Be Here, Get There 2020-21
Mapleton Public Schools is reopening schools with clear and actionable guidance to minimize the risk to students, staff, and our community. Keeping children home from school when they are sick is one of the most important things parents can do to help keep our schools safe and open.
We encourage our families to follow the recommendations from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on when it is too sick to go to school, work, or childcare.
Completing a simple health screening every morning can help determine if your child should go to school or stay home. In addition to the COVID-19 health screening, if your child is vomiting, showing ‘flu-like’ symptoms, has diarrhea, or has severe uncontrolled coughing/wheezing, it is best to keep them home from school.
Before your child goes to school, review the home screening checklist. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions:
- Do you feel feverish, have chills, or have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher?
- Do you have a new or unexplained persistent cough?
- Do you have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
- Do you have a loss of taste or smell?
- Do you have a sore throat?
- Do you have a runny nose?
- Do you have muscle aches?
- Do you have a headache?
- Do you have congestion or a runny nose?
- Do you have fatigue?
- Are you experiencing nausea or vomiting?
- Do you have diarrhea?
If you answer 'yes' to any of the above questions:
- Don’t panic, and plan to keep your child home from school today.
- Call your trusted health care provider. You may also call Children’s Hospital Colorado ParentSmart Healthline™ at 720-777-0123, to receive free health care advice from registered nurses.
- Call your school’s attendance line to let them know your child will not be going to school today. Don’t forget to share what symptoms your child is experiencing.
Parents! If your child is experiencing any potentially life-threatening symptoms please call 911.
Be Here, Get There!
Time lost in the classroom can quickly create academic challenges for children.
Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways schools, families and communities can work together to prepare students for success in school and in the workforce. To that end, Mapleton Public Schools is launching a multi-year effort to support the District’s goal of improving daily average attendance and decreasing absenteeism at all District schools.
Mapleton will be sharing important attendance information with staff, students, families and the community with the Be Here, Get There campaign.
“Being here, in school, on time, every day, is the only way to get to where you want to go and truly achieve your dreams,” says Charlotte Ciancio, Superintendent of Schools, about the idea behind the campaign. “We want students and families to know that the ‘here’ is Mapleton and the ‘there’ is anywhere you dream of exploring or anything you hope to accomplish.”
Excused or not, when students miss school, they are likely to fall behind in their work and lose their attachment to positive attitudes toward school. Poor attendance in the first month of school can predict chronic absenteeism for the entire year. Studies have found that kindergartners and first graders who miss 9-17 days of school during the year are 50 percent less likely to read proficiently by third grade. Students who are chronically absent in high school, defined as missing four or more days in a month or 10 days over the school year, are much more likely to drop out and have a decreased chance of earning a postsecondary degree.
Through attendance awareness, Mapleton hopes to increase the District-wide attendance level from 93 percent to 98 percent. Improvement strategies outlined in the Mapleton’s Unified Improvement Plan look at increasing support to help students and families overcome barriers to poor attendance. From health to housing and transportation, Mapleton can help connect families to the resources needed to get students out the door and off to school on time, every day. Mapleton encouraged parents to talk to their child’s teacher or school director for more information about how to help improve their child’s attendance, or for additional information on the importance of attendance. The District hopes to inform the community about attendance through the use of billboards, posters and T-shirts promoting the Be Here, Get There campaign
Think to miss a day of school here and there is no big deal? Click on the links below to learn more about why attendance matters!
Learn more at www.attendanceworks.org