Dear Valor Community:
We are only weeks away from reuniting with our students and launching the 2020-2021 school year on campus. It is gratifying to see that we already have many students back on campus as part of academic, athletic, arts, and summer programs. Our plan remains to reopen our school this fall and conduct in-person instruction on campus for our entire school. In the linked document below, you will find more details on our planning and protocols.
Certainly, there is much debate on the topic of school reopening, and it is increasingly becoming more political and divisive. We desire our Valor community to be known by our ‘common-unity’ and our commitment to one another. It is our hope that you will find comfort and confidence in our plans. As stated often, we have the privilege of operating largely in an independent manner. We recognize that with such freedom comes responsibility, and we take that very seriously. We are responsible to offer and execute a plan that uses our fundamental core values in decision-making: (i) do our decisions honor Christ; (ii) are our decisions and actions in the best interest of our students; and (iii) are we holding true to our mission to be in partnership with committed parents.
Fundamentally, we believe it is best for students to be in school. We take into account our student’s entire health profile – physical, mental, social and spiritual – and we are convinced that on-campus, in-seat instruction is in the best interest of the vast majority of our students. Recent guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics
, Children’s Hospital
and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
also affirm that students belong in school. Our plans embrace the guidance offered to schools about reopening safely, along with decisions and actions that we believe best address our brand of education and our community expectations.
We hold a high value for individual freedom, independence and choice. We also seek to provide and care for the compromised and to protect everyone in our community. We want our hallways, classrooms, campus to be a place of life, energy, learning and relationships where confidence, peace, understanding, empathy and love for one another reign supreme.
With that said, we humbly recognize that we will likely not craft a plan that perfectly meets all expectations. We trust parents to make choices for their families that are in their best interests and we provide you with our plans so that you are informed on how we will open and operate.
In your enrollment agreement, you signed a statement that expresses that you have examined the school and are convinced that it is in your student’s best interest to be enrolled as a member of our Christian community. In normal circumstances, we would not ask for any additional confirmation. But, our plans for reopening during a pandemic require that all families become familiar with our plans, agree to abide by these plans, and to do their part in home health screening and commitment to a healthy campus. To provide clarity, and to give every family the opportunity to confirm their commitment or to choose another path, we will ask every household to complete a Health Commitment and Acknowledgement which will be delivered through your secure Magnus Portal.
Please view the document below to review our current plans including our approach and rationale to layering different efforts to mitigate risks for our community. More detailed information and a Parent/Student FAQ
is available on the Valor website COVID-19 resource tab
. Recognizing that we are in a dynamic environment, we will continue to update these resources as our planning and circumstances require