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D11 Announces Plans to Return to In-person Learning for K-12, Five Days Per Week - 02/19/21

Due to continuously improving COVID data in our county, increasing vaccine availability, and our ongoing prudent safety practices within the District, we are planning to return K-12 students to school five-days per week at the start of the fourth quarter, March 10, 2021. Preschool will continue on the four-day schedule. 

Colorado’s COVID transmission rates remain among the lowest, while vaccination rates are among some of the highest compared to other states. Understandably, some families may choose to continue with the remote learning option, which will still be available with some modifications. Families will hear more details in the coming weeks regarding school-based scheduling and logistics as those details are finalized at the school level. 

It is thanks to our diligent work to keep our students, staff members, and buildings safe that we are able to make this very critical step forward. The District’s and Board’s desire since last spring has always been to open our schools fully to provide in-person learning, as safely as possible, which is key to academic success. We look forward to making this move and welcoming our students back to in-person learning. Thank you.

School District 11 to Announce Future Facilities Plans and Implementation Schedule--recorded press conference link - 02/18/21

ALL--you may view the recorded press conference at this link:

Webex meeting recording: FMP Press Conference- Virtual-20210218 2159-1
Password: FtsuVk35
Recording link: https://cssd11.webex.com/cssd11/ldr.php?RCID=e7822cbd3b51402281f19f767ba97a90

PLEASE USE THIS LINK FOR THE D11 VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE AT 3 P.M.:

https://cssd11.webex.com/cssd11/j.php?MTID=m67133b3af58d8268690973912139e07a

Colorado Springs School District 11 will hold a virtual press conference on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 3 p.m. to announce the outcomes of the year-long facilities master plan steering committee and plans moving forward. Media may join this press conference at the following link:

https://cssd11.webex.com/cssd11/j.php?MTID=m67133b3af58d8268690973912139e07a

As the longest standing school district in Colorado Springs, it’s time to rebuild, reimagine, and rediscover D11! For the past year, Colorado Springs School District 11 has worked with consulting firm, Cooperative Strategies, to develop a long-term Facilities Master Plan (FMP), addressing district facilities’ needs, as well as addressing the declining enrollment challenge in D11. On February 17 during a special Board of Education meeting, The D11 Board of Education will discuss the FMP and the critical next steps to engage the community for feedback and develop an implementation plan. During this press conference, district officials will unveil the plans, which include:

  • Priority improvement recommendations for 31 schools;
  • Rebuild and renovate 15 schools;
  • Provide Career and Technical Education (CTE) renovations at all five high schools;
  • Renovate high school auditoriums; 
  • Replace middle and high school tracks; and,
  • Repurpose seven sites. 

To view the Board of Education presentation, please visit: https://go.boarddocs.com/co/d11/Board.nsf/files/BY6W5B839A0B/$file/02172021_BoardWrkSession_FN1.pdf

The District will also share with media the plans to conduct four more community outreach meetings, which will be open to all School District 11 residents, families, and staff members. Those virtual meetings will take place on the following dates, at the corresponding links:

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Rogers Elementary to move to Remote Learning - 02/04/21

There have been several staff members at Rogers Elementary who have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19.  Each case of COVID-19 is reviewed by El Paso Public Health and District 11. As part of this public health investigation:

·         The person/people diagnosed are being kept home from school until they are no longer infectious. 

·         The person/people's mask use, social distancing, and activities while infectious were assessed.

·         The people who were close contacts of the person/people with the diagnosed COVID-19 case were notified and are instructed to stay home from school for ten days after the exposure. This is called quarantine.  

Due to Rogers not having adequate staff coverage, all students will be learning remotely.  They may return on February 16, 2021.  

Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunches will still be available at these times:  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, February 5th – February 13th.   

Colorado Springs School District 11's Coronado High School Earns AP(R) Computer Science Female Diversity Award - 02/01/21

For Immediate Release

Recognized for Closing the Gender Gap in Computer Science A & Computer Science Principles

Colorado Springs, CO – Coronado High School has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses. 

Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 1,119 achieved either 50% or higher female representation in AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population during the 2019-2020 school year. That’s nearly 37% more than the 818 schools recognized last year. In 2019, Coronado High School was one of only 56 to be recognized for closing the gender gap in bothAP computer science courses.

“During an unprecedented year, Coronado's female students have demonstrated perseverance and dedication in their study of AP Computer Science,” said [state agency leadership]. “We could not be more proud of Coronado's female students for staking their claim as the next generation of STEM and computer science professionals. We can’t wait to see their passion for next generation technology lead to lifelong success.”

“Today’s students need the power to shape technology, not just cope with it,” says Stefanie Sanford, College Board chief of global policy and external relations. “Young women deserve an equal opportunity to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers and tech leaders. Closing the gap in computer science education empowers young women to build the future they want.”

The first year of AP Computer Science Principles in 2016-17 attracted more students than any other AP course debut, and participation is on the rise. In 2020, more than 116,000 students took the AP CSP Exam—more than double the number of exam takers in the course’s first year, and a 21% increase over the previous year. In 2020, 39,570 women took the AP CSP exam, nearly three times the number who tested in 2017. The number of female AP CSA exam-takers has increased by nearly 25%.

Providing female students with access to computer science courses is necessary to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and to drive innovation, creativity, and representation. The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $88,240 in May 2019. However, a code.org analysis of 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics data finds women represent just 24% of the 5 million people in computing occupations. 

That’s why new College Board research about AP CSP is so encouraging. According to the data, female students who take AP CSP in high school are more than 5 times as likely to major in computer science in college,compared to similar female students who did not take CSP. The study also finds AP CSP students are nearly twice as likely to enroll in AP CSA, and that for most students, AP CSP serves as a stepping-stone to other advanced AP STEM coursework.

These findings make it all the more imperative that schools nationwide achieve gender parity in AP Computer Science classrooms. The 1,119 schools that receive this year’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award should serve as inspirations and models for all American high schools, where overall, female students remain under-represented in computer science classes, comprising just 34% of AP Computer Science Principles participants. So there is a long way to go to achieve equal gender representation in the field of computer science. Currently, less than half of the nation’s high schools teach foundational computer science, a clear opportunity to be addressed by strong partnerships between policymakers, the tech industry, and educators.