Back to School 2020
To enroll CURRENT students in the online learning option, please click on the link.
- K-5 families, pull into the left lane (inside) for morning drop off only.
- 6-10 families, pull into the right (outside) lane for morning drop off only.
- Lower and Upper School, families pull into the left (inside) lane.
- Please stay in the SAME lane all the way around the school.
New Morning Drop Off Procedure
- To practice better social distancing, we are asking families of K-5 students to drop off at the doors on the southeast side of the building by the playground.
- 6th -10th grade students will continue to use the doors located on the northeast side of the building at the top of the ramp.
- This applies to every student entering the building.
Here are a few things to remember as we return:
- We ask that every family take their student’s temperature before school every day. If your student is running a temperature, please keep them home and notify the school.
- Please send a water bottle or two with your child every day. The water fountains will be turned off until further notice.
- There will be NO BUS SERVICES while D49 is online learning only.
- If you are doing online learning, your teacher will send you instructions on how and when to receive books. Remember that online learning is five days a week.
- If you want your student(s) to come back to in-person learning, please email the teacher by Thursday that you wish to return the following Monday. All online assignments will need to be completed before coming back to in-person learning.
Liberty Tree Academy’s 2020-21 Plan for Learning
Download the 2020-21 Liberty Tree Academy Plan for Learning here.
The guidance in this plan may be adjusted and/or rewritten to comply with new state standards as new COVID-19 information becomes available.
The school calendar approved by Liberty Tree Academy Board of Directors will remain the same for 2020-2021 school year.
Liberty Tree Academy will be in session five days a week, full schedule, with in-person learning in the building.
The K-10 Back to School night, scheduled for families and students on August 20, 2020, will be held virtually and sent to families via email. A video presentation and informational packet will be sent home via email.
Students will need to bring school supplies on the first day of school. Orders placed online for school supplies will be available for pick up on the first day of school if the student chooses online learning.
Student drop off and carpool procedures will remain the same for the 2020-2021 school year. We will encourage families to drop off upper school students from 7:30-7:40 with a face covering and lower school students after 7:40 with a face covering for best safety practice. If a family has an upper and lower school student they may drop them both off at 7:30 am.
Recess and playground activity is an important part of the school day and something we will monitor and maintain throughout the year. Students will still have their allotted recess times. We will offer two locations for recess and physical activities for teachers to split their cohorts for better monitoring of social distancing to the best of our abilities. We will ensure best practices in cleaning playground equipment.
As a charter school, we have more flexibility than traditional public school. However, we are required to follow the criteria set by the state and El Paso Count Health Department when preparing for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
The block schedule, should we need to implement it, will have students grouped into 2 cohorts. Half will attend in-school learning on Tuesday/Thursday and the other half Wednesday/Friday. Siblings and carpool families will be group together. Mondays will be reserved for tutoring. If a student has a 69% or lower grades in any class, the student will be required to tutor on Mondays.
Liberty Tree Academy recognizes and understands that for some families, learning in person isn’t possible in August. Colorado Department of Education is allowing us to continue online learning during this crisis. We believe that our students do best in our classrooms but we recognize that it isn’t possible for some families due to vulnerable populations, immunity concerns, and overall fear of the virus. Online learning will be available for those families or situations included in the remote learning accommodations.
K-10 grades will use Schoology to complete online learning. Teachers will record lectures and instruction throughout the day and upload to Schoology as time allows. This may create up to a day delay.
Online learning can occur in a variety of ways:
On an “as needed” basis when in-person instruction is suspended due to outbreaks, governor’s executive order
100% of the time when Liberty Tree Academy has provided the opportunity to families who, because of public health and safety measures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, do not want their student(s) to receive in-person learning for the entirety of Fall 2020.
Students can return to in-school learning any Monday from on-line learning. The decision will need to be communicated to both the school and teacher the Thursday prior to returning. All on-line learning assignments will need to be completed before returning to in-school learning. Families cannot pick or choose which days to come to school. They are either in-person or online learning.
Online learning will have the flexibility to demonstrate that a student is engaged in the educational process.
Accessing assignments through Schoology
Watching and participating in Zoom meetings
Watching prerecorded instructional videos created by teacher
Accessing online platforms that are provided by teacher
Completing education paper packets after watching instructional video
Students will be provided with the same instruction via video as the in-person student would receive from the teacher
The Liberty Tree Academy board has adopted the addendum to specifically address the implementation of remote learning during the 2020-2021 academic year. This will provide LTA the flexibility needed to include online learning in the determination for funding if such learning becomes necessary or required by COVID-19. Liberty Tree Academy will do their due diligence by providing our families with the same in class instructional hours per video for the online learners.
Acceptable documentation evidencing attendance during online learning:
Marked present in online attendance platform provided by district after student has logged into Schoology and onto their teacher attendance link to answer the daily question
Student needs to complete at least two assignments to be marked present per day. For example, teachers will tape their lessons per day and upload, this will cause students to be a day behind but attendance will be given for the day the lesson was recorded, as long as assignments are completed.
LTA staff will call students daily if they have not checked in by end of day
Students that are provided packets due to not being able to log into Schoology daily, will have specific dates on the pages for completion and turned in weekly for attendance purpose
Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
For the 2020 Student October Count, in instances where the district will be providing an IEP to evidence a student has met one of the requirements for funding the IEP must be current and include services that encompass the pupil enrollment count date.
No flexibilities, beyond what is described below, will be provided for during the 2020 Student October Count in situations where the IEP annual review does not occur within the normal timeframe.
If the IEP is overdue but LTA has a written agreement between the parent and school to extend the existing IEP, the LTA should be prepared to provide the extended IEO and written agreement.
If the IEP being extended does not accurately reflect the services being provided to the student as of the pupil enrollment count date (10/1), LTA must also provide an accurate schedule.
For information, please visit “Special Education & COVID-19 FAQs” which can be found at the following location: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/special_education_faqs
All staff will teach and reinforce the appropriate use of cloth face coverings among staff and students when in the vicinity of others. Staff will be instructed to wear masks when feasible.
Students are encouraged but not mandated to wear masks while in the building. Face coverings will be school approved uniform colors so they are not distracting to the learning environment.
All staff will teach appropriate hand washing techniques and reinforce covering coughs and sneezes while among children and staff. Scheduled breaks will occur during the day for hand hygiene.
Students will have a daily temperature check upon arrival to the school that will be logged. Any student dropped off at school should be symptom and temperature free.
Teachers will monitor students’ behavior and wellness throughout the day. If any symptoms arise student will be sent to the nurse for a full temperature and wellness check with a consultation with the parent. Students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated with a staff member until a parent can pick up for further examination.
All visitors to the LTA building will be required to wear a mask.
Staff will avoid physical contact with other staff members and students as much as possible.
LTA facility manager will check ventilation systems to maintain proper air circulation and regularly during the day clean and sanitize facility.
LTA facility manager will provide and maintain cleaning supplies to ensure the facility is as clean as possible to support healthy hygiene practices.
Water fountains will be turned off during the pandemic to control the spread of germs. Each classroom will be provided with water to distribute to students as needed. Students and families will be encouraged to bring a bottle filled with water with students’ names written on it.
All classrooms will implement physical distances at all times to the greatest extent possible wherever and whenever possible. Staff and students will wear face coverings in school whenever possible, hallways, before and after school, when using facilities.
All classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized frequently throughout the day. Staff will teach students to clean and sanitize their own spaces and to keep areas around them orderly. Common areas will be cleaned and sanitized as much as possible between uses.
Staff will clean and sanitize all educational tools throughout the day: whiteboards, writing utensils, books, and any items students use.
Personal belongings will be separated as much as possible with individual labels.
Lower school classrooms will be in a cohort together, to include the same group each day, to minimize the mixing of classes/cohorts as much as feasible.
Upper school classrooms will clean and sanitize between class rotations with an adequate spacing of students in the hallway as much as feasible. Staff will limit gatherings and support proper hand hygiene.
Students will have lunch with their cohorts in their classrooms. We will utilize outdoor options for upper school students when appropriate to help maximize social distancing. All touchable surfaces will be cleaned before the lunchtime and between the next cohort’s use. All touchable surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized between and after lunch with all trashed disposed of in an outdoor trash receptacle.
Attendance will be taken everyday both in school and through online learning. Parents will need to notify the school and the teacher if a student will miss class due to an illness.
Illness absences will not count toward truancy. The school may ask for documentation after several missed days.
If a student has symptoms of COVID-19 while in the building they will be isolated and parents will be contacted. Then all parents will be contacted in that student’s cohort if the student test positive. Student’s will not be allowed into the building if they have a fever and say yes to any of the COVID-19 symptoms questions.
If a student has been exposed to COVID-19 they will need to be quarantined for 14 days while doing the online learning. If a student has COVID-19 they will have the option of doing the online learning while ill or after they have recovered. Students will still be required to complete the missing work during their illness.
LTA will provide clear guidance for staff members and parents on self-screening: temperature checks, home hygiene, and attendance. Parents will be required to check that students are symptoms and temperatures free before leaving their homes to attend school.
LTA will encourage both students and staff to stay home if they are a family member experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
LTA will create a communication process for staff and families to report symptoms and notifications of exposures.
LTA will establish a protocol specifically to report COVID-19 absences.
LTA will follow the state ordered closure criteria per the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Any school in Colorado with a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff or student will close for a minimum of 72 hours for cleaning and social distancing
Any schools that are closed will partner with their local public health agency to conduct contact tracing and further COVID-19 testing.
Any school with a second confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff or student within a 30 day period requires a second minimum 72 hour closure for cleaning, testing and public health investigation.
Any school with 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in staff or students within a 30 day period requires a closure for a minimum of 14 days.
If 3 schools in a district have confirmed cases of COVID-19 within a 30 day period, all schools within the district are required to close for a minimum of 14 days for cleaning, testing and public health investigation.
Face Mask Guidelines
It is our goal at LTA to make students and staff safety our top priority as we prepare to return to in-school learning. For this reason, ALL students will be required to wear a mask when entering the school at the beginning of the day and in the afternoon when leaving classrooms to go home. Grades K-4 may take their masks off in the morning when they get to their classrooms.
Grades 5-10 will be required to wear a mask per the state policy of every person above 10 years of age must wear a mask. We are asking parents of 5th and/or 6th graders who are still 10, to comply with this change, so teachers aren’t having to keep track of who has to wear a mask and who doesn’t.
These mask requirements will stay in effect until the state or country issues new requirements or loosens restrictions. Please watch for communication directly from LTA as our policies may differ from the rest of D49.
Liberty Tree Academy will continue to follow the COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the state of Colorado. As of 7/16/2020, Gov. Polis announced all individuals over the age of 10, will be required to wear a face-covering when entering or moving around in a public space.
Click here, to read the full executive order.
LTA Lower School Face Mask Guidelines – NOT MANDITORY
Masks are NOT MANDATORY for ages 10 and under. If you choose to have your student wear a mask to school, the only acceptable colors for lower school are solid red, solid navy, solid white, or solid black. Masks are not to have writing, patterns, symbols, or words on the outside. Please write or sew your student(s) name on the inside of the mask. Disposable masks, N-95 masks, face shields, and neck gaiters (approved colors only) are acceptable as long as they are new or washed daily.
LTA Upper School Face Mask Guidelines – MANDATORY
Masks are MANDATORY for ages 11 and above. Mask colors can be any solid color (no neon), similar to polo shirt colors. Masks are not to have writing, patterns, symbols, or words on the outside. Please write or sew your student(s) name on the inside of the mask. Disposable masks, N-95 masks, face shields, and neck gaiters (approved colors only) are acceptable as long as they are new or washed daily.