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2021-22 Logistics and Learning Plan

Welcome Back to ISDenver!

On-campus learning began Wednesday, August 18th! While the constantly evolving information can seem overwhelming, we have found that our success lies at the intersection of focusing on our students and following guidance from the CDC and CDPHE. We will again return to on-campus instruction with robust health and safety protocols in place to protect the well-being of all our community members, especially those most at risk. 

We are guided by 5 main goals:

  • Minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus
  • Minimize cohort transitions in and through spaces
  • Minimize teacher contact within a cohort 
  • Facilitate contact tracing
  • Limit disruptions to learning

Our school is realistic that until there is a vaccine for this virus available for all, COVID-19 will not go away. We are prepared should there be periods throughout the year in which we may need to go virtual for safety reasons.The look of the school today may very well change in the coming months and we will keep you informed of those changes through the World E-News. 

Campus at a Glance

Campus Logistics

COVID- 19 Policies 2021-22

As part of the ISDenver community, each one of us has agreed that we value responsibility and integrity. We expect everyone in our community to practice responsibility and integrity both in and out of school by following the public health guidance issued by the CDC and CDPHE to keep our community safe. We ask all families to keep children home when they are sick, engage in testing when family members have concerns or potential exposure, and quarantine after travel or other potential exposure. 

Our school logistics are based on the research-based advice of public health officials. The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have both advised that all children and staff wear masks in returning to school this year. Our Medical Advisory Committee echoes those recommendations. We are seeing increasing COVID-19 cases in Colorado, including in children, and increases in hospitalizations in children. Currently children under the age of 12 are not eligible to be vaccinated. It is important to remember that some children might be immunocompromised or have other conditions that make them more susceptible to severe complications of COVID-19, including multi-inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), hospitalization, and death. Getting vaccinated or wearing a mask protects everyone around you, including vulnerable children.

While cases seemed to drop during the summer, the surge in cases related to the Delta variant has changed things considerably. Delta is much more transmissible than previous variants, and preliminary data suggest Delta is more severe. The Delta variant of COVID is as contagious as Chickenpox and significantly more dangerous. Indoor spread is the major means by which it is contracted and it does not take very long or very much for the virus to spread. There is no evidence of a negative psychological impact of mask wearing on children at this time. There is, however, a very real risk of psychological trauma for children whose schools will be wracked by virus outbreaks and research has shown that masks, along with other measures such as improvements in ventilation, are simply the best means of preventing spread indoors. This is precisely why ISDenver and many other schools are mandating masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

We would all like to see the safe end of COVID. The fact is, vaccinating everyone, including children, is the most critical step to improving the current situation with the Delta variant and with COVID-19. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine protects the person that gets vaccinated, and it also protects everyone around them. If you are vaccinated and don’t get COVID-19, you can’t spread it to the vulnerable people around you. Additionally, we need everyone to get vaccinated to slow the spread to prevent new emergence of variants (if the virus is replicating less, there is less opportunity for a new and worse variant), and to prevent the overwhelming surges of patients in hospitals that we saw last year.

In the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, ISDenver relied on the guidance of public health officials to keep kids engaged in on-campus learning as much as possible and to help keep our community safe. We will continue to rely  on research-based advice from experts who have dedicated their lives to public health and ISDenver will continue to follow the guidance issued by these public health officials in the 2021-22 school year. Our 2021-22 Campus Logistics and Learning Plan reflects this guidance and will be updated as guidance evolves throughout the year. 

Questions

General reopening questions

info@isdenver.org

General learning questions

Division Principals:

ECE Principal, Maria Rodriguez (K1 - K3):  maria.rodriguez@isdenver.org

Lower Primary School Director, Rachel Ratnathicam (G1 - G3): rachel.ratnathicam@isdenver.org

Upper Primary School Director, Marzia Mauffrey (G4-G5): marzia.mauffrey@isdenver.org

Middle School Principal, Rob Kapner (G6 - G8): rob.kapner@isdenver.org

Technology support

helpdesk@isdenver.org

Your child’s emotional well-being

School Counselor Annie Barocas:  annie.barocas@isdenver.org

Student support needs

Director of Student Services, Debra McQueen: debra.mcqueen@isdenver.org