Covid-19 updates from the Executive Director
1/15/2021 Statement from the Board of Directors and Executive Director
Many of us watched in collective horror as an angry mob stormed the US Capitol with confederate flags and other racist and antisemitic paraphernalia. This planned insurrection destroyed property, caused loss of life and inflicted psychological and emotional trauma on millions of Americans. The assault on the US Capitol was most certainly an assault on democracy itself, and it rang all too familiar with America’s racist and violent past. More tragically, it was an act of terror that stoked fear in people, specifically people of color.
What took place at the Capitol is antithetical to what we believe and stand for at
Colorado High School Charter:
~ We denounce white supremacy in all of its ugly forms and strive for equity, inclusion and equality
~ We abhor the use of intimidation, weapons and violence to promote ideology
At Colorado High School Charter:
~ We believe in open dialogue and civil discourse among those who are working to better our society for all people in it
~ We will continue to create equitable opportunities for all of our students and their families
~ Our educators are committed to fostering environments and curriculum that celebrate the wisdom, individuality and perspective of each young person we serve
We have been warned by military leaders and law enforcement that there will continue to be armed protests throughout the country this coming weekend and during the Inauguration on January 20th. We encourage our school community to listen to these warnings and stay away from our Capitol and other areas where armed protests are planned. This is by no means a request to back down from important social justice work. It is instead a request to stay safe while still finding powerful ways for our voices to be heard.
Both of our school buildings will be closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week out of an abundance of caution. However, online learning will continue as usual.
We thank our young people and their families for their courage and tenacity in this most difficult school year. We are also deeply grateful for all of our educators who do good work day in and day out. We remain hopeful and optimistic that through education, our future will be more just, free and equitable than our past.
Nneka McPhee (she, her, hers) Clark Callahan (he, him, his)
Board Chair & CHSC Graduate Executive Director
Free Student COVID Testing with CCC Partnership
DPS is pleased to announce it is expanding its partnership with COVIDCheck Colorado to offer free COVID-19 testing for students to support a safe return to school. All students and staff will now be able to take a baseline COVID-19 test before coming back to school, and then DPS will be able to offer an ongoing COVID-19 student screening test every other week. As shared with charters through an earlier email from Portfolio, this information will be shared with families through this PSA video, via School Messenger. Thanks to the CDPHE partnership, testing for charter students will be free, and charters will not have to pay for staff testing through March (charges will resume after March).
Baseline testing can be completed at any of COVIDCheck Colorado’s testing sites via this link (students and staff must use their DPS ID). DPS encourages everyone, unless you have tested positive in the last 90 days, to take a baseline test in the new year. The tests are free, fast, and reliable. See an updated list of testing sites here including at the Montbello campus, Abraham Lincoln Campus, North HS Campus, All City Stadium and a new site at George Washington HS. The test will be completed via nasal PCR test or SalivaDirect™, and results will be returned within 36-72 hours.
At any time, your families and students can schedule a test at existing CCC sites. Any charter student or employee should use the district link, while family members can continue to use the community link.
I hope this note finds you and your family well during these challenging times. We thank you for your support and tenacity in helping our students learn in these extraordinary circumstances.
One of the challenges that we have heard from many of you and our staff is that the uncertainty around how school will look creates added stress. We want to do everything we can to mitigate additional stress and give our educators, students and families as much time to plan as possible. So, after looking at the ever-increasing cases in the Denver area we have decided to stay remote through Quarter 3, January 5-March 26. We will decide about Quarter 4, April 5-May 28, in early to mid-March based on cases and guidance from DPS and the Health Departments.
All our educators are working incredibly hard to provide the most engaging and best online experience for our students. If your student is having trouble connecting to this material please reach out to their Advocate who can help with technology, hot spots and other resources.
We recognize these times have brought new challenges and if you and your family need help with food please let your student’s Advocate know.
Thank you for your support
Colorado High School Charter Leadership Team
Esperamos que esta nota los encuentre bien a usted y a su familia durante estos tiempos difíciles. Le agradecemos su apoyo y tenacidad para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a aprender en estas circunstancias extraordinarias.
Uno de los desafíos que hemos escuchado de muchos de ustedes y de nuestro personal es que la incertidumbre sobre cómo se verá la escuela crea estrés adicional.Queremos hacer todo lo posible para mitigar el estrés adicional y dar a nuestros educadores, estudiantes y familias el mayor tiempo posible para planificar. Entonces, después de observar los casos cada vez mayores en el área de Denver, hemos decidido permanecer alejados hasta el tercer trimestre, del 5 de Enero al 26 de Marzo. Decidiremos sobre el cuarto trimestre, del 5 de Abril al 28 de Mayo, de principios a mediados de Marzo, según los casos y la orientación del DPS y los departamentos de salud.
Todos nuestros educadores están trabajando arduamente para brindar la mejor y más atractiva experiencia en línea para nuestros estudiantes. Si su estudiante tiene problemas para conectarse a este material, comuníquese con su Representante Estudiantil, quien puede ayudarlo con tecnología, puntos de acceso y otros recursos.
Reconocemos que estos tiempos han traído nuevos desafíos y si usted y su familia necesitan ayuda con la comida, informe al Representante Estudiantil de su estudiante.
Gracias por tu apoyo,
El Liderato de Colorado High School Charter
"Formed in the spirit of dynamic growth, social justice and intellectual pursuits."
Colorado High School Charter is transforming the alternative education experience by igniting the potential within each of the diverse young people we serve. CHSC ensures students’ personal and academic growth by creating tailored curricula, a supportive school environment, and community partnerships. We empower our students to succeed in life and positively contribute to their families and communities by offering them the freedom and resources to pursue a post-secondary path aligned with their individualized goals.
Schools that empower people
The Core Principles of CHSC guide and ground our work together as a community. We believe when these principles are practiced with fidelity and discipline they lead to profound growth and results for young people. We encourage anyone who observes us not living up to these core principles to let us know so we can continue to improve our work.
Relationships:We believe that learning happens when relationships are built on trust and respect.
High Expectations: We believe that by expecting the most of ourselves and those around us and holding each other accountable leads to our greatest potential.
Growth: We value continuous improvement of ourselves, each other and our practices. We seek and apply feedback, reflect on our practice, maintain a can-do positive attitude, approach changes and challenges as opportunities to learn and celebrate each of our unique strengths in support of continuous improvement.
Inclusivity: We believe that by embracing and learning from all people we become better, produce higher quality work and become more empowered.
Wellness: We know that to perform and grow, we must feel safe and cared for, so we work continuously to holistically meet the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental, occupational and intellectual needs of everyone in our community. We believe that healthy people perform better.
Third...Fourth...Fifth way: Our students embody this value and as partners with them, we work to emulate the practice of finding ladders, bulldozers and other solutions to the vast number of walls, roadblocks and problems we encounter.