Audubon Updates

Mid-January Update 1/14/2021

In-Person Learning Updates

Audubon, along with other D11 schools, is going to be allowed to reopen for in-person learning starting Tuesday, January 19th. We will have a hybrid learning once again meaning some students will be in the building physically while others remain online in a remote setting.

Most of the safety protocols and procedures that we followed in the fall will continue to be in place as we transition back to in-person learning. Some of the big ones to highlight are:

  • Masks are a requirement for all students and staff
  • Regular opportunities for sanitizing and hygiene breaks will occur throughout the day
  • Cohorts will continue to stay as small as possible (a class and/or grade level)
  • 1st - 5th Grade students will continue to eat lunch in their classrooms (kindergarten eats in the gymnasium)
  • Students will enter and exit daily from their exterior classroom doors

Students should bring their tech device (laptop or iPad) to school each day as they will still be using those devices for learning even while in-person. Also, as students return next week please have them bring back all of their supplies with them.

Our goal is to keep our school open and provide the opportunity for in-person learning for those students and families opting for that choice. Due to COVID we may have to quarantine groups (could be a class, grade level or entire school) for periods of time as we move forward. We know that these sudden schedule changes have big impacts on families so we ask that you help us by following the different COVID protocols listed in the section below.

If you have any questions about what in-person learning will look like or safety protocols that will be in place please reach out to your child's teacher or to anyone in the office and we will assist you any way that we can.

COVID-19 Updates and Information

COVID continues to impact our daily lives and decisions that are made within the school system. The CDC along with Colorado and El Paso county health agencies have updated some of our COVID protocols that you should be aware of as we move forward:

  • Students or staff that test positive for COVID will be required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days from when symptoms first began. The isolation can end after 10 days if there is no fever and other symptoms have not gotten worse. Some symptoms (such as headaches, loss of taste/smell, cough) may linger beyond the 10 days but do not require that individual to isolate after that 10 day period.
  • If you are considered a close contact to someone that has tested, or is presumed to be positive, then you would need to quarantine for 10 days from the last date of exposure. This used to be a 14 day quarantine.
  • Students or staff that exhibit symptoms associated with COVID should stay home and alert the school immediately. If symptoms are present during the school day then that student or child would need to be sent home from school.
  • Families should do a home health screener each morning before sending their children to school.

Some other aspects of COVID that are regularly talked about and we want to provide some updates about are:

Vaccinations -

  • School staff are part of the Group 1B as designated by the state of Colorado meaning they would be eligible to receive the vaccine in the near future.
  • The current timeline for this puts the vaccine being available around the end of February for school staff.
  • While the vaccine is recommended it is not required to take at this time.
  • No vaccines will be administered to students.

Testing -

  • Colorado is one of three states that is authorizing the use of rapid tests to support COVID identification. The number one priority from the Colorado Governor is that K-12 schools get these first.
  • Our school district is currently going through the approval process to be able to provide these tests to staff and/or students.
  • The timeline for this rollout is still undetermined.
  • No student will even be tested at school without prior consent from their legal guardian.

As with many aspects of the last year, our COVID rules and regulations are subject to change. We will update you the best that we can when these changes occur.

Asynchronous Monday's

The district will continue its new schedule of having every Monday be an Asynchronous learning day. On these days students will work from home and will have opportunities to check in with their teacher to set the foundation for the day and then participate in independent work for the remainder of the day. If you have questions about your child's schedule and learning on these please reach out their teacher.

Inclement Weather Information

As we know the weather in Colorado can change quickly, especially during the winter months. There are a few reminders that I want to share with you as we get ready to encounter the everchanging weather.

  • Students should come to school each day prepared for changing weather - hats, gloves, jackets.
  • When the temperature (with wind chill) is below 20 degrees or there is active weather - rain or snow - students will remain inside until the weather allows for us to be outside.
  • If inclement weather does not allow for in-person learning the district may have that day be an "Inspire Online/Asynchronous Learning Day".

Meal Options - Free For Children of All Ages

Throughout the rest of the 2020-2021 school year the federal government will be continuing to provide daily breakfast and lunch for all children ages 0-18. While we are having in-person learning we will have daily breakfast and lunch meals available for all of our in-person students. For families that are continuing to participate in remote learning lunch will be offered daily at any of our district high schools from 11:00 - 12:30. When picking up these meals you will also have a breakfast in your "grab-and-go" bad for the following day. These meals are available on any day that we have school.

PTA Meeting and Updates

The Audubon PTA will be hosting their first meeting of 2021 on Tuesday, January 19th. This is a great opportunity for families to be part of the school and know about ways that the PTA works to support all of our amazing students, staff and community.

One of the conversation topics at this meeting will be about leadership roles within the association. If you are interested in serving on the PTA board for the 2021-2022 school year you can join the meeting or email the PTA and let them know you are interested. Positions on the board include: President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. The PTA email is:

Parent Teacher Association Meeting Info

Tuesday, January 19 - 4:30 p.m.

Click here to join the meeting

You can always keep up with Audubon PTA Info by visiting the PTA Facebook page by clicking here.

Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance - School Closed

In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., all schools will be closed on Monday, January 18th. School will reopen for in-person and remote learning on January 19th.

Box Tops for Education

As we have become a more digital society some of our traditional school programs have had a hard time keeping up. One of those programs that has made it into the digital world is our Box Tops for Education program that gives money back to schools for certain purchases you make in your daily life. You no longer have to cut out the Box Tops and send them into the school - now there is an app that you can use to scan your receipt and it will automatically track the Box Tops and send money back to our school.

The website with information about how to get the app, set goals and help make a difference in our school is available by clicking here.

Technology Support

If you are ever needing technology support during our remote learning time, or even when we get back to in-person, you can reach out to Mr. Watson. His contact information is:

Mr. Watson is ready and willing to support in any way that he can.

Thank you to everyone. We will get through this together!