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New School Guidelines for Managing COVID

This week the Governor announced revisions to the “Should I go to school today?” guidance. These guidelines, which should go into effect on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, will provide updated tools and additional information about seating charts, mask wearing, and how to safely quarantine close contacts. The previous guidance automatically quarantined entire cohorts or classrooms of students when a fellow student became symptomatic. This new guidance better identifies close contacts and will be incredibly helpful especially for our middle and high schools, where it is more challenging to keep students in small cohorts. We are hopeful this new guidance will lessen the disruptions from quarantines on schools, on students, and on our families. Once the guidance is finalized, we will post it on our website. 

DEI Consultant Selection Committee Chosen

There was great interest in participating on our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant Selection Committee. Nearly 80 individuals applied for this 15-member committee. We would like to thank everyone who expressed interest. 

The committee is comprised of three individuals from each of the following categories: Students, teachers, non-teacher staff members, parent/guardians, and community patrons. It is a diverse committee ranging in age and representing many other demographics. There are educators, working professionals, stay-at-home caregivers and members of our military community. I am confident it represents the many viewpoints of our district.

To maintain the integrity of the procurement process, members names won’t be released until the committee completes the full purchasing process. This is customary for a committee charged with selecting a vendor and/or contractor. 

Student Count Day

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, was Colorado Student Count Day. This is the day the Colorado Department of Education conducts a pupil count to establish how many students are attending classes in each of our state’s 178 school districts. This count is directly linked to funding and determines qualifications for various grants.

Although our official count day passed, we are still encouraging all families to make sure their students are enrolled, attending, and engaged in school. Due to the pandemic, many families across the state are not sending their students to school. For example, our district has nearly 900 fewer students over last year and our neighboring districts are also reporting fewer students. 

Ensuring students are enrolled in school, including homeschool and online school, is not only important for our state’s economy, but it is also imperative to students not falling behind. The Governor recently shared a McKinsey study that showed the average K–12 student in the United States could lose $61,000 to $82,000 in lifetime earnings, or the equivalent of a year of full-time work, solely as a result of COVID-19–related learning losses from not attending school.

If you have friends or neighbors who have decided not to enroll their students this year, please help them understand these potential consequences. A strong community requires an educated and engaged citizenry.

Free Meal Service

We are happy to announce a new location for meal service at Air Academy High School (AAHS) that will begin service on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Below please find the specific.

  • Air Academy High School (outside, near front entrance)

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays (not including holidays) 

  • 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

  • Tuesdays: Two breakfasts and two lunches will be provided

  • Thursdays: Three breakfasts and three lunches will be provided

As we approach the end of a first quarter like no other, I want to thank you for your support, your courage, and your patience. There have been many struggles and there will continue to be many challenges. But each day we learn something new, something that prepares us for a better and brighter future.

 

Be well and be safe. 

 

Tom Gregory

Superintendent of Schools

Academy District 20