Posted September 24, 2020


Cory Families,

Thank you for your patience as we have navigated online learning. We truly would not be able to do this work without your support. As we move into quarter 2, we would like to share the changes that have occurred to class lists as well as the teacher status. As a staff, we worked tirelessly to design a structure that paired teachers with content and grade levels that maximized staff skill sets as well as supports for students. We know that all of these changes create stress and anxiety. We are here to help with the conversations with kids. Please reach out if you need support. 

  • All specials, GT and Mild/Moderate Special Education Services, and ELD will continue either virtually or in-person following cohort requirements.  
  • Classroom teachers will share supply lists and routines prior to student return. 
    • 8:45 Students may arrive in 5 minute increments between 8:45-9:00.  
      •  8:45, students whose last names begin with A-I will drop off  
      •  8:50, students whose last names begin with J-Q will drop off.  
      •  8:55, students whose last names begin with R-Z drop off.   
      • They will then go to their designated door for a health check and will directly go to their classroom to meet their teacher.
    • Children may not come to school prior to 8:45 and there will be no playing on the playground or on the blacktop.
    • 8:45: First Bell
    • 9:00: Learning Begins—Students arriving after 9:00 check into the office before going to class.  No parents/guardians may enter the building. 
    • 2:45: Instructional Day Ends—Students pack up to go home! We will do a gradual release of students following the same protocol for arrival. Please arrange a location to pick-up your child each day to build a routine because families can not wait on the blacktop or playground to pick-up their student. 
    • Children may not play on the playground or on the blacktop.
      • 2:45, students whose last names begin with A-I will pick-up 
      • 2:50, students whose last names begin with J-Q will pick-up.  
      • 2:55, students whose last names begin with R-Z pick-up.    
    • Why was the bell time changed for Cory?
      • Due to the lack of coverage for specials, recess and lunch, I was not able to provide staff with the 1 hour and 30 mins of planning/lunch. In our current in-person schedule, teachers will receive a 25 minute lunch.  
    • Why is there a 15 minute soft opening and closure?
      • Due to health checks and social distancing requirements, the Cory staff determined this procedure would be the safest option for students entering and exiting the building.  
  • Cory cohort sizes range between 17 and 27 depending on grade level.
  • Families can visit this site for COVID-19 related resources or information on returning back to school. Families can also call our front office at (720)424-8380 with any questions.

Quarter 2 Teacher assignments:

Our goal was to ensure the least amount of disruption for students and keeping cohort numbers below 30.  Remote and in-person curriculum will be the same and aligned. Below are the teacher assignments moving into quarter 2. Students who are remote will have a new teacher. Due to several staff going on leave, we had to hire to support our model. I would like to recognize our newest educator to support Cory, Yaisa Banek.  We are excited to learn from her strong skill set with remote learning and instruction. 

In-person Supplies: 

  • The kids will keep their lunchboxes in their backpacks before and after lunch.
  • Water bottles will go home each night, and will live on their desks during the school day.
  • We are also asking the kids to bring their chromebook or tablet with them to school each day, along with their headphones.  They do not need to bring the charging cord to school (please help them remember to charge them overnight).
  • If students do not have portable technology, we will find a chromebook for them to have. 
  • Students will need two masks for each school day.  If a student does not have one, Cory will provide the child with 2 masks.  

During the Day
We are trying to keep the kids in cohort groups so that we limit cross-contamination if the virus makes it on campus.  There will be two adults per cohort.  The kids will stay in the classroom, or outside in an assigned space, for most of the day.  Students will eat lunch in the classroom, and will be separated from the other grade classes during outdoor recess.  Specials and small groups with resource teachers will continue following cohort requirements.  

As we all know, COVID has its own plans and it is quite unpredictable.  As community safety improves, we will change our practice accordingly.  Likewise, if we need to quarantine and/or head back to remote school, we need to be able to do so quickly with as much consistency as possible.  The skills the kids are using now, and the resources they are learning to utilize, will make this transition easier.  

  • Sick Students: 
    • The isolation room is part of the clinic and is located in the office (ZenDen).  Students who demonstrate or report one of the following signs/symptoms will be sent to the main office, then to the isolation room:  fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, abdominal pain, fatigue, muscle aches, headache. Their temperature will be checked by the school nurse or main office staff.  If a student or staff member is ill, they may return to school once they have been seen and cleared by their medical professional or have quarantined for 14 days.
  • COVID-19 Exposure: 
    • If a teacher, staff member, or student tests positive for COVID-19, the cohort will move to remote learning for 14 days (including weekends). Those who had direct contact with that person(s), will also be required to quarantine. Affected cohorts will move immediately into remote learning. If a student or staff member has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, the cohort will move to remote learning for a minimum of three days to allow for additional disinfecting and monitoring.
  • Protocols for Positive Cases and Return to School:
    • Symptomatic adults and students should not come to school or will be sent home.  Symptomatic students (and staff, if needed) will be isolated until they can return to home safely.  We will work with DPS leadership and CDPHE to implement guidelines on student and staff return to school, contact tracing, and indications for school closure. 

Transition to in-person learning
The safety of our community is our top priority.   On Monday and Tuesday of Oct. 5/6, teachers will prepare the classroom for the students.  We will set up the classroom environment to support the new safety measures.   We will provide asynchronous activities on Seesaw for these two days.  Students who chose remote learning will meet their remote teacher on those days that their grade level is in-person.  Please look for communication from virtual teachers coming soon. 

  • 1st Grade:

On Oct. 7th ,8th and 9th, students will attend ½ in person days from 8:45-12:30.  Then, on Monday October 12th, 1st grade will begin full days with the full class from 8:45-2:45. 

  • 2nd grade:

On Oct. 13th ,14th and 15th, students will be assigned a day based on the first letter of their last name so siblings will have the same day.  This will allow teachers to go over all of the new routines and procedures with small groups of 7-9 students.  Then, on October 21st, 2nd grade will begin full days with the full class.

  • 3rd-5th grade:

On Oct. 13th and 14th, students will be assigned a day based on the first letter of their last name so siblings will have the same day.  This will allow teachers to go over all of the new routines and procedures with small groups of students.  Then, on October 21st, they will begin full days with the full class. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding during these unusual times. Please reach out if you have additional questions or if there’s anything we can do to support. We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to school soon! 

Please continue to check the Community FAQ for latest information on the return to in-person and virtual learning. We will have another town hall meeting on tonight @ 5:30 to share more details of what to expect with in-person learning and virtual learning for quarter 2. Join Zoom Meeting


Joan Wieser