FAQ

2020-21 School Year

What is the official start date for Colorado SKIES Academy?

Colorado SKIES learners will start school on Monday, August 17, with a school check-in day. Learners will have the opportunity to check out their Chromebook for the year, pick up their class schedule, get their pick-up/drop-off identification and directions, take their school picture and, most importantly, meet their facilitators.

The schedule for Monday, August 17, per grade level is as follows:

Monday, August 17 – CSA 2020-21 School Year Liftoff!

Grade 6 A-L 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
M-Z 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Grade 7 A-L 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
M-Z 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Grade 8 A-Z 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Please contact the main office to make alternate arrangements if you cannot come during your designated time.

If you are having school pictures taken during Monday, August 17, when will retakes be scheduled?

School picture retakes are scheduled for Tuesday, September 29. By taking pictures on August 17, we will be able to have student IDs ready for when we go to our new building.

Does my son/daughter have to use the school-issued Chromebook?

If a learner has a device from home that he/she wants to use, that is just fine. We do require every CSA family to complete the Chromebook Agreement so that, if necessary, any learner can check out a loaner Chromebook for a day if his/her device isn’t working properly.

What does a learner’s schedule look like at the beginning of the school year?

Learners will receive their full-time, in-person schedule and their online schedule on August 17. Learners will be online for approximately the first three weeks of the school year as our building is completed. The online schedule is as follows:

Time Blue Skies Day Mon/Wed Black Skies Day
Tue/Thu
Blue Skies
Friday1
Black Skies
Friday1
9:00 – 9:45 Block 1 Block 4 Block 1 Block 4
9:50 – 10:35 Block 2 Block 5 Block 2 Block 5
10:35 – 10:45 Brain Break Brain Break Brain Break Brain Break
10:50 – 11:35 Block 3 Block 6 Block 3 Block 4
11: 40 – 12:10 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:15 – 1:00 Advisory Office Hours* Advisory Advisory
*Learners have the opportunity to meet with any of their facilitators during Office Hours for extra support and assistance.

1Fridays alternate between Blue Skies Fridays and Black Skies Fridays to ensure that learners are able to receive the necessary content instructional time needed. An example of the schedule would be:

    • Friday, August 21 – Blue Skies Friday
    • Friday, August 28 – Black Skies Friday
    • Friday, September 4 – Blue Skies Friday

During this short time of online learning, electives will not be offered due to materials and space constraints. They will begin when we are moved into our permanent building.

The online schedule is the same as a learner’s full-time schedule, just in shorter time increments. This provides learners with a chance to get used to their class schedule before we move into our new building. Once we are in our building, classes are from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM Monday through Thursday and 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Fridays.
 

What does online learning look like at CSA?

Just as we did this past spring, we will hold classes at specific times via Zoom. Attendance will be taken and grades will be given during online learning. Facilitators are online the entire class period with their learners, facilitating the learning in that class.

An added benefit to doing online learning during these three weeks is that this is the same schedule we would follow in the event that state/government entities mandated a school closure again.

Why did CSA decide to start school online and then commence with in-person learning after the new building is open? Why not start right away with in-person learning?

In light of the situation we find ourselves in, CSA administration felt that it was essential to provide as much space and distance as possible for our learners and the CSA staff. Since the new building was designed to hold 375 learners and we will only have between 225 and 250 learners this year, there will be plenty of room for all of us. Opening up school in the modulars was not prudent or safe due to their limited space.

When is the new building scheduled to be completed?

The new building is scheduled to be completed sometime during the week of September 7, Labor Day week. Once it is completed and we have our Certificate of Occupancy, everything will be moved in and full-time school will commence. If the completion date changes for any reason, we will be in contact with all of our CSA families.

Are your facilitators (teachers) licensed like in a regular public school?

All CSA facilitators are either in the process of completing their licensure requirements per CDE (Colorado Department of Education) or already hold a teaching license in their respective content area (just like any teacher in a regular public school). CSA follows the same licensing requirements that any other public school follows.

How long is the elective class that my learner selected? Can my learner take it more than once?

Every learner provides us with his top three choices for an elective class. Electives are one semester long. We do everything we can to provide each learner with his/her first choice. In the event we cannot provide a learner with his/her first choice for first semester, we make sure that he/she gets his/her first choice for second semester.

With the exception of the Aviation elective, a learner can choose to take the same elective both semesters.

How early can I drop off my learner?

For the convenience of our families due to work schedules and having other children to take to school, CSA learners can be dropped off at the school as early as 7:00 AM. The school provides supervision from 7:00 AM until the start of school free of charge. There are not any regular activities for the learners during this time.

Is there any after-school care available?

Families who need after-school care can make arrangements with Wings Over The Rockies (WoTR) After-School Program to pay for the after-school care they need. Please access the link on the CSA website for pricing and additional information. WoTR provides after-school care Monday through Friday, including care on Fridays starting at 1:00 PM.

All CSA learners need to sign up with the WoTR after-school program. Any learners who are not picked up within 15 minutes of their designated time will be escorted to WoTR After-School Program for supervision until parents arrive. Families need to make financial arrangements with WoTR in the event they provide any after-school supervision for their learner.

Does CSA have a pick-up & drop-off system?

CSA parents devised our pick-up and drop-off system based on successful systems they had experienced. Please be sure to read through the instructions carefully. You will receive them on August 17, and they are also posted on our website. Be advised that during pick-up and drop-off hours, no one will be able to use the County Line Road and Isbill intersection to access the school. See the map provided on how to access the school during pick-up and drop-off. Note: It will be a “right turn only” at Isbill Road onto County Line Road as parents leave the school during pick-up and drop-off times.

What is the dress code for learners?

Project-based learning is active. We encourage our learners to wear comfortable clothes that they can easily move around in. We expect that learners will wear clothing that is appropriate and that does not detract from the learning environment. Lewd, obscene, derogatory, or inflammatory writings/drawings on clothing are not permitted under any circumstances.

For security reasons, no hats are worn in the building by anyone — learner, staff member, or visitor.

Are there any school fees?

Colorado SKIES Academy is a tuition-free public charter school and does not charge any fees. Families have the option to purchase Chromebook “coverage” for $30; all repairs would be half-price. See the Chromebook Handbook Agreement for further details.

Is there a list of required school supplies?

In light of COVID, the list of school supplies has changed for our learners this year. There cannot be any shared pens, markers, highlighters, or other school supplies normally provided in the classroom. As a result, CSA is creating a school supply kit for purchase that will contain everything a learner will need. It will be labeled so that it can be easily identified as to which learner it belongs to. In future years, we will make it an option for families to purchase the prepackaged kit of school supplies or purchase them on their own. For this year, we are requiring families to purchase the CSA supply kit so we can guarantee that each learner has what s/he needs for individual use only.

What kind of testing does CSA do throughout the school year?

Colorado SKIES Academy does interim testing using MAPs (Measures of Academic Progress) three times per year, the beginning of the year, February, and May. At the beginning of the year, the assessment identifies those learners who are accelerated and also identifies any gaps in learning that can create issues. Facilitators use the information along with Khan Academy, to provide learners with the support they need to learn essential content. The February assessment is used to determine growth from the beginning of the year and to prepare learners for the CMAS testing in April. The May assessment provides CSA with valuable information about the preparedness of learners for the coming school year. This assessment helps CSA evaluate grade-level readiness for the next school year.

Do CSA families have to volunteer a certain number of hours? If so, how many?

Charter schools like CSA are able to provide supervision at various events and throughout the school with the support of our families, so volunteering is essential to our success. CSA families volunteer 30 hours per year, or an average of 3 hours per month. Please see the Family & Learner Handbook for ways to volunteer and how the hours are kept in the Main Office.

How can I connect with other CSA families?

Please join the CSA Family Connections Facebook group, where you can easily connect with other CSA families.