WJMS Remote Learning Plan

WJMS Remote Learning Plan
Posted on 03/13/2020
Remote Learning Plan

Beginning on Tuesday, March 17th, all Jeffco Public Schools classes will move toward a virtual model. Most of our students are familiar with online tools like Google Classroom, Schoology, and LearnZillion, so they should be able to navigate their lessons through this virtual format.

To facilitate learning and two-way communication with our teachers, students will need to monitor their Jeffco email (their student number


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Remote Learning Schedule

Beginning March 16, 2020, each Monday is a professional development day for teachers to prepare lessons. Students may choose to work on assignments; however, there is no daily attendance task on Mondays.

On Tuesdays through Fridays, we will follow the Remote Learning school day schedule:

8:00 – 8:30 am
Lessons and links will be posted on Google Classroom and Schoology. Students should complete the daily attendance task between 8 am and noon.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Students are encouraged to be online for classes. (The class content can be accessed at any point throughout the day.) Teachers are available for questions and support for students at this time.

1:00 – 3:00 pm
Students may use this time to continue working on their learning tasks and extending their educational activities. Teachers are available via e-mail and their online platforms to respond to both student and adult family member questions at this time.

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Attendance Procedures

Students need to confirm their attendance once each school day – Tuesday through Friday – by visiting the West Jefferson Middle School: Attendance and Announcements course in Google Classroom between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM to complete a daily attendance task. The attendance form will be closed at noon each day to allow our staff to input the day's attendance.

If home internet access prevents your student from completing the attendance form, please leave a message on the attendance line at 303-982-3051. If you have e-mail access, you may also contact Mrs. Barrett at

Teachers will be available for additional help and guidance between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm and 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Students are not required to be online at these times unless they need additional help from a specific teacher.

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Food Service

Jeffco Food and Nutrition Services will be providing "Grab and Go" meals for pickup on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 10:50 am and 1 pm at locations around our district for all youth up to 18 years of age. Our local pickup location is West Jefferson Elementary School, 26501 Barkley Road.

Two lunches and two breakfasts and two lunches will be provided on each service day. Parents or other caregivers may pick up meals for children who must be at home. A student ID is not required.

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Contact Information and School Resources

Main Office 303-982-3056
Please leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Attendance 303-982-3051
If your student is unable to complete their online work, please excuse them for the day.

The West Jefferson Middle School website may be bookmarked with the URL Features and links you may want to refer to include:

  • the banner slider at the top of the home page, which will provide updated information regarding the school closure,
  • the Classrooms tab, which includes links to each teacher's course information by clicking on the teacher’s name, and
  • the Links and Logins page, which has shortcuts to the learning platforms and other school resources.

Contacting Administration:

Principal Kim Halingstad:

Assistant Principal Tricia Samuelson:

Dean of Students J.P. Squires:

Business Manager Julie Barrett:

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Counseling Information and Resources

Counseling Office Hours: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Contacting Counseling Staff:

Dan Keane, 8th Grade & 7th Grade (last name A-L)

Craig Enlund, 6th Grade & 7th Grade (last name M-Z)

Jen Baker, Social-Emotional Learning Specialist

Dr. Britni Dawson-Giles, School Psychologist


Resources for Urgent Mental Health Needs

Mental Health Request Form for current WJMS students; this is a virtual counselor request note.

Colorado Crisis Services for anyone with immediate mental health concerns; chat online, call 844-493-8255, or text TALK to 38255.

Safe2Tell Colorado for anyone to report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or your community; report online, using their app, or call 877-542-7233.

In case of an emergency and/or safety concern, please contact Colorado Crisis Services, Safe2Tell, or call 911. Our counselors may not be able to respond quickly enough to emergent safety matters and you may contact them after the emergent issue has been addressed.


Community and Online Resources

Mountain Resource Center, 303-838-7552, offers a spectrum of services for families in need, including basic needs assistance, a food pantry, and public benefits enrollment assistance. No cost mental health assistance for community members ages 12 and older is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.

Resilience1220, 720-282-1164, offers free counseling services to youth ages 12 through 20 in our mountain communities.

Student, Family & Community Technical Resources from Jeffco Public Schools


Student-friendly resources about Coronavirus (COVID-19):


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Frequently Asked Questions

When will the online learning daily schedule begin?

The online learning model will begin on Tuesday, March 17th for students. Teachers and staff will spend Monday, March 16th preparing for the transition to the online learning model.


What if my student does not have a computer available to use during this time?

We realize that not all students may have access to a Chromebook or other device for remote learning. We asked families to indicate a need to check out a device on our Conifer Area Remote Learning Survey or to email our digital teacher-librarian Mrs. Baker at Chromebooks were made available for checkout in a drive-through format on March 16th; families were asked to provide their student's ID number and to sign a checkout form.

Classes can operate virtually using applications and devices already available to your student with any internet connection or a smartphone. If you and your student are operating only on a smartphone or similar mobile device, the following free applications should be downloaded onto the device:


Will daily attendance be taken?

Yes. Students are asked to complete a daily attendance task via Google Classroom once each day by noon on Tuesdays through Fridays. Additional information on the process is described in Attendance Procedures above.


What are the plans for for students who do not have Internet service at home?

Families were asked to advise the school of home Internet access needs using the Conifer Area Remote Learning Survey, which was sent to West Jeff Middle families on Thursday, March 12.

Qualifying households may apply for low-cost internet access through programs including Comcast Internet Essentials (855-846-8376), Spectrum Internet Assist (844-488-8395), CenturyLink ( or 888-833-9522), or PCs for People. Please be aware that the wireless hotspots offered by PCs for People are backordered and they are maintaining a waitlist.

Comcast has opened access to Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit Once at a hotspot, users should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Several Conifer-area businesses and public facilities have agreed to allow Conifer students the use their public WiFi from their parking lots to do schoolwork:

  • Park County Public Library, 350 Bulldogger Road, Bailey. WiFi access information is posted of the book drop located outside of the building.

  • Bean N Bakery, 16 Mt Evans Boulevard, Pine. Open access WiFi available in the parking lot.

  • Ernie's Mountain Bakery and Café, 30403 Kings Valley Drive #1-105, Conifer. Please call 303-816-2880 to access the WiFi from the parking lot.

  • Elk Creek Elementary School, 13304 US Highway 285, Pine. WiFi access available in the upper parking lot closest to the building. Please login as a guest user. The school grounds and playgrounds are closed

All four of these locations are providing WiFi for users to access in their personal vehicle only. Please do not gather as a group.

Free WiFi is also available from the parking lot at all Jefferson County Public Library locations, except Belmar and Conifer. Please remain in your vehicle and follow Safer at Home guidelines. No password is required. Bring your own device from home, select the open WiFi option and agree to the terms and conditions for access.

Will there be flexibility with the assignments that are given by the teachers?

Teachers will be providing daily lessons online that may involve assignments and/or tasks that students are required to complete. These assignments and tasks will continue to have due dates for submission, and teachers will be available throughout the day to support students with this work and answer questions.

If students are ill, they will be given extra time to complete their assignments per school policy, which is an extra two days for every day they are ill. A doctor’s note may be requested to verify the time a student is ill.


What will participation look like for grading?

As announced on April 13, schools will define what participation looks like for remote grading. Our definition of participation is:

  • 80% attendance as entered in the WJMS Google Classroom or submitted through email to Mrs. Barrett.
  • Students must make a reasonable attempt to complete and must submit at least 1 Required assignment/learning task per subject, per week.

Reasonable is defined as that are attempted and complete, on topic, understandable, 70% correct or willingness to redo portions if needed. Teachers will mark Required assignments with an "R" in the title of the assignment in the digital classroom. Required assignments will be entered in either Content Progress or Assessment in the gradebook.

Teachers will mark additional learning tasks that are optional or a "check in" with an "S" (Supportive) in the title and enter them in Work Habits in the gradebook. Completion of assignments marked as Supportive are not required for participation. If a student is trying to improve their grade or feels the assignments are helpful, they are encouraged to do them.


Will there be mandated times for students to be on Google Hangouts or other interactive digital platforms?

No. Students should complete the daily attendance task by noon on Tuesdays through Fridays as described in Attendance Procedures. Students should be accessing Schoology and/or Google Classroom as appropriate to each of their classes. The class content can be accessed at any point throughout the day.


What is the timeline for families being notified when the schools will be reopened? How often should families expect to receive updates about the school closures and schools reopening?

In messaging published by the district on Thursday, March 12, district leadership announced they would reassess the situation during the week of Spring Break (March 23-27) and decide when students and staff should return to school and district buildings. 

The district began publishing a Community Daily Update on March 16, 2020, which carried notices of school closures extended to April 17, April 30, and the end of the school year.

On April 3, 2020, Jeffco Public Schools announced the continuance of virtual learning and remote work plans through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.


Will the school closures result in an extended school year or longer school days?

If students are able to continue participating in learning via online classes, the extension of the school year may be avoided. It is too early in this process to know if there will be other impacts to the school calendar for the remainder of the year.


What activities, concerts, athletic events, etc. can be held in schools during the school closures?

Per messaging published by the district, all activities and events scheduled beyond the end of the student contact day on Friday, March 13th are to be cancelled, postponed or rescheduled.


How can I support my student(s) with their learning at home?

You can support your students by creating a learning space for your students at home. If possible, be available to support your students with any technology issues or class related questions they may have.

Please work with your students to ensure that they are accessing their online classes every school day, Tuesday through Friday. Having a more flexible learning schedule may be difficult for some students and they may need extra guidance from adult family members to stay the course.

Ms. Mergendahl offered additional Instructional Tips and Strategies for the Remote Learner in the March 18 Remote Roundup.


When and how will teachers be available for questions from both students and their families?

Teachers will be available throughout the school day for students and families. The best time for adult family members to contact teachers will be from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm; this is best done via email.


While my student is using a school-owned Chromebook, a window came up to log into Securly. What is this?

As you are helping to facilitate remote learning, you might see your student be prompted to log into Securly to use an internet browser. Securly is the application that manages web filtering on Jeffco-issued devices when they are being used outside of the Jeffco network. Your student’s address and password should log them into the application with no issues.

In addition, Jeffco is in the process of launching the use of the SecurlyHome app for families to use to monitor their students’ activities on their Jeffco devices. This has been turned on district-wide; the welcome emails are being delivered slower than expected. Visit the public website for more information about Securly and the SecurlyHome app.


How can I see what work my student needs to complete?

On April 18, families were sent e-mail invitations to receive guardian summaries from their student's/students' Google Classrooms.

Families may choose the frequency of the email summaries, such as daily (weekdays) or weekly, and unsubscribe or remove themselves from Classroom at any time.

Guardian email summaries include:

  • Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent
  • Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)
  • Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers

Google's Classroom Help has a page with additional information and an example summary at Classroom email summaries for guardians.

We believe that having this information will be helpful for families trying to monitor and support their student's/students' work in Google Classroom. We will be adding a tutorial video on our Remote Learning Resources website. Additional questions or concerns may be directed to digital teacher-librarian Amy Baker at or principal Kim Halingstad at


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