EPSD PREPARES TO GET BACK TO CLASS

#BACKTOCLASS

Estes Park School District believes the importance of in-person learning and recognizes this plays an important role in the academic success and social development of students. Because of this, in-person learning will be available in all grade levels, PreK-12, beginning the week of August 24th. We are ready to get #backtoclass.

A PROMISE TO HEALTH & SAFETY

Estes Park Schools will constantly evaluate current practices to ensure the safest possible experience. Mandatory safety, health, and hygiene protocols aligned with guidance from our local public health department will be paramount. By attending in-person learning, students, families, and staff agree to follow all school safety, health, and hygiene practices.


The health and safety of students, staff, and the community are our first priority. The safety, health, and hygiene protocols outlined throughout our EPSD fall learning plan align with the following principles:

  • Staff and students will wear face coverings. Expectations will be reasonable for health conditions, eating, outdoor activities, and appropriate social distancing.

  • Regular handwashing

  • Six feet of social-distancing will be maintained to the fullest extent possible.

  • Schools will maintain consistent cohort groupings of individuals and limit the amount and size of gatherings. Students will stay with their cohorts.

  • Limit the duration of interaction between individuals outside of cohort groupings.

Visitors

Visitors will NOT be permitted in any school facilities, including family members, volunteers, and parents accompanying their student to the classroom. Only adults with a scheduled meeting will be allowed entry.

Illness

Parents are expected to screen the members of their household for COVID-19 symptoms daily. Because one of the systems of COVID-19 is a fever, this includes completing a temperature check prior to leaving their house.


Consequently, if symptoms are suspected, staff or students will have their temperature taken and may be asked health screening questions. Students with a temperature at or above 100.4ºF or suspected COVID symptoms will be sent home. If students or staff are ill, they must stay at home. If a staff member or student presents COVID-19 symptoms, they will be relocated to an established, isolated room designated for this purpose alone (not the health room) until they can safely leave campus.


With a confirmed case of COVID-19, the Director of Health Services will coordinate with Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) and District Leadership to determine the best course of action on a case-by-case basis. If a student or staff member has a suspected case, guidelines for returning to school will be determined and communicated before the start of school.


In the event of an outbreak or other health concern, EPSD will take immediate action to protect the health of our students and staff. One possibility is a return to Cloud School, applying rolling closures briefly so that learning can continue for our students in the event of an outbreak.

SCHOOL DAY STRUCTURES

Schools will develop new practices and models of structuring the school day in accordance with LCDHE guidelines and will be developed with the goal of grouping students in a way that minimizes co-mingling of students, such as limiting passing periods. These student cohort groupings will be consistent and limited to the same classmates to the greatest extent possible.


School administrators will develop a plan specific to their buildings to address pick-up/drop-off, building entry, symptom screening, transitions, lunch schedules, etc., and schools will communicate their plans to their staff and school community.

Activities, Specials and Electives

EPSD values athletics and activities as part of our whole child programming. Administrators are working with LCDHE and CHSAA to find solutions for a safe return to athletics and activities. More information will be coming from schools.


FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES

Estes Park Schools will continue to provide meal service to students to the fullest extent possible for in-person and remote learners. Therefore, the meal service program may be a combination of in-school serving and a grab-and-go program.


All Food and Nutrition Services employees will follow cleaning and disinfecting protocols aligned with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Cleaning/Disinfecting School Guidance and will wear face coverings during food preparation and service.


TRANSPORTATION

In accordance with the CDC and LCDHE guidelines, bus capacity will be restricted depending on the school bus size and current regulations. Below are additional expectations for student riders:

  • All students and staff will be required to wear face coverings.

  • If students live in the same residence, those students will sit together in the same seat to increase rider capacity.

  • Students will load the bus starting at the rear and will unload starting the front.

  • Students will not be allowed to change seats while riding on the bus.

REMOTE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

Students and families who choose a remote learning environment will be afforded that option with a new learning path called Estes Park Remote Learning Academy. Preliminary communication to gauge parent interest in this program and provide resources was sent via email to families earlier this week. Partnering with Florida Virtual Schools, the district will include a fully-recognized academic path for families to complete their educational journey. While the content is provided through Florida Virtual Schools, classes will be facilitated by Estes Park School District teachers.