Brantner Elementary Newsletter
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Update to Return to School Plan
Please notice this plan will start Tuesday Sept 7th.
Good Afternoon 27J Students, Families, Staff and Community,
We are very happy that this school year we are able to be face-to-face with our students in their schools and classrooms. Students, families and staff alike are excited to be together again.
We all would like a “plan” that remains “the plan.” We have all been subjected to constant changes and distractions over the course of the last year and a half.
At best, it’s been frustrating. At worst, it’s been completely maddening. We all have very good reasons to be angry over all that has been lost, particularly when it comes to our kids and their school experience.
As we prepared for school last year, we committed to “planning forward,” with the goal of keeping our schools open and using our four planning drivers. As a reminder, they are:
- Student Learning
- Health and Safety of Students, Staff and Community
- Community Interest and Choice, and
- Predictability and Sustainability Across Health Orders
As we end week 3 of this new school year, we continue to be “planning forward.”
As it stands today, we are not under any Public Health Order.
Beginning Tuesday, September 7*, 27J Schools will return to how we started the school year in regards to masks. Masks are strongly recommended -- but not required -- for students. Staff and visitors in our schools will be expected to wear a mask or provide proof of a vaccination. Additional precautions may be taken to help ensure our schools can stay open as described below:
27J Layers of Protection will be added to classes, cohorts, and schools in response to positive cases and illness clusters. These mitigation strategies may include facial coverings, increased physical distancing, cohorting, limiting visitors, and quarantining for students, staff, and visitors in all grades pk-12.
- *District and school staff will use next week to work through the new protocols and processes above.
Students and staff members who are COVID positive will still be required to complete a 10-day isolation-at-home. Student and staff members who display symptoms will continue to stay out of school and be required to seek a test before returning based on guidance from the Return to Learn plan.
We will continue to follow the current outbreak requirements from Tri-County Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Of note, we had individual classrooms, in two different elementary schools, reach outbreak status yesterday. That is, each school had five positive COVID cases in one classroom. Thus, those classrooms have rolled remote. You can monitor current quarantines and positive cases in our schools on the 27J Schools COVID-19 Dashboard. You can find the latest review of all our COVID-19 related procedures in our updated Return to School plan.
We have schools and departments facing significant teacher and support staff shortages due to family related COVID cases, other illnesses, and unfilled vacancies that may affect our ability to keep our schools open for in-person instruction.
We need your help to ensure our schools stay open now and throughout the year. Please apply and come substitute for us! You can apply here. We need you, desperately!
Choir for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades.
Hello Brantner Families!
Choir is starting in September for any interested 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Please see THIS FORM for more information and to sign up. The form is due no later than MONDAY, AUGUST 30th.
Email me with questions!
We have a large number of students going to the bus in the afternoons without masks. REMEMBER no mask = no bus and parents WILL be called to come and pick their students up from the office.
Parents are more than welcome to send in a box of disposable masks to keep in the classroom for their students. Please make this arrangement with your child's teacher.
REMEMBER NO SCHOOL ON MONDAYS!
School doors will open at 7:35, as buses will be dropping students off, parents may also choose to drop students off at this time, as well.
The official start of school is at 7:50am, any student arriving after 7:50am will be considered “tardy.” This will also free up some congestion in our drop off zone, so there is a wider window for drop off, but also allows quality time for students to enjoy their peers, eat breakfast, and not be rushed to settle in for the learning day.
Students’ days will end at 3:30pm. It is important to note that our playground will be closed before and after school, as there will not be any staff on duty.
***Preschool’s schedule will be slightly different. Please wait for communication from your child’s teacher.
Drop Off & Pick Up
Click HERE to view the drop off and pick up information.
or by check/cash in the office.
Kindergarten Supply Fees can not be paid online. Please give this payment to your child's teacher or the office.
School supplies can be found on our Brantner webpage at Brantner School Supplies
**There will be no community supplies, as to protect and be mindful of germs, so please send items in with your child’s name.**
At Brantner, we do offer before and after school child care. For more information, please see the 27J website or email the Child Care Manager, Alexis Garcia for more information: email@example.com
Free Breakfast & Lunch for ALL Students
The 2021-2022 Free and Reduced Application is now available online. Submit your application today!
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended several waivers through June 30, 2022. This will allow school nutrition programs to serve FREE meals to ALL students for the 2021-22 school year.
Although meals will be free of charge this school year, a new free and reduced meal application must be submitted each school year per household.
Filling out a free and reduced meal application each year will benefit not only your family but also Brantner Elementary. The free and reduced meal application determines whether a family qualifies to have transportation and any school & sports fees waived.
If you are unable to complete the online form, a paper application for free and reduced meals is available at the Nutrition Services Office (630 S 8th Ave., Brighton)
At the present moment, visitors will need to wear a mask or show a valid vaccine card at the office, while on school property. We would absolutely love for parents to volunteer, however, ask that all sessions are pre-planned with your child’s teacher and scheduled, so that we can minimize the amount of outside adults in classrooms.
At this time, we can not accommodate parents coming in and eating lunch in our cafeteria; however, we are anticipating bringing this practice back, and will let families know when this becomes available. Parents are certainly welcome to continue to bring in lunch and drop it with our office staff and we will see to it that your child receives it on their way to their lunch. For specific lunch times, see your child’s teacher’s Back to School Information document.
Click HERE to order new Brantner gear!
Watch Dog Volunteers Needed
Brantner is a wonderfully unique school, where we partner with family members to help keep the inside and outside of our building safe. We have a resident Watch Dog, Roger Lance, a grandparent of a Brantner student, who helps oversee this program.
To volunteer for this, simply call the office and share your availability! We will provide you with a vest and radio.
Any time frame before, during, or after school.
Any time length that works for your schedule.
We would love to have you!