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FAQs - General

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Will the core curriculum change for 6th grade students when they are in the middle school?
Sixth grade students will continue to receive core instruction based on the Colorado Academic Standards regardless of school model/configuration. All schools are dedicated to meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of adolescents.

Will moving 6th grade to middle school impact the Outdoor Lab experience?
No. Sixth grade students will continue to attend Outdoor Lab, regardless of school model/configuration.

Do middle schools offer before- and after-school care?
Before-school care is generally not a concern at this level because of the early start times. A few of the middle schools will be partnering with local recreation districts, the YMCA, and non-profits to offer after-school care for students. In addition, our middle schools do offer a variety of after-school clubs, sports, and activities 3-4 days a week. For those schools not offering after-school care, students may want to take advantage of these school-sponsored options to keep busy after school is out for the day. In general, the data shows a significant drop in use of before- and after-school care by our 6th grade students. Consequently, daycare entities are generally not willing to provide care at middle schools.

What will happen to 6th grade teachers?
Great teachers and effective instruction are critical to the success of our students. We are committed to ensuring our teachers have every opportunity to use the 6-8 transition to continue with their teaching passion, whether at an elementary school across all subjects, or as a middle school teacher focused on a specific content area. Jeffco Human Resources will be working with individual schools and teachers to ensure we take care of our teachers.

How will middle schools pay for the technology, materials, textbooks, etc. needed for the newly-added 6th grade students?
A mix of solutions may be used to fund the needs of the transition, and the finance staff will work closely with school principals to do so. Our goal, as with any other project, is to fund the needs that arise with the resources available to the district.

How will choice enrollment be affected?
Choice enrollment policies remain unchanged. Schools dedicate spaces first to neighborhood/boundary students, then fill remaining spaces as outlined in choice enrollment policy.

How will elementary schools with low enrollments be affected?
Budget allocations are based on student enrollment. Families and staff can be assured district leadership is committed to the success of this transition and will prioritize and attend to the needs of each of our schools.

Per the letter Dr. Glass sent to all students, families, staff, and the community on Aug. 25, 2017, "Barring any drastic, unforeseen changes in school funding or our current situation, I feel we can take time to carefully consider this issue [of low enrollment schools]. Therefore, I am hereby notifying the Jeffco community that my administration will make no recommendations on closing any neighborhood school until the 2019-20 school year, at the earliest."

"Further, when and if we come to the place where we must seriously consider closing a school, this decision should be reached in partnership with the affected community. Toward that end, we are re-evaluating our processes and practices relating to school closure recommendations and communications and will work with a cross-section of our community to develop a thoughtful and respectful approach to school closures." 

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