Community Update 10/8

Posted 10/08/2020

 

Cori’s Note

On Wednesday we had a small group of student managers in our building helping us to prepare for the return to school and it was the best day yet! This building is too quiet without the amazing energy our students bring and I am excited to see more of them in the coming weeks. Just a couple of fun photos from their work..

This week’s Community Update is slightly longer than normal to include the information that was also sent out on Tuesday regarding schedules for Quarter 2 and return planning information. We’ve included a few clarifications that we hope are helpful, including upcoming dates  for students and families to learn more and get some ‘training’ for the return process.

Our managers helped to get a video prepared for ‘a day in the life’ of a DMHS student, and we’d  hoped to have it ready to be included in today’s message. It’s almost finished and as soon as it’s edited we will link it here in the Update, on the website and via social media. 

Finally! We are holding our first community engagement event of the year, a Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival,  on Tuesday October 20th from 3pm-6pm. You and your students will receive a personalized invitation to include the time slot for your child’s cohort/contact group to join the fun! We hope all families will join in beautifying our campus for a big WELCOME BACK!  Warmly, Cori

A Note from Carol          

We are almost done with our first quarter of the school year!   Next Thursday, October 15 is the deadline for Quarter 1 work to be turned in.  Please continue to work with your student and check their schoology for any missing assignments. 

We also encourage you to take advantage of teachers office hours if you or your students have any questions/concerns about specific classes.    We ask for your continued support in making sure your students are logging onto every class each and every day.  Good attendance is such an important factor  in your student’s academic success!
Advisors will be reaching out to set up a time to meet with you and your student for conferences in the near future.  Please keep in mind that we have a different conference schedule than most DPS schools.  Friday, October 16 and Monday, October 19 are our fall break days.  Most teachers will be holding conferences outside of these days, however, some are choosing to hold them on the 16th.  
Please see the letter from  School Psychologist, Lauren Lyon that includes information about the Universal Screener process we will be using to provide support to all students at DMHS

Information, Links and Updates

  • Our CSC has come up with several ways that you can volunteer, even in this remote setting!  Please sign up  here!   We do ask that you please fill out the DPS Volunteer Back Ground Check  before volunteering in the school.  
  • Food and Nutrition Services will provide breakfast and lunch meals to any person, 18 years and under, until December 31, 2020.   Parents and guardians can pick up meals for their children at any school or bus delivery location, Monday – Friday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. 
  • Please check out the amazing DMHS News Blog!

 

PLANNING for the RETURN TO SCHOOL!

Please note, for families who have selected 100% Virtual Programming your child’s schedule will remain primarily the same as it is now. The information below is regarding ‘In-Person’ schedules and logistics. The projected return date remains as October 21st and we encourage families to continue to monitor communications as we get closer.

 

WE KNOW FAMILIES WILL HAVE QUESTIONS. WE ARE OFFERING SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES TO GO OVER SCHEDULING AND OUR RETURN PLAN NEXT WEEK. PLEASE LOOK FOR INVITES AND SEE THE CALENDAR BELOW FOR DATES

 

FARM SCHOOL COHORT INFORMATION

Farm school families received an email on Tuesday indicating which Hybrid Cohort their student is assigned to. If you did not receive this information please contact us right away to receive your child’s assignment.

  • Cohorts are groups that have been developed to monitor and maintain our health and safety guardrails;
  • At this time our Farm School Cohorts do not exceed 22 students, which is well below the standard of 35;
  • Cohorts ensure accurate contract tracing, and are designed to limit potential exposure opportunities;
  • Cohorts were developed with a number of factors in mind including siblings, transportation and academic needs;
  • At this time it is unlikely we will be able to grant requests for students to be moved from one cohort to another, however, should you have any questions about your child’s cohort assignment please contact Carol Delong at carol_delong@dpsk12.net. Carol will forward these questions to the appropriate school director or to me.

 

HIGH SCHOOL CONTACT GROUP INFORMATION

  • Your child has been assigned to a contact group that will remain intact throughout the day.
  • Contact groups are groups that have been developed to monitor and maintain our health and safety guardrails;
  • At this time our High School groups do not exceed 23 students, which is well below the standard of 35;
  • Contact groups ensure accurate contract tracing, and are designed to limit potential exposure opportunities;
  • Contact groups were developed with a number of factors in mind including siblings, transportation and academic needs;
  • It is unlikely we will be able to grant requests for students to be moved from one contact group to another. Should you have questions about your child’s group assignment please contact Carol Delong at carol_delong@dpsk12.net and she will forward your questions and requests to the appropriate person.

 

FARM SCHOOL HYBRID (in-person) BELL SCHEDULE for Quarter 2

You will find that the overall bell schedule remains largely unchanged from what the bell schedule has been in our remote setting, with the exception that your student will attend in person two days a week. We hope to create seamless transitions for our students so that in the event we must move between remote and in-person the impact is mitigated. Our primary goal, with a focus on the health and safety of our students, families and staff, is to offer in-person instruction in the core academic areas as often as possible.

Please note the following:

  • In order to ensure our cohort sizes remain small, exposure is minimized and instruction is prioritized we built a hybrid schedule which has Farm School students in the building 2 days a week and receiving instruction remotely for 2 days a week.
  • The school day will begin at 8:55am and end at 3:30pm with office hours continuing as they have been;
  • Your child will continue to receive ‘live’ instruction whether they are in-building or remote. ‘Live’ instruction can happen remotely through Zoom or Google Meets, or whenever possible through in-person teaching;
  • Farm School students will receive in-person instruction two days a week from their project teacher. Math and Electives may be conducted as ‘live-streaming’ where students will remain in their assigned cohort location with the support of a teacher in the room.
  • On Wednesday the majority of FS students will be remote. Some students may receive additional in-person instruction on Wednesday. If your child will receive additional in-person support on Wednesday you will be notified directly.
  • During the two days a week when Farm School students are not at the campus they will continue to receive remote instruction just as they have been via Zoom or Google Meets.
  • Your student’s bello schedule has been attached. Please access this attachment to review their in-person days vs. the days that will remain remote:

HIGH SCHOOL HYBRID (in-person) BELL SCHEDULE for Quarter 2

The overall bell schedule for high school remains largely unchanged from the bell schedule for the remote setting. In September we shared the possibility that high school students may attend a 2 day a week schedule (like our Farm School Students). Based on the number of students selecting an in-person return and our school staffing we have designed a model that allows students to be onsite four days a week, receiving some instruction virtually and some instruction in-person, all of which is supported by a staff member. Please note the following:

  • The Learning Center model schedule for HS allows for in-person support 4 days a week, with Wednesday’s remaining remote;
  • The school day will begin at 8:55am and end at 3:30pm, with office hours continuing as they have been;
  • Your student will continue to receive ‘live’ instruction whether they are in-building or remote for a minimum of 3.5 hours a day. ‘Live’ instruction can happen remotely through Zoom or Google Meets, and whenever possible through in-person teaching;
  • Students in HS will receive in-person support from their math teacher every day with possible in-person instruction for some science and social students at least two times a week. Project classes will be conducted as ‘live-streaming’ where students will remain in their assigned cohort location with the support of a teacher in the room.
  • On Wednesday the majority of HS students will be remote. Some students may receive additional in-person instruction on Wednesday. If your child will receive additional in-person support on Wednesday you will be notified directly.
  • Please see your child’s cohort schedule below to review their in-person days vs. the days that will remain remote:

 

Your child will be scheduled for Quarter 2 in Infinite Campus the week of 10/12. At that time you will be able to view the individual teacher assignments and electives for your student. Individual schedules will not change your child’s cohort assignment or their daily bell schedule. 

 

The projected High School bell schedule for Quarter 2 looks like this (dark green denotes in-person instruction, light green indicates onsite virtual instruction supported by a DMHS staff member) :

The projected Farm School bell schedules for Quarter 2 look like this (green denotes in person days, blue denotes remote days):

Monday/Tuesday Cohorts Thursday/Friday Cohorts

DROP-OFF and PICK-UP

Once your student’s cohort (FS) or contact (SH) group has been finalized you will receive information regarding which location to drop-off and pick your child. 

The earliest time that students may be dropped off at school is 8:45. There will be no available supervision on the playground, or in the classrooms prior to this time. Students are expected to enter at their assigned door where their daily health screener will be checked and/or completed. Students who exhibit symptoms or fail the health screener will be redirected to enter through our main office where they will undergo additional health screening prior to entering their classroom. If a child fails the health screener, parents will be contacted and the student will wait in one of our designated health rooms for the parent to pick their child up. 

Students who arrive late to school (past 9:00) will enter through the main office where they will undergo the health screen check-in. Please help us to ensure your children arrive on time as much as possible.

 Students who must leave early (not health related) will exit through their assigned entry/exit door. Parents will contact our main office to sign their child out and the teacher will then complete an early release slip. Students will not be able to wait in the main office to be picked up. As much as possible we ask you not to schedule appointments to conflict with your child’s in-person instruction.

 Students who become ill through the course of the day will wait in our health room to be picked up. Parents who are contacted to pick their child up early from school will be notified which door to pick their child up at. Parents will not be allowed in the building unless there is an urgent health matter. We ask you to remain in your vehicle and your child will meet you there.

RETURN TO SCHOOL TRAINING and FAMILY PRESENTATIONS

We know that this communication regarding schedule is just the first step in ensuring our families have the information they need to plan for a hybrid (in-person) return. It is our goal to answer your questions, and to provide clear information via live presentations and additional printed materials the week of 10/12. The preparation and training process include the following dates (please mark them on your calendar):

  • Week of October 12-15th – student training sessions will occur virtually during advisement
  • October 13th – virtual ‘live’ family session to review schedules, cohorts, drop-off and pick up and for community Q/A (Zoom Link will be sent via Messenger the day of)
  • October 14th – Community Office Hours with Cori, Leah, Annie and Carol (times TBA, and link will be shared via Messenger)
  • October 14th – DMHS will post a ‘day-in-the-life’ video for families
  • October 15th – virtual ‘live’ training session for families (Zoom Link will be sent via Messenger)
  • October 20th – virtual ‘live’ training session for families and additional Q/A time (Zoom Link will be sent via Messenger)
  • October 20th – family engagement event (stay tuned)