Virginia Court Elementary
395 S. Troy Street, Aurora, CO. 80012
Main Office: (303) 366-9594
For help in English: (720) 900-2085
For help in Spanish: (720) 608-1719
we are in remote learning
While we know that our students and staff can thrive with more in-person learning, the sustained community spread interferes with our ability to maintain the full range of our mitigation measures across all of our grades. Thus, we will maintain our current status through Winter Break.
This means ALL students in grades PK-12 will remain in remote learning for the rest of the semester. Below is information that will be helpful for you to know as we move forward:
The last day of in-person learning for PK-K students is November 19th. All PK-K students will begin full-time remote learning beginning November 30th.
If you have specific questions about your child’s remote learning schedule or need access to any materials to engage in remote learning, please reach out to school staff.
Fridays will continue to be asynchronous learning days.
Boys and Girls Club will not be offered at Virginia Court but APS has partnered with several groups who will provide care during remote learning.
Grab and Go Meals will continue to be served Monday-Friday from 10:45-11:30.
APS will make a decision about a possible return to in-person learning by January 4, 2021.
protocols for students who will attend in-person:
Student Health Screener:
Your child MUST stay home if they have at least one symptom from this list:
Fever of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
Difficulty or trouble breathing
New cough or cough gets worse
New loss of taste or smell
Your child MUST stay home if they have at least two symptoms from this list, even if they do not have any symptoms from the first list above:
Excessive fatigue (being very tired)
New or severe headache
New nasal congestion or runny nose
Students and staff are required to wear a mask when in the building, except when eating or playing outside. Please make sure your student comes to school with a mask when coming to school. If your child is struggling to wear a mask. Below are some ways to prepare your student wearing a mask at school:
First practice wearing face coverings in a safe environment, like home.
Model the behavior yourself; kids and teens are more likely to wear their face coverings if their family and friends wear them consistently, too.
Help them gradually get used to face coverings; their time at school should not be the longest time they’ve spent in one.
Remote Learning Kits are still here. If you did not pick one up this week, stop by Monday-Friday from 7:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
November 30th: Virtual Town Hall Meeting (6:00 pm)
December 3rd: Tech Help with Mrs. Cypher - (2:45 pm)
December 4th: Virtual Meeting with the Principal (7:45 am)
Talking Points is an easy way to stay connected. Download the app!
Do we have your current phone number and email address? We don’t want you to miss a thing! Please check in and update your contact information.
At Virginia Court We are Committed to Serve Our Community
Vision: Educate, Prepare, Inspire
Mission: We are inspired to collaboratively grow and refine our educational practices, highlighting critical thinking and creativity in a joyful environment.
Purpose Statement: At Virginia Court, we are committed to cultivating critical thinking and creativity. We believe every child deserves an education that is rigorous, relevant and joyful. We strive to nurture a community of problem-solvers who are resilient and culturally responsive in a global society.
Weekly message from principal pippenger
It is hard to believe December is already upon us! Our students are doing an AMAZING job adapting to remote learning. They are working hard and completing their work and also during independent work time. Students should also be completing daily work, attending their core academic and specials, and meeting in small groups with their teacher when assigned. If you need assistance with any aspect of remote learning, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or to me directly so we can problem-solve together. I am proud of the creative ways our teachers and staff are connecting with our students and appreciate being a part of this community.
We would like to help with any resources or questions you may have that we haven’t answered. Fill out this quick one question survey about how we can help you and your child during remote learning.
2020-2021 Bell Times (Construction Schedule)
Office Hours: 7:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Enrollment Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bell Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Our school is also undergoing a full remodel this year. There will be very little construction happening inside the building, but you will notice fencing and heavy equipment in areas where our three additions are happening. Safety is our top priority, always! Our construction team maintains the highest level of safety when working at our school. Areas will be fenced and inaccessible to students and all workers must check in at the main office where they are screened for health and receive a background check. If you have questions or concerns about this, please reach out to me so we can talk.
Our main entrance is moving again, too. The brown doors to the cafeteria will be our new entrance. There will be a buzzer and a camera to ensure safety, and a temporary wall has been built in the cafeteria so that all guests only have access to the main office area when they arrive.
For more information about the construction project click HERE
Support for Families
Grab & Go Meals (flier is below)
Monday - Friday 10:45 - 11:30 am at Virginia Court Elementary
Monday - Friday 4:45 - 5:30 pm at Gateway High School
APS student names, grades and dates of birth are required for meal pick up
Free Breakfast and lunch will be provided to those who qualify for free and reduced lunch
All other will be charged $4.75 for grab and go meals
Grab and go super snacks will be free for anyone under 18 years and younger.
APS will continue to offer free meals for families. Families can pick up free meals at any of our 47 drive-through grab-and-go locations. Meal pick up is from 10:45-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Most APS high schools also have an evening pick-up time from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m.
For the holiday breaks, meal service will be available at 16 sites from 10:45-11:30 a.m. and at five of our high schools from 4:15-5 p.m. The schedule for holiday weeks will be as follows:
Free meals will be served on November 23-25 (Monday-Wednesday). On Wednesday, Thanksgiving meal kits will be provided along with meals for Thursday-Sunday.
Free meals will be served on December 21-23 (Monday-Wednesday). On Wednesday, holiday meal kits will be provided along with meals for Thursday-Sunday.
Free meals will be served on December 28-30 (Monday-Wednesday). On Wednesday, meals for Thursday-Sunday will be provided.
The regular weekday schedule will resume on the week of Jan. 4. Free meals will be served January 4-8 (Monday-Friday). On Friday, meals for Saturday and Sunday will be provided.
This is a great resource to access all the ways APS is supporting families and students and an opportunity to share your voice in supporting your child's learning experience! Click here to access this resource.
Virginia Court Mental Health Information
Recently, we sent out a Family Connections survey in this bulletin. While not required, it is extremely helpful for the mental health team to get your feedback on your child so we can provide appropriate services and curriculum campus-wide this school year.
If you have not yet had an opportunity to complete the brief survey, please take a moment and assist us with collecting this much-needed information at:
Child Care information
We have had many questions about childcare during remote learning and this is a great opportunity.
Here are the specifics:
- The Start Date is October 26th
- Hours for the program are 7:00AM - 5:30PM
- Families need to choose their location and register with RMK
- Remote learning sites will be open to all enrolled students on days when students are receiving academic instruction
- This is a free program with no copays
- Before and aftercare will NOT be available while students are learning remotely.
FREE Internet Access
If you do not currently have internet access at home, but live in a Comcast area, you can sign up for 60 days of FREE Internet Essentials service. This is normally available to all qualified households for $9.95/month.
Comcast is also increasing internet speeds for all existing customers who have Internet Essentials.
To sign up, visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers: 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
You can read the Comcast Letter here: Comcast Essentials Letter
Check out how to use a mobile hotspot for internet here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9V643h0VKU&feature=youtu.be