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Latest Communication

 
October 1, 2020
 
It was great to see so many of you this evening.  If you were not able to make it to the meeting, please read the slides so you can make the best choice for your family for quarter 2.

 

For elementary families you will be choosing in-person (NOW 4 DAYS A WEEK!) or fully remote. For middle school, you will be choosing in-person (HYBRID) or fully remote.


Use this form to indicate your learning model preference for the second quarter of the school year.  You will need to fill out the form ONLY IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR LEARNING OPTION FOR QUARTER 2.


The deadline for completing this form is Sunday, OCTOBER 4 AT 9 PM

 

IF YOU WANT TO REMAIN IN THE MODEL YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN, YOU DON'T NEED TO DO ANYTHING AT THIS TIME.


Thank you for your attention to this important matter.


Take care. Stay safe.

Ms. Burgess

 
 
September 7, 2020
 

As of today, a middle school faculty member has been diagnosed with COVID-19. PPA has been prepared for this eventuality and we are taking steps that are in-line with local, state, and health department guidance.

As was bound to happen, we received news of our first COVID-positive case today--one of our middle school teachers.  First and most importantly, the teacher is doing okay with the virus so far. None of the other family members are experiencing symptoms and will be quarantining and testing as directed by their doctor.

What does this mean for PPA?

All of this teacher’s cohorts will quarantine for 14 days, including all A/B 6th grade cohorts and one third of the A/B 8th grade cohorts.   All impacted families have been contacted by our Tri-County Health Department partner.  Remember that the definition of exposure is within 6-feet for 15 minutes of someone with COVID-19, either 2 days prior to symptoms or during active symptoms.  So, if you have a child that was with a student in the impacted cohort, for example, your child is NOT considered exposed.

In an effort to minimize instructional disruption, and in the interest of student safety, we have made the decision to move the entire middle school to remote learning until September 21.  Students will attend ACADEMIC classes remotely as scheduled.  Arts programming will be pushed out via google classroom.

As this is our first case since school started, I know families may have questions.  The email I sent on August 18, 2020 clearly laid out what steps we take if there is a positive case, including links to the state health department guidance.  Additionally, I will hold a Zoom parent meeting next week so that I can provide our community an update and answer a few questions. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

5:30-6:00 PM

Meeting ID: 884 9734 4613

Passcode: 678188

 

I expect that we will continue to have cases pop up from time to time, as everyone continues to live their daily lives.  We are practicing cohorting for this reason--so that when there is a case we can minimize the impact on our school community and on student learning.  While understanding that nothing is perfect, the hope is that the precautions we are taking will avoid/minimize the spread within our building.

Finally, I wanted to personally reach out as this is our first case and I will follow-up if this particular case results in any additional cases. Please know that future cases and quarantines will likely be communicated by our incredible nursing staff directly to the classes and grade levels impacted--cases will not generally be communicated school-wide.

 

As always, thank you for your support!

In partnership,

Ms. Burgess

 
 
August 31, 2020
 
The best laid schemes o' mice and men--Sometimes our best laid plans go awry...In true 2020 fashion, we are learning that there is so much out of our control, and in order to avoid insanity, we must only try to control what we can. Last week, Google made an update to their system--which will ultimately benefit us, however, our iPads were not ready. Lesson learned: updating iPad operating systems is critical in ensuring our students have no interruptions in their learning. Please help us by making sure your student's iPad is updated.
 
This week, we will be kicking off a Virtual FUN RUN, our annual fundraiser. We had to cancel our event scheduled for last May and decided to try again this fall in an attempt to return to some normalcy. Please watch for more details on how you can participate and support our school.
 
I understand that there is a great deal of information coming your way at the start of this very unique school year. As we settle in, you can expect that to dissipate to a more manageable volume. Thank you again for your patience and grace.

In partnership,

Ms. Burgess


IMPORTANT DATES

September 7-Labor Day NO SCHOOL

September 9-Virtual Back to School Night (details coming soon)

September 11--Virtual FUN RUN

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

CALLING ALL PARENTS: We need your help! We need 10 parents (or more!) every morning (7:30 - 8:00am) and every afternoon (3:10 - 4:00pm) to help with driveline arrival/dismissal. Please use this link to sign up for shifts through Help Counter (our volunteer management program). Don’t have time to sign up for a shift? That’s ok! Simply come to help us out! We are always looking for additional help, and we would love to see you!

 

QUICK LINKS for 2020-2021

The following information is found on the main SchoolBzz page under the Resources tab:

 

ATTENDANCE REPORTING

Click HERE to read the information regarding attendance reporting, tardies, and early dismissal procedures.

 

NEED HELP WITH AN IPAD?

Use this HELPDESK LINK for the iPad/Technology Help Desk. The IT team will be able to help your student once they have submitted the form.

 

DRIVELINE INFORMATION

Please click this link for driveline information. This is found on our website under Parent Resources/Transportation Driveline. There are basic guidelines for drivers, including DO/DON’T tips, maps with traffic patterns, drop off / pick up times, etc.  Please note that LEFT TURNS SHOULD NOT OCCUR during morning drop off or afternoon pick up, nor should adults be using their cell phones. We appreciate your help and support keeping everyone safe! PLEASE WATCH THIS QUICK VIDEO ON DRIVELINE ETIQUETTE: https://tinyurl.com/y4k7lskc  

 

ANNOUNCING OUR VIRTUAL FUN RUN!

PPA is very excited to announce that this year we have teamed up with an amazing company called Boosterthon, to do a completely virtual fun run! All PPA students will have the chance to partake in this event from the comfort of their homes on Friday, September 11th via a link we will provide. This virtual fun run is perfect for PPA, as it is called "Dance Fit" and you can learn more about it here:

https://vimeo.com/405600995/8bc6208715

As always, students will have the chance to earn awesome prizes (that will be shipped directly to your home), have access to great character building lessons and activities, as well as have fun classroom prizes and incentives as well. We are looking forward to sharing many more details with you soon! The kickoff for this event starts September 1st!


SAFETY AT PPA

Based on all precautions for COVID-19, we hope at this point you are aware that safety of PPA students and staff is a priority for our school. As part of safety procedures at PPA we conduct drills throughout the school year following the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). This week we conducted our first Evacuate Drill (Fire Drill). We are aware the language associated with SRP drills and community safety can be a bit confusing. We are attaching a document here that is posted in all classrooms so you are aware what language may be used in an Emergency Situation. 

 SRP Emergency Language

 

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT AT PPA

We are aware this challenging time is impacting us all a little differently. PPA’s Mental Health team is here to support all students and families. This can be through phone, virtual or in person (with mask) check-in’s. We can also help to connect families to community referrals and on-going supports. We would love to introduce ourselves to you and your family, please see the Mental Health Team Introduction Video


If you or your student would like to contact the Mental Health Team please use the Mental Health Support Form to alert us of your/your students needs.

 

SCHOOLBZZ

One of our main sources of communication is through SchoolBzz. Please watch this video that explains what SchoolBzz is and how it works. Click here for the video. Several helpful videos can be found on the PARENT SUPPORT SITE at schoolbzz.com (link at bottom of website).

 

DCSD NUTRITION SERVICES

Nutrition Services is now offering pre-order Weekly Meal Bags for eLearners and Hybrid learners for days when they are learning at home. Bags contain breakfast and lunch. These meals are FREE for students on the free/reduced meal program and a cost for full pay students. Click here for more information. This information is also available on the Nutrition Services website: https://www.dcsdnutritionservices.org/ 

 

DCSD NUTRITION SERVICES

Nutrition Services has 2020-2021 pricing information available here and a “No Seconds” form for parents here.


 
 
 
 
 
August 13, 2020
 
Please join me on Zoom for an important BACK TO SCHOOL Meeting on Monday, August 17 at 6pm. 
 
Information for the meeting is below:
 
Topic: Back to School Parent Meeting Time: Aug 17, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time
 
 
Meeting ID: 817 3867 4180
Passcode: 237724
 
 
See you then!
Ms. Burgess
 
 
 
 
July 30, 2020
 
It was great to see so many of you this evening.  If you were not able to make it to the meeting, please read the slides so you can make the best choice for your family this fall.
 
Use this form to indicate your learning model preference for the first quarter of the school year.  You will need to fill out the form FOR EACH OF YOUR STUDENTS.
 
The deadline for completing this form is Sunday, August 2 at 9pm.  
 
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
 
 
 
July 27, 2020
 
In the spirit that is 2020, things continue to change daily with regard to the opening of our school year.  On Saturday, the Douglas County School District voted to start the year in their hybrid model.  The decision follows JeffCo, Denver and Aurora's resolutions to start the year in remote learning.  The Cherry Creek School District has yet to announce a decision about the start of their school year.  
 
Additionally, we have received guidance from the CDE and CDPHE with regard to reopening schools, and are currently under a mask order through Governor Polis' Executive order issued last week.
 
At our last meeting, I introduced 3 scenarios including: 100% in-person, a hybrid model, and 100% online.  These options are still being considered at this time.  We will have another  zoom parent meeting on Thursday at 6 pm (details below) to update our plan for returning to school in August.  Please make it a priority to be at this meeting, as at the conclusion, we will ask you to commit to a learning model for the first quarter.
 
As a reminder, our 100% in-person model will cohort students into groups of approximately 25, while our hybrid model would divide our school into two groups who would attend school in-person two days a week, and engage in remote learning 3 days a week while managing students through cohorts.  A full online option will be available to families as well.
 
Please know we are committed to doing what is best for our community, staying true to our vision and mission while keeping students and staff healthy and safe.  Please join me Thursday night at 6pm for details on what our return to school will look like.
 
With gratitude for your patience and grace during this time,
 
DETAILS FOR ZOOM MEETING:
Topic: PPA Return to School Parent Meeting
Time: Jul 30, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88009779955?pwd=NWdJcHo5djdpVTNsc1B5RitIVVcrZz09

Meeting ID: 880 0977 9955
Passcode: 284254
 
July 23, 2020
 
As I mentioned in our last meeting, things are changing rapidly in our world with regard to COVID and return to school plans.  For example, since we last spoke, the Governor has issued a state-wide face covering mandate and the CDE finally released guidance for returning to school.  At this time, the guidance has created more questions than answers.  We are continuing to work on the plans that were presented to you last week.  
 
Please join me for another parent meeting on Thursday, July 30 at 6pm on Zoom. (Details will be shared prior to the meeting). This meeting will be focused on sharing current information and return to school plans, as finalized as they can be.  After the meeting, we will ask families to commit to a learning model (as presented) for the first quarter of the school year.
 
Regardless of how we return to school, there are many housekeeping items we need to attend to.  Please see the 2020 Return to School checklist for a list of all items that need your attention before August 10.
 
Take safe. Stay healthy.
Take care
 
 
 
July 15, 2020
 
Thank you for joining me on Zoom last night. It was great to see so many of your faces! To reiterate, we are planning on 100% in-person learning this fall, as detailed in the "Return to School Presentation". We are working to keep cohorts around 25 students as much as possible with safety and health measures in place. You can read the detailed plan on our website. 
 
After reading, please fill out this acknowledgement form, found on our website, stating you have received our Return to School plan and read it.
 
Please fill out a preliminary survey, found on our website, indicating your learning model preference for the first quarter.  Your choices are in-person OR Remote Learning. Again, this survey is non-binding and will be used for planning purposes.  We will ask for a commitment later this month. 
 
Additionally, based on your questions from last night, we are developing an FAQ to share with you early next week. These FAQs will also be located on our website. If you still have questions, please reach out via email and we will address your needs individually.
 
Please understand that our plan for the fall is subject to change based on public health orders or executive orders from Governor Polis.
 
Thank you for your continued support.
Stay healthy. Stay safe.