Garfield Re-2 Response to COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions 

How is Garfield School District No. Re-2 responding to this situation? 

Our top priority as a school district is ensuring the safety, health, and well-being of our students, staff, and families. The Garfield Re-2 School District is working closely with the Garfield County Public Health (GCPH) as we monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19 )situation. It is important to note that as of March 12, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Garfield County, and we know that our emergency response partners continue to prepare in the event that there is a confirmed case. If we receive information indicating a positive test or presumptive positive test for COVID-19, our first action is to seek the expert guidance of GCPH, get direction on what actions to take and what information we must communicate.

Are Garfield Re-2 schools open?

No, as of Friday, March 13, 2020, all schools are closed.  

Why close schools now? 

Even though there has not been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Garfield County, out of an abundance of caution, we are closing schools to help limit transmission of COVID-19. Our decision does not meet the guidelines issued by Governor Polis on March 11, however, school districts are given some flexibility to support the safety, health and wellness of our students and staff. (All Colorado Department of Public Health guidelines can be found here)

How are you cleaning our schools? 

Our custodial crews will be conducting deep cleaning of all our schools during the closure. They had already using standard cleaning protocols for flu and cold season. They are using hospital-grade cleansers and disinfectants and have increased the frequency of cleaning commonly touched items in schools such as light switches, faucets, doorknobs and railings. Additionally, we are distributing cleaning and disinfectant supplies to classrooms so that staff can use them as needed throughout the day.  

What can we all do to keep our schools safe?

It takes everyone’s help to stem the tide of any infectious disease. Our cleaning precautions are only effective if we are all diligent about our own health and hygiene practices. There are many simple steps that we can all take to suppress infectious diseases:

  • Avoid touching your face. 

  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, throw it in the trash, then wash your hands. 

  • Stay home when you or your family is sick. If you need to see a doctor, call ahead. 

Are school events canceled? 

Garfield County Public Health is recommending that school districts cancel nonessential events and gatherings to support “social distancing,” which helps contain the spread of the virus.  Garfield Re-2 is canceling all nonessential events starting today through April 6. Nonessential events include field trips, musical performances, out-of-school events and/or events at which individuals who are neither Garfield Re-2 students nor staff attend. This includes parent events and meetings, sporting events, arts performances, etc. We will continue to monitor the situation in coordination with our local health experts and will update our school community about decisions beyond April 6.

Are sporting events canceled?

The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) has canceled all CHSAA sanctioned events and associated practices (including athletics, music and speech) through April 6. This is effective March 12, 2020. Garfield Re-2 has aligned our school event cancelation window to mirror the CHSAA sanctioned event window.

Is school travel canceled?

Based on Garfield County Public Health's recommendation, we are canceling all school trips through April 6. This includes athletic travel. All regular school transportation to and from school will occur as usual.

Will you offer remote learning? 

We are currently researching different scenarios that would reduce the disruption of student learning in the event of an extended school closure.

Will students have to make up those days? 

The state department of education is currently reviewing the regulations for minimum days of attendance in the event of massive school closures. 

Will you provide School Meals

We realize that many of our students rely upon our school breakfast and lunch programs for meals. Garfield Re-2 will be utilizing the Garfield Re-2 buses and transportation support systems to provide breakfast at a variety of locations in Rifle, Silt and New Castle. Specific information will be coming. Breakfast will be provided between 8 -8:30 a.m. and lunch between 11-12 p.m.

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