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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for RMP Families

March 10, 2020   |   By Rocky Mountain Prep

Last updated April 6, 2020

As of Friday, April 3, all DPS and APS schools have suspended in-person learning through the end of the school year.

This means that -- at this time -- all Rocky Mountain Prep buildings will be closed until the start of the 2020-21 school year. While we will be unable to resume in-person classes, we will continue remote learning through the end of this academic year. 

We are excited to continue to support you and your child(ren) with remote learning in April!  Your child(ren)’s teacher will be in touch this week and will continue to keep in touch with all students. We have also sent families an additional learning packet via mail, which should arrive the week of April 13.

Be sure to check out the new section on our website with sample schedules, links to online learning platforms, and tech support resources.

If you can’t find the answer to a question on our website, please talk with your child(ren)’s teacher so they can help you find the best person to answer.

 

Through Revolution Foods, RMP will be offering free meals to ALL children in the community, ages 1-18, and adult RMP family members and staff. Families can pick up three meals at a time (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at any of our campuses.

Not all family members need to be present to pick up a meal. We will have food available for pick up on weekdays from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm beginning Wednesday, March 18.

Denver Public Schools will offer free meals on weekdays to all Denver students at 12 locations throughout the city, using a grab-and-go style system. Details are available on the DPS website.

Aurora Public Schools will also be distributing free breakfast and lunch to ALL children 18 and under. These meals will be provided on weekdays at 15 locations. Both meals, which include vegetarian options, will be available together for pickup through a grab-and-go system. More information on those meals is available here, and a map of sites is available here.

Chalkbeat Colorado has also created a Google Map of all the locations in the metro area that are giving out food while the schools are closed.

 

If you are looking for additional resources (internet access, childcare, etc.) during this extended break, please view our family resource document here.

Please note: RMP has not screened any of these resources or organizations fully. This list is intended as a starting point of potentially helpful resources depending on an individual’s needs. This is also a living document - we will be actively updating the document as we identify different resources for families.

We know that the next few weeks will look different for a lot of families and may present unique challenges. To support your scholar’s ongoing learning while our schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please view the cover page included with student work packets here. You may have other enrichment ideas in mind, and you are encouraged to do those activities! These resources are aligned to the content that your child would be learning if they were in school.

 

The CDC and CDPHE will continue to be the best sources for the most up-to-date information on COIVD-19. DPS also has a number of frequently asked questions with answers available on their websiteWe strongly encourage everyone to continue to act on prevention steps that health officials strongly urge us all to take to prevent the spread of this virus:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

We recognize that this may be a stressful time for children and their families. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce your stress and help calm likely anxieties. A resource for parents and families is available here as you think about how to plan for your family and talk with your child(ren) about this disease.

Our diversity as a community and warm, loving environment are two of our greatest strengths. Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of race or ethnicity, so please do not allow this issue to give rise to discrimination based on fear, perception, and stereotypes. Thank you for everything you do to ensure the health of your child(ren), families, our staff, and our overall community. 


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