Valley Schools Extend Closure

Garfield Re-2 joins valley schools in extending closure
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March 18, 2020

Hello Garfield Re-2 families:

To align with Governor Jared Polis’ announcement on Monday, March 16 of new restrictions narrowing the minimum standards for public gatherings to slow the advance of the COVID-19 virus, and in coordination with Pitkin County and Garfield County Public Health, all public schools (including charter schools) from Parachute to Aspen--Garfield District 16, Garfield School District No. Re-2, Roaring Fork School District Re-1, and Aspen School District--will be closed through April 17. All public schools are anticipated to resume on April 20 contingent that social isolation orders are lifted.

The Colorado High School Athletics Association has also extended all spring athletics and activities moratorium through April 18 to meet the statewide guidelines.

Additionally, the administration of the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) 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.

National and state decisions related to the COVID-19 virus are changing daily, even hourly. These plans are subject to change based upon state mandates and/or specific direction from local public health departments.

Our Spring Break was scheduled for March 23-27. We know these are unusual times, and we hope that you are able to have quality time with your families during this scheduled break. While our physical buildings will be closed, our administrators and staff are committed to continuing learning and providing services and we will be pivoting to virtual learning shortly. Meal delivery will look a little different over break as our partners at Lift-Up and River Center will take over (see below). We will provide additional information on meal delivery for the week of March 30.

We know there will be many questions, and we will begin to answer them to the best of our ability. Our administrative team will continue to work on logistics and we will be communicating soon. We will continue to update the Garfield Re-2 Facebook page and the Garfield Re-2 website (www.garfieldre2.net) on a regular basis.

What does this mean for learning during the closure?
We certainly encourage all families to support their children with their learning at all times. Garfield Re-2 is pivoting to virtual learning. The week of March 23-27 is our regularly scheduled Spring Break. There are no expectations for learning or curriculum development during this time. 
Our administrative team will continue to work on the specific logistics and will provide additional guidance next week. Please continue to check your email, Facebook and our website at www.garfieldre2.net. Our Instructional Technology team has developed a list of online resources that parents can access to support their children’s learning at home. You can find this list here, on our Facebook page, or on the Garfield Re-2 website at www.garfieldre2.net.

School Meals
We realize that many of our students rely upon our school breakfast and lunch programs for meals. Tomorrow’s meals delivery will remain the same. For Friday, and the week of Spring Break (March 23-27), our partners at Lift-Up and River Center are providing lunches M - F at the following locations and times: Rifle: 11:00 a.m. Davidson, 11:30 a.m. Cottonwood, 12:00 p.m. Joyce Park, 12:30 p.m. Centennial Park; New Castle: Apple Tree Park - 11:30, Burning Mountain Park - 12:00; Silt: Silt Library - 11:30, Heron’s Nest RV Park- 12:30

Will we need to make up these days at the end of the year?
At this time, we are unsure what the requirements will be for us to make up the time. We will be pivoting to online instruction and will have specific information shortly. This situation continues to change hour-by-hour. We will be able to provide more specific information soon.

Helping Students Deal With Stress During the Covid-19 Outbreak
It’s best to be open and calm with students. Reassure students that if they do get the virus, they likely won’t be any sicker than a basic cold. The experts in the field are being proactive in terms of protecting our families. Keep routines as normal as possible.
https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/helping-children-cope-with-stress-
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Resources for families
We have many resources online on our Coronavirus page on the Garfield Re-2 website at www.garfieldre2.org including.

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