Letter from the Principal – Updates

Dear PPSEL Family,

Tonight El Paso County named the county as “high risk” and implemented many new restrictions.  As the positivity rate rose to 13.26%, the county is requiring change. The one that most impacts schools is direction to move to virtual instruction.  The health and welfare of our students, our families, our staff and their families are the number one priority of the school.  For this reason, Friday, November 13th, will be the last in-person day at PPSEL for the quarter. Students will begin e-learning for all grade levels on Tuesday, November 17th.  Monday will be used for teachers to make sure they have time to plan for this shift, to communicate specific details to families, and to ensure a smooth transition. There will be no class on Monday the 16th. We anticipate offering in-person learning again in January if conditions allow for a safe return.  We plan to have students return January 5th and will keep you up to date as that gets closer if we are required to shift further.
Although PPSEL had been fairly unaffected by COVID, the last week did change that.  That is one reason we saw this as a strong possibility.  As of today, we had both students and staff in either the Tier 0 or Tier 1 categories, with all indications that this trend would increase.
There are many specifics that I will be sharing in the next 24 hours, but I wanted to get the most important announcement to you immediately.
I am always happy to answer questions, but with many details being put into place, my response time may be greater than it usually is.
Here are some high level pieces of information that you will receive more details on soon:
  • We will have the opportunity to check out technology for those families that need it.  We will send information about how and when.
  • Preschool is under these county restrictions, which was not anticipated. We will send an update on preschool.
  • We will send very detailed information about schedules
  • Many other specifics
I am very, very aware that this is not ideal for many families for a variety of reasons.  I give my sincere apologies for all of the inconvenience.  We are at a difficult juncture with this virus and are working with the county to keep all families safe. That is the number one priority right now.
I will contact you tomorrow with many more details.
Don Knapp, M.A.Ed.
Executive Director/Principal
Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning
11925 Antlers Ridge Dr.
Falcon, CO 80831

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