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Dear Parents,

I want to thank those who were able to join our Florida Mesa community Zoom meeting.  We had some great questions arise and were able to present more detailed information about what school will look like when we open the doors on August 31st. If you missed it, you can view the video of the meeting here. Please reach out if you still have questions. 

On Wednesday, August 26th, expect to hear from your child’s classroom teacher by email, where they will share a host of information that we hope you will find helpful in answering many of your questions about your child’s classroom.  You are also able to contact the school to find out your child’s classroom on this day.  In order to meet the needs of our Florida Mesa community and to accommodate requests for online and blended learners along with our in-person students, we settled on some unique class arrangements:

2 in-person Kindergarten classes

2 in-person 1st Grade classes

1 in-person 2nd Grade class

1 in-person 2nd/3rd Grade combination class

1 in-person 3rd grade class

1 in-person 4th grade class

1 in-person 4th/5th Grade combination class

1 in-person 5th Grade class

1 1st-3rd Blended Cohort

1 4th/5th Blended and Online Cohort

1 K-1 Online Cohort

1 2-3 Online Cohort

We will also share more details about our full morning drop off plan in future communications, but wanted to let you know that we will be using our bus loop for our 4th and 5th grade student drop offs, as well as our preschool and Headstart families.  We will also have an alternate drop off location for our kindergarten students.  Our hope is that multiple drop off points will help to alleviate traffic flow issues, as well as have our students be able to safely get to their cohort’s entry point in various locations around the building.  The full plan with a detailed map will be sent out next week. 

We are inviting all of our families to our outdoor Fall Check-In and Meet the Teacher event on Friday, August 28th.  This event will take place on our soccer field, with lots of distance between teachers. Please wear a mask to keep us all safe.  The teachers will be available from 9-11 am, where you can say hello and drop off your child’s school supplies.  Between the hours of 8 am-1 pm, you can also drop off pending registration materials, pick up a device for online or blended learning, or check in with district services.   We hope to see you there!

We wanted to let our blended families who have chosen Monday/Tuesday know that because of Labor Day falling on a Monday, September 7th, that students will attend in-person on Tuesday/Wednesday (September 8th and 9th) during that week.  This arrangement will follow anytime that Monday is a no-school day. 

Another change for the upcoming year is that we will no longer utilize the crosswalk from CR 231 to the parking lot of the school.  Students will now be picked up by a bus and brought to school.  If you live on this road and would like to ride the bus, please contact transportation to complete the Transportation Request form.  This change was made in the interest of safety, due to the traffic on State Highway 172.

Online and blended learners who will utilize our lunch pick up service can plan to pick up lunches at noon each day.  Remember to put your order in by the Friday before or by 9 am each morning to ensure we have lunch for you.  More details to follow from the district office on the system to sign up.

We wanted to remind everyone of the process that will be followed at all 9-R schools with students or staff who present any one of the COVID symptoms.  In the event that a symptom becomes clear, the student or staff will immediately be moved to the Isolation Room (we will be calling this the ‘Mustang Corral’ at FME). Parents will be notified to come pick up their child immediately, and must do so as quickly as possible.  Parents will park in the north teacher parking lot and will come to the marked exterior door to pick up their child.  Due to the number of symptoms that are associated with COVID-19, we ask that you are prepared to pick up your child at all times.  We must follow the guidelines provided to us, and understand that it may cause disruption to your day, however we ask that you help us keep all students and staff safe by complying.  Please review this at-home symptom screening guidance document from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on “Can I go to School Today?” for more information. 

Thank you again for all of the support we have received as we continue to finalize plans and communicate these updates.  Please plan to hear more information from your child’s teacher next week, and I’m sure that we will have more to share out as well.  Feel free to contact the 

school or one of us if you have questions that have not been addressed.  We can’t wait to see you all!  Tell the kids hi from everyone!


Shannon Morris, Principal

Tony Roderick, Assistant Principal