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Information on COVID-19

Update on COVID-19
 
We are working closely with the Douglas County School District (DCSD) in regards to providing information about the COVID-19 virus. We also closely follow all recommendations from the Colorado Department of Health with regard to student and staff safety.
 
We recommend all families familiarize themselves with the information provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to avoid confusion. Additionally, Tri-County Health has set up a webpage for residents of Douglas County with helpful information from a local level.
 
Check out this article from Children's Hospital about COVID-19
 
Additionally, stay up-to-date with the latest DCSD news about COVID-19 by visiting dcsdk12.org/coronavirus. Should DCSD call for schools to be on a virtual or remote learning, we will provide additional information for families at that time.
 
If you are finding it difficult to find hand sanitizer, click here to access a helpful tutorial on how to make your own hand sanitizer at home.
 
Message from STEM School Highlands Ranch About Extended School Closure on Wednesday, April 1:
Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,
 
Governor Jared Polis extended all school closures until Thursday, April 30. We understand this will continue to impact all of our community so we want to remind our families of the resources that are available.
 
Today we were informed that DCSD Nutrition Services has been given essential status to feed students, and the USDA has authorized them to reach out to the community to offer breakfast and lunch. This opportunity is not just for students on free/reduced lunch, rather it is open to all students up to age 18.
 
As a reminder FREE lunches are currently available to ANY and ALL students 18 years and under. They can pick up meals from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the following locations.
 
Castle Rock
  • The Pines at Castle Rock Apartments, Clubhouse - 6221 Castlegate Drive West, Castle Rock, CO 80108
  • South Ridge Elementary School, Main Entrance - 1100 South Street, Castle Rock, CO 80104
Highlands Ranch
  • ARIUM Apartments, Outside Rental Office - 3380 E County Line Road, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 Parker
  • Challenger Park, Recreation Drive, near the baseball fields - 17301 E Lincoln Avenue, Parker, CO 80134
Yesterday we shared that AllHealth Network has transitioned the Support Groups for our students and families to virtual sessions. The Student Care, Community and Connection group will meet on Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. online via Zoom. Students can go https://allhealthnetwork.zoom.us/j/589054866. This group is for students in grades eight and up.

The Parent Care, Community and Connection group will also meet on Wednesdays online via Zoom from 5:30-7 p.m.. Parents can go to https://allhealthnetwork.zoom.us/j/700201672.
 
Living through an unprecedented and rapidly-changing world pandemic requires tremendous resilience. Together we will get through this health crisis. Send your questions to our communication manager at communications@stemk12.org. We will continue to provide our students with access to our teachers and to the high-quality education they provide.
 
Take care and stay well,
 
P.J. Eucker PhD
Executive Director
 
Message from STEM School Highlands Ranch About School Closure on Wednesday, March 18:

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,

Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order today closing all Colorado schools until Monday, April 20. This will impact all of our community. The health of our students, staff and families is the highest priority. We know you have many questions and we will work throughout the week to be ready for virtual instruction on Monday, March 23.

STEM has five years of delivering quality instruction through our virtual platform. Providing four weeks of virtual instruction will require a new level of collaboration. STEM has multiple teams working to support our faculty, special education providers and increased IT demands.

Mental health continues to be a priority at STEM. The Resiliency Center will be providing virtual support to our students, staff and families in need. Our STEM mental health team, including counselors, will be providing services through private virtual rooms. 

Special education providers will be delivering services through virtual supports. Rural communities are very experienced providing virtual services due to few providers across many sparsely populated counties. Although not optimal, STEM is determined to support all of our students given the limitations imposed with this global health crisis. 

For our 140 students receiving free or reduced lunch, daily meals (Monday-Friday) will be provided at several locations throughout Douglas County. 

From Dr. Tucker:

Beginning the week of March 23, DCSD’s Nutrition Services department will be providing grab and go lunches to anyone, under the age of 18. Please visit the COVID-19 Family Resources page of our website for more information about this program, as well as other programs in our amazing community.

Disrupted routines combined with being homebound can be tremendously stressful. The virtual assignments are not meant to add more stress. Please communicate with your student’s teacher if the assignments are not manageable. Administrators are also available to respond to any concern. 


Living through an unprecedented and rapidly-changing world pandemic requires tremendous resilience. Together we will get through this health crisis. Send your questions to our communication manager at communications@stemk12.org.   

Take care and stay well,

P.J. Eucker PhD
Executive Director

 
Message from STEM School Highlands Ranch About DCSD Free Lunches on Monday, March 16:
 
Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,
 
Beginning on Monday, March 23, the Douglas County School District Nutrition Services will be offering FREE lunches to ANY and ALL kids and teens 18 years and under. They can pick up food from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday of next week at the following locations.
 
Castle Rock
  • The Pines at Castle Rock Apartments, Clubhouse - 6221 Castlegate Drive West, Castle Rock, CO 80108
  • South Ridge Elementary School, Main Entrance - 1100 South Street, Castle Rock, CO 80104
Highlands Ranch
  • ARIUM Apartments, Outside Rental Office - 3380 E County Line Road, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Parker
  • Challenger Park, Recreation Drive, near the baseball fields - 17301 E Lincoln Avenue, Parker, CO 80134
Visit the DCSD Nutrition Services website at https://www.dcsdnutritionservices.org/ for more information.
 
Thank you,
STEM School Highlands Ranch Administration 
 
Message from STEM School Highlands Ranch to Elementary Families on Saturday, March 14:

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Elementary Families,

Thank you for your patience as we developed a plan to provide our elementary families with access to a Chromebook if needed.

If you are in need of a Chromebook to assist you with the Virtual Day Schedule - Online School week from March 23-27, we ask that you please email support@stemk12.org

This will create a Support Ticket for our IT Department so that they can fulfill your request. Please make sure to provide the following information:

  • Parent First and Last Name
  • Best Phone Number to be reached at

Our IT Department will reach out to anyone who submits a request for a Chromebook via email to provide them with a pick-up time during the week of Spring Break. Please note, the school will be closed during the week of March 23-27 so we will not be able to fulfill any requests at that time.

We'd also like to note that any assignments during the week of March 23-27 will be lite assignments for students, because we want to acknowledge that this is an unprecedented time.

Additional information will be provided at the end of next week as it pertains to what the week will look like. We'd like to reiterate that we want to give our students, staff and families the opportunity to be with their loved ones and enjoy their Spring Break with one another, so please do not email teachers at this time. Submit any questions that you have to communications@stemk12.org so we can assist.

If any of this information changes, we will communicate that to you.

Thank you, 

STEM School Highlands Ranch Administration

Message from STEM School Highlands Ranch on Friday, March 13 PM:

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,

We would like to reiterate our appreciation for all of our families patience as we work through all of these changes and updates. Our teachers and staff did an amazing job today of making the necessary plans that we will implement after Spring Break.

Since DCSD has called for remote learning for the week of March 23-27, we’d like to remind families that we will be moving toward a Virtual Day Schedule - Online School. We understand the implications that this has on our families so we are using the direction provided by DCSD to modify the assignments. We are equipping our teachers with specific instructions on what work to provide students and how to navigate the week.

We will provide more information at the end of next week as it pertains to what the week will look like. However, we want to give our students, staff and families the opportunity to be with their loved ones and enjoy their Spring Break with one another.

With that in mind, please do not email teachers at this time. Please allow for them to also enjoy their time with their families. We will communicate the Virtual Day Schedule - Online School plan at the end of next week. If you have any questions, please email them to communications@stemk12.org. 

We’d like to also remind you that we are closely monitoring current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Please also monitor DCSD’s COVID-19 website.

If any of this information changes, we will communicate that to you.

Thank you, 

STEM School Highlands Ranch Administration

Message from STEM School Highlands Ranch on Friday, March 13 AM:

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,


Thank you for your patience as we work through all of these changes and updates. 


The Douglas County School District (DCSD) has made an announcement that schools will be closed from March 16-27 to assist with reducing the spread of COVID-19. Also communicated in that email was that “Students will be receiving instructional materials and directions to be ready for remote learning during the week of March 23-27.”


Following their lead, we will be moving to a Virtual Day Schedule from March 23-27. If anything changes, we will communicate that with our families. We will send additional information about Virtual Day Schedule soon.


Thank you, 


STEM School Highlands Ranch Administration

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