In-Person Safety Procedures

Each morning between 6:00 and 7:30 a.m., parents or guardians must send in health pre-screen information for each student at this link: https://tinyurl.com/mscshealth.

Children without such information must have parent accompany them to in-person screening at school.

See video below for instructions.

Face coverings are required of all students and staff indoors. 

Face coverings are not required outdoors of students, and are not required of adults if social distance (6 feet) is maintained. 

Please send your child with an appropriate face covering.  Repeat-use coverings should be laundered between uses each day.

Frequent handwashing will be conducted throughout each day. Multiple handwashing stations to provide greater access to handwashing have been placed around the school.

Class cohorts will remain separate from other classes throughout each day.

Enhanced cleaning will occur throughout the day and at night.  High-touch surfaces, classroom surfaces, bathrooms, and hallways will all receive increased cleaning.

Visitors and parents will only be allowed into the building with administration approval.

Updated COVID Guidelines

Please find the most up-to-date information on how we deal with cases and outbreaks at this Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment site.  This includes the documents also found below. 

At Home Symptom Screening Information from CDPHE – this is what our morning health screenings are based on.

Click here to find the protocols we follow if a child or staff member begins to feel or appear unwell after arriving at school.

Click here to see the guidance on returning to school after having a COVID-19 symptom.

Click here for the guidance we follow on what happens to the contacts of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or shows symptoms.

Return to School Plan - Revised October 21, 2020

Complete the Daily Pre-Screening

Link to Online Pre-Screening Form: https://tinyurl.com/mscshealth

Return to School Updates

Dear Mountain Song Families,

We are writing with updates on how recent changes in the public health situation impact Mountain Song’s phased Return to School plan.

You may know that our county and state health departments now use a helpful dial system to indicate the status of COVID-19 spread conditions.  Public health experts track, monitor, and evaluate specific metrics in order to determine our ranking based on this framework:

  • Protect Our Neighbors
  • Safer-at-Home
    • Level 1: Cautious
    • Level 2: Concern
    • Level 3: High Risk
  • Stay-at-Home

For many weeks, El Paso County has been in the Safer-at-Home Level 1: Cautious status.  However, based on the recent rapid increase in COVID-19 spread in El Paso County, we expect that our county status will be reclassified soon.  

If El Paso County is moved to the Safer-at-Home Level 2: Concern category, Mountain Song plans to continue operating in our Hybrid Model.

If El Paso County is moved to the Safer-at-Home Level 3: High Risk category, Mountain Song will return to operating in full Remote Learning.

At the beginning of the school year, we committed to informing families on a month-to-month basis of possible changes in our learning model.  The next potential change would start November 2.  

We currently plan on maintaining our Hybrid model into November.  If, however, El Paso County is designated in the Level 3: High Risk, we will return to full Remote Learning.  

Please note also that if we have a positive case or an outbreak, we will need to have certain cohorts or possibly the school return to full Remote Learning for a specified time.  Please see these CDPHE guidelines that we follow.  As the public health situation remains in flux, we will continue to update families.

We ask everyone to please help prevent COVID spread by observing safe practices: wear a face covering in public, wash hands frequently, monitor health symptoms, and social distance.  These will help in our goal to keep school open to in-person learning.  

Thank you,

The Executive Leadership Team

October 1, 2020

Dear Mountain Song Families,

We move into Phase 2 of our Return to School plan next week!  We are overjoyed at welcoming so many students back to school in the next 2 weeks, and are dedicated to maintaining our relationships through the full Remote Learning for our students unable to come in-person.   This note is to inform you of the changes and procedures accompanying Phase 2.

New Phase 2 Schedules start for all students next week, October 5.  Your Kindergarten or Class Teacher will be sending you their specific updated schedules.  Below are class start (tardy) and dismissal times, for both In-Person Learning and Remote Learning:

  • Half-Day Kindergarten:  8:15 am – 12:00 pm
  • Grades K-5:  8:15 am – 2:55 pm
  • Grades 6-8:  8:15 am – 3:10 pm
  • Homeschool:  8:30 am – 3:00 pm

 Drop-Off Times for In-Person Learning (time to allow health screening)

  • Grades K – 4, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (starting October 5)
    • Kindergarten:  drop-off 8:15 am
    • Grades 1-4:  drop-off 7:55 am
    • Homeschool:  drop-off 8:20 am
  • Grades 5-8, Thursday and Friday (starting October 15)
    • Grade 5-8:  drop-off 7:55 am

Separate Entrance/Exit Doors for ClassesYour teachers will let you know which door each class will enter and exit the building.

Morning Health Screening and Pre-Screening.  We are required to screen all staff and students entering the building for COVID symptoms each day.   See the video on this page for instructions.

Thank you for all your efforts to support Mountain Song Community School as a safe place for learning.

The Executive Leadership Team

Monitoring El Paso County Health Status

At Mountain Song, we are actively monitoring the status of El Paso County Public Health in relation to community spread of COVID-19.  We do this in two ways. 

To see the raw data, we monitor the El Paso County Public Health data dashboard that is continuously updated. 

To see how this is interpreted, we monitor CDPHE’s COVID-dial system that synthesizes multiple metrics in the county, and makes a determination of our overall status.  The dial system is a visual indicator of our current level.

Current status of El Paso County: 

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