COVID-19 Update & Procedures

This page will be updated with information as it becomes available.

March 18, 2020

MHA Families:

 

As you are likely aware, Colorado Governor Polis issued an executive order yesterday suspending in-person learning in public and private schools through April 17.  Mile High Academy will be following this executive order, meaning the campus will remain closed through Friday, April 17.  This includes before and after school care,  preschool and athletics.  As announced previously, remote learning will start next Tuesday.   Monday, March 23, will be a teacher planning day and there will be no student assignments on that day.   From Tuesday on, teachers will be in touch with students remotely, each day. 

 

Having students home from school has the potential to create additional practical challenges, especially for working parents (whether you are working at home or away from home).  Please know that our intent is to ensure that students continue learning during this closure.  Remote learning is not meant to create additional hardships for students or their families.  For the most part, students will be able to complete their assignments each day at a time that is convenient for your family.  There is not an expectation that students will spend a full school day in front of a screen.   Due to the importance of maintaining connections during this time, each student is asked to connect face to face with their teacher at a scheduled time once each day for attendance and worship.  This will be the best way to record the required attendance and more importantly, provide a time for students to connect together as a class.  We realize that there may be some instances where this is not possible and will ask that you connect with your student’s teacher in an alternate way on that date. 

 

Moving to remote learning is uncharted territory for MHA and teachers.  Thank you to each of you for partnering with us in this journey.  All will benefit from patience and grace as we make this transition together.  Our teachers already miss their students especially during this abrupt life change.  What makes MHA special is the relationships between our teachers and their students.  THIS will not change!!  Above all, we know where our help and strength come from:

 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

 

MHA Administration

 

March 17, 2020

MHA Families –

The following is additional information regarding Mile High Academy as circumstances continue to change. At this time, MHA will conduct remote learning from March 24 until April 3. You will continue to receive updated communications via email as the information becomes available.

Please note the following:

  •      Monday, March 23 – there will be no school; this day will be treated like a weather related closure. Teachers will communicate with parents on or before Monday about the expectations for remote learning for their classes.
  •      Remote learning will happen four days per week – Monday through Thursday during regular school hours.
  • Please complete this short survey here within the next 24 hours. This will help your student’s teacher gather information on what technology resources are available in your home.
  •      Dual credit is being handled separately for Friday class time. Your student’s teacher will communicate when the extra class time will be held Monday – Thursday.
  •      Chapel will change to be offered as voluntary vespers Friday evenings.  Please look for more information later this week.
  •      Fridays will be for teachers to prep for the following week and send out parent and student communication. Fridays are also a time to set up appointments with teachers in lieu of no tutor days if your student needs additional assistance.
  •      There will be no electives the first week.  This includes physical education, music, art, etc.  Electives will resume week 2.
  •      For PK – 5, your student’s teacher will be sending out communication on what to expect and the ways to connect next week face to face so attendance can be taken.
  •      6-12 will follow their regular class schedule. Students should have their computers at home and will access the Teams site. Each class will have its own individual Teams site. This location is where the teachers will be doing videos, teaching, posting notes, etc. Attendance will be taken during each class period, just like a typical day. Students are required to connect with their teachers. If there is something that would prohibit this, please connect with the teacher and administration right away. If your student is sick and unable to do school for the day, please email the office at [email protected] to be excused. For US during the first week, 7th period will be moved up to 6th period and there will be no final period of the day. For MS during the first week, there will be no 7th period as this period is electives. Attached please find a schedule.

o   If students do not have their school issued computer or are working without their MHA computer, they can still connect to Office 365.

  • All MS and US students have Office 365 through MHA. This can be accessed via mobile apps, online, and desktop apps installed on up to 5 devices. Teams, OneDrive, and email are accessible from any internet-connected device at www.office.com. Login in with your MHA email and password. If prompted, select Work or School Account. If you have technical difficulties, please reach out to Tyler Rettler at [email protected]. Please be aware he will be assisting all RMC employees during this time.
  •      All homework and lesson plans will be updated by 4:00 PM on Fridays beginning Friday, March 27. Grades will be updated daily.

In addition, per a CHSSA communication today, Spring Sports for the 2020 season has been pushed back to April 18. We will continue to update as we receive information.

Finally, Upper School Parents please be advised that the NYC Music Trip and the Adventure Learning Trip are canceled.  Certainly, we realize how hard these students have worked and how much they have been looking forward to these trips.  Although it is tremendously unfortunate, there are no alternatives to canceling at this point.  Once the final notifications are made, notification will be sent regarding refunds.

Thank you for your continuous support during this time.

Jocelyn Aalborg

 

March 16, 2020

MHA Families:

 

In conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Mile High Academy will continue with remote-learning until April 6.  We will continue to update you as things change and as we have information. 

 

We hope you are enjoying your Spring Break as we all adjust to these rapidly changing conditions.  Watch for further information by the end of the week on how the next few weeks will look. 

Brenda Rodie

 

March 13, 2020

MHA Families:

In a continued effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, staff and families and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Mile High Academy will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.  Spring Break will remain one week in length with remote learning starting on Monday, March 23.

Today students will be coming home with some basic information and materials for remote learning during the week of March 23 – 27.  FACTS SIS will continue to be the source for attendance, lesson plans, homework and grades.  During remote learning, students will be expected to have a daily check-in with their teachers for attendance and learning. Teachers will be available during normal school hours.  More information regarding remote learning will be shared within the next week as teachers finalize their lesson plans as well as the office schedule.

These are unprecedented public health challenges.  The decision to close the week of March 23 was difficult and made after consultation with the Rocky Mountain Conference.  This decision will no doubt impact MHA students, families, teachers and staff.  The situation will continue to be closely monitored.  A decision will be made closer to March 27 regarding whether students and staff should return to school the following Monday, March 30.

Please continue to check your emails for updates.  Thank you for your continued support of Mile High Academy.

MHA Administration

 

March 8, 2020

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to have an increased impact on our community, it is important to share the steps being taken at Mile High Academy to keep students healthy and to ensure their academic progress.  Please know that Administration reviews COVID-19 information as it becomes available and makes necessary adjustments. 

 

MHA has been working closely with the school nurse and following all the recommendations given on disinfecting and sanitizing the school.  In addition, MHA has been working with the cleaning service to ensure the recommendations of the school nurse, the CDC, and the Colorado Health Department are followed.  The cleaning service is at school for 4+ hours during the school day routinely cleaning as well as cleaning/sanitizing each classroom and common area each night.  Sanitizing spray is available for all classrooms and disinfectant wipes are available for non-food surfaces. 

 

Please go over the following reminders with your student:

  • wash hands frequently using soap and water
  • avoid touching your face
  • practice respiratory etiquette – covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with elbow
  • avoid close contact with those that are sick
  • if your student is ill, please do not have them come to school
  • students with vomiting, diarrhea or fevers above 100 should not be at school
  • students should be fever-free for 24 hours (without the assistance of medications) before returning to school
  • if you indicate that your student will miss school due to sickness, please advise the symptoms
  • if you are traveling internationally, go to the CDC website and adhere to their travel recommendations and restrictions

The teaching staff is prepared with a plan for each grade/class to conduct learning remotely for up to 14 days in the event that students and/or staff are not able to physically come to school. 

 

Based on the guidance received from the school nurse, the CDC, Colorado Health Department and the Mid-American Union, we are confident that unless directed otherwise, the actions taken are comprehensive and appropriate, permitting school to remain open. 

 

RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Colorado Department of Health and Environment