Online Home Learning Mon, March 30- Thurs, April 30
Dear Boulder Valley School District Families and Staff, As you may have heard, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced in-person learning will rem... (see more)
Dear Boulder Valley School District Families and Staff,
As you may have heard, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced in-person learning will remain suspended longer than originally expected – at least through April 30.
We appreciate the Governor's leadership during this time of crisis.
Of course, we and our families look forward to the day when we are able to reopen our schools, but we recognize the importance of putting the health and wellness of our students, families, staff, and the community first.
We know that we are continuing to experience technical difficulties with Schoology. Our team has been in direct contact with the company and they are working on addressing the nation-wide issues.
We are prepared to continue Home Learning throughout the rest of the school year, if necessary, along with other ongoing efforts, including food distribution and technology access, to support our families. Please let your school principal know if you haven’t yet received a Chromebook, but need one.
Let’s Continue to Do Our Part In the next couple weeks, according to our partners at Boulder County Public Health, it is likely that there will be a significant increase in the number of people in our community who test positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19), including people who require hospital care for the illness. Now more than ever, it is vital that we all follow the Colorado Public Health order and stay at home as much as possible. The more we stay home, the more successful we will be at stopping the virus from spreading and causing illness and death in our community.
If you do need to go out, be very sure to stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live in your household and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as soon as you get home. It is also very important to continue keeping your home clean and disinfected according to the CDC guidelines.
BVSD Playgrounds, Tracks, and Fields are Closed To help encourage social distancing, BVSD is closing playgrounds, tracks, and fields. In alignment with the recommendation of our public health experts, individuals and families may continue to walk through our grounds, but we felt additional measures were necessary to discourage team sports and other gatherings in violation of the Stay at Home order.
BVSD Emergency Childcare There are many in our community who need to continue to work outside their homes in vital positions, including healthcare and emergency workers. To help those who need it we have set up low cost, emergency childcare sites at 3 locations in the district. BVSD has requested to be registered as one of the Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative providers and is awaiting confirmation of acceptance, which may take several days. Here is a flyer with all the details about the program.
Food Distribution The Food Services team has resumed the distribution of food bags this week. Food bags will be distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 am-1:30 pm at 9 distribution sites for the remainder of the school closures.: Sanchez Elementary, Creekside Elementary, Crest View Elementary, Columbine Elementary, Emerald Elementary, Louisville MS, Nederland Middle/Senior High School, Pioneer Elementary and University Hill Elementary
Siren testing On Monday, April 6, the City of Boulder and other communities in Boulder Valley will be testing their emergency sirens, as they normally do in preparation for the tornado season. Given everyone’s heightened state of alert due to the pandemic – please be sure to share information about the upcoming, routine test with family, friends, and neighbors.
Rob Anderson Superintendent Boulder Valley School District
Important Online Learning Information
Dear Fairview Parents, This is a time not to panic or be fearful about content, grades or procedures because nothing is cast in stone. We are all ... (see more)
Dear Fairview Parents,
This is a time not to panic or be fearful about content, grades or procedures because nothing is cast in stone. We are all learning this together and we will be assessing everything we are doing and making changes to make this the best possible learning experience we can for all students.
Teachers should have all reached out to your students via email, IC messenger, Schoology or Google Classroom by Monday if not already. Please check with your student(s) to make sure that they have responded back to their teachers. Additionally, have them check their teacher’s websites to get logged into the Schoology or Google Classroom for the classes.
Teachers will be delivering instruction through either Schoology or Google Classroom to your students. There will be teacher produced video lessons, online assignments, online research projects/labs, and online assessments to name a few of the ways teachers will be providing instruction. We have been directed by BVSD to have each teacher create 30 minutes of instruction each day for their class.
The teachers will also have office hours to make sure that they are available for students for direct contact to answer questions, reinforce concepts and just touch base to make sure students are standing current with their work. Teachers will create video chats for small groups, use email, or even large class video discussion during these times. Their office hours are listed at the end of this email.
Finally, a few last things to understand:
We are not running our usual schedule for a variety of reasons and let me share them with you.
Running all 8 periods each day puts us out of the district directive of no more than 4 hours a day of instruction
Many students share technology with siblings and may not be able to be online at specific times due to logistical issues.
With all kids being home, some of our students are the primary caregivers for their younger siblings making it hard for them to maintain regular school hours.
It is a hard time for all of our kids and flexibility will be needed for them to get through this traumatic time.
We are hoping that this is over by April 17th but if not we will be looking at everything to see what changes need to be made to get us through the long haul.
Content will obviously not be as rigorous or as in-depth as it would be if we were in school so we will be looking on how to backfill once we return in April or next semester to make sure that no student is not prepared for the next class, the PSAT/SAT or AP/IB exams next year.
I will be putting out FHS updates every Thursday and Sunday until we are back in school.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OF ALL: This is a time of chaos, confusion, and anxiety for all of us. Online classes are not ideal, staying home is hard on us all (I have a sophomore home as well) and the loss of income and jobs are a reality for many. So this is the time we need to take care of our families (social distancing, washing our hands, staying at home) and pull together as a community to care for one another. School is important but not as important as our families.
Counseling Center Information and Resources
Dear Juniors, Class of 2021, During this time of closures and guidelines from public health officials, we know that you will be adjusting to new ... (see more)
Dear Juniors, Class of 2021,
During this time of closures and guidelines from public health officials, we know that you will be adjusting to new online learning from your classes at school, and probably wondering about the SAT, ACT, and perhaps IB/AP testing, scheduled events, the coming time of considering colleges or training programs, and the application process. Many of you may have made plans to visit college campuses this spring and have begun to gather information about possible college choices. While we do not know how long we will be out of school, or the exact plans for year-end testing, we can offer some tips and links that will be helpful and informative for you. During this time, focus on your mental and physical health. This could be a great time to learn something new, have time to read that great book you’ve heard about, do a virtual tour of a museum or college you are considering attending, and catch up on some sleep just as a few examples. You should also use this time to complete your classwork and please let us know how we can support you.
TESTING INFORMATION UPDATES
CMAS testing is canceled. We do not have final information about the in-school SAT test scheduled for April at this time but will keep you informed as it becomes available.
March and May dates for the Saturday administration of SATs have been canceled and registered students will receive refunds. New, additional testing times will be announced from the College Board when available, along with news and arrangements for AP testing. Check the website for updates; www.collegeboard.org
For ACT testing, the 4/4 testing date has been rescheduled for 6/13. For more news updates, go to: www.act.org
AP: AP testing will go on! In a modified way. Go to the college board AP Central website for more information.
CONTACTING FHS COUNSELORS AND CCC FOR HELP
After Spring Break, counselors will be available via email during normal school hours, from 8:30-3:45. We will have more information about our communication strategy and how to stay in touch and available to support you after March 30.
During this time, focus on your classwork and we will be available to support you.
Monitor your emails to check for messages from the administration, teachers, and counselors.
MANAGING STRESS DURING DIFFICULT TIMES
5 Tips to Protect Your Mental Health https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/
Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreak https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource
COVID-19 Response - Resources for Students and Families https://www.secondstep.org/covid19support?mkt_tok=eyjpijoitvdnme5trmlzv1pqwvdgayisinqioijkndzhtnfgwjc5m28ydkkxc2pwajnxannrnfdqyujmsxdbode5bnzkrmjwdxj2uul1uud3wmfrq01yu2phs0dhkzfsvk5ky3jud3q2c3lgu21km05rwwluvmxxakhyqvjwwuvlmvpwsmpmu1djmfzhwu1gaevkcwrqc2xtzdnwocj9
All BVSD school buildings are closed through April 30 due to COVID-19
Dear BVSD Families, Staff, and Students, Governor Polis signed an executive order suspending in-person learning in schools across the state until ... (see more)
Dear BVSD Families, Staff, and Students,
Governor Polis signed an executive order suspending in-person learning in schools across the state until April 17.
This is not an easy situation for anyone and we understand the challenges this will cause for the families in our community. Trying to balance our jobs and taking care of our kids at home is no easy feat. I have been amazed at the power of our community to come together during this time and take care of those in our community who need help.
We have been monitoring this situation daily and are fully prepared to launch home learning for all BVSD students starting March 30. We have included details on this and several other important topics below.
Home Learning Our team has been working this week with our teachers and principals on finalizing the expectations and resources for home learning. You can find details about the plan on our website, which you can access in the links below.
Elementary Home Learning
Secondary Home Learning
Testing Canceled In additional news, yesterday, the Colorado Department of Education canceled all 2019-20 state assessments, including CMAS. CDE is working with the College Board on offering the SAT/PSAT exams. At this point, AP and IB exams have not been canceled. We will continue to monitor this and will communicate with you once we have more information.
Food Distribution Our Food Services team will be distributing food bags again tomorrow. If driving, please stay in your car and our team will bring food to you.
Thursday, March 19 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (New time due to snow forecast)
Creekside Elementary School
Crestview Elementary School
Columbine Elementary School
Emerald Elementary School
Louisville Middle School
Nederland High School
Pioneer Elementary School
Sanchez Elementary School
University Hill Elementary School
Identification or paperwork will not be required to receive food. Food Distribution will resume after Spring Break. We will share more details soon.
Social Distancing We strongly advise our families and students to follow the recommendations of the state and Boulder County on social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
I will say it again, I thank you for your partnership in supporting our students, teachers, and staff through this difficult situation. The coming weeks will be a big adjustment for all of us, especially our students and teachers. We are fortunate to have an amazing team here in Boulder Valley Schools that is working tirelessly to ensure that we continue to support each and every one of our students during this time. We are stronger when working as a community, and I know we will get through this together.
Boulder Valley School District
College Before Graduation Information - Enrollment Open Now
Enrollment for the College Before Graduation Program for Front Range CC and CU Boulder is now open! If you are interested in participating in this ... (see more)
Enrollment for the College Before Graduation Program for Front Range CC and CU Boulder is now open! If you are interested in participating in this program during the Summer 2020 or the Fall 2020 semester, please contact Ms. Wendy Herron, FHS Counselor at [email protected], to complete the necessary paperwork. For students interested in taking a class this summer, you must turn in your forms by noon on March 13. For students interested in taking a class this fall, your forms must be submitted to your counselor by Friday, May 1 at 12:00pm. Click here for information on this program.
Deadlines to turn in all paperwork to Ms. Herron are:
For Summer 2020 courses: Friday, March 13, 12 pm
Fall 2020 courses: Friday, May 1, 12 pm
Locker Assignment for 20-21 School Year
Starting in June, we will have more information regarding sign-ups for student lockers. Please keep checking the Fairview website in early June fo... (see more)
Starting in June, we will have more information regarding sign-ups for student lockers. Please keep checking the Fairview website in early June for an update.
2020-2021 SENIOR PARKING: IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
Senior Parking permits for the 2020-2021 school year will go on sale in April or early May. Check back here in March for more information. In the... (see more)
Senior Parking permits for the 2020-2021 school year will go on sale in April or early May. Check back here in March for more information. In the meantime, please keep the following in mind:
Students MUST have a valid driver's license if purchasing a permit; students without a driver's license will not be allowed to purchase and will be added to the wait list.
We will not accept checks or cash as payment for senior lot permits. All purchases must be done through RevTrak.
Students will be asked to pay for the permit on RevTrak prior to turning in any paperwork. RevTrak will allow sales only for the designated number of spots released. If on the day of the sale you are unable to complete your purchase through RevTrak, that means the permits have already sold out. Paperwork will only be provided to students who have successfully purchased the permit on RevTrak.
The permit contract paperwork changes EVERY YEAR. Please do not search the website for previous years' contracts and attempt to turn that in. Only the 20-21 contract will be accepted; contracts will be handed out only to students who have successfully purchase the permit on RevTrak.
SENIOR LOT PARKING PERMITS FOR 20-21
Senior Lot Parking Permits will go on sale in the middle of April. The exact date is yet to be determined, so please keep checking this website fo... (see more)
Senior Lot Parking Permits will go on sale in the middle of April. The exact date is yet to be determined, so please keep checking this website for more information.
We will only accept payment through RevTrak for senrior lot permits. Once we have determined the start date, RevTrak will allow the sale of only a specific number of permits. Once those permits have sold out online, RevTrak will not allow any additional purchases. Applications will then be handed out to only the students who have completed the purchase on RevTrak.
We strongly suggest you confirm or create your RevTrak account before April.