Director's Updates


Welcome and welcome back, RMDS families!

I want to officially welcome all of you to the 2020-2021 School Year! We had a wonderful first day of school! There was a lot of positive energy as teachers connected with their students remotely this morning.

This afternoon, we began our assessment week. A friendly reminder, your child is required to wear a face mask entering the school building.  All students will be entering the school building from the front door to be screened prior entering the RMDS building. Please have your child bring their technology device (laptop) also.

Please remember that if your child is sick, they should not be at school. Students need to be fever free for 24 hours, without fever-reducing medication, before returning to school after any illness. Please refer to the health guidelines outlined  on CDPHE webpage to determine when to keep your child at home.

Our team continues to monitor the health advisories and guidance issued by Jefferson County Public Health and Colorado Department of Public Health. We want to remind our students, staff and families to continue to be mindful of preventive measures that can be taken.

RMDSly yours,
Amy J Novotny, Director

April 3, 2020

Hello RMDS Community,

As you may be aware, 14 metro area school districts took similar action to suspend in-person instruction for the remainder of this school year to best protect students, staff and the community.

This means the RMDS building will be closed for the rest of this year. RMDS will continue our path delivering eLearning for students and remote work for staff for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

We know that this may create many questions including RMDS’s plan for all of the end of year events, closing the classrooms and construction plans. We are working to create a solid plan and will communicate with you all as soon as possible. We appreciate your ongoing support, trust, and patience as we work through these challenging issues and uncertain times as a community.
Stay safe and healthy!

RMDSly yours,
Amy J Novotny, Director
March 18, 2020

Hello RMDS families,

Thank you all for your support in the past few days, as your child/children navigate through the new world of  eLearning. Truly inspiring to see how our community comes together to ensure students continue to learn during this unexpected public health crisis.

Rocky Mountain Deaf School  supports Governor Jared Polis’ effort to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Colorado. Today, the governor ordered that all public, charter and private schools across the state suspend in-person learning from March 23rd to April 17th.

This means RMDS will continue the eLearning until April 17th with a one-week hiatus for the spring break scheduled for March 23rd to 27th. As of now, the students are expected to return to the building on the 20th of April. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will communicate updates regarding any changes with you immediately. 

Please do check RMDS’s web page, as there is updated information on districts/locations that provide Grab & Go food services to students. Any students can receive breakfast and lunch.
I am aware there is still a lot of uncertainty for the weeks ahead.  And, I appreciate your continuous support as we navigate this new reality.  

Stay safe and healthy!

RMDSly yours,
Amy J Novotny, Director

March 16, 2020

The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, continues to impact communities locally and globally. Due to this unprecedented public situation, we implemented our eLearning plan last week. We strongly believe it is essential for our students to maintain their skills and continue to learn new things. I want to thank you for sharing your questions, thoughts and concerns with us. You will be receiving communication from your child’s teacher by tomorrow, March 17th.

A friendly reminder, eLearning will begin on Wednesday, March 18th. It is recommended that families continue to follow structured schedules including eating, sleeping and waking up, throughout this situation.

Rocky Mountain Deaf School will be providing updates as necessary on our website; updates will be including and limited to information regarding free meals in your area, and ASL videos regarding COVID-19.

This is an unwelcome and unwanted stability disruption, however I am asking you to view this as an opportunity for us to work together to do the best that we can for your child/children. 

Please continue to look for updated communication in the hours and days to come--and be kind to each other.

RMDSly yours,
Amy J Novotny, Director

March 13, 2020

Hello RMDS families,

This is definitely a fast moving situation, your partnership and support is much appreciated as we ensure a smooth transition for students into an eLearning environment.
As of Monday, March 16th, 2020, Rocky Mountain Deaf School will be closing. Our goal is to always protect the safety, health and wellness of our students, staff and families. Amid the uncertainty and fear that this pandemic has brought forth; our strength as a community is our greatest asset. WE can work together and protect each other and slow the progress of COVID-19.
  • March 13th: No After School Activities, All students will be dismissed at 3:30pm.
  • March 16th and 17th: No School: Building is open if families need to pick up their materials and belongings.
  • March 18th- 20th: eLearning begins. (You should receive an email from your child’s teacher).
  • March 23rd-27th: No Instruction- SPRING BREAK
  • March 27th: Follow up communication will be shared with additional information and updates.
We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available. I want to thank you for your support and partnership in this effort.
Again, as always I am available to answer any of your questions and/or address any concerns.

Stay safe and healthy,
Amy J Novotny, Director

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