Not all items described in this newsletter apply to Jeffco charter schools.
September 3, 2020
JCPH Reminds You: Celebrate Labor Day Responsibly and Limit COVID-19 Spread

We join JCPH in asking our community to review these tips from Jefferson County Public Health on how to safely celebrate this weekend and keep Jeffco's numbers low.

Jefferson County Public Health Executive Director Dr. Mark B. Johnson shares, “It’s been a long, difficult summer, but we’re finally seeing the results of everyone’s hard work as case numbers decline. It’s important we keep that downward trend going, especially as our children return to school and we head into flu season. The better we all do at following key disease prevention steps, the better chance we have at making it through the next few months in good shape.”

On behalf of our students, we thank everyone in the community for doing their part!
Restart Reminders: In-Person and Hybrid Learning Starts Next Week!
Jefferson County Public Health COVID-19 FAQs
How is the district working with JCPH to keep students, families, and staff safe from COVID-19? Please review our new COVID-19 FAQ document for answers to all of your questions regarding safety measures, scenarios, and other information on COVID-19 and schools.

Below we have a couple handy reminders for our community as well! Click the graphics to print or save these reminders for using at home.
Community Restart Frequently Asked Questions
Did you know there is a searchable community FAQ? For questions like this one below, and more, stop by and check it out.

What if I change my mind about which learning model I prefer after school starts?
Families/students will be able to change from remote to in-person or vice versa at certain intervals after the start of school. Please contact your school directly for further information about when these intervals will occur.
Friday, September 18: Non-Student Contact Day for Elementary
This non-student contact day will allow teachers the chance to reflect on assessments, make necessary adjustments, and plan for instruction for in-person and remote learning environments. 
Our district-based School Age Enrichment (SAE) program (before- and after-school care) will not be offering care on September 18. In non-pandemic years, care was provided on non-student contact days by consolidating locations. At this time, consolidating students in this way would compromise existing cohorts from schools across our district. If your child was signed up for any before- or after-school care that day, your account will be issued a credit. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. This decision was made with the safety of students and staff in mind, as well as to maintain the integrity of our community's COVID-19 health and safety practices and protocols.
Food Services Updates
Great News! On August 31, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted significant waiver extensions that allow all students to receive breakfast and lunch meals at no cost through December 31, 2020, regardless of free and reduced-price meals eligibility.
In January meal charges will return, therefore, families should still proceed with completing a Free and Reduced-Price Meals application at the start of the year.
Grab-and-Go Meals - Sept. 8 - 11
Remote and hybrid learners will continue to access meals for their remote learning days at the 8 specified locations listed at the bottom of this email.

Starting September 14, we will expand to provide meals for remote learners at all sites. And, hybrid learners will be able to pick up meals for their remote learning days at their home site at the end of the in-person learning school day.
Reminders for families:
  • Create a SchoolCafé account if you don’t already have one
  • Add money to student accounts on SchoolCafe
  • View school menus on SchoolCafe
  • Meals through December 31, 2020 are available at no cost to all students
  • Students who wish to purchase a la carte items will need their student ID number, whether using funds from their SchoolCafé account or cash/check
  • Complete a Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, if applicable
Technical Support
Need technical help but don’t know where to start? We’ve got a technical support flowchart to walk you through different kinds of issues and the best steps to take for resolution. Click the graphic for more.
** Changes to Zoom Sign-In Process **
Starting next week, staff and students will both be required to log in to Zoom to better secure our classroom environments. All meetings created starting Saturday, September 5 will automatically include these permission requirements. If your student's teacher or school uses Zoom, please review these instructions for students before school next week.
Displays of Support in Jeffco Public Schools
In our district, educators are encouraged to utilize artifacts and visual displays in their classrooms to engage students in deeper learning. Visual displays not only serve as a tangible way for students to interact with the curriculum, but also can serve as a way to communicate district values. We view these symbols as ways to support our students and staff, and increase feelings of belonging and safety in our schools. We strive to provide safe, welcoming, and empowering school cultures. We have an obligation to ensure our students and community members who, historically, have been marginalized and invisible, are now seen, valued, and feel they are a part of our daily narrative.

Displays and symbols used in the classroom should be connected to education, programming, and curriculum. Expression happens in schools, and it is welcomed. However, we have district policies in place to provide guidelines and parameters for these expressions.

Jeffco Public Schools staff members can wear masks and other clothing items and hang displays in their classrooms to support causes such as BLM, LGBTQ+ rights, etc. under considerations described in the above paragraphs. If such displays interfere with the learning opportunities of students, or are deemed as hate speech or violate our policies (JICA, GBEBA, JICF, JBB, to name a few), then the display will not be allowed.

In Jeffco, we accept nothing less than a consistently warm and welcoming environment for all students, staff, and visitors.
Videos from Jack, Our Multimedia Journalist
The Archers
Students at Fletcher Miller learn archery thanks to the efforts of a Jeffco Eagle Scout.
Back to the Classroom After All
Educators on special assignment outside the classroom find themselves back where it started.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Week One: Learn
Risk factors and warning signs
Facts about suicide in our state and country
Prevention efforts in our district
Colorado Crisis Services:1-844-493-8255
The Trevor Project:1-866-488-7386
Click here for more crisis lifeline numbers

Visit Jeffco's suicide prevention page here.
For everything Restart, pay a visit to RestartJeffco!
DONATE to Jeffco Schools Foundation - help Jeffco families impacted by COVID-19.
Food Service Locations
Grab-and-Go Meals
Sept 8 - 11
Anyone 18 and younger
Food Pickup:
Mon - Fri 10:30a - 12:30p
Alameda Jr/Sr
Arvada HS
Bear Creek HS
Columbine HS
Creighton MS
Pomona HS
Wayne Carle MS
West Jeff Elementary
Breakfast: Elementary $2.25, Secondary $2.50
Lunch: Elementary $3.50, Secondary $3.75

SchoolCafé - deposit money
Sept. 14 and on: All locations
Grab-and-go meals for our hybrid and remote-only learners will be available for pick-up at the student's school.