Weld Re-8 Community,
It has been some time since we completed remote learning at the close of the 2019-2020 school year. Certainly the COVID-19 pandemic has altered each of our lives as well as our childrens'. As we enter into the month of July, I want to provide some updates to you regarding the direction Weld Re-8 is planning for the return of students in August. We currently have a calendar that brings our 6th and 9th graders into their respective buildings on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 8 AM
for orientation until noon
. We have not changed our start date for students as of now. I am including the Student Calendar for 2020-2021 for your convenience.
I often speak about two key components to the education of our children: Best First Instruction and Relationships. I want to spend a moment on the second key. While we ended our in-person school year from March 13, 2020 on, we provided our students with the best possible remote learning opportunities given the reality we had to adapt to quickly. While this type of learning filled the need, it was difficult for our students and staff to “feel” connected to the learning process. It is important for our children to have personal relationships with adults at school, and this has been acknowledged in a recent article by the American Academy of Pediatrics. That link is at the end of this communication for you to read through.
The reality of COVID-19 continues to evolve almost daily. With that, while the hope and plan is to be full-time in-person learning beginning Monday, August 17th, 2020
, the safety and welfare of our Weld Re-8 Community will remain the number one consideration to any decision around returning to in-building learning. We will have hand sanitizer and social distancing in place as just two of the necessary preventions to the spread of the virus. Current orders are for face masks for children over the age of two. Rather than go into each possibility in this letter, I am asking you to read through our Learning Approaches Guidebook that has been created to address each of the options. As we approach the end of July, we will have additional information from the Center for Disease Control as well as the Colorado Department of Education and the Weld County Health Department that will provide additional data and information for our return to learning in August. I am thankful for your patience and grace as we work through decisions.
A Proud Weld Re-8 Employee
Posted July 4, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.
Alan J. Kaylor, Superintendent
Weld County School District Re-8
200 South Fulton Avenue
Fort Lupton Colorado 80621
Office Hours 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
(303) 857-3200 phone
Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Colorado law and Board of Education Policy AC (Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity), Weld Re-8 School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, religion, ancestry, need for special education services, age, marital status, genetic information, or physical characteristics in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates. A lack of English speaking skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees and members of the public. The following person has been identified as the compliance officer for the district: Superintendent, Weld Re-8 School District: 200 South Fulton, Fort Lupton, CO 80621, 303.857.3200, email@example.com