The NES PTA is working hard to gather and communicate the best information available to our community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please remember this situation is extremely fluid. We are trying hard to keep the site current with the most up-to-date information.
For recent letters from various administrators, please follow this link.
The BVSD Covid-19 Working Advisory Group presented recommendations to the Board of Education. The proposals the board decided to move forward with resulted in the creation of Phase 2+: Limited In-Person Learning for a select group of students, including K-2. The start date is Tuesday, September 29th.
Remote learning remains and option.
For detailed information, please refer to the BVSD Reintroduction Website.
- Monday: Full day care offered at 17 host sites
- Tuesday – Friday: Extended day care (before and after school) offered at 17 host sites
Grades 3 -8
- Monday – Friday: Full day care offered at 17 host sites
Support for Families
School supply kits (provide by Impact on Education) will be provided on Tuesday, 18, 2020 (10 am – 1 pm) and Wednesday, August 19, 2020 (3:30 pm – 6:30 pm). Pick-up location will be Nederland MS/HS Bus Loop (north side of school). Other sites are available (Emerald, Sanchez, Creekside, Louisville MS, Crest View, Columbine). If you cannot make any of these dates/locations, please contact the Family hotline (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 720-770-0102.
Food distribution will re-start August 24, 2020 with a new format. For detailed information, please go to food.bvsd.org.
Date/Time/Location: Monday 9-11 am ONLY at Nederland MS/HS
Verification of enrollment: No longer required
Serves: Infants to 18 years of age
Benefit: 14 meals per child (7 breakfast, 7 lunch)
Childcare Available at NES
Currently, children enrolled in Community Schools are being transported to Flatirons. This is due to low enrollment and a lack of staffing.
BVSD will provide childcare at Nederland Elementary. BVSD will provide both preschool and school age childcare (grades K-8) starting August 26, 2020. BVSD is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) to ensure the programs are safe and meet the latest COVID guidelines. Currently, the preschool program is licensed and ready to go. BVSD is in the process of licensing the school aged program. However registration for both programs is open.
For more information including registration please go to https://childcare.bvsd.org/.
Community schools is hiring. Please refer to the links below for qualifications and email Sue Mattingly-Enright if you are interested.
Unenrollment from BU Possible
If you enrolled at Boulder Universal but would like to return to NES you may do so. Please contact the BU registrar, Julie Robbins, to activate the return. Julie’s contact information is email@example.com, 720.561.5523. Please do your best to do this before the start of school on August 26th. Mid-year changes will be extremely tough as the scope, sequence and pacing of NES teacher guided online learning is NOT ALIGNED with BU. So please keep this in mind as you make your decision.
Back to School August 26, 2020 – PHASE 1 (Home Learning)
BVSD has made the decision that school will start the school year in PHASE 1 (Home Learning). A variety of factors played a role in this decision, and include the following
- As reported by Boulder Public Health, the 5 day rolling average of Covid-19 cases in the country has been on a steady upward trajectory.
- The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment issued new guidelines requiring students/cohorts/schools to quarantine for PROBABLE Covid-19 symptoms, which overlap with seasonal cold and flu symptoms.
- Recent studies that indicate that children may spread Covid-19 more widely and be impacted more than initially thought.
- 25% of families officially opted their students out of in-person learning, but a majority were waiting to see and wanted flexibility to move their students in and out of school
- 300 teachers were granted exemptions from on-site work. This number of exemptions prevents the district from fully staffing in-person learning for Phase 3.
BVSD reached the conclusion that in person learning would not be possible to start the year, and implemented Phase 1. The situation will be re-evaluated on September 22, 2020 to determine if BVSD can move out of Phase 1. This re-evaluation may occur sooner if positive information comes out of the public health department.
BVSD is working to establish child care centers at schools. The goal is to provide a low cost or free child care environment that is safe, quiet and work to support students with their remote learning. Child Care will operate 5 Days a Week, 10 hours per day: 7:30am – 5:30pm.
- No cost for families who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
- Scholarship/waiver process for families with financial hardships
Additional information (including locations) is available at: childcare.bvsd.org
BVSD recognizes that many communities are working to establish small academic support groups (learning pods) for students. The district has met with some parents and is establishing a plan to support these learning pods (providing academic resources and materials, pod leader training, helping facilitate safe social interactions and academic opportunities)
Food Assistance – Free/Reduced Lunch
Please see below for a letter Ann Cooper, BVSD Director of Food Services. This letter details how to receive additional EBT money if your child received free or reduced lunch benefits. Please see the email below for further information.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
You may have heard about a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) called Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer or P-EBT for short. This program intends to provide financial assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals who have lost access to food due to the school closures caused by COVID-19. The financial assistance will be distributed to eligible families on new or existing Colorado EBT cards. The average P-EBT benefit is $5.70/child per day or up to $279 per eligible child, retroactive to when school initially closed. This program is in addition to the Food Bag Distribution Program that the district has been running.
If your family is already participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and possesses an EBT card, the P-EBT benefits will automatically be loaded onto your card within the month of July 2020. If your family is not currently enrolled in SNAP benefits, you must complete an application to receive P-EBT.
PLEASE NOTE: Receiving these benefits will NOT affect your immigration or public charge status.
All families who are eligible for P-EBT may receive it, regardless of immigration status. P-EBT is a pandemic emergency benefit based on free or reduced-price school meal eligibility, and similar to other benefits that the Department Homeland Security has stated that it is excluded from consideration in public charge. Household information that is used to determine eligibility is protected under both federal and state data privacy practices.
To successfully complete the P-EBT application, you will need your child(ren)’s State Assigned Student ID (SASID) number. If you need help locating your State-Issued Student ID Number (SASID). The SASID number is located within Infinite Campus and is accessible by parents and students. Once logged in, you can view it by selecting
- More” from the left-hand column
- Then “Student ID and Account.”
Upon approval, an EBT card with the qualifying amount will be mailed to you. To access the P-EBT application visit: https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/p-ebt.
For more information about P-EBT, please visit the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Frequently Asked Questions webpage. If you have further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and a representative will respond.
If you have other questions, please contact Lola in BVSD Food Services at email@example.com or 720-561-5942 from 8 AM – 1 PM, Monday – Friday.
Director of Food Services
Reintroduction Phase Priorities
Phase 3 (Blended) Reintroduction Information
The most recent email (7/22/2020) from Superintendent Rob Anderson was very long. Here are some of the key charts from the 7/22/2020 email that explain the current BVSD re-introduction process. Please read the full email and visit the BVSD re-introduction website for more information.
BVSD Phase 3 Re-introduction Guide
|Phase 3 Default|
Blended learning (including in-person and Home Learning)
|Phase 3: Opt-out of In-person|
Home Learning ONLY
Via Boulder Universal for semester-long commitment
|Why choose this?||This is the default Phase 3, to allow students 2 days of in-person learning.||This option provides flexibility as students could return to the classroom at a later time if families became more comfortable. Students will stay enrolled at their current school and interact with their teachers.||If you know you will receive 100% online instruction regardless of phase/ circumstance. BU is a commitment for the semester. Learn more at bu.bvsd.orgbu.bvsd.org|
|What do I need to do now?||If you wish to have your student attend 2 days of in-person learning, no other action is needed.||Follow these instructions to opt-out of in-person learning through Infinite Campus.||If you are unsure if you wish to enroll in BU follfollow these instructionsow these instructions, to opt out of in person learning through Infinite Campus so that we know you are not planning to attend in person.
If you are committed to enroll in BU, sesee more information and form on this pagee more information and form on this page.
|In person /Home Learning ||Two Days: In-person|
Three Days: Home Learning
If permitted by the situation with COVID-19 students will meet twice a week in-person, with strict social distancing and cohort restrictions.
The other two days, they will learn from home with teachers from their home school.
Mondays will be a non-student contact day, but students will have independent assignments this day.
|Five Days: Home Learning|
They will learn from home with teachers from their home school Tuesday-Friday.
Mondays will be a non-student contact day, but students will have independent assignments this day.
|Five days: Online learning
They will learn from BU teachers
|Enrolled School||Through student’s current school||Through student’s current school||Through Boulder Universal|