2020/2021 School Year Announcements

While we encourage our families to watch their emails for communication from Mile High Academy administration, we know sometimes things can be missed. We will continue to update this page as communication becomes available.

Messages from Administration

MHA Families:

Please find the Remote Learning Plan for Mile High Academy at this LINK along with other resources that may be needed for remote learning.   This link will also be available on Teams in each class and on FACTS Family Portal. All plans will include attendance guidelines and instructions for joining remotely when a student is under quarantine and plans if the entire class or school is directed to remote learning. This plan will be updated throughout the year as needed.   

Thank you for partnering with us for your student’s education.

MHA Administration

MHA Families:

  

Now that we are beginning our 6th week of school, we are happy to report that we have had no positive Covid-19 cases at Mile High Academy.  

 

While we have not had any positive Covid-19 tests at this point, we have had multiple students in the second grade classroom with different symptoms over the past week.  We are thankful that so far all test results have returned negative for those who have tested.  With that said, due to the number of students out sick and the combination of symptoms, we are following the recommendation from Tri-County Health to quarantine the 2nd grade class through October 1st.   Siblings of 2nd grade students are not required to quarantine unless they have a family member with any symptoms.

 

MHA’s Remote Learning Plans

With students being in and out over the last 5 weeks, we have continued to modify our remote learning plans for the families at home as well as teachers in the classroom.   Teachers have been working on their remote learning plans and will continue to make adjustments as needed.   These plans will be located on the FACTS Family Portal sites and on Teams as classrooms are partitioned later this week.    Second Grade has been sent additional information regarding their quarantine plan.  Students who are under quarantine but not sick, will be expected to join their classes remotely.  These students will have an attendance code of PR (present remote) for days that they connect remotely when school is in person.  Students who are home due to symptoms will be given an excused absence.   Parents are asked to let the office know as soon as possible if these students would like to connect remotely; however, this will not be required as we also understand the importance of resting and recuperating.  

 

We want to thank our families once again for your cooperation and understanding in keeping your children home when they are not feeling 100%.  We are attaching a flow chart that has been helpful in determining when a student can return to school.   Please know that these guidelines are subject to change at any time and that we are currently following the right side of the chart.  We also follow additional guidelines that determine the need to quarantine a class.   

 

Please remember that any time your children or any member of your family has any Covid-like symptoms, we ask that you notify the office right away, even on a weekend.  Please email [email protected] to notify us if you are not able to contact us via phone. Siblings are also asked to remain at home until a return to school has been approved.  We start a time line the day symptoms begin that has the potential for quarantine.   Symptoms that go beyond 24-48 hours (depending on the severity) require a negative PCR Covid-19 test and an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider before returning to school.  

 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding of the need for following the guidelines of CDPHE, Tri-County Health, and our school nurse as we work to keep our community safe.

 

Jocelyn, Michael and Brenda

MHA Families:

 

We are excited to start our second week of the 2020-2021 school year at MHA.  We wanted to share some information with you as we move forward.  We are learning as we go with all of the curve balls thrown at us due to Covid. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we implement and adjust new procedures and policies.

 

We had a good first week as teachers and students are doing their best to follow the guidelines.  We do want to remind everyone of the importance of wearing masks and social-distancing.  We know that so many of our students are excited to see each other and that getting used to wearing masks for long periods will take some time.  It is important that we all work together to ensure that we can continue in-person learning in the safest manner possible and avoid having to quarantine classes or school levels.  Thank you for encouraging your families to continue to take all guidelines seriously. 

 

We wanted to share some information with you that came to our attention during the last week.  We have had several families who have alerted us to some symptoms in their children or immediate family members.  We want to thank these families especially for working with us as we determine next steps and decisions on returns to school.  They are keeping all of us safe by reporting and being patient as we address each situation.  It has taken some time to work through the process with the guidance of our school nurse and CDPHE.  We want to assure you that the safety of our school remains a top priority.  Thankfully, we have not yet been directed to quarantine any classes or school levels.  We did want to share what steps are being taken when symptoms are reported.

 

Anytime symptoms are reported, students and siblings are asked to be picked up immediately and remain at home while we work through each case with the nurse.  Depending on the classification of symptoms (major or minor) and the exposure (students in attendance or family members), students may be asked to isolate for 10 days (major Covid symptoms) or quarantine for 14 days (exposure).  At this point, when reporting symptoms you will want to initially plan on a 10-day isolation for those experiencing major symptoms and a 14-day quarantine for any siblings as we work through each case with our nurse and potentially Tri-County Health.  Choosing to get a Covid test may result in a quicker return to school.  However, the negative Covid test MUST be a PCR test in order to release someone from isolation or quarantine.  There are also some situations where minor symptoms resolved within 24 hours allow for a return to school.  We are expecting to receive some additional guidelines for families that we will share as soon as received. 

 

We did want to share the following information related to the different types of Covid tests:

 

https://time.com/5880255/covid-19-tests-types/

https://covid19.colorado.gov/are-you-sick/testing-for-covid-19

 

Again, we appreciate your patience with us. This is a new territory for all of us and we are working as hard as possible to keep our students/staff safe as well as keep the school open.

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Jocelyn, Michael and Brenda

MHA Families:

 

Thank you for your patience as we work through the drop off and pick up process.  We will continue to work to improve the process to make it go as efficiently as possible.  

 

There are a few things you can do to help:

 

Drop Off

  • Please keep your vehicle moving all the way to the front of the line to do the screening for all students. 
  • Only students and their passengers who are driving themselves to school should be doing the walk up screening.  All others should be screened at their vehicles.
  • Middle and Upper School students will still enter at their designated doors but should screen at their vehicles if parents/guardians are driving them.
  • We are changing the doors that 1st and 2nd graders enter in the morning – they will enter their outside classroom doors starting tomorrow.
  • We have also arranged for the preschool parents to use the preschool parking area for drop off and pick up to allow more time for that process without holding up the line.

Pick Up

  • Please enter the parking lot and use the right lane for picking up all students except PS families.
  • If the line extends out onto Dad Clark Drive, and you are coming from the West, please turn into the church next door to turn around and enter from the East.
  • Only PS families should use the left lane to enter and park in the preschool parking.
  • Please keep moving forward to the front of the line – students will load only in front of the school as directed.

Please do your best to be as efficient as possible during loading and unloading to help the entire process go as quickly as possible for all. We will continue to monitor and adjust the process as we go.

Brenda Rodie, VP of Operations, Admissions and Records

MHA Families:

We are so excited to have our students back on campus tomorrow!  Here is some information that will help you know what to expect:

Drop Off:

  • Masks must be worn when getting out of the car and entering the building for all students. All students 4th grade and up must wear their mask all day while inside.
  •  Screenings:
    • Screenings will be happening outside, while students are at their vehicles. Please make sure students have all of their items ready to go to minimize the time it takes to exit their vehicles.  We will have a team outside to direct you starting at 7:30 am tomorrow morning. We will do temperature checks (temps must be below 100.4) and ask if the “At Home Symptom Screening” has been completed. (See list below). If no, we will do the symptom screening at that time. Once students have been cleared for entry, they will receive a wrist band to enter the building. Students will enter through the following doors:
      • PS & K – their outside classroom doors
      • 1st – 5th – main entrance
      • 6th – 8th – breezeway door
      • 9th – 12th – Upper school door (stairs down to Upper School will be one directional-please follow signs)
    • If your student is driving, they will need to park their car and walk up to the screening area.
    • Parents are asked to remain in their vehicles. Access to the school will not be available during this time.
    • PS parents will need to sign a drop off form daily, which we will have at the screening location.
  • Please be patient with us as we work through the new process that has been put in place. We will reevaluate the process daily and communicate any changes if needed.

Access to Front Office:

  • First Day – if you need to come to the office to finish enrollment, please let the team know during screenings. We will create a list and call you from the parking lot when it is time to come in. This will limit the number of individuals in our lobby.
  • Moving forward, we will limit the number of individuals in our lobby at any one time, please make an appointment with the front office. If you have not made an appointment, please call the office when you are here and they will make note and we will call when it is your time to come in.

Late Arrivals

  • If you are unable to get here before the outside screening process ends, please pull up to the main entrance and drop off your students (PS-12).  PS parents will need to walk in the main entrance to sign the drop off form required by our licensing.
  • The screening process will happen inside the lobby and after completed, students will receive a tardy slip. LS and MS will walk to their classrooms via the main building. US will leave the lobby and walk outside to the US entrance.

Pick Up:

  • All students, PS – 12, will use the pick up line process unless they drive themselves.
  • Parents are to remain in their vehicles. There will be no walk up options this year.
  • A team will be outside to direct the cars and call out the student numbers. Please have your pick up number (hot pink) on your dash so it is visible right away.
  • If you have not received your pick up numbers in the mail, please let us know by responding to this email or at drop off tomorrow.
  • Doors the students will exit:
    • PS – 2nd – outside door
    • 3rd – 5th – main entrance
    • 6th – 8th – breezeway doors
    • 9th – 12th –upper school doors
  • If students are driving and need to pick up a sibling, the driver needs to let the team know outside and we will call for their sibling. This is the only walk up that we can do at this time.
  • Pick up line ends at 4:15.

After School Care (ASC):

  • ASC begins at 4:15 and ends at 5:30. There is a flat fee of $6 per student/per day that will be charged to your FACTS account.
  • Students will stay within their classrooms/cohort at this time. There will be time for students to go outside.
  • For pick up, please do the following process:
    • Drive up to the main entrance, have your pick up number (hot pink) visible in your front passenger window.
    • Call 303.744.1069, that you are here and give your pick up number. Texting will be coming soon.
    • This will notify the office, and they will call for your student. All students will exit via the Main Entrance.

As a reminder, Chapel will be on Mondays and this is the day for your student to wear their blue shirts (PS-8). We will not require this until after Labor Day to give us enough time to order and hand out the new shirts for the students who need them.

First Day Pictures:

  • We will go around tomorrow and take individual pictures of the students that we can share with families since parents are not allowed on campus.

Lunch:

  • At this time we have tabled Hot Lunch until September. We are working with different groups to see if they would be willing to set hot lunch up, but need a bit more time.
  • Please make sure you pack your student a lunch that does not require a microwave.

Last week we received some new guidance to help schools respond to COVID-19 cases and outbreaks. Parents and guardians can use these symptom checklists to determine when to keep their child at home based on the level of COVID-19 transmission in their community (we are currently at Safer at Home). Any student or staff diagnosed with COVID-19 or who is a close contact of a COVID-19 case should not go to school and should isolate or quarantine according to public health recommendations.

At Home Symptom Screening – Sustained Community Transmission (Safer at Home or Stay at Home):

If any of the following symptoms are present, keep the child at home/ stay at home, inform the school of symptoms, and reach out to a health care provider about COVID-19 testing and next steps for treatment.

❏ Feeling feverish, having chills, or temperature 100.4°F or higher.

❏ New or unexplained persistent cough.

❏ Shortness of breath.

❏ Difficulty breathing.

❏ Loss of taste or smell.

❏ Fatigue.

❏ Muscle aches.

❏ Headache.

❏ Sore throat.

❏ Nausea or vomiting.

❏ Diarrhea.

❏ Runny nose or congestion.

We have attached some of the documents from CDPHE that were released last week for those who are interested (At Home Symptom Screening for Parents and Staff, COVID Return to School Work Guidance and COVID Cohort-Exclusion Tool).  These may give a better picture of the guidance for decisions on quarantines of classrooms, etc.  We will be working closely with our school nurse and Tri-County Health on any specific situations.  Please keep in mind that these guidelines can be updated at any time.

Thank you for trusting us with your children.  We are looking forward to a great year at MHA!

MHA Families –

Thank you for your patience as we put together the virtual registration format. Following is information on how to complete virtual registration.

Every family needs to watch the Parent Orientation PowerPoint and complete the questionnaire at the end of the presentation.  Please click on this LINK to access the presentation.

Every family must complete the following in order to begin school on August 17.  You will receive separate emails through Adobe Sign from Brenda Rodie/Echosign with the first three documents to sign electronically:

  • Handbook/COVID Signature
  • Technology Policy
  • Consent to Treat/Health Information
  • PowerPoint (linked above)
  • Items below as applicable

Please be patient as we will be sending these emails one by one to each family.  You may not get an email until tomorrow.

Items Normally Picked Up at Registration:

  • Polo Shirts – Please click on this
  •  if you need a new MHA Polo for the 2020-2021 school year.  New Students – polo shirt sizes will be ordered from the enrollment information.
  • ID Cards – Returning students in 7-12th grades please click on this LINK. Cards will be provided to students after school starts.
  • Pick up numbers – Numbers will be mailed this week to each family. The individual numbers for the backpacks will be handed out the first week of school. Every student (PS-12) will have a number.

Finances:

  • If a meeting is needed with Jocelyn, you will receive an individual email requesting a time from Jocelyn. If you do receive this, the meeting must happen before school starts.

Preschool:

  • Medical Exam – All students in PS need a yearly physical exam on file.  Please send with your child on the first day of school if we do not currently have on file.  Most families choose to submit these after their yearly well child visits.
  • PS Pick Up – All students will need to have a form on file.  New students should submit with online enrollment or send with your child on the first day of school.  Returning students please let us know if you have any additions or updates from last year.

Middle School:

  • Class Schedules will be available in Family Portal.  A separate email will be sent out letting you know when you can access these.  (Electives will be determined the first week of school)

Upper School:

  • Class Schedules will be available in Family Portal.  A separate email will be sent out letting you know when you can access these.  (Electives will be determined the first week of school)
  • Drivers – Please click on this LINK to fill out a survey.  Once complete a separate form will be sent for student drivers to register if applicable.

New Families:

  • Financial Contract – Families will be sent a financial contract for signature if not already returned with enrollment.
  • Immunizations – please send immunization documents with your child(ren) the first day of school if not already returned with enrollment.
  • Online enrollment must also be complete in order to start school.

As you are going through virtual registration, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Brenda [email protected] , Jocelyn [email protected] or the office (303-744-1069) for any questions.

Please complete all documents by Thursday, August 13 by 12:00 pm so administration can finalize the registration for each and every student. It is vital that these items above are completed before your child comes to school on the first day.   

Thank you for your continued support. We are excited to see your students a week from today!

Brenda Rodie, VP of Operations, Admissions & Records

MHA Families –

Our return to in-person learning may not be perfect, and we know there are many questions that still need answers. But we know that together, we can do this and help our students and staff through this next chapter of this pandemic.

As things change, we will send updates. We are excited to see your student on Monday, August 17.

We look forward to partnering with you and welcome your continued feedback throughout this process.

To read MHA’s Covid-19 Re-Opening Plan, please click here.

Thank you –

Brenda, Michael & Jocelyn

MHA Families:

We want to remind you that registration has been moved to an all virtual event taking place next week. Please watch for further information scheduled for Monday, August 10.  Each family will receive an email with the documents you need to sign that you can electronically sign and return to us. Pickup numbers for all families will also be mailed out prior to the start of school.  School polos and backpack pickup numbers will be handed out the first day of school.

We know many of you have been waiting for the school supply lists. Please see the following links. The updated textbook list will be sent out by tomorrow.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work together for the start of this school year!   We will continue to communicate in the coming days as things are coming into place for our school year.

Brenda Rodie, VP of Operations, Admissions & Records

MHA Families:

On behalf of the faculty and staff, we are so excited to start school on Monday, August 17, 2020!  Your students are missed!  Please note the updates below:

  • MHA was informed by the Tri-County Health Department and Douglas County that the jointly submitted variance request will not be answered.  Education specific guidelines are expected from Governor Polis as soon as Monday.
  • MHA created a re-opening plan to submit to the Tri-County Health Department for approval.  As soon as the state guidelines are released and reviewed, the plan will be submitted to Tri-County for final review.
  • AdventHealth Education Grant funds awarded to MHA have been used for security improvements.  The Blue Point Emergency Notification System was installed last month.  This system provides an immediate method from strategic points inside the building to lock the school down and simultaneously contact law enforcement.  Additional security measures will be put in place later this month.
  • Virtual registration will take place on Thursday, August 6.
  • Conditioning for student-athletes began this week.  Due to the new mask mandate, masks will be required indoors at all times.
  • Due to the necessity of keeping student cohorts separate, middle school sports will be limited to 6th through 8th grades.
  • Mr. Rettler is working with AMS to increase the fresh air intakes and to upgrade the filters currently recommended for non-health care facilities.
  • The new statewide mask mandate will be followed at MHA (masks required for everyone 4th grade and above).  Students under 10 (PS-3rd grades) will be encouraged to wear a mask anytime six-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained.  Parents should plan to send extra masks with their student to have at school.  The masks must cover the student’s nose and mouth.

Looking forward to having your scholars back on campus!

Administration

MHA Families:

Attached is the updated dress code for the 2020-2021 school year.

Brenda Rodie, VP of Operations, Admissions & Records

MHA Families:

At this time we wanted to share that Esther Aviles resigned from her position at MHA this week.  Please join us in praying for Ms. Aviles as she pursues options out of state.  With the unknowns due to the current Covid-19 situation, MHA has been directed that choir will not be an option for the upcoming school year.  As you likely know, music is an essential part of the MHA program.  It is our hope that it will be possible to return to more regular programming by the following school year.  In the mean time, we are tasked with exploring options and identifying the right part-time individual for our music needs for this school year. 

As we begin these tasks, it would be helpful to have your input via the survey at the links below.  Please complete this survey by June 30. 

Lower School Music Survey

6-12 Music Survey

If you are aware of anyone who would be interested in the part-time music position at MHA, or would be willing to volunteer in any related capacity for this upcoming school year, please reach out to us.

We will update you as plans come together.

Brenda Rodie, VP of Operations, Admissions & Records

Dear Mile High Family:

Hope this communication finds each of your respective families is enjoying summer.   Administration has been working on plans for the upcoming school year.  It is with much anticipation that the MHA faculty and staff look forward to students returning to campus!

Thank you for the conversations that we were able to have while conducting the parent survey. Overwhelmingly, families want to return to school!  Many families were comfortable with any of the options that included in-person learning at school.  MHA met this week with a group of private schools in Douglas County to collaborate on a joint variance request.  See the survey result images below this communication.

Unless there is a government mandated restriction preventing students from returning to MHA in person, it is our highest priority to have students return safely to their classrooms.   Based on feedback from over 100 families, Administration and the MHA School Board have agreed to a 4-day school week for the 2020-2021 school year.  The primary benefit of MHA moving to a 4-day school week is to better accommodate families needing before and after school care supervision.   Several schools within the Rocky Mountain Conference have already switched to 4-day school weeks and have found it to be a positive change for their families.  At this point, this change is for the 2020-2021 school year only and will be re-evaluated next year.

NEW SCHOOL HOURS

  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Thursday
  • 7:30 am – Before School Care begins in student classrooms
  • 5:30 pm – After School Care ends

With the information available now, After School Care will take place in the individual classrooms.  A flat rate of $6 per day will be charged for each student attending ASC.   After School Care ends at 5:30 pm Monday-Thursday. Additional details for BSC and ASC will be communicated, including drop off/pick up locations and procedures. Staggering drop off and/or pick up times is not anticipated.

Although limited summer office hours are available, due to Safer at Home guidelines currently in place, please call ahead before coming to the school. Appointments are appreciated.

The recommended cleaning protocols remain in place at MHA.  During the school year a full-time cleaner will be working each school day.   In addition, please note the following:

  • Hand sanitizer will be placed at the entrance of each classroom
  • Students will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting each classroom
  • Cleaning solution will be available in each classroom for use at any time
  • Lockers will not be assigned to any student; each student will need to use their own books and school related items.  Students will need to carry these items with them.  No lockers will also help promote physical distancing.

Additional programming updates include self-contained lower school classrooms.  Due to the COVID-19 related risks of choir, it will not be offered during this school year.  Options to continue offering some music related programming will be explored.  We are in the process of exploring options for school events for this fall.

Here are some important upcoming dates:

  • August 6 – Registration – watch for further communication on an alternate registration plan
  • August 17, 8:00 am – First Day of School

Just a reminder, payment plans begin in July for the upcoming year. Payment plans are in the process of being finalized in FACTS and should be completed in the next couple of weeks. If you do not see by an email by July 1st, please contact Jocelyn Aalborg, VP of Finance, at 303.607.4912 or [email protected].

Teacher assignments for the 2020-2021 school year:

LOWER SCHOOL TEACHERS

  • Preschool – Mrs. Werner
  • Kindergarten – Mrs. A
  • 1st Grade – Ms. Kate
  • 2nd Grade – Mrs. Gleason
  • 3rd Grade – Ms. Yuros
  • 4th Grade – Mrs. Francis
  • 5th Grade – Mrs. Clark

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS 

  • 6th Grade – TBD
  • 7th Grade – Mrs. Hernandez, English & Science
  • 8th Grade – Mr. Weber, Social Studies & Bible Teacher

UPPER SCHOOL CLASS SPONSORS

  • Freshmen – Mr. Tull
  • Sophomores – Mrs. Berg/Mr. Howard
  • Juniors – Mrs. Eno
  • Seniors – Mrs. Venteicher
  • SA – Mrs. Berg/Mr. Howard
  • Yearbook – Mrs. Eno

STAFF

  • Athletics/PE Teacher – Coach Tull
  • Art – Mrs. Rettler
  • Technology/Maintenance – Mr. Rettler

OFFICE STAFF

  • Mrs. Feldbush
  • Mrs. Meyers
  • Mrs. Philpott
  • Mrs. Wall

ADMINISTRATION

  • VP of Finance & Development – Mrs. Aalborg
  • VP of Academics – Mr. Armstrong
  • VP of Operations, Admissions & Records – Mrs. Rodie

UPPER SCHOOL CLASS SCHEDULES AND TEXTBOOKS – Stay tuned for more information.

DRESS CODE —Please look for separate communication next week regarding dress code.

MHA is still enrolling new students.  If you know of any student or family who might be interested in attending MHA, please let us know!  We would be pleased to invite them to be a part of the MHA family!

Thank you for sharing your students with the faculty and staff of Mile High Academy.  As always, it is our greatest desire to partner together for the spiritual and academic benefit of each student.

Administration