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RESTART MODEL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR STUDENTS

This page is to provide information and resources to help support students succeed during in-person or remote learning during the 2020-2021 school year. These FAQs will be updated as new information becomes available. 

These FAQs will be updated as new information becomes available.

If you still have questions after reading the plan and reviewing the FAQs, please email restartjeffco@jeffco.k12.co.us.

Remember, Jeffco cares about YOU!

GENERAL

When does school officially start for Jeffco students for the 2020-21 school year?

Jeffco Public Schools will open with 100% remote learning for a two-week period beginning August 24 through September 4. We can't wait to welcome you back!

What is the new schedule for the various learning models for the start of the school year?

August 24 - September 4: All students begin classes in a Remote Learning environment.
August 31 - September 4: Remote learning continues and all students who have selected in-person learning will attend an orientation in the building on a schedule developed by each school. Remote-only learners will also have an orientation opportunity, to be developed and planned by each school.
Schools will update families with where they are in their planning by July 31, however not all details and specifics will be available by that date.
Tuesday, September 8: PK-5 begins 100% in-person learning (with remote-only option). Grades 6-12 begin hybrid learning.

On September 8, we plan on opening elementary schools (PreK-5) with 100% in-person and 100% remote options for families. For secondary schools (grades 6-12), we plan on opening with a hybrid schedule providing alternating days (A/B groups) of in-person learning and a 100% remote option for families.

Will charter schools be using this schedule as well?

Charter schools will be following JCPH guidelines but their schedule may look different. Please contact your charter school for more information.

Will Grab and Go Meals still be available during the school week no matter the learning environment?

Jeffco Public Schools will continue to provide meal service to students to the extent possible for in-person and remote/online learners. Therefore, the meal service program may be a combination of in-school serving and a “grab & go” program similar to the one implemented in the spring of 2020. While Food and Nutrition Services awaits guidance from governmental agencies, specifics regarding meal distribution and student identification will be communicated as they become available. 
Please visit the Grab and Go Meals Info page for more information.

When do we expect to go back to normal (meaning ALL students doing 100% in-person learning)?

Unfortunately, we cannot predict that outcome. Our ultimate goal is to have ALL students back to the traditional learning model of in-person learning. We will continue to consult with public health officials for guidance.

How can students give feedback to the Restart Plan?

After reviewing the plan or summary, please complete this Student Input Survey to provide your feedback. We are interested to learn what YOU, our students, think about the Restart Plan. This survey is for students in grades 5-12.

What about August graduation ceremonies scheduled for May 2020 graduates?

The in-person graduation ceremonies scheduled for August are being held outdoors with strict limitations on the number of attendees, abundant available spacing for social distancing, temperature and symptom screenings, and required face coverings. Jefferson County Public Health has thoroughly vetted the procedures for this graduation and approved them. These graduations will go forward as planned.

How will schools be serving students when it comes to mental health in the new school year?

Mental health support will continue and will be more important now than ever. We realize due to COVID and remote learning this spring, you may have additional needs. Our schools will continue to provide services so you  will be set up for success. If you have specific needs you'd like to address, please be sure to contact your school in August or visit this page.

REMOTE LEARNING

What does the Remote Learning model look like? What improvements have been made since the spring?

Our shift to remote learning last spring has provided us with much insight and we will have a robust remote learning experience for all our students this fall. As described in the Restart Plan, we have now had time, through the summer months, to prepare technology, customize curriculum, unify resources, and create professional development for staff to deliver academic content in ways that meet the needs of all our students.

Starting this fall, the following expectations will be put into place across our schools whether we are serving students in-person or remotely.  

•Common Learning Management Systems (LMS) will be used across our school district.  
- Seesaw (PK-2)
- Google Classroom (3-12)
-Schoology (6-12)
•Students will experience synchronous learning each day at an established time on a schedule to accommodate the courses they will need to complete.  
•Each week, students will interact with their teachers in a face-to-face (Zoom or Google) environment.
•District assessments will be delivered remotely.
Teachers will have student data to plan for remediation and extension.
•School-based staff will serve as community outreach liaisons to engage parents.
Each school will have an outreach plan for parents and community members.
•Teachers will develop and enhance tools for remote learning and in-person learning during the additional days for training (8/14-8/21) before the start of school.

How will students and families be supported with technology in a remote and/or hybrid learning environment?

Jeffco Public Schools is committed to working with our schools and various departments, community partners, businesses, and others to ensure students have devices and access to home internet for remote learning or hybrid learning.

The following processes will support students to ensure access: 

1. Look at the condition of your device. If it was damaged over the summer, please call 303-982-3438 to arrange to drop it off to be repaired before the start of school. Call the same number if you are missing a part, like a charger. If you shared your device with another student in the spring, let your school know.

2. If you are going into 5th or 9th grade, look for information about your device. All 5th and 9th grade students will receive a new device at the beginning of the school year as part of the TechForEd program. Your old device will be collected, cleaned, and likely reused in lower grade levels unless the purchase agreements for those devices stated the family owned them at the end of their educational use.

3. Make plans for home internet access. If you do not currently have internet access at your home, check to see if you are eligible and ask your parent or guardian if you can apply for the Comcast Internet Essentials program. Additional low cost internet options are listed on the public website as well. If you are unable to obtain internet service, please let your school know so we can work with you to find a solution for your student.

4. Reach out to get support when you need it. Visit our device support page on the Jeffco website and remember to call 303-982-3438 during the school year if you need technical support for remote learning.

IN-PERSON LEARNING

What will a typical school day look like, especially when it comes to safety steps (masks, social distancing, etc.)?

At this time, we are working and planning for what a typical school day will look like. We will follow the guidelines set forth by public health officials. We will have more details about specifics over the next few weeks. Building administrators will develop a draft plan for pick up/drop off, building entry, transitions throughout the school day, bus loading, symptom screening, lunch/recess schedules, etc. before students arrive in August. We also plan on releasing "A Day In The Life" videos of an elementary, middle, and high school student so people have a clear idea of what their students can expect when they return to school. In the meantime, you can learn more from the plan in Section 9 about what classrooms will look like. 

What is a cohort? How many students are in a cohort?

Cohorting refers to the practice of ensuring that student and staff groupings are as consistent as possible every day by having the same group of children stay with the same staff (all day for young children, and as much as possible for older children). Building principals should maintain structures that support students with individual needs while minimizing the intermingling of cohorts. The number of students who select in-person learning, together with other school-specific scheduling needs will determine cohort sizes on a school-by-school basis. This data is still being collected from families.

Teachers will work with cohorts of students at all levels as assigned by a school principal or other administrator in order to limit contact between student groups. 
PK - 5th Grade: Students will stay with the same cohort of students for the entire day.
6th-12th Grade: Students will be scheduled into much smaller student groupings than what is present in the typical middle and high school experience. Students will participate in a maximum of 4 classes during the school day. Additionally, given the hybrid learning model at the middle and high schools, students will maintain 6 feet of social distance.

Will there be specials and what will these classes look like (art, music, PE)?

Rotating teachers (music, art, PE, etc.) will visit classrooms rather than cohorts of students moving. Plans are still in development on what these classes will look like. For middle school and high school students, elective courses will be offered each trimester/semester. Guidelines to promote safe participation within all choice and elective programs including Visual Arts, Music, Choir, Band, Orchestra, PE, and Theater will be communicated before the start of school.

Will there be a teacher designated to in-person learning and another teacher designated to remote learning?

In early July, we asked employees for their preference of work environment by confirming an intention to return to an in-person assignment or request a remote work assignment. The District will review requests for remote work with consideration given to employees with underlying health conditions. The information collected will be used at the school level to build and manage school schedules and educator assignments. This same flexibility will be considered within all groups of employees, and the District will make every reasonable effort to meet the requests and needs of staff through schedule flexibility, work location flexibility, or leaves of absence. From school to school, teacher assignment may look different depending on the school’s capacity and other factors.

Will schools allow volunteers and visitors during the school day?

No volunteers, visitors, or non-employees should access the building during the school day. Drop-off spaces will be set up outside of the main doors for parents to place items to be delivered to students. Systems for checking students in and out of school during the day may need to be changed to meet public health guidelines.

What will lunch look like for students?

A single grade level cohort of students may eat lunch in their classroom and play together at recess. 

  • Students will wash their hands before and after eating.
  • Students will clean their own area after eating.
  • Cold lunch totes/bags/boxes should be stored in the child’s backpack or near their desk (not in a community tote).
  • All meals & snacks will be consumed in classrooms, outside, or in reorganized common spaces and monitored by staff. Students will go to the cafeteria to pick up “grab and go” hot lunch. 
  • Students will need to wash or sanitize their hands before coming back into the classroom.
  • High schools will have closed campuses for lunch and off block periods.
  • No outside delivery from restaurants (ex. Grub Hub, Seamless, etc.) to schools will be permitted.

What will recess look like?

Students will likely go to recess in staggered shifts to limited groupings outside at once.

  • Schools may stagger the use of the playground equipment and should disinfect it in between uses. Students will need to wash or sanitize their hands before going outside and before coming back inside.
  • Use of water fountains is not permitted. Students should bring water bottles from home or be provided water bottles to use at school.
  • Face coverings do not need to be worn outside.

SCHOOL LEARNING MODELS

What are the potential Learning Models for the upcoming school year?

The learning models include: 

1. In-Person Learning:
100% in-person learning, five days a week, grades PreK - 5 provided health guidelines and restrictions are followed.

2. Remote Learning:
100% Remote/online learning offered to students in grades PreK - 12. Must be available for all students.

3. Hybrid Learning: Combines face-to-face and remote/online learning. This will be offered to middle and high school students only (50% In-Person & 50% Remote) with a hybrid schedule providing alternating days (A/B groups) of in-person learning.

Will families/students be able to select an in-person or remote learning model? What if they change their mind once school starts?

Families can choose the learning model that will work best for them by completing the Learning Preference Form. We will have an updated form ready by next Tuesday, July 28. It will remain open until the start of school and a family can change their choice up until the first day of school. Likewise, families/students will be able to change from remote to in-person or vice versa at certain intervals after the start of school.

HEALTH & SAFETY

What steps are being taken to ensure a healthy school environment for staff and students?

The Restart Plan is based on the following assumptions (subject to change):

Public Health:

  • Utilize 6 feet of social distancing where possible:
    • Individual space should be 6 feet apart from others in the classroom when possible.
    • Individuals should be facing in the same direction.
    • Movement in hallways should maintain the 6 feet distancing when feasible. 
  • Use of common spaces:
    • Cafeterias, gymnasiums, auditoriums, are prohibited for large group gatherings or mixing cohort groups.
  • Staff and student face coverings are required when social distancing cannot be maintained.
    • Face coverings do not need to be worn outside. 
  • Symptom screening expectations will be implemented.
    • All staff and students must participate in symptom screening once a day upon entry.
  • Hand washing and hygiene protocols must be followed.
  • Student classroom cohort groupings are consistent and limited to the same classmates to the extent possible.
    • Elementary students will be with their same cohort group of classmates during the day.
    • Secondary students will be limited to four in-person classes during the day. 

Are masks required for students and staff? How will mask-wearing be reinforced, especially if students refuse to wear them?

Yes, traditional-style masks are required for all staff and students. We expect all students and staff to follow the directions outlined in Face Coverings Dos and Don’ts. Please note, some items many people are using as a face covering, like a neck gaiter, buff, or a bandana, are not allowed. Students will be provided a mask if they forget to bring one to school. Masks will be required to be worn in the classrooms unless students are sitting in their own working space at a 6 foot distance from others. If up and out of their own personal space, the mask is required. Students enrolling for in-person learning are expected to adhere to all public health and district guidelines, protocols, and procedures established at schools to create a safe and secure learning environment. Student attendance at school will serve as agreement to these terms and conditions. Any violation of terms and agreements in regards to public health will be considered a violation of the Student Conduct Code. Anyone who refuses to wear a mask will not be allowed to enter the building.

What will the daily health screenings look like for staff and students?

Daily health checks and screenings (temperature and screening questions) will be conducted by trained staff at time of entry to the building. Any individual who does not successfully pass symptom screening will be moved to a medical safe room where they will be re-screened and supported until able to return home. 

Trained district staff wearing the appropriate district-provided protective equipment will conduct temperature screening protocols and monitor students and staff entering buildings. Specifically, health aides, paraprofessionals, campus supervisors, office staff, and administrators will conduct screenings. Other staff may volunteer to provide these vital services and they will also be specially trained on proper procedures and provided the necessary protective equipment.

What if a school or the district receives word of a positive COVID-19 case or outbreak?

Decisions relating to quarantining or building closures will be made in collaboration with JCPH based on the facts and the individual circumstances. Minimally, if a student or staff member tests positive, the other students in their cohort, or any they may have had contact with, will be quarantined for a period of 14 days and transition to remote learning for that time.

Will there be COVID-19 testing available for students?

The District will provide for rapid availability testing for symptomatic students or those who believe they were exposed to the virus. We will quickly (rapidly) get them to testing sites when they are symptomatic. We will provide staff and families with the testing site locations so they can get tested quickly when they present with symptoms.

Are there any resources for teenage students about COVID-19?

Yes - the CDC has produced a series of factsheets for young adults, ages 15-21. The factsheets cover a variety of topics, including what test results mean, how to stay safe at the pool or beach, how to wear a face covering and other preventive measures. Check out the toolkit here.

ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES

What about athletics/activities for the upcoming school year?

Update from Jeffco Athletics 6/2020: Starting June 22, our Return-to-Workouts Plan takes effect, and is intended to give guidance for returning to workouts while adhering to state and local guidelines in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our workout plan is set up in phases and the transition from one phase to the next can only be accomplished by meeting guideline criteria. Workouts must remain voluntary to students (CHSAA bylaws) and coaches, and all Jeffco coaches are required to follow these guidelines. Plan specifics can be reviewed here.

The Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) provides ongoing parameters for the sports and activities program. CHSAA called for the suspension of all spring sports and activities in the 2020 school year. There is no current direction provided for the fall 2020 should schools be open. Jeffco Public Schools will continue to promote and support student participation in athletic and activity programs to the extent permitted in the fall.

Can students who are choosing the remote learning option still participate in athletics and activities?

Yes. Students who choose the remote learning option will be able to participate in athletics and activities, if they are offered this fall through CHSAA.

Will students go on field trips?

All field trips and activities away from school are cancelled for the time being. Staff will provide enrichment to students in other ways throughout the school year.

BUSING

What will bus service look like this school year?

In accordance with the CDC and JCPH guidelines, bus capacity will be restricted to 22-24 passengers or less depending on the school bus size. Below are additional expectations for student riders who are eligible:

  • All students will be required to wear face coverings.
    Parents will be expected to take their child’s temperature before leaving the house and to withhold an ill student from riding the bus. 
  • Bused students will be symptom screened upon arrival at school.
  • Students must sit one per seat on the school bus starting from the second row of the school bus.
  • If students live in the same residence, those students will be required to sit together in the same seat to increase rider capacity.
  • Students will load the bus from the rear and unload from the front.
  • Students will not be allowed to change seats while riding on the bus. 

WHAT CAN I DO FOR FUN?

What is a creative outlet I can use during the summer and/or remote learning?

Get inspired by visiting our Jeffco Makes page and start making, baking, and shaking today with the Jeffco community!

What are some activities for middle and high school students?

Try these activities offering a variety of topics & activities for students in grades 6-12.

What is the Read with Me at Home initiative? Who is it for?

Rocky Mountain Public Media in partnership with the Office of the Governor, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Education Initiative, will provide K-3 learners, their families, and caregivers with direct-to-home remote literacy learning on broadcast and online. Starting May 18, K-3 literacy lessons will be broadcast Monday-Friday from 8am-10am on Rocky Mountain PBS. Learn more here.
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