Family Update 9/15

Posted: Sep 25, 2020

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Lowry Family Update

 

Dear Lowry Families,

 

Thank you for your attention to our information-heavy updates this week. The school year that we continue to embark on will accompany great challenges and opportunities. We know it is a critical week for you to make some final decisions about in-person or virtual learning, and we want to give you as much information as possible as you decide what is best for your family. 

We have added additional district and Lowry-specific information in regards to the upcoming return to in-person school below. Please don’t forget to join us tomorrow morning at the Weekly Family Coffee with the Principal this Wednesday, September 16 from 9-10 am. 

 

Zoom Link for the Next Family Coffee with the Principal: Wednesday, September 16th 9:00-10:00am

Link here: https://zoom.us/j/93438057139?pwd=ZzNhbUkzdlRVWjdVeGhLTGJ2SHpnUT09 

 

100% Virtual Learning Option

As you are aware, all families have the option to select 100% virtual learning for their child. This option can be edited via Parent Portal until this Friday, September 18. If a family does not make a choice, their child’s enrollment will default to 100% virtual. We want families to know that our intent is to maintain the remote learning model simultaneously with the in-person learning schedule. Teachers will continue to deliver the majority of academic content in the morning, while maintaining three and a half hours of live synchronous instruction for all students. We may need to make some tweaks to the schedule (for example, lunch times will likely be shifted to accommodate in-person lunch and recess times), but we will work to maintain consistency as we are able. Our goal is to maintain the integrity of our current model in order to be prepared when and if any additional changes occur. This may include a shift from in-person back to remote learning, depending on the current health and safety guidelines, as well as specific factors that may also impact the Lowry community. 

 

Chromebooks

All students participating in the in-person learning option for school are expected to bring their fully charged chrome book to and from school daily. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will need to bring their chrome books back to school and will house them at school until they are needed for learning remotely. We will continue to use chrome books for everyday learning while engaging in the in-person model. It is critical for our 2nd-5th grade students to take great care when transporting their chrome book to and from school daily. Families are encouraged to purchase an electronic protector and/or shell for their child’s chrome books.  

Latest Cohorting Guidance from DPS

This is the latest health guidance we are following for an in-person return to Lowry Elementary. Keep in mind, DPS  works with Denver Health weekly for the most updated guidance. We can see and will likely continue to see changes to this guidance.

  • Up to 35 students may be in one cohort (class)
  • Cohorts of students may not mix
  • Up to 2 adults may be with a cohort at once
  • Up to 4 adults can be assigned to a cohort
  • Teachers can support up to 2 cohorts at a time
  • 3 feet of social distancing should be maintained, ideally 6 feet, for student-student and student-adult interactions + face mask
  • 6 feet of social distancing is required for adult-adult + face mask
  • All adult meetings and professional development must be conducted virtually
  • No visitors or parents/family members of students are permitted in the school building at any time

 

Timeline for a Gradual Return to In-Person Learning

In an effort to provide support to students and staff and to ensure that everyone understands safety protocols, we are implementing a gradual return to school based on the following schedule. Any adjustments or changes to homerooms will be communicated to families prior to arrival dates. This timeline provides families dates for each grade level classroom to gradually return.

 

Kindergarten First Grade

Tuesday, September 29th; Ms. Weisbart                    Monday, October 5th; Ms. Haynes

Tuesday, September 29th; Ms. Headrick                    Tuesday, October 6th; Ms. Lohr

Wednesday, September 30th; Ms. Roche                   Wednesday, October 7th; Ms. Higgins

Thursday, October 1st; Ms. Spieker

 

Second Grade Third Grade

Thursday, October 8th; Ms. Horn                            Tuesday, October 13th; Ms. Lee

Friday, October 9th; Ms. Marocco                            Wednesday, October 14th; Ms. Bendjebbar

Monday, October 12th; Mr. Williams                       Thursday, October 15th; Ms. Acosta

 

Fourth Grade Fifth Grade

Wednesday, October 21st; Ms. Whitney                    Wednesday, October 21st; Mr. Gibson

Wednesday, October 21st; Mr. Krautheim                Wednesday, October 21st; Ms. Sorrells

Wednesday, October 21st; Ms. Casteel                       Wednesday, October 21st; Mr. Lindsay

 

*Ms. Petrila’s class of 3rd-5th grade students will follow a return schedule similar to the one above, but individual return dates may look different for students. 

 

Virtual Back-to-School Nights from 3:00 – 4:00 pm

As we start to welcome students back into the building, it is critical that we have some virtual time to introduce all of the health and safety procedures for in-person learning. Based on our phase-in schedule, we will host Virtual Back-to-School Nights for each grade level on the following dates: 

 

Kindergarten – Friday, September 25th                   First Grade – Thursday, October 1st 

Second Grade – Tuesday, October 6th                        Third Grade – Friday, October 9th

Fourth Grade – Wednesday, October 14th                Fifth Grade – Thursday, October 15th 

 

Should I send my child to School? 

Parents, it is imperative that you check/monitor your child’s temperature and notice any symptoms of sickness before sending them to school. Every student will have their temperature checked and answer the health questionnaire prior to entering the building. Staff members will also be required to do the same to determine if they should come to work. If any staff member or student fails the health screening for that day, they are not permitted to attend school that day. 

 

If your child is going to be absent, please call our attendance line at (720) 424-5913. It is helpful if you can make this call by 7:30am or sooner on the day of your child’s absence. 

 

Arrival and Dismissal Location by Grade Level

Please see the map of Lowry below that clearly indicates the arrival entrances and dismissal locations by grade level. Students will only be permitted to enter and exit the building during arrival and dismissal at the appropriate location and time. There will be the option to drop your child off by car; however, they will have to pass the temperature screening check in order to exit the vehicle.

 

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Students who arrive after 8:30 am will not be permitted to enter through the west wing doors – instead they will need to be accompanied by an adult and screened at the front door prior to entering the building. Any late arrivals must stand by the orange cones on the front sidewalk to maintain distance while waiting.

For any students leaving early from school, the adult picking up will buzz the front office, wait outside and a staff member will bring the student to the adult.  Adults picking up must have picture identification available for staff to examine and they must be wearing a mask at all times while on Lowry school grounds.

 

Thank you for your continued support of Lowry Elementary. 

 

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and Continue to Fly High, Aviators!

 

In partnership,

Ms. Nault and Dr. Jemison