D60 Updates about COVID-19


Directions to watch the Bell Game on your TV

posted Oct 16, 2020, 7:51 AM by Radford Sprouse

Individuals wishing to watch the stream of D60's Bell and Cannon Games may have the ability to watch the feed on their TV. 


𝗢𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 A - Connect to a 𝗧𝗩 Using HDMI

• Use a computer with an HDMI output to connect to your TV’s HDMI input. (Requires HDMI cable).

• You’ll need to change the input on your TV to HDMI (may need to use “source search” or “search” to find).

• “Duplicate” your computer screen onto the other screen (TV) by pressing the Windows key and the ‘P’ key, then selecting “Duplicate”

• Open a Web Browser and go to the following URL: https://vimeo.com/468204282

• Watch and enjoy!


𝗢𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 B - “𝗦𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗮 𝗦𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗧𝗩, 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗯𝗼𝘅, 𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸

• Many cell phones have the ability to “screen share” or “cast” to a Smart TV, set-top box or streaming stick. Depending on your device(s), steps to set this up will vary. Consult the articles below

• Android directions: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-cast-and-mirror-an-android-screen-to-a-tv/

• iPhone/iPad directions: https://www.techhive.com/article/249065/how-to-connect-your-iphone-to-your-tv.html


𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗲: Individuals wishing to stream to a TV are advised to do a "test run" with a video on the District 60 Vimeo page (http://www.vimeo.com/District60)



D60 High Schools Return to In-Person Learning

posted Oct 13, 2020, 9:00 AM by Renee Hahn   [ updated Oct 13, 2020, 9:00 AM ]

Pueblo School District 60 is excited to begin in-person classes for our High School students on Wednesday, October 21, for students who chose the in-person hybrid model. Starting Wednesday, October 21, all high schools will begin to follow Stage 2 guidelines:

Stage 2
  • ALL students begin to follow their Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday hybrid schedule
  • In-person students return to the classroom two days a week and learn online two days a week
  • Fully online students will learn two days a week online synchronously and two days a week asynchronously
In order for our schools to open safely, please remember to wear a mask and follow social distance guidelines to minimize the risk of exposure. Students should arrive and begin to enter the school at their assigned door at approximately 7:10 a.m. in order to provide enough time for temperature taking entry routines.

High School Plan Update

posted Sep 30, 2020, 3:28 PM by Radford Sprouse

Pueblo School District 60 has been working diligently to develop a plan to bring high school students back for in-person instruction. As always, the safety of our students and staff has been of the highest importance making this year's schedule planning particularly challenging. 

Over the last few weeks, D60 administrators met in focus groups to discuss a wide variety of options and ideas to address scheduling challenges and to improve our delivery of online instruction. This listening tour included representation from each of our high schools and included teachers, union representatives, master schedulers, data entry secretaries, counselors, and administrators. An important outcome of this meeting was the development of an approach to phase students back into the classroom using a three stage model.  

Starting this week (September 28), high school online instruction will be adjusted so all students learn synchronously (direct contact with teacher) in the morning, and asynchronously in the evening, on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, that model will flip.

Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Suzanne Morey said that "this adjustment was made because high school teachers thought this would allow them more opportunity to provide small group support and ’office hours' to students when the entire school is working remotely."

Our best hope is for high school in-person students to return to the classroom starting the week of Oct. 19, at the start of the second quarter.

Below is an outline of the three stages


·  Stage 1 (current stage)

o All Instruction for High School Students is provided virtually

o Students will attend Monday and Wednesday 1-4th period synchronously and 5-7th period asynchronous

o Students will attend Tuesday and Thursday periods 1-4 asynchronously and periods 5-7 synchronously

o Teachers will schedule office hours and small group instruction during asynchronous time.

·  Stage 2

o In-person students return to the classroom two days a week and learn online two days a week

o Fully online students continue to work two days a week online synchronously and two days a week asynchronously

o All students begin to follow their Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday hybrid schedule

·  Stage 3

    • In-person students return to school four days a week
    • Fully online students continue to learn virtually

What to Expect the first days of school…

posted Aug 27, 2020, 1:55 PM by Renee Hahn   [ updated Aug 27, 2020, 3:23 PM by Radford Sprouse ]

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Elementary School Students
  • In person students: Students will attend school in person at normal start and end times. All in person students must wear a mask to attend school. Your school will communicate the specific arrival door your child will enter.
  • Grades K - 2 Virtual students: K-2 students should open google classroom and click on the link from their teacher to join their class video meeting at approximately 8:30 am each day. Students will attend class with their teacher on the screen from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm Monday through Thursday. They will use the rest of the afternoon to independently complete additional daily online assignments posted in google classroom.
  • Grades 3 - 5 Virtual students: 3-5 students should open google classroom and independently work on posted daily assignments each morning. They should click on the link from their teacher to join the class video meeting at approximately 11:45 am each day. Students will attend class with their teacher on the screen from 11:45 am - 3:15 pm Monday through Thursday.

Middle School Students
IN PERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
  • In person Monday/Wednesday students:
    • Mondays and Wednesdays: Students will attend school in person at normal start and end times. All in person students must wear a mask to attend school. Your school will communicate the specific arrival door your child will enter.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays: Students will learn online from home. Students will open their Infinite Campus student portal to take their own daily attendance for each of their classes and then open Google classroom to independently complete daily online assignments posted for each of their classes.
  • In person Tuesday/Thursday students:
    • Mondays and Wednesdays: Students will learn online from home. Students will open their Infinite Campus student portal to take their own daily attendance for each of their classes and then open Google classroom to independently complete daily online assignments posted for each of their classes.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays: Students will attend school in person at normal start and end times. All in person students must wear a mask to attend school. Your school will communicate the specific arrival door your child will enter.
VIRTUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
  • Virtual Monday/Wednesday students:
    • Mondays and Wednesdays: Students will engage in synchronous learning with their teacher(s) on the screen for each class period for the entire day. Students should click on the link from their teacher(s) to join the class video meetings at the beginning of each class period at the regular start times.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays: Students will learn online independently. Students will open their Infinite Campus student portal to take their own daily attendance for each of their classes and then open Google classroom to independently complete daily online assignments posted in each of their classes.
  • Virtual Tuesday/Thursday students:
    • Mondays and Wednesdays: Students will learn online independently. Students will open their Infinite Campus student portal to take their own daily attendance for each of their classes and then open Google classroom to independently complete daily online assignments posted for each of their classes.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays: Students will engage in synchronous learning with their teacher(s) on the screen for each class period for the entire day. Students should click on the link from their teacher(s) to join the class video meetings at the beginning of each class period at the regular start times.

High School Students
ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BEGIN THE YEAR ONLINE
  • Monday/Wednesday students:
    • Mondays and Wednesdays: Students will engage in synchronous learning with their teacher(s) on the screen for each class period for the entire day. Students should click on the link from their teacher(s) to join the class video meetings at the beginning of each class period at the regular start times.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays: Students will learn online independently. Students will open their Infinite Campus student portal to take their own daily attendance for each of their classes and then open Google classroom to independently complete daily online assignments posted in each of their classes.
  • Tuesday/Thursday students:
    • Mondays and Wednesdays: Students will learn online independently. Students will open their Infinite Campus student portal to take their own daily attendance for each of their classes and then open Google classroom to independently complete daily online assignments posted for each of their classes.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays: Students will engage in synchronous learning with their teacher(s) on the screen for each class period for the entire day. Students should click on the link from their teacher(s) to join the class video meetings at the beginning of each class period at the regular start times.

Face Covering Protocol

posted Aug 27, 2020, 12:35 PM by Renee Hahn   [ updated Aug 28, 2020, 3:29 PM ]

Pueblo School District 60 Face Covering Protocol Face coverings and/or masks are a critical tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with everyday preventive actions and social distancing in public settings. 
“Face Covering” or “Mask” means a uniform piece of material, including multiple layers of fabric, that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands. 
The following guidelines will be followed by all Pueblo School District 60 students and staff:
  • All K-12 students attending District 60, and all adults are to wear face coverings while in school buildings or facilities, on school buses and vehicles or at school-sanctioned activities.
  • Preschool children will wear face coverings “to the extent possible.”
  • Students and/or adults who are found without a mask will be directed to immediately put a mask on. Should they not have one, the school will provide one to the student and/or adult.
  • Face coverings may be taken off during outdoor recess, exercise activities (i.e. high aerobic PE activities) and during preschool naps.
  • Any student who because of health considerations is unable to wear a face covering may request an accommodation by completing a medical mask exemption form.
  • If appropriate, a health team, 504 team, or IEP team meeting will be held to determine the appropriate accommodations for the student in light of current health and safety considerations and the student’s individualized needs.
  • Children with disabilities, including those seeking and those who have received an accommodation to refrain from mask-wearing due to a disability, are entitled to receive a free appropriate public education free from bullying and harassment. To assist staff in recognizing students with an accommodation related to mask-wearing within in-person learning settings and to thereby reduce the likelihood that staff unfamiliar with the student’s accommodation will inadvertently interfere with the student’s ability to exercise their accommodation from mask-wearing requirements, preK-5th grade students with a mask-wearing accommodation will wear a small yellow smiley face pin on their shirt. Students grade 6-12 with such an accommodation will wear an acrylic colorful wristband on their wrist. Nevertheless, some students may misplace or fail to display their pin or wristband, and such failure on the student’s part will have no effect on their right to exercise their accommodations. Staff unfamiliar with the accommodations of a student should be prepared to honor a student’s word that they have received an accommodation from mask-wearing requirements unless and until the staff member verifies the existence or non-existence of such accommodation. Students who are untruthful with staff for any reason or who violate applicable school rules related to mask-wearing may be referred to school administrators for counseling or as part of the disciplinary process, as appropriate.
  • Students will be able to wear their own personal cloth face coverings so long as the coverings meet the requirements of these rules.
  • Pueblo School District #60 will provide every PreK-12 student a cloth face covering on the first day of school. As indicated above, students have the option of wearing their own mace covering so long as it meets the requirements of these rules. All face coverings must adhere to the District’s Student Dress Code Policy – JICA.
  • Unacceptable face coverings at school, on school property, or at a school-sanctioned activity will include: 
    • Bandanas or scarves.
    • Face coverings that promote drugs, alcohol or tobacco either by brand or message.
    • Face coverings with sexually suggestive language or message.
    • Face coverings that promote any activity prohibited by the student code of conduct and/or law.
    • Face coverings and accessories indicative of affiliation with a gang, secret society or disruptive group. This includes, but is not limited to gang-related colors or numbers, bandana, emblems, trademarks, badges, insignias or logos.
  • Students will be expected to wash cloth face coverings with soap and water, rinse and dry the face covering at home daily or wear a clean face covering to school.
  • Extra disposable paper face coverings will be available in each school for students who may forget their own face coverings.
The Centers for Disease control (CDC) offers the following guidelines when wearing a face covering:
  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under the chin.
  • Try to fit the face covering snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.
  • Wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth to help protect others in case you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms.
  • Don’t put the face covering around your neck or up on your forehead.
  • Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect.
How to safely remove a face covering:
  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops.
  • Handle only by the loops or ties.
  • Fold outside corners together.
  • Place coverings in the washing machine.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.
Failure to follow these face covering rules or student Code of Conduct, including the Student Dress Code Policy, may result in disciplinary action.
  • Students who refuse to wear the proper face coverings and who do not have a medical reason for doing so are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the District’s disciplinary policies. A mask will be provided to them for the day and their parents/guardians will be contacted to remind them that the student may not return to school without a required mask. Students who refuse to wear masks at school may be assigned to online learning until such time that they will fully comply with the applicable health and safety guidelines.
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2020-21 Return to School: What will it look like?

posted Aug 19, 2020, 12:16 PM by anthony.sandstrom@pueblocityschools.us

When many students return to schools for in-person instruction on Monday, Aug. 31, staff and students will be expected to follow required health and safety guidelines to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection.”

Therefore, in order to lower COVID-19 exposure and spread, numerous health and safety expectations, practices, and procedures will be put in place in all D60 schools.The Pueblo School District 60 Return to School Plan (in Spanish), produced in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and our local health partners at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE), outlines the measures being taken to ensure the safety of staff and students.

Request a change to in-person or online learning

posted Jul 24, 2020, 3:05 PM by anthony.sandstrom@pueblocityschools.us   [ updated Sep 3, 2020, 4:44 PM by Radford Sprouse ]

The change request process has closed. If you have questions or concerns, please work with your home school for further assistance. 

Letter to the Community about 2020-21 D60 Return to School Plan

posted Jul 23, 2020, 9:03 PM by anthony.sandstrom@pueblocityschools.us   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 12:06 PM ]




D60 students and families:

The Pueblo School District 60 Return to School Plan (in Spanish) is the product of extensive planning and collaboration with the D60 community, involving task force stakeholders including parents, principals, teachers, students, support staff, as well as the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and our local health partners at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE).


The first day of school for K-12 students has been changed to Monday, August 31, 2020. This delayed start ensures sufficient time for our buildings to implement health and safety guidelines, prepare technology devices, and for teachers to prepare for a socially distanced, full in-person or blended learning instructional model.


The D60 Return to School Plan consists of several options for families:

  • The first day of school for K-12 students will be Monday, Aug. 31.

  • K-5 students: Full in-person learning four days a week, with health and safety measures in place, OR 100% on-line learning. 

  • 6-12 students: Hybrid model with two days in-person learning, and two days of distance learning each week, OR 100% online learning. 

  • Pre-K students will attend in-person four days a week (½ day or full-day program).  First day of school for preschool students will be Tuesday, September 8.

  • All K-12 students will be issued a technology device. K-1 students will receive an iPad, grades 2-12 will receive a Chromebook. In-class instruction as well as distance learning will incorporate students’ technology devices.


To request participation in 100% virtual instruction:

To request that one or more of your children participate in a 100% online instructional option, parents must complete the request for full online instruction" form located on Parent Portal. We are asking that parents complete one request per child whom you want to attend fully online by Friday, August 7, 2020. If you do not have a Parent Portal or have difficulties using it, please call the Parent Help Line at 719-549-7111. Families who do not complete the survey will be automatically enrolled in the fully in person (K-5) or hybrid in person (6-12) model. 


  1. log onto your district Parent Portal and select the "Survey" tab,

  2. click the “Request for Full-Online Instruction” link and click “Start,” and

  3. answer the five questions and click “Complete Survey.” 


Please note: All families are asked to commit to a minimum of one semester for their instructional delivery model of choice before being allowed to make changes to a different model. Changes in the middle of the semester may be requested for hardship situations.


As students return to the classroom, we will ensure to the greatest extent possible, the safety of our students and staff. This is a community-wide priority and we all have to do our part to make this happen. Included in the D60 Return to School Plan are numerous health and safety protocols that D60 is taking to minimize the exposure and spread of COVID-19.


Masks must be worn by all students and adults. D60 will provide one cloth mask to every student and employee of the district. Social distancing measures and hand washing expectations will be put in place in all buildings.  Temperature checks and health screenings will occur daily for all students and adults upon arrival.


We will minimize interactions among groups of students using a cohort model. We will institute a cleaning regimen that is frequent, targeted, and of a scope sufficient to reduce transmission. Parents and guardians will need to screen, monitor and self-report their child’s health when concerns arise.


This Return to School Plan is intended to strike a balance between the health concerns posed by COVID-19, quality educational programming, and the needs of our community. D60 will continue to focus on the guiding principles offered in our Strategic Plan, including our core value that the social and emotional well-being of our students is as important as their academic needs. We will remain prepared to adjust and adapt instructional delivery as the local Pueblo County health or D60 specific health context changes. Our plan is intended to support schools in planning for the start of the school year and will be updated as necessary to align with current health practices.


In D60 we understand that the 2020-21 school year is unlike any previous year in our Nation’s or District’s history. We know that each family has a personal choice to make when it comes to the educational options for their children. We are striving to adapt to the continually changing conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, while also providing equitable access to a high-quality PreK-12 education in a safe environment. We’re confident that the D60 Return to School Plan will accomplish this. 


We appreciate your support, understanding, and patience as D60 reopens its schools in the safest and most effective way possible. 


Sincerely,

Charlotte Macaluso

Superintendent of Schools


Financial assistance for families under Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program

posted Jul 9, 2020, 1:58 PM by anthony.sandstrom@pueblocityschools.us

District 60 families may be eligible to benefit from a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) called Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer, or P-EBT. 

Regardless of income, each child may be eligible to receive $279 in addition to the free meals D60 provides at most of our schools on a daily basis. If your family is already receiving SNAP benefits and possesses an EBT card, you do not need to apply and the funds will automatically be transferred to your current card. All others should complete the application as soon as possible. 

To complete the application, you will need your child’s State Assigned Student ID, also referred to as their SASID number. 

To access the P-EBT application visit: https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/p-ebt.

Upon approval, an EBT card with the qualifying amount will be mailed to you. 

For more information about P-EBT, please visit the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Frequently Asked Questions webpage. If you have further questions, please contact pebt2020@state.co.us and a representative will respond. 

You can also find more detailed information, including instructions to access and complete the form, in this letter send to D60 families

If you have other questions or need help, contact Jill Kidd, District 60 Director of Nutrition Services, jill.kidd@pueblocityschools.us, or at 719-240-6612

D60 making preparations for upcoming school year

posted Jul 8, 2020, 2:31 PM by anthony.sandstrom@pueblocityschools.us   [ updated Jul 23, 2020, 9:04 AM by Radford Sprouse ]

PUEBLO, CO – By late July or early August, Pueblo School District 60 plans to release details regarding the instructional model that will be used for the 2020-21 school year.

District 60 leadership has been actively working with a 75 member Stakeholder Task Force to determine the instructional model for the 2020-21 school year. Additionally, a survey was distributed to the community, asking respondents to share their instructional preferences. Approximately 3,600 families responded to the survey, with 87% of households indicating a preference for in-person instruction or a hybrid of in-person instruction and distance learning.

“Though no final decisions have been made, our hope is to be able to provide in-person instruction in some form with appropriate health and safety precautions in place,” said Suzanne Morey, D60 Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. “D60 will also accommodate those students who require 100% online instruction.”

Final decisions regarding health and safety measures will be informed by and remain responsive to guidance from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Governor Jared Polis’s recommendations, as well as the Colorado Department of Education’s COVID-19 guidelines for schools.

Anticipated health and safety measures may include:
  • daily temperature and wellness checks of both adults and students
  • frequent hand washing
  • social distancing when possible
  • specific cleaning and sanitation procedures
  • a culture of mask-wearing.
To ensure equity of access to instruction, D60 will distribute a technology device to each Kindergarten through 12th grade student for use both in the classroom and at home as needed.

“Access to technology will allow for a seamless transition in the event we need to transition from in-person instruction to at home learning as needs occur,” Morey said.

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