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CRMS COVID-19 Resources

In an effort to keep our community safe and informed, we are sharing the very latest information about how COVID–19 is affecting the CRMS community.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this challenging time. As the situation progresses, updates will be available here and will be shared via email as well.

COMMUNICATION

This hub contains all communications about COVID–19 that directly affect the CRMS community. Content will be updated as new communications are sent. (Updated 5/5/20)

May 5, 2020 Commencement Ceremony Announcement
April 21 Letter to boarding parents from the Director of Residential Life

April 17 COVID-19 Update
April 2  COVID-19 Update
March 27  Letter to students from the Education Team
March 27  COVID-19 Update
March 26  Letter to parents from the Education Team
March 23   COVID-19 Update 
March 18   COVID-19 Update 
March 12   COVID-19 Update 
March 9  COVID-19 Update 
March 5  COVID-19 Update 
February 28  COVID-19 Update 



ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Per the CRMS Board of Trustee decision on April 16 and Governor Polis' announcement on April 20. We will not be returning to in person learning this school year.

It is very important to remember that children and teens look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children and teens anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure their children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, they also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. Below are some links to various articles that you may find helpful at this time.

Teens & COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities During the Outbreak

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Dear Therapist: What’s Your Advice to Parents Whose Kids Are Stuck at Home During the Coronavirus Lockdowns?

Supporting your teen during coronavirus

Parenting and Caregiving for Adolescents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coping With Pandemic: Parents Just Don’t Understand

Zoom Exhaustion is Real. Here Are Six Ways to Find Balance and Stay Connected

Why Stress and Anxiety in Teens Can be Healthy: A Psychologist Explains

How to Get More Sleep Tonight

How Parents Can Talk to Students About Coronavirus Anxiety

Dear Therapist’s Guide to Staying Sane During a Pandemic

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

The Three Equations for a Happy Life, Even During a Pandemic

Due to the Shelter -in-Place order issued by Governor Polis on March 25, 2020 the campus is closed at this time. A communication is being sent to our alumni regarding the status of our operations and that visitation is currently suspended. If students need to retrieve something from their room, they should contact BJ SBarra. There is no access to any of the CRMS facilities until further notice.
As the COVID-19 virus has altered plans for Senior Projects, we have developed a new objective to allow seniors to pursue independent projects that can be realized at home. Independent projects will each look different depending on the goals of the individual student. Seniors are developing projects that will be personally meaningful. Given the extensive timeframe (three weeks), students may opt to explore two different topics and split their time up daily or weekly. This program will require the same student buy-in as the usual senior projects, except that students will be driving their own projects, and the Senior Symposium will take place with an online format. We trust seniors to honor the process and to bring their best selves to the commitments they make.

Below is the latest from the AP administration:

For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.

Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates.

AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.

Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they've worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.

Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.

We are in the process of putting together a plan for graduation, unfortunately we will not be hosting an in-person ceremony on June 6. Currently there is a committee of students and faculty who are discussing various options. Once a decision has been made, we will share the plan with our community. 
SAT: In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 and June 6, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administrations.

Future SAT Administrations, Including September
If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, we’ll provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

Students can register for these administrations starting in May. We’ll contact students directly when we have the exact date. Eligible students can register with a fee waiver.

For each administration, we’re preparing to significantly expand our capacity for students to take the SAT once schools reopen. We’re calling on our member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to take the SAT can do so.

Students can get early access to register for August, September, and October if they’re:
Already registered for June
In the high school class of 2021 and don’t have SAT scores

ACT: The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date received an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.

SSAT: All SSAT administrations from March 14, 2020 through at least April 15, 2020 have been canceled. Depending on changing conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, EMA may further extend the suspension of Flex and Benchmark administrations as needed in accordance with local, state, and federal governmental rules, regulations, policies and guidance as well as the guidance of independent epidemiological experts.
Students may benefit from having someone to discuss their intellectual life face-to-face. Make this an opportunity to show your interest and hear what they have to say. Encourage your students to reach out to their teachers to self-advocate, ask questions, and remain connected. Ensure that your student has set up an effective study space, free from distractions (including cell-phones) and appropriate for video conferencing. Finally, reach out to your child's advisor and teacher as needed.
We have four hours of student meeting block times scheduled throughout the academic week. Faculty will be available to call, email or video conference with students during these hours. We strongly recommend that students use these blocks to study so they can reach out to their teachers in a timely manner with any questions. Please encourage your student to stay in touch with their teachers--we will look forward to hearing from them. Learning Center staff (Heather Froelicher and Lane Errickson) will be available to students during regularly scheduled meeting times and during Student Meeting Blocks.
According to the most recent broadcast by The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) from March 9, 2020 [Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Potential Procedural Adaptations for F and M non-immigrant students]: “SEVP acknowledges that schools may need to adapt their procedures and policies to address the significant public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 crisis and is focused on ensuring that nonimmigrant students are able to continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations. SEVP intends to be flexible with temporary adaptations.”
The current Form I-20 students have is valid for re-entry all the way through to the start of school in August/September 2020. If your child needs a new/reprinted I20, please be in touch with Molly Dorais
Our College Counseling Office will continue to support each student’s college process. Through online individual and group correspondence with Betsy Bingham-Johns, Director of College Counseling, combined with distance learning classes, the college process will not be interrupted.
The campus closure will not affect the school calendar and year-end date. We will finish our year as schedules in early June.
Text CVIRUS to 888777 for alerts from Pitkin County
Visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/ for Colorado specific updates
With both influenza and coronavirus causing concern, we encourage continued focus on prevention.

Steps you can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases?(from the?CDC):

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick, or a member of your family is ill.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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Home Parents Communication about COVID-19

CRMS COVID-19 Resources

In an effort to keep our community safe and informed, we are sharing the very latest information about how COVID–19 is affecting the CRMS community.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this challenging time. As the situation progresses, updates will be available here and will be shared via email as well.

COMMUNICATION

This hub contains all communications about COVID–19 that directly affect the CRMS community. Content will be updated as new communications are sent. (Updated 5/5/20)

May 5, 2020 Commencement Ceremony Announcement
April 21 Letter to boarding parents from the Director of Residential Life

April 17 COVID-19 Update
April 2  COVID-19 Update
March 27  Letter to students from the Education Team
March 27  COVID-19 Update
March 26  Letter to parents from the Education Team
March 23   COVID-19 Update 
March 18   COVID-19 Update 
March 12   COVID-19 Update 
March 9  COVID-19 Update 
March 5  COVID-19 Update 
February 28  COVID-19 Update 



ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Per the CRMS Board of Trustee decision on April 16 and Governor Polis' announcement on April 20. We will not be returning to in person learning this school year.

It is very important to remember that children and teens look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children and teens anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure their children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, they also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. Below are some links to various articles that you may find helpful at this time.

Teens & COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities During the Outbreak

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Dear Therapist: What’s Your Advice to Parents Whose Kids Are Stuck at Home During the Coronavirus Lockdowns?

Supporting your teen during coronavirus

Parenting and Caregiving for Adolescents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coping With Pandemic: Parents Just Don’t Understand

Zoom Exhaustion is Real. Here Are Six Ways to Find Balance and Stay Connected

Why Stress and Anxiety in Teens Can be Healthy: A Psychologist Explains

How to Get More Sleep Tonight

How Parents Can Talk to Students About Coronavirus Anxiety

Dear Therapist’s Guide to Staying Sane During a Pandemic

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

The Three Equations for a Happy Life, Even During a Pandemic

Due to the Shelter -in-Place order issued by Governor Polis on March 25, 2020 the campus is closed at this time. A communication is being sent to our alumni regarding the status of our operations and that visitation is currently suspended. If students need to retrieve something from their room, they should contact BJ SBarra. There is no access to any of the CRMS facilities until further notice.
As the COVID-19 virus has altered plans for Senior Projects, we have developed a new objective to allow seniors to pursue independent projects that can be realized at home. Independent projects will each look different depending on the goals of the individual student. Seniors are developing projects that will be personally meaningful. Given the extensive timeframe (three weeks), students may opt to explore two different topics and split their time up daily or weekly. This program will require the same student buy-in as the usual senior projects, except that students will be driving their own projects, and the Senior Symposium will take place with an online format. We trust seniors to honor the process and to bring their best selves to the commitments they make.

Below is the latest from the AP administration:

For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.

Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates.

AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.

Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they've worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.

Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.

We are in the process of putting together a plan for graduation, unfortunately we will not be hosting an in-person ceremony on June 6. Currently there is a committee of students and faculty who are discussing various options. Once a decision has been made, we will share the plan with our community. 
SAT: In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 and June 6, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administrations.

Future SAT Administrations, Including September
If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, we’ll provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

Students can register for these administrations starting in May. We’ll contact students directly when we have the exact date. Eligible students can register with a fee waiver.

For each administration, we’re preparing to significantly expand our capacity for students to take the SAT once schools reopen. We’re calling on our member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to take the SAT can do so.

Students can get early access to register for August, September, and October if they’re:
Already registered for June
In the high school class of 2021 and don’t have SAT scores

ACT: The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date received an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.

SSAT: All SSAT administrations from March 14, 2020 through at least April 15, 2020 have been canceled. Depending on changing conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, EMA may further extend the suspension of Flex and Benchmark administrations as needed in accordance with local, state, and federal governmental rules, regulations, policies and guidance as well as the guidance of independent epidemiological experts.
Students may benefit from having someone to discuss their intellectual life face-to-face. Make this an opportunity to show your interest and hear what they have to say. Encourage your students to reach out to their teachers to self-advocate, ask questions, and remain connected. Ensure that your student has set up an effective study space, free from distractions (including cell-phones) and appropriate for video conferencing. Finally, reach out to your child's advisor and teacher as needed.
We have four hours of student meeting block times scheduled throughout the academic week. Faculty will be available to call, email or video conference with students during these hours. We strongly recommend that students use these blocks to study so they can reach out to their teachers in a timely manner with any questions. Please encourage your student to stay in touch with their teachers--we will look forward to hearing from them. Learning Center staff (Heather Froelicher and Lane Errickson) will be available to students during regularly scheduled meeting times and during Student Meeting Blocks.
According to the most recent broadcast by The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) from March 9, 2020 [Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Potential Procedural Adaptations for F and M non-immigrant students]: “SEVP acknowledges that schools may need to adapt their procedures and policies to address the significant public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 crisis and is focused on ensuring that nonimmigrant students are able to continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations. SEVP intends to be flexible with temporary adaptations.”
The current Form I-20 students have is valid for re-entry all the way through to the start of school in August/September 2020. If your child needs a new/reprinted I20, please be in touch with Molly Dorais
Our College Counseling Office will continue to support each student’s college process. Through online individual and group correspondence with Betsy Bingham-Johns, Director of College Counseling, combined with distance learning classes, the college process will not be interrupted.
The campus closure will not affect the school calendar and year-end date. We will finish our year as schedules in early June.
Text CVIRUS to 888777 for alerts from Pitkin County
Visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/ for Colorado specific updates
With both influenza and coronavirus causing concern, we encourage continued focus on prevention.

Steps you can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases?(from the?CDC):

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick, or a member of your family is ill.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
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