Rivendell is working hard to identify the best ways to provide safe and effective education for our students for the 2020-21 school year. You can read Holly's letter to families, and our Reopening FAQ that may answer some of your questions.
The most restrictive situation is when we are under a Stay at Home order. In-person learning is not permitted, so all students enrolled in this option will be taught remotely by their regular classroom teacher. This is how we ended the 2019-20 school year. The program that Rivendell will be offering will be different than the one delivered during the initial COVID pandemic response.
As restrictions continue to ease, it is likely that students will be allowed to return to the building following strict social distancing guidelines and other procedural restrictions.
Class groupings will likely be capped for this period of time while staff and administration will do all they can to have student learning take place in the school. There could be a need for a blended model to be implemented where students alternate between remote learning and coming to school for in-person instruction. This will be determined by the administration if necessary. Remote lessons during this phase will be provided by the student’s regular classroom teacher. This blended model will likely change as schools are permitted to accommodate more students and staff in one place.
As restrictions are further eased, social distancing is relaxed or no longer required, students will return to in-person learning with a typical student-teacher ratio. There could be limitations on daily activities within the school (specials, recess, group sing).
When there are no longer health-related restrictions affecting our community, Rivendell will be able to return to students learning at school full time without restrictions to recess, specials, etc. and will follow expectations regarding attendance as set by the Larimer County Health Department, CDC, and the Early Childhood Council.
Rivendell is exploring a second option for enrollment. This second enrollment option would be an on-line only option. This program would be a new offering from Rivendell School. In response to the COVID-19 outbreaks, our administration is considering an option to provide a completely remote program for families that choose to remain home for the next academic school year. This is not the same program offered as part of the COVID-19 response. The focus will be on core subjects taught by one remote teacher with some additional enrichment for whole-child education.