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Colorado Department of Education Officially Declares North Middle School a School of Innovation - 09/13/21

In their September 9, 2021 State Board of Education Meeting, the Colorado Department of Education officially approved North Middle School's School of Innovation plan. Currently, North Middle School is in the third year of a statewide “Performance” rating after a single year of “Turnaround” status - an achievement attributed to the strength and participation of the entire North community.  

This rigorous process required North Middle School to submit an innovation plan to the Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education, outlining the innovative practices the school intended to implement and identify the state laws or rules and local policies that the school was seeking to waive. D11's Board of Education approved North's innovation plan on June 9, 2021. Once approved by the local board of education, North submitted the innovation plans and waiver requests to the Colorado State Board of Education for approval. The five significant waivers included in the plan are: extended school day (for some students), extended school year (for some students), expanded options for identifying Gifted and Talented students, choice enrollments aligned to student attendance, and staffing formula modification. All of these waivers have been reviewed and approved by North staff and community, including the School Accountability Committee.

As part of the School of Innovation plans, North Middle School has implemented equitable access to gifted and talented programing; alternative learning environments including access to physical outlets like mountain biking, rock climbing, and trips to local museums and organizations; access to extra academic support through Homework Club and math and language arts tutoring after school; a before-school Learning Center offers homework assistance, tutoring, study skills coaching, and computer access; and much more!

North Middle School is a prime example of a true community school continually striving to meet the student's needs, the family, and the neighborhood. 

Mitchell High School JROTC to hold Annual 9/11 Ceremony - 09/08/21

On Friday, September 10, at 9 a.m., Mitchell High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps will hold its annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy.  The Mitchell High School community will honor the military personnel, fire fighters, police officers, and civilians who passed away during the 9/11 tragedy.  It will take place at Mitchell High School, 1205 Potter Drive. 

There will be a special tribute to Ms Kathryn Yancey LaBorie, a 1975 graduate of Mitchell High School, who was a flight attendant aboard United Airlines Flight 175.  Her plane was the second aircraft to crash into the World Trade Center.  

As part of the tribute to Kathryn Yancey LaBorie, the JROTC cadets and the Yancey Family will be laying a wreath on honor of Ms  Laborie during the ceremony. Also, Mitchell High School and the Yancey Family will announce the winner of the Kathryn Yancey LaBorie Memorial Scholarship for 2021.  

Participating in the ceremony will be Mitchell’s JROTC Cadets, Band, Choir, Colorado Springs Fire Department, Colorado Springs Police Department and the Yancey Family.  Attending the ceremony will be students, teachers, parents, district administrators, and public officials. The media and the Colorado Springs community are invited to attend the 9/11 memorial ceremony. 

Updated Mask Requirements in D11 Schools - 09/03/21

Please note D11 has updated the mask requirements now that the EPCPH dashboard has been updated. You may view our updated communication on our RTL page at www.d11.org/returntolearn. Our updated message to all D11 families and staff this evening is as follows:

Dear D11 Families and Staff,

As we’ve been communicating, we continue to monitor the El Paso County Public Health data and want to update you on the mask/face covering requirements in D11. One of our main goals is to keep our schools open for in-person learning as much as possible this school year. We’ve already experienced challenges in some of our schools that have impacted in-person learning, so we must take precautions. Regardless of individual feelings on masks/face coverings, the fact remains when all people in a classroom are masked, students will NOT have to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. This helps D11 to achieve the main goal of keeping classrooms and schools open for in-person learning as long as possible.

Elementary Students
The El Paso County Public Health data now reflects five consecutive days above the 200/100K threshold for elementary requirements as indicated here. Starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021, the District will implement mask/face covering requirements for all elementary students regardless of vaccination status. The requirement will be in place for 30 days and re-evaluated as we continue to monitor the community COVID spread. Your student’s school office will have disposable masks available for students should they forget, soil, or damage their mask.

Secondary Students
In alignment with local and state guidance, face coverings will continue to be strongly encouraged for anyone who is 12+ years and not fully vaccinated but are not yet required at the secondary levels as long as the community transmission rates remain under the 250/100K five-consecutive-day threshold. Currently, the El Paso County Public Health data reflects four consecutive days above 250/100K as indicated here. Due to rapid increase in cases in our community, we anticipate the mask/face covering requirement for all secondary students to go into effect by Tuesday, September 7, 2021. We will communicate with you as soon as possible regarding this requirement so you may have adequate time to prepare. The requirement will be in place for 30 days and re-evaluated as we continue to monitor the community COVID spread. Your student’s school office will have disposable masks available for students should they forget, soil, or damage their mask.

All D11 Staff
Effective Tuesday, September 7, 2021 all D11 staff will be required to wear a mask/face covering regardless of vaccine status while indoors with others in the same classroom/office.

Mask Guidance
The following situations allow for the removal of a mask:
• While eating
• While outside during designated mask breaks
• Teachers and Special Service Providers may  remove their masks and have students remove their masks when teaching phonics, small group reading instruction, or paying attention to articulation of sounds and speech. Masks/face coverings must be worn put once this instruction is completed
• While staff are alone in their office or classroom with the door closed*
• While seated in an open office format to include cubicles, staff may remove their masks if seated and more than 12 feet away from their nearest colleague who also must be seated*

Any staff or student who is not physically able to wear and remove a face covering correctly should complete the documentation of inability to wear a mask – non-medical available at the school.

* If someone else enters the room you must put your mask back on.

Thank you for your continued partnership as we strive to keep our schools open for in-person learning, and keep our students and staff healthy and safe.