Rocky Mountain Newsletter

September 30, 2020

We've missed you and are so excited to have you back to school next week! You have all been doing so good logging into your classes virtually and we know you will continue to do amazing as we transition to hybrid learning. We are here to help you along the way.
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Rocky Mountain Health and Safety Procedures 2020-2021

Dear Rocky Mountain Elementary Families,

Below is a detailed description of the precautions we are taking here at Rocky Mountain, the expectations we are setting for everyone, and all of the ways that parents can join with us to ensure the health and safety of all of our kids. For a helpful Rocky Mountain video covering the basics, please click here:

Morning Line Up and Arrival (first bell M-Th 8:50 am, please do not arrive prior to 8:45)

  • All children and adults are required to wear a mask at all times during line up proceedings

  • Each classroom will designate the area where their students will line up before class in the morning.

  • Sidewalk chalk will be used to mark this line up location, and will ensure that students are 3-6 feet apart. Grade level team lines will be a minimum of 6 feet apart.

  • Students will go directly to their lines as they arrive on campus, and remain there to limit cross- exposure.

  • To limit opportunities for cross-exposure, students and parents are not permitted to be on campus prior to 8:45 AM.

  • On inclement weather days, students will go directly into their classrooms.

  • Parents and other visitors should remain ten feet back from class lines, and maintain a 6 foot distance between other children and adults while on campus. Also, remain in the vehicle during drop off and pick up as well.

  • We ask that parents limit the number of adults and non-Rocky Mountain children who accompany them onto the campus.

  • Please remember, the front parking lot is off limits during arrival and dismissal times, as this lot is for Bus drop offs and pickups.

  • Preschool has its own designated spots on the upper East parking lot. Preschool parents are permitted to park in those spaces during any of our preschool arrival and dismissal times.

  • The upper East parking lot is for a continuous drop off and pick up of students in grades Kindergarten through 5th.

Entering the building

  • Teachers will scan the temperature of each individual student prior to entering the building.

  • All students are required to use hand sanitizer when entering the classroom.

  • To protect the safety of our students, we will not be able to permit parents to enter the building or volunteer.

Daily Health & Safety Precautions

  • We will continue to have an additional custodial staff member dedicated to sanitizing throughout the day.

  • Students and staff are required to wear a mask that completely covers their nose and mouth at all times while in the building, except when eating in the cafeteria or during snack time.

  • Teachers will schedule “mask breaks” throughout the day where the kids can go outdoors while maintaining appropriate 6 feet social distancing.

  • Students are required to use hand sanitizer whenever entering a classroom.

  • Students will need to bring a water bottle since drinking fountains are not available.

  • Students and teachers are required to wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after visiting restrooms. Teachers should designate periodic times during their school day where kids can wash their hands.

  • Directionality reminder symbols are posted throughout the building. Staff and students are required to maintain safe social distance in the hallways by following appropriate pathways when traveling through the building. Our hallways are like a road: We travel on the right side of the hallway, and remain close to the wall. This provides social distancing.

  • Staff will observe for the COVID 12 symptoms at all times during the school day by referring to the SVVSD COVID Response Protocol.

Restroom Procedures

  • Only two students will be allowed in any restroom at any time, students will really try to utilize the restroom assigned to their specific grade level.

  • We will teach kids about maintaining social distancing and tell them to stand back 3-6 feet and wait if other students are in the bathroom or at the sink.

  • We will teach students about the importance of proper hand washing procedures—20 seconds, vigorously with soap.

  • Restrooms are sanitized by custodial staff every hour.

Lunch Procedures

  • Students will all hand sanitize before walking into cafeteria, hand sanitizer is available in cafeteria.

  • Students will wear masks in the cafeteria except when eating.

  • Students will all be facing one direction (sit only on one side of the table, two per bench).

  • Students must remain in seat, except when they ask to throw away trash, or dump a tray. Additional trash cans will be provided in the cafeteria.

  • Hot lunch is still being served, but salad bar and choices have been eliminated to reduce opportunities for cross-exposure. As well as no microwave usage, again to reduce opportunities for cross-exposure.

Mask Breaks/Snack Break/Recess

  • Classes may take mask breaks outside whenever needed. Class mask breaks are in locations away from other classes. One grade level only on the playground at a time.

  • Snack breaks, are encouraged to be outside (Weather Permitting).

  • Each class can have a class bin of balls and recess toys that kids can use individually. Staff sanitize these between use.

  • Hand sanitizer and cleaning materials will be made available on the playground. Kids are

encouraged to use before and after playing on playground equipment.

  • Kids must be 6 feet apart to have their masks off.

  • Basketball hoops may be used but basketballs will be limited with two and only one student per ball.

  • Foursquare will have limited participation and social distanced lines.

Dismissal (M-Th 3:30 pm)

  • Students need to have masks on.

  • Classrooms dismiss students out of their classroom door or assigned door. If multiple classes use one exit, they will coordinate the exit approach with each other.

  • Please do not walk on campus before 3:25.

  • Parents may wait on campus, but are encouraged to remain 6 feet from each other, wear masks, and limit the number of visitors they bring.

  • The car loop will operate as usual, but with students remaining socially distanced.

  • Please remember, the parking lot is off limits during arrival and dismissal times, except for buses or students needing more assistance such as a wheelchair.


Safe with 7: What families can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

St. Vrain will promote health and safety standards through our Safe with 7 initiative.

It will be very important for families to screen their students at home before sending them to school. Please click here to download our attached home-screen checklist to use as a guide to screen your child on their in-person learning days.

1. 1. Take temperature at home prior to coming to school. If

they have a temperature of 100.4 or above, keep them home. 2. 2. Stay home when you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms 3. 3. Stay hydrated and use a refillable water bottle 4. 4. Wash hands regularly or use sanitizer 5. 5. Use face coverings appropriately and avoid touching your face 6. 6. Social distance appropriately 7. 7. Engage in enjoyable activities

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i-Rock Challenge

We hope you had a chance to try one of the past experiments. This experiment is an adventurous one and you will need a parent to help you out. You will be poking pencils into a bag filled with water but will the water leak all over the place?

Leakproof Bag

Have fun! Don't forget to try to vary the experiments and record your results in a notebook like scientists do.


Upcoming Events

Please note there is a change to our Parent/Teacher Conferences, new dates are October 20th and 22nd. Please click here to see all the upcoming events.

Use this link to schedule your student's conference time

From your Counselor

If you’d like to book an individual appointment, please use this LINK for QR codes to access my calendar and Webex Counseling Room.