complicado al principio, pero si hay un personal y una facultad que puedan lograrlo. ¡Es nuestro equipo de HPA! Los maestros están ansiosos por conectarse con su hijo/a. Los extrañamos y estamos emocionados de verlos nuevamente.

Mantenerse bien,

Aprender en línea:

Como saben, el gobernador Polis suspendió el aprendizaje en persona y cerró los edificios escolares hasta el 17 de abril. Hemos estado trabajando durante todo el día para crear una experiencia de aprendizaje en línea para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes hasta que la escuela vuelva a abrir. El objetivo es proporcionar a los estudiantes lecciones semanales en cada área de contenido y proporcionar una conexión social semanal con sus compañeros y maestros / asesores. Sabemos que nuestro enfoque puede no parecer extenso o sólido para algunas familias, y sabemos que nuestro enfoque puede parecer demasiado extenso y abrumador para algunos. Sabiendo que cada familia enfrenta sus propios desafíos únicos durante este tiempo incierto, hemos llegado a un enfoque que equilibra a los dos y apoya el aprendizaje continuo de los estudiantes.

Esto es lo que puede esperar:

Expectativas de contenido en línea presentadas a través de Google Classroom:

  • El lunes por la mañana a las 9:00 a.m., los maestros enviarán la lección semanal y las tareas correspondientes a sus alumnos. Estas lecciones se grabarán y los estudiantes pueden acceder a la lección en un momento que les funcione a ellos y a su familia. La asistencia será rastreada a través del aula de google.
  • Para el jueves a las 12:00 AM a medianoche, todas las tareas semanales deben entregarse de los estudiantes a su maestro. Los estudiantes pueden entregar las tareas antes del jueves, la fecha límite de medianoche.
  • El viernes, los maestros calificarán las tareas y se comunicarán directamente con los estudiantes y las familias con comentarios. Las calificaciones se ingresarán en PowerSchool.
  • Los estudiantes que reciben apoyo a través de un IEP, 504, ELL, ALP u otro plan serán contactados directamente por su administrador de casos para determinar y compartir cómo se proporcionarán los servicios.
  • Los maestros se comunicarán con usted con detalles específicos sobre la clase / asesoría de su hijo.
  • Si los maestros de preescolar, jardín de infantes, primer o segundo grado están proporcionando contenido a través de hojas de trabajo tangibles y paquetes en lugar de una lección en línea, el maestro se lo comunicará con anticipació

Pago por computadora y acceso a Internet:

Si bien la escuela tiene computadoras, HPA no tiene 700 Chromebook para cada niño. Para asegurarse de que cada estudiante que necesita una Chromebook reciba una, si su estudiante tiene acceso a una tableta, computadora o sistema de juegos en condiciones de funcionamiento, no saque una Chromebook HPA.

HPA se compromete con cada niño y le proporcionaremos a su estudiante un Chromebook si lo necesitan. Aquí está el horario y el proceso de recolección.

  • Martes 31 de marzo: los estudiantes con apellidos A-L podrán recoger computadoras entre las 10 AM y las 2 PM
  • Miércoles 1 de abril: los estudiantes con apellidos M-Z podrán recoger computadoras entre las 10 a.m. y las 2 p.m.
  • De acuerdo con los requisitos de distanciamiento social, la recolección y el pago de la computadora se realizarán a través de la línea de viajes compartidos.
  • Las familias permanecerán en el automóvil y un miembro del personal de HPA revisará la computadora de su automóvil.
  • Se requerirá que las familias firmen un acuerdo electrónico que incluirá su responsabilidad por el mantenimiento de la computadora, los cargos por daños y los cargos perdidos, rotos o robados.

Los estudiantes de HPA pueden acceder al servicio GRATUITO de Internet a través de Internet Essentials, un servicio de Comcast que ofrece 2 meses gratis de Internet. https://www.internetessentials.com/

Consejos para familias:

  • Establezca una rutina y cree un “horario escolar”.
  • Consulte con su hijo y asegúrese de que pueda acceder al aprendizaje en su dispositivo. (Las familias de PreK-2 necesitarán ayudar a los estudiantes a acceder e iniciar sesión en su dispositivo cada día).
  • Manténgase conectado con HPA, el maestro de su hijo y el liderazgo de la escuela para asegurarse de estar al día con las oportunidades de comunicación, expectativas y apoyo.
  • Anime a su hijo a dar lo mejor de sí y a participar en las oportunidades de aprendizaje. Sabemos que esto puede ser intimidante para algunos estudiantes y estamos aquí para apoyarlo si ese es el caso.

Recursos adicionales:


March 18, 2020

Dear HPA Families:

We hope you are well and that you are taking care of yourselves and your family during this time.

As you may have heard, Governor Polis signed an executive order closing Colorado schools through Friday, April 17, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. At this time, and per this order, all students will return to school on Monday, April 20. You can read the press release and executive order here: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/colorado-takes-further-action-address-public-health-threat-covid-19

We know that this raises a lot of questions, and I want to assure you that we are doing everything in our power to ensure that the health and well-being of our students, staff, and community remain the top priority. We are also working with faculty and staff to create online and alternative learning options for our students. We will be in communication with you regarding those options. Please be on the lookout for a technology survey that will assist us in our planning.

DPS food service will continue to provide grab and go options, please use this resource as it is available to all of our families.

We are the HPA family and we will do whatever it takes to make it through this uncertain and difficult time. Our staff is committed to your child and we are working around the clock to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our students during this time.

Stay safe and be well,

HPA Staff


March 17th, 2020

Dear HPA Families,

We hope you are well during these uncertain and trying times. As we say at HPA, “we are the HPA family”, and as families do, we take care of each other. We want you to know that we are here for you. Please email info@highpointacademy.net if there is anything you need and we will employ the community to ensure that everyone is safe and has what they need to get through this time.  

As you may know, DPS is our food service provider. As such, our students are able to receive food during this extended closure.  DPS is offering ‘grab and go’ meals to students and adults. Children are required to be present to receive the food. These meals are available on weekdays only, between 8AM and 9AM or 12PM and 1PM. Both breakfast and lunch can be picked up at that time. The closest DPS pick up location to High Point Academy is the Evie Dennis Campus: 4800 Telluride St, Denver, CO 80249

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 developments, the recommendations from the CDC as well as the state and local executive orders. We will provide updates as we have them with regard to school and our programming. Rest assured it is our intent and hope that we continue to meet the needs of every child at HPA.

Feel free to reach out with questions, concerns, or thoughts to any administrator.

Stay well,

HPA Staff

  1. CDE has just released a statement confirming that there will NOT be CMAS testing this school year. We do not know if there will be other measures used to determine school performance ratings at this time. But, we wanted to alleviate any concerns about CMAS.
  2. We do not have confirmation regarding the length of extended closures to date (March 17th at 11AM). Some sources are saying 8 weeks, other sources are saying 4 weeks. We will provide you with information once a decision has been made.
  3. We suspect that we will need to provide some sort of online programming. We expect that schools will be required to provide “good faith effort” to educate our students. Again, more information to come on this. We anticipate scheduling grade level/team ZOOM meetings for next week, to discuss our options, so please be on the lookout for those.

Again, please know that we are here for you… reach out with any concerns, questions, suggestions! We would love to hear from you.

Remember, tough times don’t last, tough people do! Take care of yourself, your families, and we will get through this!

Keri, Jess, Juanise, Jen and Teresa


March 12th, 2020

Dear HPA Families,

We wanted to provide an update on how we are responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19). As of today, March 12, 2020, at 9:00AM we do NOT have any students or staff members who have tested positive for coronavirus.

With the rapidly changing conditions in Colorado, as well as the  ever evolving guidelines from federal, state, and local officials High Point Academy is taking the following actions.

  1. Out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling the 3rd quarter award ceremony that was scheduled to take place afterschool. Rather, 3rd quarter award recipients will be celebrated in their homerooms and advisories with their classmates and teacher.
  2. Tomorrow, March 13 will be a NON CONTACT day. This means that students will NOT have school. Innovation Learning is also closed.
  3. Faculty and staff will report to school. The non-contact day will serve multiple purposes, including:
    1. Enable the school to begin the preparation process should a long term school closure become necessary or required.
      1. This includes grade level teams planning curriculum and how students will receive instruction, and how parents will be able to support their students should there be a reason for long term school closures.
    2. Provide time to determine options for meal service should there be a reason for long term school closures.
    3. Give additional time for deep cleaning and disinfecting classrooms and common spaces. This includes commercial hospital grade deep cleaning of all bathrooms and common areas like the cafeteria and gym, all hard surfaces including door handles.
    4. We will take time over spring break, to review plans created tomorrow, as well as when faculty returns on March 23rd to prepare and respond to the current situation at that time.

Even with spring break next week, we will continue to communicate updates regarding the coronavirus and its impact on our community. We will use our normal means of communication which include: email, text, phone calls, and Facebook posts.

In order for us to respond quickly and appropriately, we ask that if you or your child has symptoms and/or is tested positive for coronavirus over spring break that you immediately contact the school at info@highpointacademy.net or call 303-217-5152 option 1. In addition, we have provided information from the Centers for Disease Control regarding steps to take if you and/or your child has tested positive or been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID Facts:

English: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

Spanish: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet-sp.pdf

What to do if you are sick:

English: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

If exposed or potentially exposed:

English: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDexposed.pdf

Steps to prevent and protect:

English: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment.html

Spanish: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-sp.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment-sp.html

We wanted to let you know about this decision as soon as possible so that you are able to make necessary arrangements.

As always, we take decisions around school closures seriously and do this for the safety and wellbeing of our community.

We hope everyone has a safe and healthy spring break!

HPA Staff

 

Queridas familias HPA,

Queríamos proporcionar una actualización sobre cómo estamos respondiendo al coronavirus (COVID-19). A partir de hoy, 12 de marzo de 2020, a las 9:00AM NO tenemos estudiantes o miembros del personal que hayan dado positivo por coronavirus.

Con las condiciones que cambian rápidamente en Colorado, así como las pautas en constante evolución de los funcionarios federales, del estado y locales, High Point Academy está tomando las siguientes medidas.

  1. De una abundancia de precaución, estamos cancelando la ceremonia de premios del trecer trimestre que estaba programada después de la escuela. Más bien, los ganadores de los premios del trecer trimestre serán celebrados en el salón de clases.
  2. Mañana, 13 de marzo será un día DE NO CONTACTO. Esto significa que los estudiantes NO tendrán escuela.
  3. La facultad y el personal se reportarán a la escuela. El día de no contacto servirá para múltiples propósitos, incluyendo:
  4. Permitir que la escuela prepare el plan de estudios y la programación. Esto incluye cómo los estudiantes recibirán instrucción y cómo los padres podrán apoyar a sus estudiantes en caso de que haya una razón para el cierre de escuelas a largo plazo.
  5. Proporcionar tiempo para determinar las opciones para el servicio de comidas en caso de que haya una razón para el cierre de escuelas a largo plazo.
  6. Dar tiempo adicional para la limpieza profunda y la desinfección de aulas y espacios comunes.

Incluso con las vacaciones de primavera de la próxima semana, continuaremos comunicando actualizaciones con respecto al coronavirus y su impacto en nuestra comunidad. Usaremos nuestros medios de comunicación normales que incluyen: correo electrónico, texto, llamadas telefónicas y publicaciones de Facebook.

Para que podamos responder rápida y apropiadamente, le pedimos que si usted o su hijo tiene síntomas y/o es dado positivo por coronavirus durante las vacaciones de primavera, se comuníquese inmediatamente con la escuela al info@highpointacademy.net o llame al 303-217-5152. Además, hemos proporcionado información de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades con respecto a los pasos a seguir si usted y/o su hijo han dado positivo o han estado en contacto con alguien que ha dado positivo para COVID-19.

Datos de COVID:

Inglés: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

Español: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet-sp.pdf

Qué hacer si está enfermo:

Inglés: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

Pasos para prevenir y proteger:

Inglés: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment.html

Español: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-sp.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment-sp.html

 

Queríamos informarle sobre esta decisión lo antes posible para que pueda hacer los arreglos necesarios. Como siempre, tomamos en serio las decisiones en torno a los cierres de escuelas y lo hacemos por la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestra comunidad. ¡Esperamos que todos tengan unas vacaciones de primavera seguras y saludables!

 

HPA Staff

 

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