June 22, 2020 Regular School Board Meeting – Zoom

Superintendent Michael Moore (Re-1) is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. The public can join the zoom meeting directly or you can watch live on our Facebook page at https://facebook.com/HuerfanoRe1/live

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Topic: June 22, 2020 Regular School BoardMeeting
Time: June 22, 2020 05:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Huerfano School District Re-1 – Regular School Board Meeting
June 22, 2020 5:30 pm VIA Zoom

Call to Order
1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Roll Call
3. Approval of June 22, 2020 Agenda

4. Welcome, Focus, and Recognition
4.1. Board Teamwork
4.2. Staff/Student Recognition
4.3. Citizens to Address the Board

5. Administrative Report
5.1. Principal/Athletic Director Report
5.2. Superintendent Report
5.3. Technology Report
5.4. Maintenance Report
5.5. Transportation Report
5.6. Business Report

6. Routine Business
6.1. Consideration/Board Minutes
6.1.1. June 8, 2020 /Regular Board Meeting
6.2. Consideration/Financial Records
6.2.1. April 2020 Revenue/April 2020 Expenditure Report

7. Discussion Items
7.1. HEA MOU of Tentative Agreements for 2020/2021
7.2. 2020-2021 School Budget
7.3. Reopening of School Plans

8. Action Items
8.1. Approve HEA MOU for 2020/2021
8.2. Approve School Budget for 2020-2021
8.3. Approve Appropriations Resolution 2020/2021 Budget
8.4. Approve Authorization Resolution and Recommendation of use of Fund Balance 2020/2021 Authorization to use Fund Balance as presented
8.5. Approve request from Santiago Bobian to resign as Dean of Students and to move to 5th grade teaching position.
8.6. Approve the Hire of JMHS fall coaching staff Head Football Ricardo Bobian, assistants Wes VanMatre, Antone Aldretti; Head Volleyball Coach Joshua Vialpando, assistants Clara Whitehead, Shyanne Urdiales .
8.7. Approve addition to substitute teacher list Garrett Quintana.
8.8. Approve letter of resignation Heidi Micek

9. Information Item

10. Adjournment

 

June 22, 2020 School Board Meeting Agenda

Important Information Regarding Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)

Dear Parents and Guardians.

You may have heard about a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) called Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer or P-EBT for short. This program intends to provide financial assistance to families of children grades K-12 eligible for free or reduced-price school meals who have lost access to food due to the school closures caused by COVID-19. The financial assistance will be distributed to eligible families on new or existing Colorado EBT cards. The average P-EBT benefit is $5.70/child per day or up to $279 per eligible child, retroactive to when school initially closed. Huerfano School District Re-1 participates in the National School Lunch Program under the Community Eligible Provision, which provides free lunches to all students, meaning all Huerfano RE-1 students grades K-12 may be eligible for P-EBT.

If your family is already participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and possesses an EBT card, the P-EBT benefits will automatically be loaded onto your card within the month of June 2020. If your family is not currently enrolled in SNAP benefits, you must complete an application to receive P-EBT.

Receiving these benefits will not affect your immigration or public charge status. All families who are eligible for P-EBT may receive it, regardless of immigration status. P-EBT is a pandemic emergency benefit based on free or reduced-price school meal eligibility, and similar to other benefits that the Department Homeland Security has stated that it is excluded from consideration in public charge. Household information that is used to determine eligibility is protected under both federal and state data privacy practices.

To successfully complete the P-EBT application, you will need your child(ren)’s State Assigned Student ID (SASID) number

Upon approval, an EBT card with the qualifying amount will be mailed to you. To access the P-EBT application visit: https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/p-ebt.

For more information about P-EBT, please visit Colorado Department of Human Services’ Frequently Asked Questions webpage – https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/p-ebt . If you have further questions, please contact pebt2020@state.co.us and a representative will respond.

If you have other questions or need help, or are interested in applying for P-EBT, contact Tara Burke at tburke@huerfano.k12.co.us or 719-695-0095 to obtain the required SASID information.

Sincerely,

Huerfano School District RE-1

Non-discrimination Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations 
and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering
USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or
reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille,
large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they
applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA
through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available
in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027)
found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter
addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the
complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

JMHS Class of 2020 Highlight video

John Mall High School presents the Graduating class of 2020 Highlight Video. All efforts to include every graduating senior were made, however due to specific requests, your graduate may not be included in this video. Congratulations John Mall High School class of 2020!
Thanks to Mrs. Shanna Cook and Mr. Ron Cook for editing the video for our graduates!
You can find our video on the JMHS Facebook page at

Graduating Class of 2020 Ceremony video

John Mall High School presents the Graduating class of 2020 Ceremonies. All efforts to include every graduating senior were made, however due to specific requests, your graduate may not be included in this video. Congratulations John Mall High School class of 2020!
Thanks to Mrs. Shanna Cook and Mr. Ron Cook for editing the video for our graduates!
You can find our video on the JMHS Facebook page at

Message from Superintendent of Schools 4/22/2020

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Community members:

It is with great sadness that I announce all Huerfano RE-1 schools will be closed for in person instruction the remainder of the school year (through our last day of May 22nd) as stipulated by Governor Polis late Monday evening. We, as educators and compassionate people, are devastated that we will not have the opportunity to gather with our young people for in person instruction, celebrating end of year events or saying “goodbye” to our students. Kids, I can tell you for a fact, your teachers miss every one of you.

I know everybody entertained the hope that we could possibly resume normal instruction, events and activities in May. Unfortunately, these items will not occur. Also, to be clear, the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) has “canceled all performances, festivals, competitions and all athletics for the remainder of the 2020 season” , ending on June 1, 2020.

Parents and students, remote learning will continue through May 22, 2020. I ask that you please finish strong and make every effort to do the best that you can.

There are still many school related items such as: IPad return, classroom book returns, locker clean-out, outstanding fees paid etc. that will need to be addressed many of which will depend on the status of the Corona virus and regulations put in place by the Huerfano and Las Animas Health Department. We will let you know any plans considering the above-mentioned end of year items as soon as they are developed.

On a positive note, we do have plans for an alternate format of graduation on May 22nd that will be held downtown at the intersection of 5th and Main similar to a homecoming parade with recognition of each graduate and issuance of their diploma. A 2nd, more traditional graduation,  with a very limited number of guests along with extensive social distancing will be held on June 13th at the football field complex if allowed to do so by our health department at that time. These plans have not been finalized at this point yet we do know that we want to recognize our fantastic graduates with the recognition they so rightfully deserve. This will be a historic and memorable time for our seniors considering the extraordinary health crisis we are enduring. The specifics of our nontraditional and traditional graduation ceremonies will be released in due time.

This “closure” of schools will not affect our free breakfast and lunch pick-up program. This will remain available for those wanting to participate.

All these changes to the delivery of instruction, stay at home orders, loss of income and fearing for our health and that of loved ones have been unexpected, frustrating, challenging and frightening, to say the least.

However, I know that our students, families, teachers, administrators and staff members have risen to the occasion during these most difficult times.

I, personally, want to thank everyone for your flexibility, patience, understanding, thinking safety first for all our community and your continued support.

May you all remain positive, safe and healthy!

With kindness and respect,

Michael J Moore

Superintendent/Huerfano Re-1

PDF copy of this letter

In-person instruction update 4/21/2020

Official notice from Superintendent Moore: It is with great sadness that I announce all Huerfano RE-1 schools will be closed for in person instruction the remainder of the school year (through our last day of May 22nd) as stipulated by Governor Polis late Monday evening.
I know everybody entertained the hope that we could possibly resume normal instruction, events and activities in May. These items will not occur, unfortunately.
There are still many school related items that will need to be discussed and acted upon of which many depend on the status of the Corona virus and regulations put in place by the Huerfano and Las Animas Health department.
Parents and students, remote learning will continue through May 22, 2020. I ask that you please finish strong and make every effort to do the best that you can.
We do have plans for an alternate format of graduation on May 22nd that will be held downtown at the intersection of 5th and Main similar to a homecoming parade with recognition of each graduate. A 2nd, more traditional graduation with very limited number of guests along with extensive social distancing will be held on June 13th at the football field complex if allowed to do so by our health department at that time. The specifics of our nontraditional and traditional graduation ceremonies will be released in due time.
I want to thank everyone for being patient, understanding and thinking safety first for all our community.
Thank you,
Mike Moore

News Release from CDE: Colorado plans to offer seniors free SAT tests on a school day next fall

News Release from CDE: Colorado plans to offer seniors free SAT tests on a school day next fall

DENVER – Colorado 12th graders would be able to take the SAT test on a school day next fall for no cost under an agreement the Colorado Department of Education is pursuing with the College Board, the organization that administers the test.

This spring’s administration of the SAT along with the rest of the state’s assessment requirements for the 2019-20 school year were suspended by Gov. Jared Polis’ executive order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the SAT plays an important role in the lives of Colorado’s high school students as a means of demonstrating readiness for graduation and postsecondary experiences, as well as providing scholarship opportunities, a commitment was made to investigate alternative testing options.

“It’s important for many of our students and their families to know the state is still planning to provide them with an opportunity to take the test for free on a school day,” said Katy Anthes, Colorado’s education commissioner. “Preserving continuity in the assessment expectations and experiences is especially important now as Colorado high school students navigate the many changes brought about by the national emergency.”

CDE expects it would be able to offer vouchers for interested students who are unable to take the SAT on the designated school day to participate in a national administration on a Saturday this fall. Additionally, options for offering the PSAT tests that are normally taken by ninth and 10th graders are being investigated.

The results of the assessments are not intended for school and district accountability, which has been paused for the 2020-2021 school year.

As with all state programs, a fall administration of the assessment depends on adequate state funds being available.

CDE News release here