2020-21 Reopening FAQ

General Policies and Financials

What are the phases/Reintroduction Model?
The phases are designed to reduce risk, provide the best learning environment for students and teachers, and observe relevant safety measures. Please note:
  • The phases are not final. We’re constantly assessing and evaluating information to inform our plans.
  • We don’t know which phase the school year will start in.
  • We don’t know how long we’ll be in each phase.
  • Moving between phases will be largely determined by the guidance we receive from the Larimer County Health Department, CDC, and the Early Childhood Council.
  • An example of moving between phases is on Aug. 19 we might start in phase 2 but jump to phase 4 or have to go back to phase 1. It will be fluid and we’ll all need to stay flexible and prepared.
Who decides which phase of the Reintroduction Model Rivendell will be in?
Following the guidance of State and local public health officials, the administration will make the decision on which phase the Rivendell community will be in.
How will the phases be announced to families?
If Rivendell moves from one phase to another, parents and guardians will be notified via our school information system by email and text message.
If we’re forced into the remote learning phase, how will it look different from last Spring?
Remote learning will be different than it was at the end of the 19/20 school year. The Rivendell Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) is working on a plan to improve upon instruction and communication, keeping the components that worked well while implementing necessary changes. Some possibilities might include more direct instruction, one-on-one work times, and more streamlined communication.
Is tuition the same for each phase?
Tuition will not be affected based on which phase we are in during the school year.
What are the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment expectations for parents for the 2020-21 school year?
The Larimer County Health Department has developed expectations for parents regarding COVID-19 exposure and outbreaks. Please take time to review these.
Larimer County Health Department Parent Expectations
What if my child is ill? What if it’s just the sniffles or a cold, not a fever?
Students should not be in school with any symptoms, even mild ones. Students who develop symptoms at school must go home immediately. Children do not have to have a fever to be positive for COVID-19. Children particularly can be positive for COVID-19 even with very mild symptoms that resemble the common cold such as a stuffy nose or a mild cough and spread the virus to others. Larimer County is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases among Preschool and K-5 children who only have congestion, a slight cough or a runny nose.
So my child has had the sniffles for a few days - What happens next?
Students experiencing any mild, moderate or severe symptom, must stay home from school. On the day your child is home, Kara will reach out to you to check in and to share information with you on when your child may return to the classroom. Children who experience even mild, cold-like symptoms for over 48 hours are required by the Larimer County Health Department to have a PRC test to return to school or to stay out of school for 10 days.
How long will my child have to stay home if they are ill?
Students with major symptoms lasting over 24 hours or minor symptoms lasting over 48 hours cannot return to school until 1.) Rivendell has received documentation of a negative PCR test, 2.) their symptoms have resolved without the use of symptom reducing medication, 3.) they were not identified as a close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 positive case. If a family chooses not to get a PCR test, the student must remain out of school until 10 days have passed since their initial onset of symptoms and they have been symptom/fever-free for 24 hours without medication.
Can my student and their siblings come to school while we wait for test results?
No. If a student is waiting on test results for any reason, they must remain out of school until a negative test result is received. Even if testing is not illness related (for instance, a grandparent is coming to visit), the student must remain out of school until a negative test result is confirmed. If a student has been ill, siblings must also remain out of school until a negative test result is received.
What if my child or my child’s teacher comes into contact with someone with COVID-19?
Students and teachers who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 must remain out for the entire isolation/quarantine period, regardless of test results. Close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to a positive test) until the time the patient is isolated.
Will Rivendell families be notified if a student, staff member or individual who has been in the building tests positive for COVID-19?
If a student, staff member or individual who has been in the Rivendell building tests positive for COVID-19, we will notify families as appropriate while maintaining the medical privacy of the individual. If the Larimer County Health Department determines that other Rivendell community members need to quarantine, we will communicate this information with families immediately.
What happens if a family travels to a high-risk area? Will they have to quarantine?
Rivendell School is a community and we must protect one another to the best of our ability. Therefore, if members of your family travel to COVID-19 hot spots in the U.S., travel by airplane, participate in crowded activities or participate in other activities that pose a high risk of infection, we ask that you consider your level of risk and self-quarantine if necessary to protect our school community. If your family travels outside the U.S., please self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to school.
Will parents and volunteers be allowed in the building?
Per state and county guidelines, only students, staff and substitute teachers will be allowed in the building. Parents, guardians and volunteers may not enter the building at this time.
Will Rivendell still host community events?
It is our hope that we will be able to host community events, but until restrictions are lifted on the number of people allowed in a gathering we will have to hold off on hosting any gatherings.

Timeline and Calendar

Why aren’t you following the same schedule as PSD?
Rivendell School serves a much smaller population than the Poudre School District and we are able to cap our class and group sizes so we can hold in-person instruction.
Will you end in-person learning after Thanksgiving like CSU is doing?
It is our plan to continue with our approved academic Calendar for the entire 20/21 school year. This means we would not end the semester on-line or extend our winter break unless we were under a stay at home order and forced into phase 1 of the plan.


How can you offer an effective level of education with all of these restrictions?
Rivendell is a small, independent school which allows us to prepare and respond in a way that most schools can’t. Our framework of multi-age classrooms, small class sizes, and individualized curriculum provides significantly more flexibility to create scenarios in which we can adhere to all safety requirements, while also providing in-person instruction as much as possible.
Will there be counseling services for students as they readjust to in-person learning?
Rivendell’s guidance counselor will be available to help students readjust to the school environment.
Will Rivendell still have Specials classes?
Educating the whole-child is a core philosophy at Rivendell and we will offer Specials. Our staff will adjust their learning plans as needed to maintain social distancing and follow assigned seating plans. Students will go to Specials classrooms for instruction. Specials teachers may also go to the students’ classrooms to teach. Math with Pat will be temporarily on hold for the year. We look forward to starting up the program again when it is safe to do so.
Will there be recess? What will it be like?
Students will still have regular recess times throughout the day. Both classrooms in a Level, e.g., both Preschool classrooms, both Younger Kids classrooms, will have recess time outdoors together while maintaining social distancing between students. Levels will have separate recess times and will not comingle with other Levels on the playground. During indoor recess, students will stay in their classrooms with their classroom cohort.
What if a student needs to self-quarantine at home for 14 days? Will Rivendell still provide instruction to my child?
If a student needs to stay home due to sickness, exposure to COVID-19, or out of state travel they can request homework from their teacher just like a normal sick day during the school year. The classroom teacher will not be able to provide remote instruction in this example.

Daily Procedures

How will drop off and pick up work?

Drop Off

  • Younger Kids, Middle Kids, and Older Kids will need to be dropped off in the drive-through lane on the east side of the building. Office staff will help students out of their vehicles and check temperatures. We ask that parents monitor their child for symptoms each morning before driving them to school. Notify staff if any of the following symptoms occur: COVID-19 Symptoms
  • If a child's temperature is below 100.4 degrees, a staff member will lead them towards their designated door from the outside of the building to their classroom. Each class will have an assigned entrance door.
  • Preschool families park on the north side of the building and walk to the preschool classroom door to sign in and have temperatures checked by a teacher. Parents wear face masks while dropping off at the preschool door.
  • Drop-off is from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. each day. If for any reason you need to drop off after 8:30 a.m., please notify the office and enter through the front doors. Office staff will take the child's temperature and help lead your child to their classroom.
  • Parents are asked to wear face masks when entering the front office.

Pick Up

  • All families are asked to park and walk to their child's designated "pick-up" door. Your child's teacher will inform you of your assigned door before the first day of school.
  • Pick-up for Preschool and Younger Kids is from 3:00 to 3:15 p.m.
  • Pick-up for Middle Kids and Older Kids is from 3:15 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Parents are required to wear a mask during pick-up.
  • All students must be picked up by 3:30 p.m. After 3:30 p.m., families will be charged a $25 late fee per half hour.
Will there be before and aftercare or special after school activities like science club, yoga, and dance? What about Kids Night In and Enrichment Classes?
Extended care, after school activities and programs such as KNI are not available at this time. We will continue to assess the situation and work with the county health department to determine when it is safe to begin offering these programs again. Tutoring and one-and-one lessons are also unavailable at this time.
Will students and teachers have to wear masks all day?
All staff and students, Preschool through Older Kids, will be required to wear face coverings during the day. Students and staff are allowed to take face masks off if they are outside and able to practice 6 feet social distancing. Face masks will be removed for eating and napping and mask breaks will also be scheduled by classroom teachers. Students will only be exempt from the face covering requirement with a doctor’s note. If this poses a difficulty for your child or your family, please contact the front office to learn next steps.
Will students have to stay 6 feet apart?
Students and staff will be encouraged to maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet at all times. Distancing of 6 feet is required for staff and students to remove face masks while outside.
Will students' desks be partitioned off?
It is not our plan to partition off desks at this point. However, students’ desks will be spaced properly to accommodate for any social distancing requirements. Following Larimer County guidelines, desks and workstations will be a minimum of 4 feet apart. Students will also have assigned seats this year.
Will students interact with the students in other classrooms?
Inside the building, students will only interact with the other students in their classroom or "cohort". Group Sing, Book Partners. the Lunch Program and other school-wide activities are not taking place at this time. During outdoor recess, the two classrooms/cohorts in each level (Preschool, Younger Kids, Middle Kids, Older Kids) will be able to be on the playground at the same time while maintaining social distancing between students.
How are you managing high touch areas like water fountains and door handles?
Rivendell is following CDC and Local health department requirements on cleaning and disinfecting. Rivendell’s cleaning crew and staff are trained on these requirements. Water fountains will not be available this year. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles from home. Water bottles can be refilled in each classroom.
How will staff monitor hand-washing?
Teachers and staff members will be supervising during hand washing times. Teachers and staff will also be reminding students to wash their hands throughout the day.
Can my child bring hand sanitizer to school?
Students should not bring hand sanitizer to school. Rivendell has hand sanitizer available for student use as directed by a staff member. Students may only use hand sanitizer with staff supervision. Hand washing is more effective and always preferable to hand sanitizer. Children under age 3 are not permitted to use hand sanitizer in school settings.
Will you take staff and student temperatures every morning?
Following state and local guidelines, all staff members and students will have temperature checks and health screenings each morning before entering the building.
Will you still offer hot lunch?
We are placing a temporary hold to our hot lunch program, which usually caters from restaurants around the community. At this time, we will ask that all students bring a packed lunch. We do not have refrigerators in every classroom, so please be sure to use an ice pack when needed. Microwaves and hot water will not be available. Younger Kids, Middle Kids, and Older Kids will also need to provide their own snack. Preschool classes will have a snack provided each morning.
What will lunch look like?
Students will be able to eat lunch outside at the tables or on the field while observing social distancing, as long as weather permits.
Can students and families still use the school library?
Library books will be taken into the classroom each week for students to choose and check out. Parents are not allowed to visit the library or enter the building at this time.
How will birthday parties be handled?
At the beginning of the school year, we will provide Otter Pops popsicles on students' birthdays, rather than having families bring treats from home. We will reassess this in October and decide if it is safe to bring food items from home to share.

Other Questions

I have questions not listed here. Who should I contact?
General: Kara Straumanis, Rivendell’s Program Coordinator: kara@rivendell-school.org.
Financial: Karen Wolff, Rivendell’s business manager: karenw@rivendell-school.org.