Outdoor Lab Information

Outdoor Lab Information
Posted on 08/25/2020
Outdoor Lab 6th Grade Information

The following information was sent to sixth grade families on August 25, 2020 with the subject "6th Grade meeting summary". The content has been formatted for the web.



When will West Jeff Middle students attend Outdoor Lab?

Outdoor Lab will serve students and schools according to its published calendar. Our school's week is September 28 – October 2, 2020.

Like everything else this year, protocols will be different in order to meet all health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19. One of the largest changes from previous years is that the traditional five day and four night experience will be compartmentalized into a two day experience with no overnights. The experience will include the best of the Outdoor Lab activities and experiences so that it can continue to be a memory that is shared by every Jeffco 6th grader.


What do families need to do before Outdoor Lab?

Please complete the intent form by Saturday, August 29th so we can determine numbers for the sites and distribute and collect the necessary forms. Which Outdoor Lab school location that your student will attend - Mount Evans or Windy Peak - will be available on Friday, September 4.

Please plan to pay for the tuition to attend Outdoor Lab. The anticipated cost for the two-day experience will be between $50-$100. Once we have the date that the tuition fee is due to our school, it will be communicated to families and the fee may be paid through Jeffco Connect.

Families that use the Outdoor Lab Foundation Lab Cards Program (the reloadable Safeway card and/or participating in the King Soopers Community Giving Program) may use those funds to pay for Outdoor Lab tuition.

Complete the medical form. We will communicate how teachers will collect completed forms. Please note that even if a student already has an allergy/anaphylaxis plan with their school, a completed Medication Form 178a must accompany an epinephrine auto-injector to Outdoor Lab. A medication overview video will be forthcoming.

Any questions about Outdoor Lab may be e-mailed to Mrs. Buffington at


What will Outdoor Lab week look like for a sixth grader?

On the days your student attends Outdoor Lab, they will need to be dropped off at school later in the morning (about 9:15 am, exact time TBD) and picked up in the evening (about 7 pm, exact time TBD).

25 students per bus will ride up to Mount Evans and Windy Peak daily for a total of 50 students per site, per day. At this time, we do not know if adult family members can drive students to the location rather than having them on the bus. Students may use cell phones on the bus, then put them in airplane mode while they are at Outdoor Lab, which will allow them to use their phone as a camera.

When they arrive at Outdoor Lab, students will be with only other students from their school cohort group and site staff. A typical group will be 5-10 students (all from the same cohort group) and one or two Outdoor Lab staff. The majority of the day will be spent outside and all social distancing and mask mandates will be implemented and monitored.

Lunch and dinner will be served to students, again with modifications adhering to current health guidelines. Grab-and-go style meals will be served and there will be no large groups in the dining hall. Your student is welcome to bring their own food. Please be advised that Outdoor Lab Schools are nut-free campuses and snacks are not permitted.

Students will be outside for all classes and activities, weather permitting. Classes will include some of Outdoor Lab’s favorites: archery, initiatives course, team building activities, hiking with beautiful views, and science activities. Outdoor Lab staff are excited to introduce a class on survival and one titled "What Lives Here?". Students will stay with the same student group and the same Outdoor Lab instructor both days.

In order to better serve students, Group A will attend Outdoor Lab on Monday and Tuesday. Group B will attend on Wednesday and Thursday. On the days students are not at Outdoor Lab in person, they will participate in online learning at home provided by Outdoor Lab Schools. The online portion will be relevant to the Outdoor Lab content and curriculum.

Remote students may attend Outdoor Lab. Since remote students are not assigned to a hybrid cohort group, they will be assigned to a group for the two days they attend Outdoor Lab if they choose to go in person. Staff will look at the number of remote students whose families have expressed an intent to attend and assign them to a cohort group for attending Outdoor Lab, announced on Friday, September 4th. Students not attending any of Outdoor Lab in person will have access to an extended online 4 day online learning program.



[slideshow: Outdoor Lab Parent Night]

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