At Rocky Mountain Prep, safety is our top priority for our students, their families, and our staff. It is our responsibility to create the conditions that will ensure our students have the opportunity to engage in excellent academics and joyful learning, while also balancing the safety of each individual during this global crisis.
As of November 13, the 14-day average COVID positivity rate in Denver is 12% and the 7-day average positivity rate is 12.9%. The 14-day average COVID positivity rate in Aurora is 13.1% and the 7-day average positivity rate is 15.1%. View the most recent COVID data on the DPS dashboard here.
Based on this data and information from our partner districts, we have made the difficult decision that all RMP students will switch to remote learning after the Thanksgiving break.
This means that beginning on Monday, November 30, there will be no in-person learning at any of our RMP campuses. All students will remain in remote learning through January 8, with hopes of reopening in person on January 11, 2021.
We will continue to ensure families have a fully remote option through our Virtual Academy for the second semester.
We remain committed to supporting you and your students under the complex and challenging circumstances that continue to be presented by the pandemic. Please don’t hesitate to call your school if you would like to speak to someone directly. You can find school phone numbers here.
DPS will be shortening and standardizing the elementary school day to 6.5 hours for all elementary schools. This move is made beneficial by:
Creating a common planning block for all teachers in support of inclusive practices and school learning.
Standardizing to allow DPS to maximize the number of students we can safely transport.
Supporting scheduling optimization and alignment across district-run schools.
Creating predictability and consistency for families, which was emphasized in our Return-to-School Work Group.
Rocky Mountain Prep's in-person learning hours for the 2020-21 school year are:
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.
This year, Creekside and Fletcher will have transportation available. DPS and APS are working on transportation plans that will likely look very different, with many fewer spots available for students on a bus. Creekside and Fletcher teams will provide an update on transportation as soon as that information is available from the district.
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 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 watch our safety video here for an overview of what arrival will look like this year.
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.
RMP is offering our own specific version of remote learning, RMP at Home. Learn more about RMP at home here.
Denver Public Health’s School-based Health Centers are located at 18 different sites across Denver and are still open. School-based Health Center services are offered at no cost to all Denver Public Schools students. Learn more here.
Aurora School-Based Health Clinics are located at 4 different sites in Aurora. The Aurora School-Based Health Clinics can provide an evaluation by a health care provider for low to no-cost. Learn more here.
To reduce contact between students, there will not be supply sharing this year. Therefore, it is important for families to provide their own supplies. You can order online and ship supplies to your home easily from EPI. Enter the following codes for your school: Berkeley - RMP003, Creekside - RMP096, Fletcher - RMP004, Southwest - RMP002.
Alternatively, you can also purchase school supplies on your own. View your school's supply lists here:
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.
To reduce adult contact, all uniforms will be sold online this year. Use the links below to order RMP uniforms for your specific school.
The only required uniform piece from this RMP uniform source is the polo shirt. All other items can be purchased elsewhere. Uniforms should not be a barrier to attending school. Please contact your school if your family needs support.