The Hawk's Nest
Thank you to all who donated items to our Giving Tree! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
T-shirts (VCS printed are allowed)
Items that are not a solid school color
Please ensure that your child is in dress code clothing every day. Students who are out of dress code will call home to get dress code clothing.
Absences and Tardies
ABSENCES AND TARDIES
Tardies:We have had an excessive amount of tardies. Please remember that students are to be in their seats and ready to learn by 7:50 am. The doors open at 7:30 am, so make sure to drop your children off on time, or sign up for FREE before/after care.
Make sure to notify the front desk of absences. If we don't hear from you, our attendance system will automatically call you to verify the absence.
COVID Testing at VCS
We are excited to announce that APS is participating in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s COVID-19 weekly surveillance testing program!
VCS West is participating in this program.
Testing began at our building on November 17th at 8 am for students who opted in. Students can still register and need to be pre-registered to participate. You can register your child(ren) using the following link:
Students only need to be registered once. They will then be tested weekly.
Students who get tested will receive their money via a gift card. This gift card will be mailed to the address provided when you register.
Finally, this testing will count for athletes participating in school sports.
Please reach out to our school nurse, Alisha Porter (email@example.com) with any questions.
Vaccines are available for individuals ages 12 and older. APS, in partnership with STRIDE Community Health Clinic and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) is hosting ongoing FREE vaccination clinics for families. To learn more about the clinics and to sign up, visit aurorak12.org/vaccine.
Register to receive the COVID - 19 Vaccine on January 5th at VCS West
On December 15th we hosted a very successful vaccine clinic!
Beginning January 10, all English Language Learner (ELL) students who have a designation of NEP (Non-English Proficient) or LEP (Limited-English Proficient) will take the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Summative Assessment. WIDA ACCESS measures a student’s progress in acquiring academic English. Please note that there is no opt-out option for these tests.
Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening (all NEP and LEP students in grades K-12)● Jan 10 - Feb 11, 2022
A Note From Aurora Public Schools
I hope you are enjoying a safe and wonderful holiday season. In light of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, I wanted to provide you with an update on our plans for returning to school next week. As we see increased transmission of COVID-19 throughout the community, it is important that we continue to build on our layered approach to mitigating transmission. This means using multiple mitigation measures layered on top of one another to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We also want to ask for your continued flexibility and understanding. Due to increased community transmission, we need to be prepared to adjust quickly and face potential staffing shortages. With the likelihood of more staff members testing positive for COVID-19 and needing to isolate at home, we may need to transition certain classrooms or schools to remote learning. In addition, we ask for your patience if bus routes are delayed or cancelled. Please know that we are committed to providing as much in-person learning as possible. However, we will certainly face challenges over the coming weeks and may need to make changes quickly.
Please read through some of the planning steps and important information below.
Face Masks are Required for All Students and Staff
Face masks will continue to be required for all students and staff at school. Please encourage your students to wear their masks properly (covering both their noses and mouths) while at school. If your child refuses to wear their mask throughout the school day, they may face disciplinary action.
Seating Charts Required In Classrooms
We will require that students stay in their seats as much as possible within the classroom and that staff members maintain accurate seating charts throughout the school day. This will allow for more precise close contact tracing to minimize the number of students needing to quarantine in case of a positive test. We will notify those who are identified as close contacts of an individual who tested positive. The close contacts will be required to quarantine unless they have been fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means that two weeks have passed since you received your full dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Sending Home Chromebooks/Technology Devices With Students Daily
Our aim is to maintain as much in-person learning as possible to effectively serve our students. However, in case we need to transition classes or schools to fully remote learning from home, we will ask students to bring home their Chromebooks or technology devices every day at the end of the school day. Please remind your students that they should be bringing home their Chromebooks or technology devices every day from school.
Sign-Up for Vaccine and Vaccine Booster Doses
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. However, breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are likely to occur. With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. The recent emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.”
Find out where you and your family members can get vaccinated by clicking here. In addition, APS has many vaccination clinics available at schools throughout the district where both vaccine and vaccine booster doses are available.
Get Tested Regularly
With increased transmission, it is important for everyone to continue regular COVID-19 testing. As a reminder, free testing is available through COVIDCheck Colorado. Please click here to sign up for testing.
Stay Home if You Develop Symptoms
Once again, we cannot emphasize the importance of keeping your child at home if they develop symptoms. We are asking all students and staff to continue daily self assessments. If your student develops any of the symptoms below, keep them home and get your student tested for COVID-19. Please notify your child’s school that your student is experiencing symptoms and do not send them to school.
Major symptoms include:
- New or unexplained persistent cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Loss of taste and smell
Minor symptoms include:
- Feeling Feverish, having chills or a temperature of 100.0 or greater
- Sore Throat
- Runny nose or congestion
- Muscle or body aches
Please know that we will continue to share important information with you via emails, automated phone calls and our website aurorak12.org. We thank you for your continued flexibility and understanding. We look forward to seeing our students next week. We wish you and your family a Happy New Year!
- Superintendent Rico Munn
Winter Weather Is Here!
Cold weather has arrived! Colorado weather can be unpredictable, so proper outerwear is very important. Please send your children to school prepared for inclement weather. This includes a coat warm enough for outdoor weather, hats, and gloves. Outdoor recess is an important part of the day. Unless the temperature outside is well below freezing or weather conditions are dangerous, we will send students outside for recess and dismissal. For this reason, it is essential that they are warm enough to stay outside. If your student's coat or other belongings go missing, be sure to check the Lost and Found in the front office.
With the winter months come the possibility of school closures and schedule changes. The decision to change school schedules because of adverse conditions is based on one factor; the safety of all students and staff.
- Vanguard follows the district (Aurora Public Schools ie. Adams-Arapahoe 28J) with regard to school closures, late starts, etc. and we reserve the right to additional closures if deemed necessary.
- The Director makes every effort to decide and announce decisions to close school before 6:00 am.
- Please refer to your local AM radio (850 KOA) and television stations (KCNC Channel 4, KMGH Channel 7, KUSA Channel 9, KDVR Channel 31) for official notification.
- Vanguard will also announce closures on its website and via School Messenger.
CORE VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: Courage
RESOURCES FROM THE SCHOOL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
A note from Ms. Porter, R.N.
Hello from your school nurse Ms. Porter.,
When your student(s) are fully vaccinated, please send in the documentation to the health office! As the school nurse this makes any future needed quarantining much easier and could result in your child not missing any additional school days!! Thank you for all your patience.
I encourage you to enroll your child in the school based COVID testing that happens weekly on Wednesdays. The district has now stated that if by chance there is a positive COVID case in your child's class, if a student is enrolled in the testing program, they WILL NOT need to be quarantined! This would be so beneficial to keeping your child in school and learning!