COVID-19

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March 18, 2020

To help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Colorado, Governor Jared Polis ordered that all public and private schools across the state suspend in-person learning from March 23 to April 17.

 The executive order directs Colorado school districts and the Charter School Institute to make every effort to provide alternative learning opportunities during this time while taking into account the needs of local communities. This order also directs the Commissioner of Education to issue guidance to support P-12 school systems in developing and implementing plans to assist families and students in accessing alternative learning, providing free and reduced lunch and breakfast, and offering waivers for instructional time as appropriate.

The Governor made this order via press release this evening. Read it online here: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/colorado-takes-further-action-address-public-health-threat-covid-19  School districts in the Pikes Peak Region had already decided to close school buildings through March 27. This order will extend that timeframe. At this time, and per this order, students will return to school on Monday, April 20. 

Pikes Peak Area Superintendents emphasize that this is a new reality for all and it will require all of us working together in support of children in the Pikes Peak Region. We know that this information brings both certainty and uncertainty for the weeks ahead. We’d ask that we allow each other a measure of grace, as we develop plans for what school looks like in the weeks ahead. Now, more than ever, we must work together for the benefit of our children and our community. We thank you for being patient as we navigate this new reality.

March 18, 2020 The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, @CDPHE, launched a NEW website just for COVID-19, featuring data visualization for the number of cases, and answers to frequently asked questions.   http://covid19.colorado.gov 

March 17, 2020 CDE announces pause on 2019-20 state assessments, accountability – State working on possible solution for PSAT, SAT

DENVER – The administration of end-of-the-year assessments, including the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), will be paused for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to extensive school closures throughout Colorado to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes announced today.

March 16, 2020 For our Deaf Community, here’s a video in ASL with a coronavirus update as of 3-16-2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk-MzGfU2ME&feature=youtu.be  The information says the Center for Disease Control recommends organizers cancel or postpone events with 50 people or more for the next 8 weeks.

March 12, 2020 CSDB, along with the Pikes Peak area School Districts, will be closed March 16-March 27, 2020. This necessary action is an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. Staff, family members, and other CSDB stakeholders were notified, this evening.  The Board of Trustees meeting, March 18, has been cancelled.  We will continue to be in contact with new information as it becomes available.

March 11, 2020 Know the facts! Information is coming out frequently regarding COVID-19. Below are a few resources.The Colorado Department of Public Health created this document: COVID19 Fact Sheet Colorado Dept Pub Health

ASL Services created the video, below, about Coronavirus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYlPsgTMAng&feature=youtu.be

In addition, here are some sources for Public Health Information:

●    State public health web page: colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

●    Facebook (facebook.com/CDPHE) and Twitter (@CDPHE)

●    CDC web page cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

You can get the latest updates from Gov. Jared Polis’ news releases, or from CDPHE’s Daily Fast Facts.