Opening Guide August 2021

September 7, 2021

Dear Families,

We are thrilled to welcome all of our students and families back to school on August 25! This summer, we have been making improvements to our beautiful campus landscape, while keeping an eye on the evolving school guidance for the 21-22 school year health and safety practices. Our overarching goal is to provide our teachers and students the independence and flexibility to teach and learn effectively and collaboratively, and create opportunities for reconnection for our families.


The following outline has been created to provide you with an overview of procedures for this school year. Please read all the way through the Family Handbook for expanded information about school operations, safety, and parent partnership.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY

Masks

As we have continued to assess what is happening with COVID-19 in our community and weigh the associated risks alongside new guidance for schools, we made the decision to require masks for anyone who is indoors, while on our campus. Masks will not be required while outside. However, if a student’s parents would rather their child(ren) wear masks outdoors, or a student feels more comfortable wearing a mask, they may choose to. 

Vaccinations

In order for us to be in compliance with the City and County of Denver’s public health order issued on August 2, 2021, The Logan School has adopted the policy that all employees and volunteers must receive the vaccination for the COVID-19 virus and must provide the school with a copy of a fully executed vaccination card. In order to be in compliance, all employees must receive their second shot in a two dose series, or a first shot of a single dose, no later than Sept. 15 in order to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 30. Additionally, we will accommodate those employees and volunteers who have medical or religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination.

Cohorting

Based on the strong foundation we have in place from last year, as well as universal masking again this year, we have decided to eliminate the classroom cohort model to start the year (the exception will be during lunch, when classes will remain in their classroom cohort.) This means that our buddy program and matrix/math will resume as normal.

We have been in direct consultation with public health about this decision and will continue to evaluate risk and work with the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), our public health partner, and make adjustments as needed, depending on transmission levels in our community. 

Health/Wellness/Hygiene

We prioritize and encourage strong hygiene practices for our entire community. 

  • We will no longer require families to submit information through our wellness app, but we are relying on families to assess the health and wellness of their student/s before bringing them to school. A checklist of symptoms to watch for can be found here.
  • We will use our 13-acre campus to support our student program and promote space between students. This summer, our facilities team has made new updates to the spaces available for use outside. 
  • Fresh air ventilation as well as our upgraded (last year) filtration system will continue to help us keep airflow throughout our building.
Sick Child Policy
  • Students exhibiting symptoms of illness at school will be sent home. Please have a plan in place to have your student picked up if you will be unavailable.
  • If your child displays any symptoms of illness at home, please keep them home until their symptoms resolve or you have received clearance from your healthcare provider. In some cases, we may require a negative COVID test result to return to school.
  • New this year and mandated by the state, any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID must submit the official result from the testing agency to the school. 

Quarantine

  • Per the CDPHE, “Schools must work with their local public health agency when cases of COVID-19 are identified to determine quarantine requirements.”  Positive cases (students and staff) will be reported to public health, along with the test result documentation, and we will follow their lead on identifying close contacts who are required to quarantine. We will not be sending entire classes home for individual COVID+ cases unless we are advised by public health to do so.
  • When a student is ill, they should be at home, focusing on returning to good health so there should be no expectation of remote instruction when a student is out sick, regardless of the type of illness.

TRAVEL POLICY

We are no longer asking families to quarantine if they travel. However, we will expect that you are following all of the precautions while traveling and that you will keep your child home and have them tested if they exhibit any symptoms of illness after travel. We reserve the right to review this policy and make changes if needed.

STUDENT PROGRAM

Matrix/Math

  • IS and AS Matrix classes will return to the elective model. Look for course catalogs and sign-up forms in August. 
  • Primary Matrix will rotate between Art, Developmental PE, Foreign Language (Spanish) and Performing Arts and remain with their classrooms for these classes.
  • Information about Matrix is available on the Parent Portal (password: TLS2122).

Lunch/Lunchroom/Recess

We are thrilled to announce that our new kitchen is fully operational! We will again be partnering with Flik and Chef Erin Higgins to provide our students and staff with healthy and delicious lunch offerings. Students will cohort by class on rotation of lunchroom use; classes will sit outside or in their classrooms unless it is their turn to use the lunch room.

  • Look for information about lunch ordering in the Logan Link and the News & Announcements section of the parent portal.
  • Levels/classes will be allowed to play together during recess times.

Fall Overnight Trips

  • At this time, we plan on having fall overnight trips for IS and AS classes. All of the dates, logistics and locations will be researched and vetted to ensure that safety standards are in line with our expectations. 
  • Our goal is to have overnights for all levels in the spring, but we will make a final decision this winter.

Before & After School

  • Extended Care (EC) and Learning Through Expanded Enrichment Program (LEEP) will resume this fall and operate regularly, with masks worn while indoors. 
  • Fall sports will be offered. Look for more details about registration in August. 
  • An overview of before and after school programs are available on the Parent Portal.
  • If you have any questions about EC, contact Elisa.
  • New families will learn more about these programs at New Parent Orientation.

CAMPUS ACCESS/VISITORS/ON-SITE EVENTS

We will continue to prioritize our program (unit trips and visitors on site for education purposes) and limit non-essential visitors. 

Gate/Campus Access

  • We will welcome families to come on campus, outside, in the mornings, during drop-off, when the gate is open. 
  • The gate is closed between 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. When the gate is closed, there will be no community access to campus.
  • Parents/guardians will not be allowed in the building during the day, unless there are special circumstances as defined by the school.
  • Sarah Kaufman, Learning Specialist, will work with families to accommodate *tutors.
  • There will be no parent/public access through the side/pedestrian gates.

Drop/Off and Pick-Up (Loop)

  • Morning drop-off - Families will be allowed to park and walk their students to the exterior doors in the morning. 
  • Pick-Up - Families will be asked to remain in their cars for the afternoon Loop. Students who are authorized for independent departure may leave campus at the end of the day after checking out at the front desk. EXCEPTION: Parents who are picking up on a bicycle may come on campus for pick-up. You will enter through the West pedestrian gate, past the lunchroom, and come to the front desk to check your child out.
  • Students who are not picked up by 3:30 p.m. will be sent to EC. Please review the Before & After School section of the Parent Portal for detailed information about EC, including fees.
  • Late Drop-Off/Early Pick-Up - Please note as this is a change: “Early” pick-up is defined as before 2:30 p.m. If you come after 2:30 to pick up your child, you must go through the Loop which starts at 3:10.  (Unless it is an emergency and then call the front desk).

Onsite Events

For all non-program related events, activities and volunteer* meetings, we will make determinations about individual on-campus events as the dates approach. Watch The Logan Link for information about specific logistics for upcoming events. 

We will continue to implement a multi-layered approach to our practices and policies to ensure that all of our kids and families feel safe on campus. If something changes, we'll review it and make updates accordingly.

*All volunteers, tutors and vendors who come to campus are required to be vaccinated.

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