Important Information about Returning to School in January

  • January 4, 2021

    Dear Cherry Creek Schools families,

    As we prepare for In-Person learners to return to school in January, I want to share important new information. Based on COVID-19 data for Arapahoe County and the state that shows a significant decrease in incident rate, Cherry Creek Schools will follow the plan announced last month to return to In-Person learning following a phase-in schedule. The schedule is as follows:

    • Tuesday, January 5
      Staff work day; no school for students
    • Wednesday, January 6
      Remote learning day for all students
    • Thursday, January 7
      Remote learning day for all students
    • Friday, January 8
      Remote learning day for all students
    • Monday, January 11
      Elementary students return to full In-Person learning. Middle and high school students return to In-Person learning using the new enhanced Hybrid learning schedule.

    More information can be found in the December 15 community letter.

    The purpose of the phase-in schedule is to allow several days for students and staff to participate in COVID testing to identify potential asymptomatic cases and to prevent those people from bringing the virus to school.  Additionally, as we return In-Person learners to the classroom, all prior health guidance safety requirements are still in effect.

    COVID Testing Available to ALL Student and Staff

    Please get your student and family tested this week to help us open successfully!

    All elementary school staff and students are eligible to participate in OPTIONAL school-based testing through COVIDCheck Colorado at no cost to identify asymptomatic children and adults. For both students and staff on-site, this test collects saliva instead of using a swab. The testing will begin Monday, January 11 and run through Friday, March 12 of this year. Parents and guardians of elementary students will be sent an electronic consent document to give permission for their children to participate. More information, including an informational video, will be sent to elementary parents this week.

    Testing is not mandatory and will not be performed without parent/guardian permission, but it is strongly encouraged as a critical safety strategy.

    Additionally, middle and high school students and staff and ALL parents can receive no-cost COVID tests at either of our drive-up facilities at Cherry Creek High School and our Instructional Support Facility located next to Thunder Ridge Middle School. Below are the sign-up links for anyone in the Cherry Creek family who needs a test:

    Vaccinations for Educators and School Staff

    Through a partnership with Centura Health, Cherry Creek Schools becomes the first school district in Colorado to begin vaccinating educators and school staff against COVID-19. This month, all CCSD educators and school staff will be given the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination of CCSD school nurses and health techs began last week on New Year’s Day. The vaccination of educators is a critical strategy for ensuring we open schools safely and successfully in January, and that we keep them open moving forward.

    This important step also allows us to move toward a full In-Person schedule for secondary students by the end of this year.  This will not happen immediately, but I will keep you informed on our progress. 

    We spent winter break working with Centura Health to provide this opportunity at the earliest possible time and I want to personally thank them for supporting our staff and our desire to get back to school. I also want to thank Governor Polis for prioritizing educators for vaccination as the essential nature of the educational system is more evident than ever!

    Help Us Keep Community Spread Low

    It is more critical than ever for everyone in our community to follow public health guidelines and do our part to minimize the spread of COVID in our neighborhoods. The lower our incidence rates, the easier it will be for us to operate schools during this time and keep schools open for students who choose In-Person learning. It is also important as a measure to protect the health and wellness of K-5 Online and Cherry Creek Elevation staff, students and families who live in our community as well.

    Thank you for your partnership as we work together to achieve a bright and healthy finish to the school year.

    Sincerely,

    Scott A. Siegfried, Ph.D.

    Superintendent

Last Modified on January 4, 2021