VCS Remote Learning Plan
March 27, 2020
Remote Learning Plan
Dear Vanguard Classical School Families,
In response to Governor Jared Polis’ executive order to discontinue all normal in-person learning in Colorado through April 17th, Vanguard Classical School has closed both campuses. We are shifting to provide remote learning opportunities for students beginning on Tuesday, March 31st. The goal is to provide our students with meaningful lessons and access to teachers and support staff to engage remotely with students in a new type of learning environment.
We recognize this is new and uncharted territory. We ask for your patience, flexibility and support as we launch remote learning. Please know that our focus is on providing the best possible learning opportunities for all of our students during this extended school closure. Remote learning is certainly not a direct substitute for in-person classrooms, but it provides us with an opportunity to support learning while students are at home. Please note: a remote learning plan will not necessarily be a virtual learning plan for all students.
What Does Remote Learning Look Like at VCS?
Students in grades K-8 will not earn grades while remote learning is occurring.
Each grade level/subject will put together menus focused on reading, writing, and math skills. The options on the menus do not require technology.
Each grade level/subject will provide a list of online resources for those who choose to work online.
Each teacher is responsible for creating an atmosphere of connection with students and families by reaching out regularly to every family, virtually or by phone.
Each teacher will schedule office hours for three hours per day to provide support.
Office hours will be staggered so families have the ability to contact grade level staff for additional support.
All information will be posted on classroom webpages, and teachers will reach out to their own students’ families with customized details.
Students in grades 9-12 WILL be graded and will continue progress toward graduation.
Instruction will focus solely on online learning experiences via the web-based Edgenuity platform where content match exists, and other remote learning experiences for courses not offered through Edgenuity.
More information and access instructions to courses will be coming soon to these specific students.
English Language Learners
Students currently in the ELD program continue to qualify for services. VCS staff members will be placing weekly phone calls to students in the ELD program for speaking and listening support in English. Phone calls will last approximately 10 minutes and will occur 1 to 3 times per week based on your child's English proficiency level as determined by their 2019 ACCESS scores.
Exceptional Student Services
We will make every effort to provide appropriate special education and related services for students with disabilities. We have been given some flexibility on how to provide these services, so we are thinking about other ways to meet the needs of students.
Chromebooks will be distributed to students with IEPs who do not have a home device.
Instructional and related services will be provided through Google classroom instruction, Google hangouts, and by phone.
Materials will be created by service providers and special education teachers and distributed to students.
Open initial evaluations and reevaluations will be completed.
IEP meetings will be held through Google hangouts and by phone.
VCS is currently able to provide school-issued Chromebooks for families with students in grades 9-12 and students who are receiving special education services. These students are required to have a device which can access technology and the internet (tablet, laptop, computer, chromebook, etc.) in order to meet graduation requirements and/or receive legally mandated special education services as outlined in their IEP. Again, these devices are available only to students in grades 9-12 and students receiving special education services who do not already have a computer at home.
Chromebooks will be distributed on Friday, March 27th from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm at the East Campus and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the West Campus. This will allow families enough time to access WIFI or internet connectivity over the weekend and Monday. If you have questions and need help feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reasons VCS currently cannot go to 100% online instruction
We must create an equitable plan.
At present, not all VCS families have access to appropriate technology hardware.
At present, not all VCS families have internet access.
The limited technology we have will go to…
High School students
Special Education students
FREE Internet Access
If you do not currently have internet access at home, but live in a Comcast area, you can sign up for 60 days of FREE Internet Essentials service. This is normally available to all qualified households for $9.95/month.
Comcast is also increasing internet speeds for all existing customers who have Internet Essentials.
To sign up, visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers: 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
For tech support, send an email to email@example.com. A member of the team will respond within 24 hours.
Tips for Families to Support Remote Learning
Establish a routine or schedule: During any big transition, consistency is key. Try to keep normal meal and bed times, and start learning when school typically starts each day.
Take time to check in with your child: If possible, pick a specific time each day to check in with your child. Questions you may want to ask include: What are you learning today? Are there materials you need? What did you enjoy about today? What was challenging?
Provide time for physical activity: Physical activity is important for everyone’s wellbeing.
Stay updated on communications from your child’s teacher and school: Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.
Mental Health Supports
If you or your student needs urgent counseling support during the extended Spring Break, call Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-TALK (8255), or text “Talk” to 38255. This service is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Starting Monday, March 30th, families can contact their campus’s mental health team on weekdays from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Additional resources will be added to the VCS website.
Reminder about FREE Meals (Now including Dinner!)
APS is distributing free breakfast, lunch and dinner at 16 locations to ALL children 18 and under. The meals, which include vegetarian options, will be available together for pickup through a grab-and-go system every Monday through Friday throughout the extended school closure. Please visit our website or APS’s website for a complete list of meal distribution locations and times.
Waivers for Instructional Hours
The Colorado Department of Education has waived the minimum number of school days and teacher-pupil instruction hours normally required under state law. Instead, districts must make every effort to provide alternative learning opportunities during this time. For VCS, this means that we are not expected to extend the school year or start early next year to make up for lost in-person instructional time.
Once again, we ask for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this new remote learning opportunity together. Please know that all VCS staff are committed to serving our community and we will continue to engage with you by phone or virtually.
We miss you and look forward next week to re-establishing contact between our dedicated teachers and wonderful students!
Practice social distancing and stay safe!
Vanguard Classical School Leadership Team
Resources for families
Thank you SHP team!
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
Text TalkWithUS 66746.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741-741
Trevor Project (LGBTQ Resource)
Text START to 678-678
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Text LOVEIS to 22-522
Mental Health Resources
Aurora Mental Health Crisis Walk-In Center (STILL OPEN)
2206 Victor Street, Aurora, 80045
Aurora Mental Health Connect2Care (STILL OPEN)
791 Chambers Ave, Aurora, 80011
Mental Health Center of Denver Walk-In Center (STILL OPEN)
4353 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80220
Aurora Mental Health
Maria Droste Counseling Center
Taking new telehealth referrals & Medicaid clients
Westside Behavioral Care (TELETHERAPY)
Check to see if insurance is accepted
Has therapists that take medicaid
Colorado Teletherapy Services
Free 24/7 psychotherapists counselors available
Available through chat or texting at (719)-639-4089 or via contact request form on website
Colorado Crisis Services
Text “TALK” to 38255
Child Mind Institute
Flat-Fee Consultations for Problem Behavior
Remote Evaluations and Telemedicine
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment: Colorado COVID-19 Case Summary
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment: COVID-19 Facts for Coloradans
Colorado Department of Education: Coronavirus 2019 Fact Sheet (Spanish)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children
The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America
National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/CareGiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus Disease 2019
New York Times: Talking to Teens and Tweens about Coronavirus
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Get Your Home Ready
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
CO Help: COVID-19 Hotline
Aurora Public Schools: Free Breakfast and Lunch During Extended Break
Food Bank of the Rockies: Emergency Food Assistance
The Salvation Army: Aurora
802 Quari Ct
Drive-Thru/Walk-Up Food Services from 10am-3pm Monday-Friday
Denver Metro Emergency Food Network
Delivers free, prepared meals to homebound families and elderly individuals.
Need to complete application below
Hunger Free Colorado
Food Resource Hotline Statewide Toll-Free: 855-855-4626
Food Resource Hotline Metro Denver: 720-392-2920
Colorado Department of Education: COVID-19 Meal Sites
Aurora Interfaith Community Services
Colorado Food Assistance Program
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: Information and Resources on Coronavirus
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: Unemployment Insurance Claims
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: Work Share Program
COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund
Health and Medical Resources
Aurora Public Schools Health Services Important News & Resources Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Tri-County Health Department: Coronavirus COVID-19
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus COVID-19
Recovery & Substance Abuse Resources
Free app for both IOS and Android users for meetings
Meet over the phone or online
Aurora Mental Health Detox Services (Still Open)
Virtual meetings, email meeting, and phone meetings
Energy Outreach Colorado
Used for critical home energy issues
Xcel Energy Response to COVID-19
Commits to not disconnecting any service to any residential customer
Please contact Xcel if you are having a difficult time paying your bills.
Home Internet Resources
Comcast Internet Essentials
Access from AT&T