This year, we are offering a seven-period, traditional class schedule that allows for more flexibility for the 2020-21 school year. We desire to stick to the traditional seven-period schedule, but the reason we are making this change is so that if we are asked by county and state health officials to limit capacity, we will still be able to have your kids on campus five days a week.
If we are required to restrict classrooms to 13 or fewer students, we will have the ability to toggle to a reduced capacity schedule that allows students the option to stay on campus every day but splits the school into morning or afternoon cohorts where half the students are in classrooms, and the other half is engaged in athletics, arts, discovery, or additional academic activities.
The 2020-21 academic calendar will remain as published with classes starting on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 for freshmen and all returning students on Thursday, August 20. All scheduled breaks will occur as currently listed on our website.
Bistro, Cafe, and Food Service Changes
As we start the year, our food service operations will look a little different but we remain committed to providing a quality product and a variety of daily offerings. We will be offering a limited menu to start the year but all three serving venues will be open.
- FLIK has been working diligently on the development of menus and serving options that meet local health department guidelines regarding food safety standards and the palettes of teenagers.
- Self-service will be suspended for the time being and replaced instead with prepackaged “grab-and-go” selections. Beverage stations will not be operational at the beginning of the school year.
- Hot entrees will still be served in both the Commons and Bistro.
- Students and staff be encouraged to enjoy their meals outdoors as much as possible to take advantage of the beautiful Colorado weather. Indoors, students will be encouraged to practice social distancing while waiting for their food.
- Valor will be adding additional furnishing to help students spread out on campus to enjoy their food and breaks from class.
Lockers, Water Fountains & Campus Spaces
- We are removing drinking fountains and replacing them with bottle fillers.
- All classroom and teaching spaces will be maximized for students to allow as much distancing as possible.
- No hallway lockers will be assigned for this year (and we are considering their removal altogether to make more space in the hallways).
Limited Remote Learning If Required
If the entire school is required to shut down for on-campus instruction, by order of authorities, we will conduct remote learning for all students for the limited time necessary to return to on-campus instruction.
In such a scenario we do not intend to discount tuition, regardless of the duration of remote learning, it being our intent and purpose to return to on-campus instruction as soon as possible, and recognizing that expenses related to our operations, faculty and staff are fixed at the beginning of the school year.
A high-quality camera and microphone system was installed in each classroom along with a control panel prior to the start of school. These technology upgrades allow faculty to record their classes with ease, create additional resources for students, and allow students to observe their classes when they are absent.
We understand that there may be situations where students are around others at home who may be sick or vulnerable or are required to remain out of school for an extended period of time for a self-quarantine. Students that temporarily remain home, by sickness or by personal choice (due to their comfort-level with being in-person and on campus), may continue their learning through passive online attendance. Students can login either during the class period and watch a streamed version of the lecture, but not actively participate, or they can go later to watch videos from the class period, completing any additional formative assessments or assignments.
For more information, please contact Valor’s Lead Academic Counselor Sheila Beckie.