The Cherry Creek School District will begin remote learning for all students on Monday, March 30, 2020. Our teachers will spend this week acquiring materials, preparing for the delivery of instruction, and our goal is to ensure that lessons are reasonable and meaningful so that students can remain engaged and learning can continue during this time. You or your students will hear from your child’s teachers by Thursday, March 26, with information about their learning plan.
We are committed to creating a remote learning plan that serves all students and provides a reasonable balance for you, your student and their teacher. As part of our planning, we are considering ways to ensure that all students have access to technology and Internet service in their homes. We will be sending out a survey via text and email to identify families that are in need of technology in the home.
We are also working on plans to meet the needs of our students who receive special education, English language supports, and gifted and talented supports. We will have more information on those plans in the coming days.
It will take some time for teachers to master the use of online instructional technologies and models. Additionally, teachers will need to adjust lesson plans to make learning meaningful and accessible within an age-appropriate remote learning environment. Some of our teachers currently offer assignments and activities online, but that is significantly different than moving all teacher-based instruction and learning to a remote learning environment. We are doing our best to design and implement a new way of teaching and learning in CCSD.
Communication with families is critical. Parents should confirm that their contact information is accurate in PowerSchool so communication can be received.
- The first lesson of the week from each course or content area will be emailed/posted to students/parents by 2 p.m. on Monday of each week. The teacher will assign and communicate to students the due dates for all work.
- Students will be allowed to submit assignments for review through a variety of formats. (For example: Schoology, Google Classroom, PDF, and JPG, emailed attachments, pictures of their handwritten work, etc.)
Our mission remains the same as it did before this crisis: We will work to ensure that your child receives the education that he or she deserves and needs to pursue their pathway of purpose and build a bright future. The purpose of the lessons is to provide essential standards and content and to keep students working towards the end-of-year expectations. Students will receive feedback on work and assignments that are turned in for review. Grading practices will be level specific and intended to support students rather than negatively impacting their grades. More information will come directly from your child’s teacher.
Physical and Mental Health
We will provide access to school nurses and mental health providers Monday through Friday each week during the closure.
During this time of remote learning, Grandview counseling will continue to be available to help with academic, college and career, and personal/social needs. Please keep the following in mind:
- Students, please check Schoology and your Cherry Creek Email daily. These two platforms will be your main sources of communication from Grandview. If you have specific questions, reach out to your teachers or your counselor directly.
- Although the school day looks different, we are still here to support you! Counselors will be checking email daily, and will be doing our best to be responsive to your needs. Do not hesitate to send your counselor an email if you have a question, concern, or want to check in. If you would like to leave your counselor a voicemail, you may call his/her office number and leave a message.
I am thankful for our Board of Education who has taken the lead on collecting food items for several local food banks that we have agreed to work with in support of our community. If you are in need of support or are able to support others in our community, more information here.
Breakfast, Lunch and A Book
Every school day throughout the closure we will provide grab-and-go meals for any and all students 18 and under at 11 sites around the district. For information on sites and times, click here.
Emergency Relief Fund
The Cherry Creek Schools Foundation in coordination with the district, has established the Cherry Creek Schools Emergency Relief Fund to aid our students, families and local communities during this crisis. During this continually changing situation, the foundation is working closely with us to monitor and respond to the areas of greatest need and utilize this fund to help our students, teachers and staff navigate these uncertain times. For information on how to donate to the fund click here.
The CCSD Healthline will be available to all in-district families between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, through the statewide school closure. The direct Healthline is 720-554-HLTH