VCS East News

June 2020

We are deeply saddened by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and those before them who lost their lives due to racial injustice. Our thoughts are with their families and friends, as well as to any person or group that has suffered at the hands of racial discrimination.

At VCS, we will continue to commit to teaching our students that we are stronger as a whole because of our differences, and that the most important traits a person can demonstrate to others are kindness, unity, and love.

In alignment with Aurora Public Schools, “we ask for your continued support as we ensure that our school and community are truly welcoming for all of our students. We are a community that embraces our diversity. We must continue to break down any barriers that prevent us from learning and growing together.

Please continue to treat one another with respect and compassion. Thank you for your support.”

We will miss you, Ms. Keedy!

After 4 years at VCS East, Ms. Keedy has decided to move on to another adventure. She will be missed, and we wish her well!

Best of luck to you, Ms. Keedy!

Ms. Van Luit is now the K-12 Principal at VCS East!

Ms. Van Luit will go from overseeing K-5 to now overseeing all of K-12. We feel this is a positive change, and we are confident she will rise to the challenge!

Congratulations to the VCS Class of 2020!

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Enrolling for the 2020-2021 School Year

We are accepting enrollment applications on a rolling basis for new students in grades K-12 for the 2020-2021 school year. Please click the link below for more information and to access an enrollment application.

FREE Before and After School Care Starting Fall 2020!

At VCS, we are aware of the challenges many families face when trying to get their children to school and make it to work on time. We have a solution for you! As early as 6:30 am, we will provide a safe place for students to come to school early to read, study, or work on other tasks. Additionally, from 3:15 pm-6:00 pm, students are welcome to stay after school to work on homework, have some outside time, or play games.

These services are FREE for our K-8 students. read that right...FREE!

Regular instructional time will begin at 7:50 am, and will end at 3:15 pm for K-6, and 3:24 pm for 7-12.

New Yard Signs are Available!

If you'd like one for your own yard, stop by the school to get one!
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VCS 2020-2021 Learning Plan

As we plan for the many possibilities the 2020-2021 school year presents, we will continue to work with our partners in health and education--Tri-County Health Department, Center for Disease Control, Aurora Public Schools, and Colorado Department of Education--to ensure we are following all necessary safety protocols. Currently, under the “Safer at Home” order, we have restrictions that limit our physical distancing to six feet and limit our gatherings to groups of 10 or less. Between now and August 2020, those restrictions are likely to be altered, extended, tightened, or possibly lifted. VCS will be prepared for any and all of these possibilities.

Our VCS Leadership Team is working on possible learning scenarios that range from fully remote learning (our experience after March 11th) to face-to-face (our experience prior to March 11th). We are happy to announce that we have purchased and are in the process of configuring enough Chromebooks to allow for a 1-to-1 program. This means that regardless of how VCS starts school next year, each VCS student will be issued a Chromebook. The following is a brief outline of the possible educational plans and procedures we are pursuing:

  • Face-to-Face Learning: If all health-related restrictions were lifted and we were permitted to return to school as normal, we would allow all students back onto campus. We recognize that some students and their families may not feel comfortable returning to school and we would continue to offer a remote learning program for these students.

  • Staggered-Normal or Hybrid: As physical distancing restrictions continue to lessen, and more students are allowed on campus, students would receive a blend of face-to-face learning and remote learning. For example, 50% of the students would participate at school, while the other 50% would work remotely from home. Alternate schedules by day, week, or even split schedules within the same day are possible structures to assure this learning model. Students would have access to both environments and learning experiences would match with the student’s learning environment. Some families, particularly those who are at higher risk for COVID-19, may choose to have students fully remote 100% of the time and this plan would need to be constructed in order to facilitate those families and accommodate those children.

  • Fully Remote: Students and staff work from home under a “Stay at Home” order. This is the most restrictive environment of all options listed. We acknowledge the challenges that we have faced during the past few months of being in this context. We are researching multiple platforms and will continue to seek effective ways to improve this learning model.

We understand that each of these options causes different levels of anxiety for our families. Many of you are ready for your children to return to school full-time. We also understand that some students and/or members of their immediate family have health conditions that will not permit their participation in some features of our possible education scenarios. The option of remote learning will be available throughout any scenario, and there are also special circumstances for students that will require active collaboration between your family and VCS. We will be prepared to help make sure that your child’s learning needs are met.

VCS remains committed to our mission “to facilitate individual academic achievement and character development through a rigorous, content-rich, inclusive learning environment.” We will continue to strive to deliver a high quality and equitable education to our students while providing them opportunities to thrive within a safe and loving environment by following the priorities listed below:

  • Student Safety and Well-Being:

    • We will be taking attendance, we will be contacting and connecting with students and their families, and we will be providing and connecting you to resources to ensure this safety and well-being.

    • VCS will continue to provide nutritional meal options for students.

    • We will strictly adhere to the physical distancing requirements, the protocols recommended, and the cleaning regimens asked of us by our health partners.

  • Student Learning:

    • VCS will issue a Chromebook to all VCS students.

    • Academic, social-emotional, and health development are all part of our curricular goals.

    • We will be using evidence of student learning to guide our support, and engaging students in learning experiences that move them forward in their development.

    • Regardless of the learning plan, our very own VCS teachers will be presenting lessons to our VCS students.

  • Continual Improvement:

    • VCS will lean into the lessons, and feedback, we have learned during this remote learning process.

    • We will work hard to remove barriers to learning as we evolve in our efforts to consistently provide students with outstanding educational experiences.

Our students' safety, well-being, and preparedness for the future has always been and will continue to be a priority at VCS.

Our planning efforts will continue to evolve as the COVID-19 context continues to emerge and change. We will continue to provide timely communication, and we know that in any scenario, we will rely on the professionalism, care, and dedication of our staff, as well as the incredible partnerships that we have with you, our families.

As we conclude the 2019-2020 school year, thank you again for partnering with us in ways we could not have imagined! We wish you all a safe and enjoyable summer and look forward to serving you in August 2020.

VCS 2020-2021 Learning Plan Survey

If you have not already completed the survey (please only one entry per family), click this link to do so.

Summer Break

Monday, May 25th, 7:30am to Friday, Aug. 7th, 3:45pm

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