Answers to Likely Questions
My student remained on campus over the spring break, do they need to leave?
At this point, we plan on maintaining our boarding program for all of the students who are residing on campus over the break. If your boarding student returned home for the break, we ask that they remain with you until the campus reopens. You will notice in the
that we are preparing to keep them active during their time here.
Given the news I have shared above, please be in touch with us about any changes you have to the status of your student. We will continue to give all our students on campus the attention that they have received throughout this first week. The distance learning format allows for them the opportunity to remain here and engage in our program within a model that will be unique and different due to the size of the community, but allow them to feel engaged and active.
How will online learning work for students?
We have upgraded our technology infrastructure to integrate the Zoom video meeting software into Canvas. Teachers will be trained on using that platform. The goal will be to provide as much continuity in curriculum and learning activities as possible. All students will need a computer with a camera, speaker, microphone and reliable internet access. Access to a printer will be helpful, but not required. If you have limitations with technology at home, whether with devices or connectivity, please reach out to
If your student is on campus, they will access the same distance learning format as the remote students. We will not be running two separate academic programs during the two-weeks.
What is the plan for athletics and other extracurricular activities?
Until further notice, all athletics and extracurricular activity will be suspended, unless you are a boarder who remained on campus over the spring break. No practices or games are permitted by CHSAA (they have been suspended until April18). Wellness is an integral part of our programming and we’ve maintained a time for fitness in our weekly schedule. Students will learn more about fitness options next week and during their first advisory block.
Will academic support be available?
We have four hours of student meeting block times scheduled throughout the academic week. Faculty will be available to call, email or video conference with students during these hours. We strongly recommend that students use these blocks to study so they can reach out to their teachers in a timely manner with any questions. Please encourage your student to stay in touch with their teachers--we will look forward to hearing from them. Learning Center staff (Heather Froelicher and Lane Errickson) will be available to students during regularly scheduled meeting times and during Student Meeting Blocks.
How can I support my student as they navigate the process of distance learning?
Students may benefit from having someone to discuss their intellectual life face-to-face. Make this an opportunity to show your interest and hear what they have to say. Encourage your students to reach out to their teachers to self-advocate, ask questions, and remain connected. Ensure that your student has set up an effective study space, free from distractions (including cell-phones) and appropriate for video conferencing. Finally, reach out to your child's advisor and teacher as needed.
Where can I find ongoing updates about CRMS’s response to the COVID-19 situation?
We are preparing a page on the school website, which will include past communications and we will update regularly. It will also include answers to frequently asked questions. The link will be provided in the next email Jeff sends out.
Will we begin before April 13 if the local public schools do?
We do not foresee opening prior to April 13 and have the unique challenge of coordinating student travel. In the best interests of the entire community, it is not realistic for us to begin earlier than this date and will not be changing course to an earlier opening. There is simply too much uncertainty going on right now, that we want to give our families some clear dates to begin to plan around. We appreciate your patience with this.
One state (Kansas) has already announced schools will be closed until the end of the year, will this be true for CRMS?
As of today, the state of Colorado has only issued directives on temporary school closures based on COVID-19 appearing in the community. If that state decides that schools need to remain closed until the end of the year, we will extend our distance learning platform to ensure we bring the academic year to completion, and we will communicate at that time any necessary arrangements that need to be made regarding our boarding students, senior project, graduation, and any other pressing issues that will need to be addressed if that were to happen.