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Save the Date Visioning 2018 5

In November, the Roaring Fork School District is launching a visioning process to learn what our community’s hopes are for our children and what qualities they want to see in our schools. We want to understand if we’re on course and hear where you would like to see us go next.

We will be hosting an evening meeting in each community that is open to all staff, parents, students, community members and partners:

  • Tue, Nov 6 at Glenwood Springs Elementary School (915 School St) from 5:30-7:
  • Wed, Nov 7 at Crystal River Elementary School (160 Snowmass Dr) from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Thur, Nov 8 at Basalt High School (600 Southside Dr) from 5:30-7:30pm

Meetings will be conducted each night in both English and Spanish in separate rooms. There will be free food and childcare provided at these meetings. (You must RSVP here to guarantee a childcare spot). The conversations that happen at these meetings are a valuable part of the process, so we hope you’ll attend. If one of these meeting times does not work for your schedule, and you are part of a group or community organization that would like to schedule a different meeting time, we can arrange that as well.

 

2013 Visioning Process

We asked these same questions during the last visioning process in 2013, and we heard from almost 1,000 community members. Based on that feedback, we developed our current mission and core commitments and drafted a strategic plan. The district has been rigorous in pursuing the goals established by the community. Many of the initiatives undertaken five years ago have become routinized through the annual strategic planning process and regular operations of the district, including:

  • use of a common instructional model;
  • crew and Habits of a Scholar;
  • differentiated supports for different student needs and learning challenges;
  • more robust and embedded professional development;
  • a commitment to instructional and leadership coaching;
  • teacher and staff engagement in planning and decision-making;
  • one-to-one laptops;
  • aligning district and school budgets to strategic planning;
  • increased and improved staff recruitment efforts; and
  • higher quality and more systematic communications.

You can see the 2013 visioning report and the five year strategic plan progress report for information about the last community visioning process and the work that we've focused on since 2013. 

In 2013, the Roaring Fork Schools hosted 16 community engagement sessions with over 960 parents, students, teachers, administrators, and community members. These conversations illuminated the need for, among other things, improved character skills. The district adopted a new mission statement that included its commitment to supporting the development of students’ character skills: Roaring Fork schools will ensure that every student develops the enduring knowledge, skills, and character to thrive in a changing world. Over the last five years, the district has worked to actualize its mission through various programs and practices.

Read more about the following programs and practices: 

On Tuesday, September 25th, we will be launching a new online annual student information update process for returning students. The online process takes the place of the paper process used in prior years. Parents are able to update contact information, medical information, and review release agreements as well as school and district information. The online annual update system will remain available through October 17.


To access the online registration link, please sign into your parent portal account and scroll to the bottom of the index. Once you complete the information, click on the submit button and the information will be transferred to your student’s record. If you have questions, please contact your child’s school.

The Family Services Department connects students with non-academic resources for support. 

 

Sarah Fedishen
Family Services Director
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P: 970-384-5695

Lisa McPherson
Development Director
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P: 970-384-6004

Angela Fullerton
Family Support Supervisor
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P: 970-384-5691

 

Programs

Homeless and Child Welfare Education Liaison
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., District Homeless Education Liaison (Contact your school's Family Liaison for the School Homeless Education Liaison)
The Homeless and Child Welfare Education Liaison works to increase the identification, enrollment, stability, and school success of children and youth experiencing homelessness and to ensure that students in foster care are achieving academically through course completion, advancing to the next grade, accruing credits toward graduation, and on a path to postsecondary success. Learn more about the Colorado McKinney-Vento Act here.

 

Colorado Migrant Education Program
The Migrant Education Program may serve children from birth to the age of 21 who are eligible for a free public education under State Law. In order to qualify for services, children must have moved within the past three years, across state or school district lines with or to join a migrant parent or guardian who is seeking to obtain qualifying temporary or seasonal employment in agriculture, fishing, or dairy.

 

Family Liaisons
The Family Liaison in every school works with families to help students access non-academic support services so they can attend school ready to learn. Liaisons identify students in need and help them to secure community resources to meet their needs. Health insurance, utility assistance, food, counseling and vision exams are just a few examples. Liaisons also help to enroll new students, to translate and interpret, plan and lead parent nights. Family Services Department is a proud member of the Family Resource Center Association. Please see the link to learn more. 

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  • Andrea Suarez, Early Childhood Family Liaison, Garfield County, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Jessica Ascencion, Early Childhood Family Liaison Eagle County, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Betty Lucas, SES Family Liaison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Kristy Helms, GSES Lead Family Liaison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Kelly Medina, CRES and CCS Lead Family Liaison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Yolanda Gonzales, BES Family Liaison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Misseal Urtiaga, RVS Family Liaison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Raquel Mancinas, GSMS Family Liaison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Laura Dominguez, CMS Family Liaison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Conchita Salguero, BMS Family Liaison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Joseline Rivas, GSHS Family Liaison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Karina Antolin, RFHS Family Liaison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mayda Torres, BHS Lead Family Liaison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Colorado Community Response  
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Family Support Supervisor
Referrals for this program come directly from The Department of Human Services. A Family Support Specialist works closely with school staff and community partners to provide comprehensive, voluntary services for families reported, but not involved with child welfare. The Program works to increase families' protective capacities by addressing the link between poverty and maltreatment and connecting families to vital services. See link for the CCR Evaluation Brief

 

Prevention Program 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Lead Prevention Specialist, located at GSMS
Prevention Specialists are based at middle schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, and Basalt. Their focus is to implement a substance abuse prevention program that is embedded in the schools and to reduce barriers to treatment and counseling services provided by community-based organizations. See this substance abuse parent guide for additional information. 

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Parent Collective
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Family Support Supervisor
Parent education offered in each community (Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs) for parents of young children that strives to strengthen families protective factors: parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and social-emotional competence in children. This school year we will be partnering with Kathy Hegberg and facilitating her FocusedFamilies curriculum. 

 

Donations are tax deductible and may be mailed to:

Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork Schools
400 Sopris Avenue
Carbondale, CO 81623

Or click below to donate via PayPal. 

This page contains information about the district's nursing team as well as a wealth of resources from the district's health services department. 

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District Nursing Team

The district has two nurses: Yvette Blanc and Chloe Couvreux, both Colorado Registered Nurses with a University nursing degree and a special education license to practice as school nurses in Colorado schools. Yvette and Chloe cover the entire school district, working under the Special Education Director, and each overseeing the care of between 2,000 to 3,000 students. The team operates using a consultant model, relying heavily on the assistance and support of health assistants in the schools who perform various nursing tasks.

District nurses coordinate resources and training necessary for health assistants to care for students daily and closely monitor the health services provided. A goal of the Roaring Fork Nursing Department is to better align student health services with Colorado guidelines. As the Nursing team updates and reviews policies, parents and staff can expect changes that will increase compliance and efficiency for our families.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., RN, BSN, oversees the following schools in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale: 

  • Glenwood Springs Elementary School (including pre-school)
  • Sopris Elementary School (including pre-school)
  • Riverview School (including pre-school)
  • Glenwood Springs Middle School
  • Glenwood Springs High School
  • Crystal River Elementary School (including pre-school)
  • Carbondale Middle School
  • Roaring Fork High School

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., RN, BSN, oversees the following schools in Carbondale and Basalt:

  • Carbondale Community School
  • Bridges High School
  • Basalt Elementary School (including pre-school)
  • Basalt Middle School
  • Basalt High School

 

Health Assistants

Itinerant Heath Aides: The District Nursing Team includes two mobile staff members who assist the nurses in covering the many district health needs. They train new staff, offer CPR classes, and support health assistants and district staff with health services across the district.

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Itinerant health aide, CPR instructor, health assistant trainer (970-930-0341)
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Itinerant health aide  (951-265-9656)

School-Level Health Assistants 

Glenwood Springs

  • Glenwood Springs Elementary School- Anna Hernandez This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 970-384-5441
  • Sopris Elementary School-Terri Hailey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 970-384-5406
  • Riverview School--Olivia Ruiz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 970-384-0247
  • Glenwood Springs Middle School-Kathy Kneipper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 970-384-5506
  • Glenwood Springs High School-Brandon Dawson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 970-384-7954

Carbondale

  • Crystal River Elementary School- Chela Murillo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 970-384-5626  
  • Carbondale Middle School- Carol Parker This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 970-384-5710
  • Roaring Fork High School- Sheija Binshaban This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 970-384-7976
  • Carbondale Community School- Sandra Shafer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 970-963-9647
  • Bridges High School- Cindy Mcadow This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 970-384-6160

Basalt

  • Basalt Elementary School - Gissel Alvarez This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 970-384-5860
  • Basalt Middle School- Terry Lott This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 970-384-5906
  • Basalt High School- Ann Burns This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: 970-384-5968

 


 
Policies, Practices, and Forms
Illness Policy: "How sick is too sick?"

See this resource from Children's Hospital Colorado on how to determine when to keep your child home from school.

 

Immunization Requirements

There are three ways to be compliant with immunizations: 

  1. VACCINATED: Have all required immunizations and provide records
  2. IN PROCESS: Have a plan and scheduled appointments for all required vaccines
  3. EXEMPT: Print and sign the State Vaccination Exemption form. This covers the student for all required vaccines not received based on personal, religious, or medical reasons. 

Vaccine Resources and Information: 

  • See the school required vaccines here
  • See the vaccine exemptions here
  • See vaccine FAQs here
  • Vaccine Flowchart from CDE here

 

Emergency Health Care Plans 

 

Medications in Schools: On/Off Campus

 

Vision and Hearing Screening Guidelines 

“Guidelines for Vision and Hearing Programs: Kindergarten thru Grade 12” from CDE

“Student’s ability to see greatly impacts their ability to learn. Screening for vision problems is an appropriate part of school health services, largely carried out by the professional school nurse. There are roles for paraprofessionals and volunteers in vision screening, but only with training and under the supervision of the professional school nurse. Vision screening is mandated in C.R.S 22‐1‐116.“

“C.R.S. 22‐1‐116 School Children – sight and hearing tests: The sight and hearing of all children in the kindergarten, first, second, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth grades, of children in comparable age groups referred for testing, shall be tested during the school year by the teacher, principal, or other qualified person authorized by the school district. Each school in the district shall make a record of all sight and hearing tests given during the school year and record the individual results of each test on each child’s records. The parents or guardians shall be informed when a deficiency is found. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any child whose parent or guardian objects on religious or personal grounds.”

 

Head Lice

 

Field Trip Forms
  • Parent Memo regarding medical needs during field trips
  • Parent permission for field trips and school-sponsored activities: Off-Campus Activity Medical and Permission Form (English or Spanish)
  • Parent consent and physician order required for ANY prescription or over-the-counter medication administered at school, on field trips, or during school-sponsored activities: Medication Administration Authorization Form 

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