Re2 Transitions Students to Distance Learning

Garfield Re-2 Transitions Students to Distance Learning
Posted on 09/21/2020
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COVID-19 cases transition students to distance learning 

September 21, 2020

(RIFLE) – Over the weekend, Garfield Re-2 School District was made aware of positive or presumed positive COVID-19 cases that resulted in transitioning nearly 100 students to distance learning across five Re-2 schools. These cases directly impacted students from Kathryn Senor Elementary, Elk Creek Elementary, Riverside Middle School, Coal Ridge High School and Rifle Middle School. Many of those quarantined received their exposure on the bus. 

 

Classrooms that were directly impacted have transitioned to distance learning, and their teacher(s) is providing instruction remotely to these students through either the See-Saw or Google Classroom platform.

 

As part of this public health investigation:

·       All persons diagnosed are being kept home from school until they are no longer infectious.

·       These person's activities, when they could have spread COVID-19, have been assessed.

·       The people who were close contacts of the person(s) with COVID-19 are being instructed to stay home and not attend school or other public activities for 14 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine.

 

Bus riders are considered a close contact if they rode the bus with the infected individual for 15-minutes or more.  Any child that was in at least one class or group as the individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, must follow quarantine instructions and stay home from school for 14 days. Garfield Re-2 is working closely with Garfield County Public Health to conduct contact tracing. All students and staff members that have been identified as in “close contact” with the individual(s) who have tested positive have been directly contacted either via phone or email and asked to quarantine for 14-days from the date of exposure. All close contacts received a letter outlining processes for quarantining and/or isolation.

 

Impacted students have transitioned to online instruction and will not be allowed back to school until their 14-day quarantine period completes. Custodial staff had been paying extra attention to all schools, and both deep cleaning and disinfecting schools frequently. All schools had been thoroughly disinfected prior to children returning to school today. Both of the impacted bus routes will not be running on September 21 nor September 22 due to the quarantine of the impacted bus drivers while Garfield Re-2 is able to provide substitute drivers.

 

Anyone that develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea:

·       Isolate until you/your child have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND,

·       other symptoms have improved AND,

·       At least 10 days have passed since you/your child were tested or your symptoms first appeared. A limited number of persons with severe illness may require an extended duration of isolation up to 20 days after symptoms first appear. (https://covid19.colorado.gov/how-to-isolate)

·       It is recommended that your child be tested.

·       Continue to keep your child home from school and avoid other activities around other people.

·       Notify the school.

·       Seek medical care and testing for COVID-19, calling your doctor before you show up.

 

Questions can be directed to Garfield County Public Health 970-945-6614, or in Rifle at 970-625-5200.

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