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  • Roadmap to 2020-21

    Prepared for the Next Generation of the RJ Experience

2020-21

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  • Flexible and Ready for Continued Excellence

While our circumstances are very different this school year, our MISSION remains the same.
Adhering to current guidance provided by the CDC, Tri-County Health the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Governor's Office, we have planned for three scenarios that will allow us to respond with agility to changing conditions while delivering the full spectrum of what a Regis Jesuit education entails—continued academic excellence and accountability delivered with a strong emphasis on the development of leadership, service and faith and within an environment that ensures both the physical and social-emotional well-being of our entire community.

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  • Modes of Operation

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  • On Campus Mode

    Return nearly fully to our conventional way of proceeding for academic, formational and co-curricular programming on campus.


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  • Hybrid Mode

    Maintains appropriate social-distancing in the classrooms and allows us to build relationships in-person with our students and take full advantage of campus facilities while also delivering instruction online.
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  • Online Mode

    Academic and formational programs delivered fully online utilizing a synchronous schedule.


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  • COVID-19 Updates & FAQs

Updates

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  • IMPORTANT REMINDERS AS WE MOVE TO FULLY ON-CAMPUS MODE

     
    As we prepare to welcome all our students back to campus on Wednesday, we wanted to provide you an update on our current status. 
     
    Overall, having up to 75 percent of our students on campus daily this semester has been beneficial to students and faculty alike. It has been gratifying to see our campus humming with more students while still providing the option for online learning for those in the Faber cohort or those needing to be out due to illness or because they are quarantining to protect others. Although “normalcy” continues to be an elusive concept, there is no doubt about the positive impacts we are seeing in learning engagement, social and emotional health and relationships between students and faculty. 
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  • EXPANSION TO FULLY ON-CAMPUS MODE—FEBRUARY 17

    We are pleased to announce that with the change of the grading period, we intend to expand our schedule to have all students on campus for classes starting Wednesday, February 17. Our health and safety measures and your adherence to them have seen our case and quarantine numbers drop since the start of the semester and even more significantly compared to figures from last fall. So we are confident we are ready to bring our students back to campus for the opportunity to take classes in-person five days a week. Those students in the Faber cohort can continue to learn online. Classes will continue to be held synchronously from 8:00 am-12:40 pm five days a week in an alternating Red/White Day schedule. We will also continue to use time on White Days for a study hall period. Buses will run, and lunch will be available for purchase after classes complete at 12:40 pm each day. More information on how parking will work will be in next week’s Red & White. We will have synchronous remote learning days on select Fridays (February 5, February 12, March 5, March 12, April 9 and April 15) to allow our remaining Kairos Retreats to take place. You can find the schedule for February here. As we know, circumstances around COVID change constantly, so we will continue to monitor local guidance and provide updates as needed. For now, we are excited to continue to expand our on-campus opportunities for increased in-person instruction time and a growing sense of normalcy.
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  • INCREASED IN-PERSON LEARNING PLAN FOR SECOND SEMESTER

     
    As we complete our semester and prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth, we wanted to make you aware of our plans for returning to campus for second semester. Monday, January 4 will be a faculty and staff planning day as is our standard approach after Christmas Break. We then look forward to welcoming an increased number of our students back to campus on January 5. In an expanded version of our hybrid learning mode, we will have 75% of our students on campus at a time for in-person classes five days a week, which more than doubles in-person class time for our students.
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Regis Jesuit COVID-19 Dashboard

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  • WEEK ENDING 02.27.21

    Reported Number of New Positive COVID-19 Cases: 5
    Number of People Required to Quarantine Due to Close Contact: 112

    Contact Tracing has been initiated and all persons needing to quarantine have been notified for any positive cases listed above.

    If you or anyone in your family has tested positive or is being tested for COVID-19, please email the RJ Nurses at nurse@regisjesuit.com. It is critical that we continue to receive this information even when classes are being conducted online or we are on a school break. We appreciate your help in ensuring the well-being of our community members.
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FAQs

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  • Why did Regis Jesuit choose its Hybrid scenario over other options? 

    While there are many considerations for the full development of our students: academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally, we must start with a baseline of ensuring the physical health and safety of our community: students, faculty and staff.

    Of the scenarios truly available to us today, we believe this decision gives our students and teachers the best opportunity to present and sustain a continuity of learning while also giving our students access to our wonderful campus and to renewed in-person relationships with their teachers and with their peers. It will also support the delivery of the full depth of our curriculum.
  • What prevents Regis Jesuit from making a full return to on-campus operations?

    Regis Jesuit relied heavily on guidance from public health authorities to inform its decision-making. Specific resources include COVID-19 Strategies for Schools, Reopening Schools: Health Guidance by COVID-19 Phase and Cases and Outbreaks in Schools. Guidance related to social distancing in particular limits the number of people Regis Jesuit can safely accommodate on campus.
  • Several schools are going back to school full-time. Why not RJ?

    Every school and school facility has unique considerations in its ability to provide a safe environment in the context of COVID-19. Regis Jesuit is following the guidance of local public health authorities and the guidance on social distancing in particular has informed Regis Jesuit’s decision on the number of students it can safely accommodate on campus at one time. Factors such as overall enrollment, facility square-footage, classroom sizes and available staffing above and beyond what a school might typically use are considerations that vary from one school to another.

    We believe the hybrid model provides the best opportunity to ensure the safety of our community while preserving our programs. 

    The physical health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our primary concern. We are relying on guidance from multiple state and local public health officials including the CDPHE, Tri-County Health, the Metro Denver Partnership for Health and others.

    Given the number of students and faculty and staff (approximately 2000 people) and the size limitations of appropriate learning spaces our campus, we cannot safely return to fully on-campus learning for all students at this point.
  • Why haven’t you added other spaces to campus to allow a return to full in-person learning? 

    We explored multiple options for adding capacity such as mobile classrooms since we do not have the square footage on campus to satisfy social distancing guidelines. Unfortunately, these don’t address the limitations in common areas like hallways, restrooms or dining facilities. In addition, adding spaces requires adding staffing, meaningful additional costs related to infrastructure which would necessitate more tuition. Therefore, we concluded that this was not a safe or feasible option.
  • Why can’t the in-person schedule be offered in the online/hybrid mode? 

    We believe our program design gives our faculty the best opportunity to provide excellent instruction to our students, and therefore the best educational opportunity possible for our students.

    Even in fully on-campus mode, most teachers do not provide direct instruction for the full period. Learning activities often include individual work time, small group time, discussion, group and/or one-on-one check-ins, writing/reflection exercises and research. These are activities that can be scheduled outside of the direct-instruction time identified by the hybrid and online schedules.

    Online and hybrid modes contain opportunities for synchronous (students and teachers together at the same time either in person or online) and asynchronous learning (students engaging with class materials and completing work at their own pace outside of scheduled class times). When executed effectively, both provide equitable benefits to our students and our faculty. In both modes, we expect to deliver the full depth of our curriculum.

    For students, it offers flexibility for them to complete work and meet one-on-one with teachers. So that time in class is not disrupted, students will able to meet with counselors in the afternoons after class time is complete and on Fridays. Students will also be able to meet with teachers and engage with clubs, leadership opportunities, tutoring, affective curriculum and Masses during these times. The schedule is built with focused time for academic instruction during the morning and time in the afternoon for the formational and support pieces of RJ programming. The school day is more than just the time outlined for students to be in class.

    For teachers, the schedule gives them additional time to prep their week-long modules and grade student work. Preparation of work to deliver instruction both in-person and online simultaneously requires significant planning and is much more time-intensive especially as our teachers are new to this approach. It takes a lot longer to prepare videos, resources and assessments to be delivered simultaneously to students both in the classroom and learning online.
  • Why are the classes so much shorter in the Online and Hybrid scenarios?

    Even in fully on-campus mode, most teachers do not provide direct instruction for the full 80-minute class period. Learning activities often include individual work time, small group time, discussion, group and/or one-on-one check-ins, writing/reflection exercises and research. These are activities that can be scheduled outside of the direct-instruction time identified by the hybrid and online schedules.
  • When will students return to being back on campus full-time?

    Our desire is to return to fully on-campus learning; however, until safety guidance changes from public health agencies around social distancing recommendations for schools, our opportunity to move to this mode is limited.
  • What is Regis Jesuit doing to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff on campus?

    While we cannot reduce the risk to zero, we have implemented a multilayered mitigation approach that we are confident will help ensure the safety of everyone who visits our campus. These measures will also allow us to offer retreats, sports and activities that are integral to the RJ experience.

    Specific measures include:
    • Daily screening protocol – including temperature and symptom checks utilizing apps and innovative technology that we have invested in to ensure the process is effective and streamlined so time remains focused on education
    • Masks are required to be worn on campus both indoors and outside at all times
    • Efforts to maintain six-foot distance between people with the understanding that three feet of space also provides substantial benefits, especially with a multilayered approach like ours
    • Enhanced air ventilation
    • Cleaning of high touch areas throughout the day and overnight
    • Hand sanitizer and disinfectants in all classrooms, office and hallways
  • How is the school supporting students who are high-risk or have safety and health concerns?

    All Regis Jesuit students have the option to attend school remotely at any time during this school year. Those desiring fully-remote education need to contact Ryan Williamson, Assistant Principal for Academics, to inquire about this option.
  • What happens if there is a confirmed case of COVID on campus?

    If a student or employee has a confirmed case of COVID-19, Regis Jesuit will work closely with Tri-County Health to determine appropriate action.

    The school has designated spaces in each building to isolate anyone who becomes ill or presents with symptoms during the day. Contact tracing will take place to help identify those who may have come in contact with the ill or infected person. Those who are ill or with a known exposure must self-quarantine for 10 days before returning to campus. Please note that a negative test result does not release the individual earlier than the required 10 days of quarantine. 
  • Are parents notified if there is a confirmed case on campus?

    Parents are notified if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus when their student has had close contact with the person who is infected, while confidentiality is maintained. Regis Jesuit will provide resources and next steps based on guidance from the Tri-County Health Department.
  • If someone in my family tests positive for COVID-19, how do I report this to the school?

    If your student or another member of your family learns that they are positive for COVID-19, please contact the nurses, Tracey Dwyre and Christine Jaramillo, to let them know by sending an email to nurse@regisjesuit.com. They will advise you on next steps for quarantining and returning to school.
  • Does RJ have a quarantine policy for families traveling outside the state of Colorado?

    Yes, we have instituted a new Travel Quarantine Policy requiring that all students and employees quarantine for five (5) days following any domestic travel and seven (7) days following international travel before returning to campus. This includes personal travel, professional travel, club sports trips, college visits etc. There will be no exceptions. Parents and students are asked to report the absence both by calling the Attendance line at 303.269.8000, Option 1 and by emailing the Assistant Principal for Academics, Ryan Williamson.
  • Are students required to wear a mask?

    Yes! All students and employees are required to wear a mask while on campus both in and outside the buildings. Governor Polis, along with Tri-County Health, has mandated mask-wearing because research and science show that wearing a mask is critical to slowing the spread of the virus, especially in indoor spaces. Students with existing medical conditions that prevent him/her from wearing a mask will be required to provide medical documentation to the nurse’s clinic. Students will be encouraged to have multiple masks with them on a daily basis should one break.
  • Are health checks completed daily?

    Students and employees are prompted daily to answer a set of health screening questions prior to arriving to school that day. We ask that temperature checks are a part of this screening. Upon entry into the building, they are required to show on their phone or iPad a daily code to identify that they have completed the health screening questions. Students and employees then proceed through one of several temperature screening areas located in all three of our campus buildings. On any day they do not “pass” the health check or do not have proof they have passed it, they will not be allowed in school.
  • How does RJ encourage social distancing on campus?

    All people on campus are required to social distance (six feet apart when feasible but at least three feet apart) from others while on school property. Signage, floor markings and other strategies have been utilized to help reinforce social distancing throughout the building including in halls and stairways. Transition schedules are in place to help minimize the number of students and staff in common spaces including hallways, cafeteria, etc.
    Visual cues (floor markings), including one-way traffic patterns for hallways and staircases, along with other strategies have been utilized to help reinforce social distancing.
    Transition schedules have been created to help minimize the number of students and staff in common spaces including hallways, cafeteria, etc. Only every other bathroom stall and sink are in use and we have locked the unused stalls and blocked unused sinks. Lockers are not in use while social distancing is required. We have increased space between desks wherever feasible. Additionally, physical barriers have been installed in commonly frequented offices where social distancing is not possible.
  • What health safety precautions are required for students riding the bus? Do they have to wear a mask?

    Yes! Based on guidance from Tri-County Health, students are required to wear a mask to board an RJHS school bus and must continue to wear it while on the bus. Drivers will have extra masks should a student arrive without one. Students should sit one to a row and alternate individuals seated on the aisle and window within a row when feasible. MV Transportation will be responsible for cleaning and following health and safety protocols for school buses.
  • What does socialization among the students look like outside of class time on campus?

    We do our best to keep kids safely social-distanced at all times; however, they can meet/talk/eat outside with their friends, as long as they remain six feet from one another.

    If students remain on campus after 12:40 pm, they are asked to go to the library or cocurricular areas where they can social-distance safely. We do not want students congregating unless they can maintain six feet of distance from one another with their masks on unless they are eating.
  • Are visitors and volunteers allowed on campus?

    At this time, visitors and volunteers are not permitted on campus to help us ensure we can maintain social distancing and contact-tracing protocols. Visitors who must come to campus in the case of an emergency must follow the established health screening and safety protocols.
  • When are sports and activities taking place this school year?

    As a member of the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA). we continue to follow all their guidelines and directives regarding high school athletics and activities. These include all practices, games, tournaments, meetings and all other associated activities.

    Visit the CHSAA website to see details on the updated 2020-21 sports schedules.
  • Are students still able to participate in field trips, retreats and service trips?

    A robust pastoral and service experiences are a hallmark of Jesuit education and will not be compromised. All Masses, prayer services, retreats, and service experiences will take place in compliance with health and safety guidelines. However, at this time, field trips will be suspended for the 2020-21 school year to limit exposure and potential transmission.
  • Is RJ hosting social events for students this year?

    We will consider whether or not other events can be held safely based on current guidelines in place. Ensuring the health and well-being of our community members will remain our key guiding principle.
  • When do clubs meet and how often?

    There is time built into the online and hybrid schedules for clubs to meet after 12:40 pm when synchronous classes are complete for the day. Club moderators will communicate with students about meeting days, times and locations. Some clubs may meet online via Teams.
  • How does Learning Services offer their support in the online or hybrid scenarios?

    Learning Services works to proceed as close to normal as possible. Both the hybrid and online schedules delineate times for Learning Services to take place. Meetings are likely be conducted primarily on Teams to account for safe social distancing.
  • What do foodservice operations look like? Will seniors continue to have off-campus lunch privileges?

    To ensure the health and safety of our students, we have had to reimagine our foodservice program. Breakfast will not be served in the cafeterias. In the current schedule, lunch will be served after classes conclude. Students may eat socially-distanced in the cafeteria, outside (weather permitting) or take their food to go. Daily food and drink options will be limited to prepackaged grab and go items and lunch accounts should be replenished either before or after school or via PayforIt online lunch account; we will not accept payments of cash or check during the day.
    Senior off-campus lunch privileges are suspended for the 2020-21 school year to limit exposure and potential transmission. In addition, the Steele Center Café is closed indefinitely.
  • Can students use a locker? Where do they store athletic gear during the school day?

    To help maintain social distancing, hallway lockers, locker rooms and athletic bag storage rooms will not be available to students. Students are asked to carry their backpacks at all times. Coaches will provide guidance to their teams on storage of athletic equipment.  
  • How does RJ clean and disinfect classrooms and buildings?

    To promote the safest possible conditions on campus, we continue to provide enhanced cleaning overnight throughout campus with increased attention to frequently touched surfaces and high traffic areas. All classrooms and offices are equipped with hand sanitizer and disinfecting supplies to be used in between classes. In addition, we use electrostatic foggers to help disinfect surfaces throughout campus.
  • How has the school improved ventilation in campus buildings to protect students and staff from COVID?

    We have increased our fresh-air exchange to levels beyond the ASHRAE recommended standard for schools. We have also upgraded our HVAC filters to MERV-13, which are replaced quarterly.
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