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Principal's Notes

   

June 19, 2020

Dear JA Families,

The Jeffco School district will be sending out a communication on Friday, June 19, regarding a change in the start date for district managed schools and the potential for elementary (K-5 & K-6) programs returning to 100% full time attendance in the fall.

One of the goals that we have been working on at Jefferson Academy is to align the programming in our 2 buildings when possible.  The administrative teams worked diligently last year to create a school calendar for 2020-21 that eliminated the 5 to 7-day difference between the start of school in the elementary and secondary.   The Jefferson Academy Board of Directors approved those calendars with August 18th as the first day of school for all our students.  Though the district may adjust their calendar, this does not impact Jefferson Academy.  At this time please continue to plan on starting school August 18th. 

Health agencies, though loosening regulations now, continue to state that tighter restrictions may return should there be localized spikes in the infection rates.  As a result, we continue to work on multiple plans for each building including 100% student attendance or as close as possible, remote learning, and a hybrid of the two.  

Recent developments made the district comfortable projecting a 100% return to school in the fall for their elementary students in learning cohorts.  We know that the most valid and effective education for JA students is full time, in person instruction.  We also know that some families may not be comfortable returning to school full time.   Though our preference is to provide a 100% in person start in the fall and are working toward that end, we are not ready to make that determination at this time for our elementary students.  

Due to the nature of the secondary student’s learning levels and selection of electives, meeting the requirements of single cohort groups of students is much more difficult.  JA is hoping to provide as much in-person education as possible.  Administration is reviewing some program design changes that would allow more students to attend.  They are working on a plan to return to school 100% of the time, but will look to the Colorado Department of Education and the state, district, and local health departments for their recommendations on when and how it is safe to do so which may differ by grade level. 

We are continuing to work on multiple educational plans for each building and will provide more direction as soon as health services stabilize their guidelines or we receive concrete information regarding the regulations schools will be required to meet.   

Last weekend the legislature approved a state funding bill which included a reduction in funding for K-12 schools as we expected The Colorado League of Charter Schools projects decreased funding again in the 2021-22 school year, and TABOR laws will require a slow, multi-year return to current funding levels even under the best economic situation.  On June 16th, the JA Board of Directors approved a conservative budget for the 2020-21 school year.  Taking this conservative approach aligns with what we learned during the 2008 economic down turn and will reduce the impact of anticipated reduction of funding in future years.  We are happy this budget did not include layoffs or furlough days.  It did include increases for teachers who completed their Individualized Growth Plans but froze all other salaries.  We will continue to focus on providing the most vibrant educational program for our students and supporting our teachers and staff as effectively as possible during this economic down turn.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding as our teams continue to work on designing the most impactful educational program for your children next year.  

Sincerely,

Tim Matlick

Executive Director

Jefferson Academy
A Jeffco Public School

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