Hallett Academy Community News: 10/2/20

Posted October 5, 2020

Important Information About Our Return To In-Person Learning

Dear Hallett Families,
It has been so exciting having our Kindergarten and 1st Grade in-person learners join our ECE students this week! While it is a new and unique environment for us all, our students are leading the way in their joy and enthusiasm for learning.
We are looking forward to bringing back additional students shortly – please see below for important information about our phase-in dates:

  • Monday, October 12th: In-Person Learning begins for 2nd and 3rd Grade!
  • Fall conferences will need to be completed by Wednesday, October 14th
  • Thursday, October 15th: Asynchronous learning for ALL students
  • Fall Break: October 16-20
  • Wednesday, October 21st: In-Person Learning begins for 4th and 5th Grade!
  • Remote Learners: You will have an opportunity to switch to in-person learning in January if desired. At this time, we have only prepared our building and classrooms for the students that selected in-person learning and cannot accommodate any changes. 

As we continue to welcome back our in-person learners, here is some key information to remember: School Hours: 9am-3:30pm

Arrival & Dismissal Locations:


  • All students arrive on the playground
  • No entry through the front doors
  • No playing on the playground – go directly to your assigned location (see below)
  • Maintain a minimum of 3′ distance from others at all times
  • Classes will enter/exit through their assigned door ONLY.
  • All students must complete their health screening at home.
  • Teachers will take temperatures upon entrance into school.
  • Tardy arrivals:
    • Buzz in at the front door
    • The main office will check your child’s temperature and get them to class


  • Grades 3-5 will leave the building at 3:25 pm through assigned door and walk to assigned meeting location
  • Grades ECEK-2 will leave the building at 3:30 pm through the assigned door and walk to assigned meeting location
  • Paras will walk bus riders to fence (if bus is present, students will get on bus- if no bus is present, students line up along the fence, socially distanced)
  • There will not be a sign out procedure for any grades outside of the health screening
  • Masks must be worn at all times by students and adults
  • Listen for student names to be called
  • Early dismissals:
    • Buzz in at the front door (remember, parents are not allowed in the building)
    • Front office will call the student down from classroom
    • Front office will bring student to their adult at the front door


  • Last week, we shared that, in order to minimize health risks, parents, guardians, and visitors are not allowed in DPS buildings at this time. In addition to the groups, we outlined last week (school staff, approved district staff, approved contractors, students participating in child care or approved for 1:1 support aligned to this guidanceindividuals accessing a School-Based Health Clinic or a mental health professional are also currently allowed in school or other DPS buildings. As a reminder, all approved students/adults in buildings must complete a health screening and follow health protocols.

REMINDERS ABOUT OUR GENERAL IN-PERSON PRECAUTIONSThe most recent return-to-school guidelines that we have received from DPS and Denver Health place the following limitations on in-person instruction:  

  • Cohort sizes may not exceed 35 students and cohorts may not mix. We intend to keep our cohorts under 25 students.
  • Cohorts may be served by up to 5 adults over the course of the day as long as there are not more than 2 adults with a cohort at the same time.
  • Teachers can support up to 2 different cohorts in person.
  • Students in grades K-5 should be socially distanced a minimum of 3 feet. Adults must maintain 6 foot distance from each other, and 3 foot distance from students.  
  • Students and adults must maintain appropriate physical distancing, wear masks and practice daily hygiene. 

 In addition to adhering to these safety guidelines, our top priority for the return-to-school transition is that we maintain consistency and relationships for our students and team. Therefore, we are maintaining the general structure of our school day when students return to campus. Some parts of our day will look different. These include:

  • The school day for students will be from 9am – 3:30pm
  • Masks must be worn at all times with the exception of meals and mask breaks. NO GAITERS OR BANDANAS.
  • Every cohort/classroom will have its own entrance/exit into the building. This will be the only door that the cohort uses to get into/out of the building.
  • If your child is late to school, he/she will need to enter the front door and be checked by the front office.
  • All Parents/Guardians must complete a health screening with their child(ren) before arriving at school.
  • Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children are safe and healthy before arriving at school.
  • Parents/Guardians will conduct symptom screening before they arrive in person and temperatures will be taken at home if possible
  • Those that do not pass the self-report screening MUST stay home and CANNOT come to school. Please call the attendance line at school, notifying the school of illness
  • This pre-screening must be done via the app Safe Access. (General guide for at-home screening can be found HERE (and below)). We will send more information about the Safe Access app next week.
  • Students will have their temperature checked prior to entering the building every morning.
  • Hand washing will take place every 2 hours at a minimum.
  • Meals will be eaten in the classroom while maintaining 3-6′ social distance. Breakfast and lunch will be taken to them and individually served.
  • Breakfast and lunch will continue to be provided at no cost.
  • Recess will look a little different as cohorts can only interact with themselves. There will be no intermixing of cohorts at Recess and each cohort will have designated space outdoors to play.
  • For the safety of the community, no visitors are allowed inside the school building, including parents and families with the exception of individuals accessing a School-Based Health Clinic or a mental health professional are also currently allowed in school or other DPS buildings.

DISCOVERY LINK: DPS Discovery Link has returned with reduced capacity to regular before and after school programming. Registration for Ages 5-5th grade opened on Wednesday, Sept. 16th. Families who have already enrolled their students in Discovery Link programming can register for the days their students will attend by clicking here. For families new to Discovery Link, please click here to enroll. Only students who are attending in-person learning will be eligible to register and must attend school the days they attend before and after school programs. Students whose grades have not yet returned to in-person cannot attend before and after school.

Sites are limited to 60 students total including a maximum of 10 ECE students. Morning programming will begin at 6:30 a.m. and last until the school bell, and afternoon programming will begin at the school bell and last until 6:00 p.m. *Time subject to change. Cohorts will be no larger than 15 students to promote social distancing and will be split by grade when possible. Students will also be outside as much as possible, weather permitting. (Please note, Hallett can only accept students ages 5+)
FOOD RESOURCES If you are looking for food distribution sites near you, this website can be very helpful. Simply enter your zip code and it will show you options close to you. See additional emergency food locations below.

Don’t forget that breakfast/lunch pickup is FREE for ALL students ages 1-18 in Denver. Please be sure to stop by between 11am-1pm to pick up meals on regular school days.* Meal distribution is ongoing through both DPS and some local Recreational Centers. Please visit this page to learn more about locations and times for breakfast/lunch/dinner meal pickups or view the documents below. 

If you are in need of additional assistance, please be sure to contact our Family Liaison, Ali Larson at alison_larson@dpsk12.org or by text at 303-242-6414.

I’m grateful for our community and continue to learn and grow with you. Please reach out if you have any questions about this transition.

With love,
Dominique JeffersonPrincipal