Colorado Charter School Institute
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COVID-19: Updates & Guidance
May 29, 2020

Dear School Leaders,

Another month has come to an end, and with it, another school year. This summer is going to look very different for most of us as we plan for multiple learning scenarios this fall. While planning is extremely important, I hope you also find the time for some self care and relaxation!

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Virtual All School Leaders Meeting earlier this week. Thank you for taking the time to hear important financial updates. Rest assured that we will continue to communicate any updates with you as we receive them. The recorded meeting and slides can be found here if you were unable to attend.

Some important items added to our Coronavirus Updates web page this week include:
  • Legislative updates and timeline
  • Financial updates
  • Draft guidance from CDE on Planning for 2020-21

To access these resources and more, click the button at the top of the web page for a comprehensive list of updates organized by department and topic.

As mentioned earlier this week, we will continue Weekly Update Calls each Monday throughout June. These will take place at 1:00pm unless otherwise communicated, and call-in information will be posted on our Coronavirus Updates page.

Next week we will also be hosting a Fall Learning Plan webinar on June 5 to go over guidance and expectations for fall learning plans. We look forward to keeping in touch over the summer.

Warmly,

Terry
CSI Weekly Update Calls
CSI will hold weekly update calls every Monday in June at 1:00pm . The link and call-in information will be the same for each of these calls.

CSI Weekly Update Calls
Every Monday in June from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Meeting ID: 898 4476 6831
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdBHeUCS5i  
Fall Learning Plan Webinar
On June 5, CSI will host a webinar to review the Fall Learning Plan guidance and expectations for schools. The Fall Learning Plan guidance document will be sent out to school leaders prior to the June 5 meeting, and the webinar will be recorded for those who can’t make it. Contact Jessica Welch with any questions.

Fall Learning Plan Webinar
Friday, June 5, 10:00am-11:30am
Meeting ID: 988 5215 4514
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/agOPMxmaw  
A follow up Q&A session will take place on June 15. During this session we will facilitate a discussion group for school leaders who wish to ask questions or collaborate on creating their fall learning plan.

Follow Up Q&A
Monday, June 15, 10:00am-11:00am
Meeting ID: 938 7963 1901
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aepYnU0wzx
2020-21 UIP Update Webinar
Updated guidance on completing the 2020-21 UIP will be sent to school leaders next week. Jessica Welch will be hosting a webinar to talk through the updated guidance and answer questions on June 10.

2020-21 UIP Update Webinar
Wednesday, June 10, 10:00am-11:00am
Meeting ID: 928 8726 5301
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abEYFH8UHu  
Access & Equity for Students in the Age of COVID-19: Evaluating Needs and Designing Support for Students with Special Needs
Join CDE and the CU Denver School of Public Affairs for a 1-day virtual convening on Friday, June 12 from 9:00am-4:00pm that brings together charter school leaders and authorizers to discuss school reentry planning with a focus on expanding access and equity for students with special needs. This event will feature expert guest speakers, a presentation of the best practices we know so far, and opportunities for peer-to-peer strategizing for school reentry. Participants will be exposed to innovative approaches and tools for evaluating students’ needs and designing school-wide, targeted, and tiered systems of support. Register here and find more information here .
Updated Charter Modification Process
Is your school looking to make a change to your charter and/or charter contract? If so, please review our UPDATED charter modification process to determine whether and how to engage CSI. Some modifications simply require written notification to the Institute (immaterial changes), while others require advanced Institute approval and submission of a charter modification form (material modifications). Please review the UPDATED process, and contact Legal and Policy Associate Stephanie Aragon at StephanieAragon@csi.state.co.us with questions.
Census 2020
Once every decade, the federal government conducts a census of the entire population to count everyone in the United State and record basic information about them. For the first time in 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, in addition to by phone or by mail. A majority of CSI schools have been identified as being located in areas that are "Tier 1", meaning they're serving a population in Colorado where low self response rates are expected. By educating, engaging, and encouraging parents, schools will help their communities benefit from a complete, accurate count.

The census helps determine, among other things:
  • how many seats your state gets in Congress
  • how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states
  • creates jobs, provides housing, and builds schools, roads, and hospitals

Please visit  https://2020census.gov/  and view the following resources to find ways to engage your community in this important task:
2020 CO-MTSS Virtual Summit
The decision has been made to move the 2020 CO-MTSS Summit to a virtual platform for one day on August 3, 2020 from 8:45am to 1:45pm. The Virtual Summit will have a featured keynote speaker and over a dozen live sessions. We will also upload numerous pre-recorded sessions the day of the Virtual Summit.

The Summit will include relevant and timely topics on social and emotional learning, managing online learning, and navigating the stressors of our current climate. In addition, we will continue to address implementation of MTSS in Colorado. Additional details are forthcoming and can be found at https://www.cde.state.co.us/mtss .

Register for the 2020 CO-MTSS Virtual Summit at this link: https://tinyurl.com/Colorado2020VirtualSummit . Please note your previous registration to the in-person Summit is no longer valid. 
 
Please contact the Office of Learning Supports at COMTSS@cde.state.co.us with any questions you may have.
Continue to check the CSI Coronavirus Updates webpage .
Please contact Michael McManus with any health-related questions. 
Please contact CSI Communications with any communication- or closure-related updates.