EPSD Board of Education Connect
The Transition to In-Person Learning | September 25, 2020
From the Board of Education
The Estes Park School District Board of Education wants to extend a huge thanks to the community and school district staff for their tireless work as we learn together how best to educate students during a pandemic. Educating students is like playing in an orchestra, with a wide range of individuals working together to create something incredible. Our orchestra includes parents, staff, students, administrators, local nonprofits, and many other special members of our community. Educating these days is like playing in an orchestra with one hand tied behind your back and while wearing a mask, and all of our members have risen to the challenge.
As your Board of Education, we want to expand on Superintendent Rosenkrance’s informative letter about the return to in-person learning at our schools. After planning all summer for in-person learning, the district made the difficult decision to begin the year with remote learning for all students. We know how disappointing that was for so many in our community, especially students who were excited to see their friends again. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution and was based primarily on the recommendation from the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE).
One of the Board’s primary responsibilities is to consider and represent the community’s best interests, and we felt this was the best course of action at the time. Since then, the district has continued to work closely with LCDHE, and now feels that it will be safe to return to in-person learning in early October. All of the planning and safety precautions that the district put into place this summer will be ready to go when students and staff return to campus. These precautions include smaller class sizes, social distancing, enhanced cleaning and hygiene, and masks for everyone. Building principals have been working hard on specific transition plans. Families should have received them by email, and links to the plans can be found on the school district website.
Estes Park Remote Learning Academy (RLA)
The Estes Park School District will also continue to offer a fully remote learning option through the Remote Learning Academy (RLA). This option utilizes the Florida Virtual School platform, which is well-aligned with Colorado education standards and is facilitated by Estes Park teachers. Students who are enrolled in the RLA will continue to learn as they have so far this semester. A huge kudos to those students, families, and staff who are doing the hard work necessary to make remote school a success this year! If you have questions about the RLA, please reach out to your student’s RLA teacher or to the RLA administrator, Mary Barron (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We know that this is a difficult, stressful, and often chaotic time for all of you. Please continue to show patience and a spirit of cooperation towards district staff and your fellow community members. District staff are working tirelessly to learn new skills, adapt instruction, and provide the best educational experience possible for our students, be that remotely or in-person.
We know that we will make it through this if we pull together, support one another, and share ideas openly and constructively. If you have questions, concerns, or comments for the Board of Education, there is a virtual Board of Education meeting on September 28th at 6:15 p.m. We encourage you to submit a public comment in advance of the meeting or email us at any time. Contact information is available on the district website and in the link below.
Thank you for all of your support. There may be some wrong notes and missed cues along the way, but working together, our orchestra can create something exceptional.
Estes Park R-3 School District Board of Education