School Opening Delay; Enrolling Now for 2020-2021

Dear Caprock Families,

The administration has been keeping a close eye on all components needed in order to open the school in a safe and orderly way. While we have made tremendous progress given the current circumstances, we made the decision late yesterday afternoon that it will be necessary to change the start date of school. However, because of the hard work of all the staff and volunteers over the summer, we feel that a delay of only one week will put us where we need to be.

Therefore, the new first day of school for Caprock Academy will be Monday, August 3rd. Back to School Night will also be moved to next Thursday, July 30th. Look for information concerning the virtual Back to School Night links for classrooms early next week.

We understand that this decision may place a hardship on some of our families who were expecting their children to be in school next week, but given the current circumstances, it is very important for us to be fully prepared for the school to open safely before bringing any students on campus for in-person learning.

Please know that this decision was not made lightly, and it carries with it implications for our full year calendar, beyond just changing the start date; we will also need to add these days back into our calendar later. We will communicate and publish a revised calendar as soon as these dates are finalized. I would be remiss if I did not mention that with other potential upheavals this year, this may not be the only time we will have to revisit the school year calendar. 

In our continuing efforts to be transparent with our school community please read below for a summary of the reasoning behind pushing back the start date of school. Reasons include, but are not limited to:

  • There have been recent developments in state policy, including a statewide mask mandate and updated school-day protocols that need to be incorporated into the school’s reopening plan before the first day of school. These updates also need to be adequately communicated to the schools’ families.
  • Delays in obtaining technology equipment for classrooms in order to assist with Hybrid Learning.
  • A delay in obtaining a full Certificate of Occupancy for the new construction has had a rippling effect on finishing other necessary projects, as well as high priority projects, such as completing licensing for our before and after school childcare facilities.
  • Full communication to families about school day protocols and procedures has not been able to be finalized in adequate time before the first day of school.

The school has an adequate stockpile of PPE, however the administration decided to increase this stockpile in an abundance of caution, especially in light of the current mask mandate for the state of Colorado. The increase in this stockpile is expected to arrive late this week or early next week.

Look for frequent emails throughout the coming days to keep you informed. Thank you for your continued support of our school and staff. We couldn’t do this without our families!

Caprock is still enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year. Click here for more enrollment information.

All the best,

Andrew Collins