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A Letter from Dr. DeLay: What to expect with Distance Learning
A Letter from Dr. DeLay: What to expect with Distance Learning
Kelly Jo Harlow
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

March 25, 2020                                                                        Dr. DeLay's Carta en español

Dear RE-1 Valley School District Families,

On Friday, March 20, I listened to Gov. Jared Polis’ phone conference with Superintendents, where he issued a “No In-Person Learning” order for all schools in Colorado. The latest update from the state Health Department states that all gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited and all Coloradans must keep a six foot distance, to stop the spread of COVID 19.

We want to assure you that our three priority areas: social and emotional well-being, food services, and educational resources and support, will continue as essential activities in our community. As we return from the extended Spring Break on March 30th, Central Office administration, building administration, and your child’s teachers are meeting to plan the next few weeks of remote learning for your children.

Our goal to provide your children with opportunities to learn is second to assuring your students are getting some strong adult support and connections from their school. We will have all instructional staff with the highest priority of reaching out to your child, but without overwhelming him/her at this time of such a disruptive event. In an attempt to bring some consistency to your child's routine, we will hold on the same days as our RE-1 School Calendar. Teachers and support staff may adjust some learning time to best meet the needs of your children.

Learning opportunities developed by your child's teachers and teacher teams will be designed and structured for your child and provided both electronically or in paper form. Although learning will not look the same as a school day, teachers are creating schedules to send home.

Our Student Support Services Team will continue to provide support and resources to students and families. Parents may use the online referral form on the district website if they have any questions or concerns or email/call a team member directly. Our support team will provide phone or facetime support as needed.

Teachers are using our Google Classroom and Google Meets as the primary platform to connect with your children. All students in RE-1 Valley have a Google email account, so with some help, your students will have time with their teacher in a supporting and reassuring activity of learning We will be using phone calls to make initial contacts with students and families beginning April 2.

We sent a survey yesterday to gain information about what families need as far as Internet connectivity and devices such as smartphones, iPads or laptops. We will compile this information at each building and begin contacting families the week of March 30.
We plan to begin some instruction remotely the week of April 7. The first week we will be getting to know what children and teachers need. We are planning to increase the amount and structure of learning time in the course of the next three weeks. Please use resources on our RE-1 Valley website. We have been posting information for families over the last several weeks under the News and Live Feed features.

Lastly, I know this is a stressful time for families and for children. We have never experienced anything like this virus that seems to have taken over our lives.

The following are suggestions for talking with your child. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) updates their site with new information in English and Spanish regularly.

We will be in contact in the next week,

With Respect and Care,

Jan DeLay, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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