2019-2020 End of Year Information

Posted by Estes Park School District on 5/1/2020

Dear Estes Park School District Families, 

It is hard to believe that we are starting the month of May, and just as quickly, our school year is almost over. We would never have imagined that things would end this way, and like so many of our families and students, we are missing our annual traditions and events. But, most of all, we miss seeing our students. The staff at Estes Park Schools chose to work in education for a reason: we love our students and we are honored to be a part of their experiences as they learn and grow. 

We want to thank and congratulate you for the work you’ve done to support your children at home during this time of remote education and Cloud School. We know it’s been far from easy, and we have all certainly learned a lot. We also realize that Cloud School can never replace the rich relationships that are formed by in-person learning in the classroom. 

A multitude of things need to happen in the last couple weeks of school to end the year, and we want to share what you can expect.

Last day for instruction of new material is May 15
Just as we always begin to wind down the school year with celebrations and activities through the first weeks of May, we will do the same with our Cloud School, even if we can’t have our traditional in-person celebrations. The last day of remote learning and introduction of new material for students is Friday, May 15. Schools will work from May 18 to May 22 to close out the school year.

Ending earlier gives us the time we need to safely clean out buildings of student belongings, and provide time for families to return items such as iPads, textbooks, library materials, athletics equipment and finish other end-of-year activities.

IMPORTANT: Each school building will be sending out a detailed schedule for families with information on when to return district property, pick up your belongings, and how to pay fees for outstanding items, etc.  If you have specific questions, please contact your principal. 

Locker/desk clean-out
Schools are actively preparing their individual clean-out plans, which require a great deal of coordination; they will communicate with families directly before the week of May 18.

We implore everyone to take ownership of their school community’s collective health and safety. Staff, students, and family members will be required to wear cloth masks and practice physical distancing, without exception. As much as we would love to give hugs and catch up, this is not a time for personal connections; so, prepare yourself for a brief and efficient experience.

EPSD iPad and textbook return
EPSD annually collects student iPads so the devices may be repaired, updated and prepped over the summer for the coming school year. That will occur this year as well.

Families can expect to return student iPads on the same day as their school’s scheduled locker/desk clean-out day. Each school will communicate directly with parents and guardians about what dates/times this will occur and the specific processes to be followed to collect iPads.

Please be sure to return the iPad in its original protective case, include the iPad charging cable, and the original Apple charging brick. (This is NOT the same thing as a small iPhone charging brick that you may have at home for a personal device). 

We also ask that students and families return textbooks and borrowed library materials during this time.

We thank you in advance for following return guidelines and for your patience as we balance high-quality customer service and life-saving health-safety requirements.

Deep cleaning of schools and facilities
Following locker and desk clean-out and iPad collection days, EPSD’s Custodial Services team will deep clean all schools and facilities. Their work follows Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 cleaning requirements. Our Custodial and Facilities staff have continued to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and follow best practices and equipment recommendations for cleaning and sanitization. 

High school graduation
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! It is our deepest hope to celebrate the class of 2020 at in-person events, if that is at all possible. It is too early to know how the COVID-19 pandemic will manifest locally this summer. What graduation ultimately looks like depends upon what county, state, and national public health guidelines and orders are in place at the time. We are currently planning for many different options, and we will do everything we can to give our graduates the celebration they deserve.

CHSAA
The Colorado High School Activities Association has canceled all performances, festivals, competitions, regular spring season and culminating CHSAA-sanctioned spring activities and athletics for the remainder of the 2020 season. This moratorium is in effect through June 1, even if federal and state guidelines are relaxed. After June 1, local school districts will have the ability to make decisions regarding student and coach contact. EPSD will communicate with student athletes and their families as soon as information is available.

Summer athletics and events 
Estes Park School District indoor and outdoor athletic venues and facilities will not be available for any practices, skill development, weightlifting or conditioning through June, as district campuses and facilities will be closed. Facilities will be closed to all events during this time. Events and athletics programs will be reassessed on July 1st and communicated to students and families as information is available. 

Summer programming
We have canceled all EPSD-sponsored summer programming, including Camp Invention. If your student was registered for this workshop, the Elementary School will be in touch soon regarding refund information. We are exploring possible summer programming opportunities with community organizations that are considered essential, including the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County.

Summer meal distributions
EPSD will offer meals to students through Friday, May 22, utilizing the current distribution sites and times for Estes Park, Allenspark, Glen Haven, Storm Mountain, Pinewood Springs and Drake. Discussions are underway regarding EPSD’s summer meal distribution and plans are not yet finalized. 

The 2020-21 school year
We are considering various scenarios for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, not knowing precisely what the public health situation will look like in August. As we have done throughout EPSD’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, district leadership will work closely with and follow recommendations from local and state public health officials as well as Gov. Jared Polis’ office. We expect to share more this summer about our fall plan.

Again, we miss you all deeply and wish this was not how the school year has to end. We are eagerly awaiting the days when we can reconnect with our students and families.

With Gratitude, 
The Estes Park School District Team