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.
You can find more information about COVID-19 and what you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your community on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Centers for Disease Control websites.
For recent letters from various administrators, please follow this link.
In Person Learning – Key Information
Return to In-Person Details – This document contains information about pick up, drop off, health and safety protocols, a snapshot of the day, and so forth.
Google Slides presentation – This has information about mask-wearing, washing hands, snack, breakfast, lunch, and other information.
Covid-19 Testing Available at NES
Nederland Elementary will be hosting a mobile COVID test site every other Wednesday starting February 3rd. This test will be completed using a saliva test that can be given to your student during the school day, if you consent and choose to, by following the process below.
To get tested at a mobile site, you will need to register on the COVIDCheck site and follow these instructions to opt in to in-school testing.
This will enable you to sign a consent form, valid for 1 year, for testing at all BVSD mobile sites. No appointment time is ever needed once you register. After completing the online consent:
- Your student may be tested whenever the site is set up at their school.
- You can take your student (or yourself, if staff) to any of the mobile testing sites, at any time. (Schedule can be found on our website here)
If you have completed the consent and waiver, NES will arrange for your student to be tested during the school day when the mobile unit is here.
BVSD Covid-19 Dashboard
For the BVSD Covid-19 dashboard, pleas follow this link. The dashboard has current number of active cases at each school, number of students and staff quarantined, and date that the quarantine will be completed.
Covid-19 Testing Information
Information on where to access testing can be found at Boulder and Broomfield Counties websites:
- Boulder County Public Health – COVID Testing Information
- City and County of Broomfield – COVID Testing Information
- Call 211 or visit the 211 Colorado website (www.211colorado.org). They provide a listing of testing sites and additional COVID-19 resources across Colorado. Multiple languages are available.
- BVSD offers free COVID testing to employees through COVIDCheck Colorado (you must log into the BVSD intranet first)
- Please notify Health Services if you receive a positive COVID test
- Fever or Chills
- Shortness of breath or Difficulty Breathing
- Loss of Taste or Smell
- Other additional symptoms that could be early signs of infection: body aches or headaches, congestion or runny nose, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, and sore throat.
As long as it is safe, we plan for students to resume in-person learning opportunities, following the same staggered, differentiated approach, prioritizing our youngest children first, that was originally recommended by our Working Advisory Group and now is endorsed by the Denver Metro Partnership for Health (which includes the Boulder and Broomfield county public health departments) in their COVID-19 Strategies for Schools.
#BackTogetherBVSD Return to In-Person Learning
Tuesday, January 5: Elementary (Grades PK-5)
Tuesday, January 12: Middle (Grades 6-8)
Tuesday, January 19: High (Grades 9-12)
To help eliminate confusion – each school level will be returning in the phases originally laid out in our Back Together BVSD reintroduction plan:
- Preschool students will return in Phase 3 – Hybrid Learning, with two days of in-person learning a week. On February 2 they will move to Phase 4 – In-Person Learning four days a week
- Elementary students will return in Phase 4 – In-Person Learning four days a week.
- Secondary students will return in Phase 3 – Hybrid Learning, with two days of in-person learning a week
Exceptions: Boulder TEC and Arapahoe Ridge High School will operate in Phase 4 – In-Person Learning four days a week
Why two days a week?
In consultation with our partners in public health, we have differentiated our secondary students, because research has shown that they are more at risk for serious complications from COVID-19 and spread the disease more like adults. By keeping middle and high school students in a hybrid model, we are able to keep classroom sizes at less than 50 percent, allowing us to provide more social distancing, a key health precaution which has been recommended by public health for this age group. We know additional days in school would no doubt be beneficial for our older students, but it is simply not possible until cases come down more. When they do, we will.
- Special Education and CLDE Intensive Programs
Our intensive programs at all levels, including ICAN, ILC and Newcomers programs, will be returning to in-person learning four days a week, corresponding with the school level dates, as listed above.
Amongst these programs will be the Aspen Creek Pre-K ILC – the district’s only intensive program of preschoolers which will be returning to 4 days of in person learning on January 5th.
- Remote learning continues
Students who have opted for all remote learning, will continue to participate in Home Learning five-days a week, with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning.
Changing your child’s mode of learning
Those that wish to change modes of learning, will work with their school to make changes on a space-available basis.
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: email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 email@example.com and a representative will respond.
If you have other questions, please contact Lola in BVSD Food Services at firstname.lastname@example.org 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|