As technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, educators also continue to leverage it as a way to engage their students. There is no doubt that technology is both essential to preparing students for the future and a fun way to hook learners of any age. That being said, it is important to use technology in the appropriate ways to facilitate appropriate development and understanding. Below are some tips and examples to consider when engaging your students with technology.
COVID-19 UPDATES IN 17 LANGUAGES
The Rocky Mountain Welcome Center is updating daily its website with news and resources about the COVID-19 in 17 languages. You can find the information here: www.
Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19
We’ve received several questions from parents regarding COVID-19 that we’re sharing here along with responses in order to help you make the best decisions for your family and the school community.
Much of this content has been shared in direct communications from our Head of School to families and faculty, including the following:
In order to protect the health of our school community members and in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus, henceforth, if any of the following are true,
- A member of a student’s household has had close contact to an individual who has tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 and/or;
- A member of the student’s household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and has not yet been tested, is awaiting testing, is in self isolation while healing and recovering and/or;
- The student is infected with the COVID-19.
then, immediately notify your child’s academic director, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com directly.
The student will be dismissed from classes and required to be kept at home for the CDC recommended standard 14 day quarantine. (Note: This quarantine may be extended until 14 days after the infected household member’s symptoms cease, because infection can be spread during that time.) Aspen Academy may make a determination, in its sole discretion, whether the student should come to school, be required to leave school, and/or when the student may return to school.
We ask everyone’s understanding that in the case of COVID-19, all schools are being instructed to be abundantly cautious in order to contain the spread of the virus.
Aspen Academy will comply with all applicable requirements of law relating to notification.
For clarity, here are the symptoms of COVID-19 vs. the common cold or seasonal flu.
Here are some additional Frequently Asked Questions and answers to support our community.
- What is COVID-19?
- How Does Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spread?
- What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- What is the likelihood that my symptoms are an indication that I have contracted COVID-19?
- I don’t know if I’ve been exposed to COVID-19, but I am experiencing symptoms. What should I do?
- I know with certainty that I’ve been exposed to a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. What should I do?
- How do I know if I need a test for COVID-19?
- Where do I go for testing?
- What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
- Who gets COVID-19?
- Who is at increased risk of getting COVID-19?
- Are children more susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 compared with the general population and how can infection be prevented?
- Does the clinical presentation of COVID-19 differ in children compared with adults?
- Are children at increased risk for severe illness, morbidity, or mortality from COVID-19 infection compared with adults?
- Are there any treatments available for children with COVID-19?
- What can each of us do to protect ourselves?
- How can we protect others?
- What to do if you are diagnosed with COVID-19?
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Recent weeks have been a rollercoaster for educators all over this country as new and sometimes conflicting orders, regulations, and guidance comes from multiple sources. Over recent weeks, school districts have announced major start date delays and/or that they are only able to offer an online model to their students for the coming year. Barring a new order from the state or county health agency, that will not be happening at Aspen Academy. Our HyFlex Model supporting on-campus learning and virtual learning, for those that cannot be on campus with us, is ready and will begin as scheduled on August 26 (with a staggered First Day based on grade level).
We are all so grateful for your partnership and resolve as we’ve ventured into this unique COVID-19 journey. Your trust, support, and confidence in Aspen Academy to be discerning, prepared, and to always have the health, wellness, and progress of our students at the forefront of our minds as well as hearts. We recognize the personal, familial, and economic challenges that many are feeling and experiencing. Our community has come together with a level of determination and positive pragmatism that has simply been outstanding individually and as a collective
Certainly, none of us could have ever imagined what life would be like during a global pandemic that has resulted in states of emergency at the national, state and local levels. As business leaders and as humans, many of us are struggling with uncertainty and balancing working from home while also attempting to help our children with their own home learning.
May is Mental Health Month and, each year during this time, I get really excited by the variety of new ideas, research and information that is shared across the mental health community. This year, in particular, we are all being given ample opportunity to self-assess our resilience, self-care, grit, and yes - even our limits.
Our art students continue learning and expressing their artistry while at home in new and exciting ways. The students went on a live scavenger hunt around their houses to find things the could arrange as practice. Once we were done experimenting, students created two different compositions that incorporated color theory and some form of symmetry.
In February, walking through the halls of Aspen Academy, you would have seen giant cardboard boxes decorated outside classrooms, overflowing with items identified for our annual community service project. This year’s partner, Packs of Hope, provides backpacks filled with essential clothing items to children and youth who are transitioning into out-of-home or foster care. The organization serves 8 counties in 10 locations, delivering more than 300 packs a month to children ages newborn to 18 years-old.
As we move into our sixth week of virtual learning with Aspen Academy students, one theme has been shared by numerous parents: How do I keep my student focused and engaged during online learning? The tips below are the top recommendations based on my over 20 years as an educator, administrator and counselor, supporting student success for students with various needs and they remain true for learning in classrooms, as well as learning at home.