November 20, 2020

WPSD Families,

Heading into the Thanksgiving Break, we wish to thank our staff for all of their hard work, our students for their perseverance, and our families for their flexibility over the past few months. We recognize that our journey through the COVID 19 pandemic is far from over, but we feel grounded with the Reintegration Plan designed by our community team and the Exclusion Criteria aligned to the guidelines from local and state public health agencies. As stated at the start of the school year, our primary goal during the pandemic centers on keeping our students in school while attending to the health and safety of students and staff. We deeply appreciate the efforts of the members of our community that adhere to safety protocols and guidelines that serve to protect our in-person learning environment.

At this time, we plan for all schools to remain in our Phase 3 High Control Hybrid schedule through December 16th. The District and individual schools entered this phase on November 9th, with specific details and schedules shared with families on November 5th. These details may now be found on the District and school websites. With the community at large facing higher levels of restrictions, the schools will mirror similar protocols within our learning settings, including the continued use of masks, social distancing, and cohorting. Our health teams will also continue their collaborative efforts supporting students, staff, and families, along with tracking and applying exclusion criteria as needed. Additionally, if the community moves up on the Colorado COVID dial, the district will consider a move to Phase 2 or Phase 1, as applicable. These changes will be communicated with families ahead of time as much as possible. We also encourage our community to stay informed by monitoring trends on the Colorado COVID dial.

Now, more than ever, we ask for families to assist us in protecting our in-person learning environment by screening their students every morning and keeping them home if they show any signs of illness or if they are in contact with any person showing signs of illness, awaiting COVID test results, or testing positive. Any students tested for COVID should also remain home until receiving results. Families uncomfortable returning to the in-person learning environment should reach out via email to building leaders for alternative options. Additionally, we encourage families that may be traveling or interacting with groups outside your household over the break to consider working with individual schools to self-quarantine your student(s) for the first week after the break.

Please understand that these decisions weigh heavily on our team and we recognize the impacts of each step on all members of our community. As always, we ask for your grace and support. Over the break, we encourage families to take the opportunity to recharge and regroup for the coming winter season. When we return after the break, please reach out with any questions, concerns, or supports needed from our staff. We stand ready to work together with families and find that the best solutions come when we partner productively to address the needs of our students.

Again, we thank everyone for the efforts you are taking to keep our students and our staff safe.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving break!

We ask that families set-aside some time to review the documents below outlining safety protocols and exclusion criteria.