As of Friday, September 11, based on the latest health data and feedback from the community, Rocky Mountain Prep will be bringing back students to in-person learning over the coming weeks using a phased-in approach.
The current plan for RMP students to return to school for in-person learning is:
Monday, September 14: Pre-K students return (all campuses)
Wednesday, September 30: Kindergarten students (all campuses) and students in our MI center at Creekside return
Wednesday, October 7: 1st-grade students return (all campuses)
Wednesday, October 14: 2nd-grade students return (all campuses)
Beginning Wednesday, October 21: 3rd through 5th-grade students return (all campuses)
We’ll be working hard to safely and gradually welcome all students back into schools. A fully-remote option will continue to be an option for all of our families even after mid-October.
A reminder that due to transportation changes at the district level, all four of our campuses will have new school day times. Please note, we will no longer have early release on Fridays; these new times are Monday through Friday.
Creekside: 7:30am - 2:00pm
Southwest: 8:15am - 2:45pm
Fletcher: 7:45am - 2:15pm
Berkeley: 8:15am - 2:45pm
DPS will be shortening and standardizing the elementary school day to 6.5 hours for all elementary schools. This move is made beneficial by:
When we return to in-person learning, our new school day times will be:
This shift will apply to all district and charter elementary schools, regardless of whether it currently qualifies for general education transportation. This levels the playing field across our schools and supports transportation in trying to expand service to as many schools as possible.
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 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 watch our safety video here for an overview of what arrival will look like this year.
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.
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.
Yes, your student will still receive specials! Stay tuned for more information about your student’s schedule.
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.
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.
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. It is important that scholars attend school on the first day with supplies. View your school's supply lists here:
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.