May 21 update: Call out for video messages, report cards, gratitude from the superintendent

This hasn’t been easy, but you’re almost there! A well-deserved break is in sight.  

PSD Remote Learning and COVID-19 Response web page

COVID-19 information:  Larimer County Department of Health and Environment

      Testing available in Larimer County

Translations (posted when available)

Congratulations Class of 2020

Celebrating our graduates

Keep your eyes out for a Class of 2020 special edition GHH newsletter, hitting inboxes May 29.

Graduation celebrations:  PSD tentative in-person ceremonies in July (updated May 14)
 

Grads at a Glance features: More senior stories have been added to the  Grads at a Glance website, which showcases graduates in PSD’s Class of 2020. Each of our grads will change the world, of that we’re certain. 

Record well-wishes for PSD seniors: Send a positive video message to the Class of 2020! The deadline to submit a 1-to-2-minute video is June 12; messages will be included in video tributes to graduates. Here's how to submit videos. 

 
End-of-year gratitude from Superintendent Smyser


Input wanted for planning fall 2020 educational scenarios 

As PSD plans for multiple scenarios for how education will look in fall 2020 and beyond, the district is seeking input from parents and guardians to help inform future decisions. The parent survey is posted here, and the deadline to respond is May 22. It is available in English and Spanish. 

 

Report cards available through ParentVUE  

Student report cards will soon be available through ParentVUE. The decision was made to offer them electronically to eliminate possible in-person interacts and prioritize parent/guardian, staff and student health.

  • Elementary: By 4 p.m. Friday, May 22 
  • Middle School: By 4 p.m., June 1
  • High School: By 4 p.m. Friday, June 5 

If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, click “Forgot Password” on the Account Access page. If you do not currently use the PVUE portal, you should have received an activation email, including instructions for how to activate your account on May 11. For more information, please visit the ParentVUE web page

 

A look at school student belonging, laptop return days 

It has meant so much to see students and families this week for student belonging and laptop return days. Vehicles painted with words of appreciation, balloons and frequent exchanges of “I miss you!” and “I love you!” were abundant at the events that were a mix of bitter sweetness and joy. It was not the end to a school year that any of us imagined, but we are thankful for the opportunities to see so many of your smiling faces.  

General photo collage of cars, students returning laptops at school.

 

Free and reduced-price meal applications accepted until May 27 - approval status carries over 30 days into next school year

Families who need assistance with meals are encouraged to submit an online free and reduced-price meal application before May 27 to be approved for the meal program this school year. The approval status for students carries over for up to 30 operating days into the new school year, or until a new eligibility determination is made, whichever comes first. The 30 operating days begin on the first operating day of the school year. 

Find the online free and reduced -price meal application here. 
Questions? Leave a message at 970-490-3568. 
 

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

 

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile open for students

The Health and Wellness Center, operated by Every Child Pediatrics, is open year-round and ready to meet PSD students' medical and mental health needs this summer. New and established patients are welcome. Read more about these summer health services. 

 

 

Technical support and district software available this summer

Information Technology staff will continue to support students who are participating in remote learning during the summer. Students or families who need tech support may email covidtechhelp@psdschools.org.

District-contracted applications, such as Big Ideas, Envision, Lexia, Wonder and others, will also be available for students over the summer. Students can continue using these applications throughout the summer until integrations/rosters for 2020-21 are completed by Aug. 3. Clever (https://clever.com/in/poudre) will act as a portal to these applications for students. Some applications might have licensing expirations or vendor processes that could affect access.   

 

Futures Lab update -  register for the 2020-21 school year 

Futures Lab’s inaugural year at Fort Collins High School has nearly ended, and we are thankful to Principal Tam Smith and his team for their partnership while they hosted Futures Lab classes at the school. As this first chapter comes to a close, we have determined how best to move forward during uncertain fiscal times.

Futures Lab courses will be held at the Partnership Center, 1630 Stover St. In Fort Collins, during the 2020-21 school year, if public health conditions and orders allow for in-person education in PSD. If in-person education isn’t possible, courses will occur remotely.  

Futures Lab has a limited number of seats for high school students in most pathways and is accepting wait list students for Culinary and Hospitality. High school students interested in registering for the 2020-21 school year can visit the Futures Lab website, contact their counselor or reach out to the Futures Lab team at 970-488-4400 or futureslab@psdschools.org

Questions? Contact Scott Nielsen, assistant superintendent of secondary schools, at snielsen@psdschools.org, or Scott Elias, director of Career and Innovation, at selias@psdschools.org.  

 

Give PSD staff retiring this year a round of applause 

A special shout out to the 81 PSD employees who are retiring this year. This year ended like none other, making it impossible to host the in-person celebrations that happen in typical times. That said, schools and departments have celebrated retirees in creative ways nonetheless. We're going to miss them! See the list of retirees.  

 

Finishing well: Write your own end-of-year story 

What kind of ending to your story about the school year do you want to write? During a time when we have so little control, we can choose how we think, feel and remember the last several weeks of this school year. You may have experienced a range of responses and feelings since the Stay at Home Order was first issued. What are the important parts of the last few weeks that you want to remember? The first building block of a person’s resilience is crafting a meaningful story and then supporting it with their realities. Read more on the Mental Health Resources web page.

 

COVID-19 fundraisers for PSD

How you can support PSD community needs: 
•    Direct donation through SchoolPay to PSD COVID-19 response efforts
•    School fundraisers for specific communities
•    Community fundraisers for PSD
Find information about fundraisers here. Thank you for your support. 

Fundraising update: $26 K for internet services, $38K for emergency support and $44K for healthy meals



Accurate census count means millions in funding for PSD 

You can complete your census over the phone (844-330-2020) or online at 2020Census.govFor more information, visit the PSD 2020 census web page. 


District Accountability Committee has open seats for 2020-21

The District Accountability Committee consists of parent and school representatives who provide guidance and recommendations regarding the district's spending priorities, improvement plan, and charter schools to the PSD Board of Education. The committee, which is representative of the diversity of the district, also increases parent engagement. For information and applications, please contact: Robert Beauchamp, director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at (970) 490-3667 or email rbeaucha@psdschools.org.