March 1 - Hello CSDB Families,
We are receiving important feedback from staff and families as well as significant input shared informally from our students. The feedback is diverse and truly does inform our decision-making process in navigating the pandemic. We hear you! Thank you.
Our plan, since last spring, has always been to open our schools fully to provide in-person learning, as safely as possible, which is key to academic success. We see that Colorado’s COVID transmission rates remain among the lowest, while vaccination rates are among some of the highest compared to other states. Understandably, some families may choose to continue with the remote learning option, which will still be available through this school year.
Other families are considering returning to in-person learning, so here is information about the remaining opt-in dates. In an effort to provide ongoing opportunities for parents to choose to have their child(ren) return to in-person learning, CSDB has identified opt-in dates throughout the remainder of the school year. During these opt-in dates, parents may choose to switch from remote to in-person learning by informing their child’s principal by the established opt-in timeframes. The most recent opt-in window has concluded and there will be two additional windows available. March 19, 2021 is the next deadline for parents to inform their child’s principal that they choose to change their child to in-person learning. In that case, the start date for in-person learning would be April 6, 2021. Similarly, April 26, 2021 is the last opt-in date this school year, for parents to make the change from on-line to in-person learning. Then, the start date for in-person learning would be May 10, 2021.
Due to your feedback and the variety of instructional and logistical details needing to be addressed, we are now targeting the beginning of the school year, August 16, 2021, for returning to 100% in-person learning. I know we all want what is best for our students and staff. None of these decisions are taken lightly and sometimes in response to additional information, we adjust our course. With that in mind, changes to the COVID-19 situation could impact this return date.
We will continue to work with El Paso County Public Health Department, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to make decisions regarding how we re-open campus. Again, our number one priority is the safety of our students and staff.
Thank you for all of your support during this unprecedented year!
Take care and stay well!
Dr. Nancy Benham, Superintendent
February 1 - *Reminder* CSDB follows the Colorado Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) guidelines for schools
Dear CSDB Parent/Guardians,
The Winter Break is almost upon us, beginning December 21. We hope you and your family have a wonderful time together. After the holidays, it is our intent to return to in-person and remote learning instruction for our students. Bear in mind, this plan will be flexible and dependent on recommendations from El Paso County Public Health.
To begin January 2021, all students will connect via remote-learning, January 5-22. The in-person option begins January 25, which is the beginning of the third quarter. Earlier in the year, if you chose to have your child access remote instruction and have kept your child home, please remember you still have the option to send your child to CSDB for in person learning. Please reach out to your building Principal if you would like to make those arrangements.
No matter how many precautions we take as a school, we alone cannot stop the spread of illness. We need your help, too! Please discourage your children from gathering in groups, with people not among their household members. Encourage them to wear masks, wash their hands and stay home as much as possible. For all of you, get tested if you are not feeling well or have been exposed to the virus. At CSDB, we will continue to do everything we can to ensure the safest environment possible.
We look forward to welcoming all CSDB students and staff back to learning in January, and in the meantime, we continue to keep students on track. For now, reach out for help if you need it. We are all in this together. Stay safe.
Dr. Nancy E. Benham, Superintendent
To: CSDB Parents
During the last few weeks, we have observed a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in El Paso County, along with much of Colorado and the rest of the nation. In addition, we know that we are beginning a season of holidays that often involve travel and family gatherings.
It is our intent to continue to provide in-person and remote learning instruction for our students, today through November 19, and to utilize the protocols we have in place. The Thanksgiving holiday is scheduled for November 20-27, 2020. After the Thanksgiving holiday, CSDB will move to remote learning only, November 30-December 18, to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Winter Break begins December 21, with students returning to classes January 5, 2021. Please know this is the current plan. We will continue to monitor the situation and could make additional changes as we approach the return of students in January, if necessary.
The safety and health of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure the safest environment possible. State health officials urge all Coloradans to avoid gatherings, stay home when they’re sick, get tested if they aren’t feeling well or have been exposed to the virus, wear a mask, physically distance, and wash their hands frequently.
Please contact me if you have questions. We appreciate your continued support!
Nancy E. Benham, Ph.D.
October 13 We welcome our 6th grade through Bridges to Life students, whose parents have chosen the in-person learning option, back to the CSDB campus.
September 28 We welcome our 3rd-5th grade students, whose parents have chosen the in-person learning option, back to the CSDB campus.
August 24 First day of school and preschool for the Fall 2020 quarter. Parents of Preschool-2nd grade students may choose in-person learning.
July 30 CSDB Return to Learning plan distributed to CSDB staff and families. “Districts have been directed to work with their local public health department and follow the guidelines from the CDC. The CSDB plan will continue to change throughout the coming weeks as additional guidance is provided by the CDC and the El Paso County Public Health. Both agencies are supplying the regulatory framework in terms of hygiene, social distancing and other public health considerations.”