Both Denver Public Schools and Aurora Public Schools have announced the extension of 100% remote instruction from the start of the school year on August 24 through the end of the first quarter of the school year.
Rocky Mountain Prep will follow this schedule update as well, meaning all RMP students will also participate in remote learning through October 16.
We’ll be working hard to safely and gradually welcome all students back into schools, when health conditions allow. A fully-remote option will continue to be an option for all of our families even after mid-October.
All adults and students are required to wear masks or face shields when on school grounds. Masks will also be required for students riding the bus to/from school. RMP will provide masks for all students and staff but encourage students and staff to bring their own mask that they are comfortable in. If a scholar brings their own mask we ask that it is school appropriate.
DPS and APS are working on transportation plans that will likely look very different, with many fewer spots available for students on a bus. Buses will allow only one child per seat. Siblings or members of the same household may be permitted to share the same seat. The bus driver and all students will be required to wear a mask on the bus for the duration of the ride.
A cohort is defined as a group of students who participate in a class or other activity. We will have smaller student cohorts who remain in their classroom for the day, including lunchtime. This is to minimize the number of interactions between different individuals in our community. We will update this answer with more details as we receive them from our health partners and school districts.
If a student or staff member is feeling sick, they will be supported in returning to their home as quickly as possible. If the scholar is exhibiting symptoms of COVID they will be sent to a monitored room until they can be safely picked up. If there is a positive case of COVID in the RMP community, we will quickly respond and quarantine portions of the school to ensure minimized transmission.
Scholars who are showing symptoms but still able to participate in learning will be able to transition to remote learning.
If there is a positive case of COVID in the RMP community, we will quickly respond and quarantine portions of the school to ensure minimized transmission.
Staff and students that are sick will not be permitted to return to school until they are healthy and have cleared criteria to return, which could include quarantining for up to 14 days. We want to minimize the spread of infection and we will continue to follow the guidelines put forth by our partners at the health department and our authorizing school districts.
Arrival and dismissal protocols will take longer than normal. We appreciate your patience to prioritize safety. Please expect the following and we will follow-up with more school-specific guidance:
Visitors, including parents/guardians, will not be allowed past the school’s front office and must have a symptom and temperature screening before they enter the building. There will be safety measures in place to make sure only 1-2 visitors are in the front office at any time.
Our team has committed to reviewing the guidance from health officials by August 10 and providing an update to families and staff as soon as possible. We have not determined the exact date we will communicate to families about when or if we would return in person. We are monitoring the rate of infection (is it lower than 5%) and following guidance from the district and health professionals to make this decision.
RMP is offering our own specific version of remote learning, RMP at Home. We believe what sets this version apart is:
Yes, your student will still receive specials! Stay tuned for more information about your student’s schedule.
Families will opt into remote or in-person learning during registration beginning July 27. The registration deadline is July 31 or within 48 hours of enrolling at RMP.
Per guidance from Denver Public Schools, we will only be able to accommodate a transition from remote to in-person at the change in semester given transportation and staffing. Families can switch to remote during the year if approved by the school, but there will be a delay involved of 1-2 weeks to move a student to synchronous remote learning. Families should work with their campus to plan for a switch in learning type.
PreK students will have an in-person learning option this year. The reason for this is that guidance provided shows that students who are 3 or 4 should limit screen time to 10 minutes. As a result, a remote learning option that supports a child’s development is not possible. PreK scholars’ earliest start date would be September 8, but this will be announced based on district and health official guidance.
We believe social interactions are a critical part of the RMP experience. Our remote learning program will be designed with over 3 hours a day of synchronous learning, meaning that RMP scholars will experiencing instruction virtually alongside their peers, and there will be increased opportunities for interaction. When we return in person, RMP students will have ample opportunities to interact with their classmates, but not across the full school.
In the survey being sent out on July 27, we will ask if your scholar is in need of the internet or a computer. Please respond accurately to this survey and we will be able to distribute technology during registration pick-up days starting 8/10.
Please review the supply lists found on our registration website. All scholars will need their own individual supplies that they will bring to and from school. Included in the guidance is information about what to do if you are in need of any assistance for school supplies.