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The mission of the Hayden School District is to promote continuous growth in student achievement by providing the support and tools to create a safe, motivating and enriching academic program which meets diverse educational needs.
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July 13, 2021
Hope the first six weeks of summer break has been enjoyable, refreshing, and relaxing for all. With six weeks past, it means we have six weeks before school starts back up. We want to thank those who trusted us with their children last year with all of the unknowns we were facing. Our staff did a phenomenal job adjusting and meeting the needs as they arose. Every time we turned around, it seems like different changes were happening. It was hard for all to keep up, but we did our best as we received information. All should be proud of what was accomplished. Our hope and desire are to have the most normal year for the 2021-22 school year!
We will start the school year with registration on Tuesday, August 3rd. All registration will take place in the Commons/lunchroom. Registration will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you are not able to make it, please reach out to Kim at ktemple@haydenschools for secondary students (6th – 12th grade) or Lisa at lguire@haydenschools for all elementary students (Pk – 5th grade) any time after Monday, August 2nd. They will work with you on making alternate arrangements if needed for confirmation. A full registration packet will need to be completed along with a Free and Reduced Lunch form to assure we get an accurate representation of our community needs.
On Tuesday, August 3rd, we will also be hosting an open house for parents and community members. With restrictions after we moved into our new school, we weren’t able to host this event. We are honored and excited to share the facility with all. School tours will leave from the main entrance every hour on the hour from 8:00 – 5:00.
Teaching staff will start back on August 10th with five days of professional development, worktime, curriculum work, and updates. Key professional development sessions will be Youth Mental Health First Aid and a tech slam. With all our students have faced this past year, being able to work with them where they are is a critical step for all to move forward. The tech training will enhance teacher’s knowledge of available and effective technology that can be utilized in the classroom. During our work time, we will also be updating our Reconvening and Remote Learning Plan. While we hope to be in person all day every day, we need to have these outlined and prepared if the need arises. By working on this in August when our teachers return, it allows our staff to make the updates as needed based on the experience from last year and have the most current public health information available. With this, we will continue to work with public health. We have built a strong working relationship with them and will continue to collaborate with them.
Members of the Colorado State Board of Education sent a signed letter (PDF) to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis urging “little to no state-level regulation of in-person learning” next school year. Additionally, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an updated public health order removing the requirement for schools to enforce masks for students and staff. It also removed the requirement that schools should follow the CDPHE’s outbreak guidance. With this information, we hope to not have to have any students or staff wear masks and allow the district to make the best decision for our students. Of course, there is the possibility of this changing and Routt County can put requirements in place; but, we are pushing to make this our reality for next school year.
As summer continues to move along, we are continuing to recruit, interview, and hire. Currently, our elementary staff is complete. At the secondary, we are searching for a principal, secondary counselor, and science/math teachers. With the teacher shortage happening nationwide, we do feel fortunate for what we have filled and are working diligently to complete our staff. Housing has become an issue so if you know of housing options, please share those with us so we can pass them along. It will help us in the hiring process.
At the Board of Education work session held on Monday, July 12th, the Board, staff, and community members discussed upcoming board elections, the Extravaganza planned for August 23rd, salaries/retention, satisfaction survey results, and communication. We appreciate all who took the time to share thoughts and ideas. This information will help guide us in the coming year.
In a collaboration with the Hayden School District, the Town of Hayden, and the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, we have completed the video project which highlights both the school and the town for prospective students and families. We thank all for their efforts. The video link is available on the school website, Facebook, and at this link: https://youtu.be/bSfFjC30YjQ
We will continue to update you as summer continues to roll along and as we have new information to share. We are looking forward to serving your child(ren) this coming school year.
Christy L. Sinner, Superintendent