Communication

 Communication and Involvement

COMMUNICATION


General Information/Questions – During the course of the year, questions and concerns may arise. We encourage parents to communicate directly with the most appropriate staff member who may best address those questions/concerns. We invite you to contact the administration or individual teachers and let us know how we can
help.


Weekly Updates – 20 Alert is an e-mail alert and news system that provides parents with the most current news and information that pertains to the school and district. You will automatically receive bulletins via e-mail, etc. from schools in which you do have students enrolled. If you are not receiving these alerts, please contact the help desk at
help@asd20.org. Weekly updates are also posted on our school webpage and Facebook page.


Telephone/Cell Phone Usage – Students who need to phone a parent during school hours must do so through the office in the presence of a staff member and with their supervising teacher’s permission. If it is necessary for your child to use a cell phone before or after school, it must remain turned off and in the child’s backpack or in the teacher’s bin during
school hours. The school does not take responsibility for loss, damage, or theft of cell phones. This policy applies for all school related events (i.e. field trips, clubs, school dances, etc.). If cell phones are used during the school day they will be held in the office until parents pick them up. Telephone calls will not be put through to classrooms during the school
day. Office personnel are happy to forward a message to your child should it be required.


Friday Folders
To keep you up-to-date with school events, notices will be sent home with your student regarding homework, special assignments, field trips, classroom/school activities, lunch menus, school/teacher newsletters, and school forms in these folders. This folder is designed for you to find all informational items that need to be reviewed in one place and to return needed items in the same folder. Please return the folder to the classroom teacher every Monday.


Student Planners
High Plains uses a school-wide planner to increase communication with families and convey homework assignments. Grade levels determine the homework subject for each night. Homework is given nightly, Monday through Thursday, and reading is expected on the weekend. Teachers will check planners daily and look for parent signatures. Student planners are paid for via the consumable item fee of $10 that also includes a school T-shirt.


VISITORS


Visits from Parents
Parents are encouraged to visit their children at school. For security reasons, all visitors must check in at the office and pick up a nametag. Our staff is committed to delivering instruction with minimal interruptions, so parents will be asked to drop off lunches, backpacks, etc. in the office and we will see that your child receives his/her items in a timely manner. If you want to talk to your child’s teacher, please leave a message at the office for them to arrange a call or meeting.


Guests
Guest visitors are always welcome at High Plains. We encourage parents/guardians and community members to visit our school. For security reasons, all visitors must check in at the office and pick up a nametag. All visitors will be required to wear appropriate identification that will be issued by the office. School events are open to the public but you may still be required to wear identification. Children who accompany adults must be properly supervised. (They may not walk around the building or use the restrooms without parental supervision.) Visitors may be required to show photo identification.


SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT


Volunteers
Volunteer services are valued and vital to the successful operation of our school program. High Plains' volunteers give countless valuable hours helping children. Parents will have many opportunities to volunteer during the school year. All parent volunteers working directly with students on a regular basis must first pass a CBI background check prior to volunteering in any classroom, volunteering for field trips, or volunteering to help over time. Your Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) background check is good for your tenure at High Plains. Please see Jan Schneider, Assistant Principal, or call her at 234-4700 for more information.


Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)
Watch DOGS invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer (see procedure above) at least one day all day at their child’s/student’s school during the school year. Watch DOGS dads and volunteers perform a variety of tasks during their volunteer day including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of buses and cars, monitoring the lunch room, or helping in the classroom with a teacher’s guidance by working with small groups of students on homework, flashcards, or spelling.


Parent –Teacher Organization (PTO)
The High Plains PTO’s purpose is to enrich the lives of our families by working together to provide great community involvement and fun activities. The PTO provides opportunities for family members to volunteer and share in the joy of learning with our students. The PTO also provides grant money to staff to assist with new equipment, furnishings, field trips, and awards. Our grant money is raised by fundraisers and community donations. We encourage all families to come to PTO meetings. Dates and times of the meetings can be found on the school website under PTO, in the school newsletter, and on the marquee.


High Plains Accountability Committee (HPAC)
The High Plains Accountability Committee is where parents and patrons work with school administration and teachers in such areas as goal setting, accreditation, and budget issues. HPAC provides information to parents on current events in the district. It is an opportunity for parents and community members to get involved to learn what is happening with our school and D-20. Please join HPAC for their quarterly meetings which are posted on the school website, in the school newsletter, and on the marquee.


Whether your commitment is for individual activities, special projects, or regularly scheduled times, you are a valuable asset in meeting the educational needs of our students.