April 2, 2020
Dear Global Village Academy- Douglas County Families,
On Wednesday, April 1st, Governor Jared Polis announced that the suspension of in-person learning in public and private schools across the state has been extended through Thursday, April 30.
Global Village Academy- Douglas County will follow the Governor’s executive order and remain closed through Thursday, April 30, and we will continue with remote learning during that time.
Access to GVA-DC Building and Facilities
GVA-DC’s building and facilities (including the school and playground) are closed through April 30. We are unable to allow families or students access to our school to pick up any personal belongings at this time. In addition, in order to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we ask our families and students to avoid our playground.
GVA-DC Remote Learning Tool: ZOOM
To help make the most of daily ZOOM meetings, ensure that students are in a quiet space with few distractions. Check-in periodically to confirm that students are paying attention and engaging appropriately. Teachers record ZOOM meetings each day and post them in their Google Classrooms for those students who cannot view them live as well as for students to use for review.
ZOOM Resources for Parents
“We are particularly committed to protecting the privacy of our K-12 users. We have established guardrails to protect K-12 students using our services through their schools for their education. We have a special policy that describes how Zoom handles personal data of K-12 students using Zoom through their schools, who are signing up for Zoom services for their students. This special policy is designed to reflect our compliance with the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and other applicable laws.”
If parents or students need IT help, please contact the GVA Help Desk at email@example.com.
According to Federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Education, if a district closes its schools to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19, and continues to provide educational opportunities to general education student populations, the schools must ensure that students with disabilities also have equal access to the same opportunities. Included in this requirement, schools must implement the IEP of a student with a disability to the greatest extent possible.
IEP services will look different during a school closure, and they will be made available to all students with disabilities. At GVA-DC, our Student Services team is collaborating with parents to schedule remote IEP services designed to support student learning and maintain skills.
School Counseling / Mental Health Resources
Our school social workers, Roxanne Lewis will provide resources and mental health services to students during the closure. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also many community resources to assist families with safety and mental health concerns.
Meals for Students During GVA-DC Closure
Our amazing Nutrition Services Department will continue providing grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for free to anyone 18 years and younger. This will be available through the April 30 closure, with additional locations beginning next week. Please visit the COVID-19 Family Resources page on our website for more details.
We sincerely appreciate all that you are doing for your children and there is absolutely no expectation for perfection as it relates to remote learning. As a community, all we can give is our best and I thank you for your patience and perseverance as we navigate this together.
Thank you again for your partnership, and more importantly, please remember to care for yourself during these stressful times. We are in this together and we will prevail for our GVA-DC school community.
As always, we will continue to post up-to-date information, announcements, resources, etc. on our website at https://douglascounty.gvaschools.org/.
Take good care and stay healthy,
Global Village Academy- Douglas County