D60 Updates about COVID-19


Financial assistance for families under Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program

posted Jul 9, 2020, 1:58 PM by Anthony Sandstrom

District 60 families may be eligible to benefit from a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) called Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer, or P-EBT. 

Regardless of income, each child may be eligible to receive $279 in addition to the free meals D60 provides at most of our schools on a daily basis. If your family is already receiving SNAP benefits and possesses an EBT card, you do not need to apply and the funds will automatically be transferred to your current card. All others should complete the application as soon as possible. 

To complete the application, you will need your child’s State Assigned Student ID, also referred to as their SASID number. 

To access the P-EBT application visit: https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/p-ebt.

Upon approval, an EBT card with the qualifying amount will be mailed to you. 

For more information about P-EBT, please visit the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Frequently Asked Questions webpage. If you have further questions, please contact pebt2020@state.co.us and a representative will respond. 

You can also find more detailed information, including instructions to access and complete the form, in this letter send to D60 families

If you have other questions or need help, contact Jill Kidd, District 60 Director of Nutrition Services, jill.kidd@pueblocityschools.us, or at 719-240-6612

D60 making preparations for upcoming school year

posted Jul 8, 2020, 2:31 PM by Anthony Sandstrom

PUEBLO, CO – By late July or early August, Pueblo School District 60 plans to release details regarding the instructional model that will be used for the 2020-21 school year.

District 60 leadership has been actively working with a 75 member Stakeholder Task Force to determine the instructional model for the 2020-21 school year. Additionally, a survey was distributed to the community, asking respondents to share their instructional preferences. Approximately 3,600 families responded to the survey, with 87% of households indicating a preference for in-person instruction or a hybrid of in-person instruction and distance learning.

“Though no final decisions have been made, our hope is to be able to provide in-person instruction in some form with appropriate health and safety precautions in place,” said Suzanne Morey, D60 Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. “D60 will also accommodate those students who require 100% online instruction.”

Final decisions regarding health and safety measures will be informed by and remain responsive to guidance from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Governor Jared Polis’s recommendations, as well as the Colorado Department of Education’s COVID-19 guidelines for schools.

Anticipated health and safety measures may include:
  • daily temperature and wellness checks of both adults and students
  • frequent hand washing
  • social distancing when possible
  • specific cleaning and sanitation procedures
  • a culture of mask-wearing.
To ensure equity of access to instruction, D60 will distribute a technology device to each Kindergarten through 12th grade student for use both in the classroom and at home as needed.

“Access to technology will allow for a seamless transition in the event we need to transition from in-person instruction to at home learning as needs occur,” Morey said.

Contact:
Dalton Sprouse
Director of Communications
Pueblo School District 60
719-240-8466
dalton.sprouse@pueblocityschools.us

In-person practices, athletic field use resumes June 15

posted Jun 10, 2020, 7:21 AM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Jun 10, 2020, 10:17 AM ]

Pueblo School District 60, working with the guidance of the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment as well as the Colorado High School Activities Association, will re-open athletic fields on Monday, June 15, and allow for limited in-person practices for school sports teams.

Additionally, local youth sports teams may resume field use provided that youth teams have scheduled use of the fields with District 60, and have signed the amended agreement that was sent to team contacts on June 9, 2020. By signing this form, all youth sports teams agree to comply with the safety restrictions put in place as outlined below. 

State guidelines, per Gov. Jared Polis' directives, allow for groups of up to 25 students to participate in indoor practices, and up to 10 students for indoor training. Larger teams, like football, may have to practice in shifts to accommodate rules. 

Per the Governor’s directive in Executive Order D2020-091 – District 60 will start allowing school fields to be used with the following conditions:

  • No more than 25 people at any time at the event         
  • High touch areas should be cleaned and disinfected regularly  
  • Parents may attend youth sports activities but must remain 6 feet apart from non-household members.  Spectators are strongly discouraged for adult sports.        
  • The sports league must retain records of who played in case later disease outbreak investigations become necessary.          
  • Athletes are required to wear masks during times they are not physically active     
  • Masks must be worn at all times by coaching/medical staff.

To learn more about what the resumption of activity means for Pueblo, read the Pueblo Chieftain's article in its June 10, 2020 edition.

Directions to watch Graduation on your TV

posted May 24, 2020, 11:45 AM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated May 24, 2020, 11:51 AM by Radford Sprouse ]

Individuals wishing to watch the stream of D60's graduations may have the ability to watch the feed on their TV. Viewers have five options to stream the graduation to their TV:

𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗲: Individuals wishing to stream to a TV are advised to do a "test run" with a video on the District 60 Vimeo page (http://www.vimeo.com/District60) using the instructions below.

𝗢𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗔 - 𝗧𝗩 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲.
• Turn on TV and tune it to Comcast channel 18.
• Enjoy!

𝗢𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗕 - 𝗧𝗩 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 (𝗦𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿)
• Use a computer with an HDMI output to connect to your TV’s HDMI input. (Requires HDMI cable).
• You’ll need to change the input on your TV to HDMI (may need to use “source search” or “search” to find).
• “Duplicate” your computer screen onto the other screen (TV) by pressing the Windows key and the ‘P’ key, then selecting “Duplicate”
• Open a Web Browser and go to the following URL: http://www.vimeo.com/District60
• Select the Graduation you want to watch and enjoy!

𝗢𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗖 - 𝗦𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗧𝗩
• Download and install the Vimeo Channel on your Smart TV
• Search “Pueblo District 60” to locate the main district channel (http://www.vimeo.com/District60)
• Select the Graduation you want to watch and enjoy!

𝗢𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗗 - 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗯𝗼𝘅 𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 (𝗥𝗼𝗸𝘂, 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁, 𝗔𝗺𝗮𝘇𝗼𝗻 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸, 𝗲𝘁𝗰.)
• Install Vimeo app for your device (available on most devices. Full list available at https://vimeo.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115007416167-Supported-devices)
• Search “Pueblo District 60” to locate the main district channel (http://www.vimeo.com/District60)
• Select the Graduation you want to watch and enjoy!

𝗢𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗘 - “𝗦𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴” 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗮 𝗦𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗧𝗩, 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗯𝗼𝘅, 𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸
• Many cell phones have the ability to “screen share” or “cast” to a Smart TV, set-top box or streaming stick. Depending on your device(s), steps to set this up will vary. Consult the articles below
• Download the Vimeo app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
• Search “Pueblo District 60” on the Vimeo app to locate the main district channel (http://www.vimeo.com/District60)
• Select the Graduation you want to watch and enjoy!

D60 confers with Air Force Academy about risks of in-person graduation

posted Apr 30, 2020, 10:38 AM by Anthony Sandstrom

District 60 leadership and the Board of Education has done its due diligence to assess the option and risks associated with an in-person graduation ceremony similar to the one conducted at the United States Air Force Academy.  Recently, D60 reached out to United States Air Force Academy leadership in regards to the measures the Academy took to execute its April 18 graduation. 

The Academy's April 18 graduation, which took place more than a month before its originally-scheduled date, was an outdoor ceremony that was broadcast virtually. No visitors were allowed into the ceremony, which includes friends, family and faculty, and cadets were spaced six-to-eight feet apart at all times. 

In response to District 60's request, the Air Force Academy leadership shared the measures taken to ensure a safe graduation:

  • All freshmen, sophomores and juniors left the Academy in March and all cadets began distance online learning. 
  • Cadets were monitored continuously, given health screenings and living under isolation measures, which included isolating cadets one to each room in dormitories, and observing social-distancing at all times. If cadets showed any symptoms or were exposed, they were tested and isolated outside of the cadet area.
  • The base locked down to all but official business for the six weeks prior to graduation. Cadets were essentially under quarantine and strict social distancing guidelines, including cadet-only shopping hours at the commissary, grab-and-go meals on base, and more.
  • "Walking the stage" during the ceremony was prohibited in order to reduce any potential physical contact. Cadets were instead conferred degrees as a group. 
  • While cadets did not wear masks during the ceremony because they were properly distanced, all cadets wore masks traveling to and from the ceremony. Cadet movements were tightly controlled, and they all proceeded directly from their rooms to the mess hall for a health screening, and following the ceremony, they returned to their dormitories.

The Air Force Academy told District 60 in a statement: "We went to great lengths to keep our cadets healthy. While the U.S. Air Force Academy is an institution of higher education, we are also a military installation, and unlike most students across the country, 100% of our cadets live here on base and were in a mostly closed environment for the past six weeks. Our very unique ability to contain and control our cadet population presented a unique ability to do this. These are capabilities most schools don’t have and control measures they can’t implement."

Board of Education comments about virtual graduation

posted Apr 29, 2020, 1:40 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Apr 29, 2020, 1:40 PM ]

At the Tuesday, April 28 Pueblo School District 60 Board of Education meeting, Board members publicly addressed the status of this year’s high school graduation in District 60.

Background

On April 9, by a 4-to-1 vote, the Board of Education approved the suspension of in-person instruction in District 60 schools for the remainder of the school year, which included all activities, events, and the upcoming high school graduation ceremony. To honor the Class of 2020 in the best way possible given the circumstances of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Board and District 60 leadership agreed to begin planning for a virtual graduation.


The rationale behind the decision was to preserve the health and wellness of graduates, their families, and the community, while also following the social-distancing recommendations of local, state and national health officials. 


Since, some members of the community have voiced concerns about that decision in hopes that District 60 reconsider and have an in-person graduation. Tuesday, a consensus of Board members stood by their previous decision to opt for a virtual graduation.


What a ‘Virtual Graduation’ will look like

From Assistant Superintendent Suzanne Morey (Full description of the virtual graduation):

“The decision to hold a virtual graduation was to ensure the health and safety of all of our families, and believe me, (Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso) did not take that decision lightly. We also don’t want to run the risk of even one graduate not being able to attend if we delay an in-person graduation to some later undetermined date.”


Plans for the virtual ceremony include:

  • Five separate professionally-produced graduation videos for each school, keeping all the same elements of traditional graduations.

  • Students will be filmed walking on stage and receiving their diploma while wearing cap-and-gown. Students are scheduled to be filmed in groups of ten at a time, observing all social-distancing guidelines.

  • All speeches that would’ve taken place during a traditional graduation (valedictorian, salutatorian, student body president, etc.)

  • Recognitions of gold and silver cords, including academic excellence awards like the Four Pillars and the Lamp of Knowledge, and those that also are receiving Associate’s degrees alongside their diplomas.

  • School-specific musical performances, submitted by each school. 

  • WIll be premiered on the District 60 Vimeo page as well as Comcast Channel 18 at each school’s originally scheduled times:

    • Paragon/Dutch Clark: Thursday, May 28, 6 p.m.

    • Centennial High School: Friday, May 29, 3 p.m.

    • Central High School: Friday, May 29, 7 p.m.

    • South High School: Saturday, May 30, 8 a.m.

    • East High School: Saturday, May 30, noon

  • Graduation videos will be replayed on Comcast channel 18 throughout the summer, and will be permanently archived on the District 60 Vimeo page, where families will also have the option of viewing the entire video at any time. 


Board commentary on the decision

Tuesday’s comments by board members explained the rationale for their decision to suspend an in-person graduation ceremony this year. The following are a synopsis of their comments, alongside links to full comments.


Board President Taylor Voss (full comments):

My heart is absolutely broken, and I want our kids and our community to know how tough this decision was. I never thought we’d have to make a decision like this, and it absolutely kills me that we’re in this situation. I want our kids and community to know that their voices are being heard. I’ve read and responded to almost every email I’ve seen. I’ve taken phone calls and read the comments on social media, and I’m more than happy to talk to anyone on the phone … I spoke with (Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment Public Health Director) Randy Evetts … about the level of risk we’ll be facing throughout the summer … he said having an in-person graduation would be risky from a public health standpoint … The thing that keeps me up at night is, what if we change our minds and have an in-person graduation, and one of our kids catches the virus and God forbid, passes away? I couldn’t live with myself if I made a decision that caused that. We all understand that a virtual graduation is not ideal and is not what any of us want … So it is with a heavy heart that the direction of this Board is to proceed with a virtual graduation.”


Vice President Dr. Margaret Wright (full comments):

”I want to thank (District 60 staff) for their hard work, and I shared my desire to see (graduation) in person. I understand that may or may not happen, but I share that … I have no additional comments.”


Board member Judge Dennis Maes (full comments):

“Without question, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented circumstances that are unique not only to Pueblo, but the entire world. Decisions have to be made that might invite controversy, but nevertheless have to be made. The fact that a decision might need to be made contrary to the beliefs of others does not mean they were not listened to, but that reasonable people can agree to disagree, and respect differing opinions … Nine people in Pueblo County have died of COVID-19 and at least 120 others have been diagnosed. While the vast majority are older adults, children have not been spared. The suggestion that a small number of fatalities (to children) justifies putting the entire population at risk, is insensitive and inconsiderate of those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 … It is my personal judgment that having an in-person graduation at this time places our students and their families in extreme danger, and perhaps death. It’s a situation that I will not and cannot validate. Therefore, I endorse a virtual graduation in lieu of postponing an in-person graduation to a later date.”


Board member Tommy Farrell (full comments):

“When we made the decision to suspend in-person instruction, events and graduation, I used the term ‘a heavy heart,’ and I feel like it might even be a broken heart. I know that I can’t feel what our seniors feel right now, but I have read every email, Facebook comments and posts, taken phone calls, and I know that this is impacting people - and I know that this virus is impacting people. I don’t think it’s fair to assume that this decision was made rashly or quickly or without consideration, because I’ve put a lot of consideration into it. I’m still running the gamut of emotions for this situation … So many generations have had challenges, and this is definitely a challenge to our seniors right now … I know there’s an effort to make a virtual graduation as meaningful as it can be. It’s not the same as an in-person graduation, but being healthy and keeping everyone safe should be our number one priority.”


Board member Barb Clementi (full comments):

“None of us wanted this situation, and I have to acknowledge that this is unfair. But it’s the way it is, and there’s not much any of us can do about it. But it’s just as unfair to the (Denver Public Schools) student that lost her life to this virus, and we don’t want to see that happen to any of our kids or their families because the District made a decision based on pressure. None of our decisions are made rashly or as a reaction. They are all very well considered, deeply thought out and very intentional as was (the decision on graduation) … We have one of the best videography departments in the state, and I’m excited for what they’re putting together for this graduation. This is not a ‘fly-by-night’ deal … We’re all disappointed that this is the way things have to be, but I agree we have to make the best of what we got. One death from our decision is one too many, and that’s why I support, with a heavy heart, the decision we previously made.”


Superintendent's letter about 2020 virtual graduation

posted Apr 20, 2020, 1:53 PM by Anthony Sandstrom

The following letter was sent to District 60 seniors and their families by Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso on April 20, 2020:

Dear D60 Seniors and Families, 

I am writing to provide an update regarding the Class of 2020 graduation. The decision to move to a virtual graduation ceremony was made in light of the current and anticipated orders regarding stay-at-home orders, social distancing requirements and restrictions on large gatherings. This very difficult decision was made with the safety of our students, staff, families and community in mind. The virtual graduation will take place on the same dates and times as the already scheduled 2020 Graduation:
  • Paragon/Dutch Clark: Thursday, May 28, 6 p.m.
  • Centennial High School: Friday, May 29, 3 p.m.
  • Central High School: Friday, May 29, 7 p.m.
  • South High School: Saturday, May 30, 8 a.m.
  • East High School: Saturday, May 30, noon
To the extent possible, the virtual graduation ceremony will replicate as many components of an in-person graduation ceremony, including student speeches, honors and student recognition, etc. The ceremony will be streamed for families to view from the comfort and safety of their own homes. 

We will begin the distribution of caps, gowns and announcements beginning the week of April 20. This distribution will be a drive-through pick up process as we will take all necessary precautions and implement social distancing measures. We have communicated directly to our graduating seniors that they can pick up their items from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the locations listed below:
  • East High School: Monday, April 20
  • Centennial High School: Tuesday, April 21
  • Central High School: Wednesday, April 22
  • South High School: Thursday, April 23
Recently, I had the honor of meeting with approximately 22 student leader representatives from the senior Class of 2020. In our nearly two-hour virtual meeting, students were able to provide input and share thoughts regarding distance learning and virtual graduation planning. The voice of our students is extremely important as we move forward in finishing this school year strongly, and honor and celebrate the Class of 2020.  

During my meeting with students, we spent considerable time discussing the decision to move toward a virtual graduation. In addition, we discussed other possibilities, options and ideas. Clearly, the decision to move to a virtual ceremony was made based upon an unpredictable, uncertain, and ever-changing future amidst COVID19. It was based upon our best guess of what type of restrictions may exist when we arrive at graduation time. In the event that all restrictions are lifted and large gatherings are permitted, and we can safely provide an in-person graduation ceremony on those dates, we most definitely will.  

Although we know an in-person ceremony is everybody’s preference, in order to provide each student the opportunity to be recognized at this significant milestone, we must plan immediately to execute a virtual ceremony in the event an in-person graduation is not possible. The students also discussed the possibility of a ceremony or recognition at a later date, such as December, or next year with the Class of 2021. We will certainly leave the door open for a recognition and/or celebration of the Class of 2020 at a future date. 

As we move forward with planning and identifying details for the virtual graduation ceremony, we will continue to communicate to students and families. 

I want to close by reflecting on my meeting with our seniors. Students were able to express and share the difficulty of this journey, their loss, grief and pain, and the challenges of the new reality we are currently living in. In addition, they expressed their resolve, their problem-solving, their resiliency, their gratitude, and their empathy for others. The Class of 2020 are incredible leaders and bright lights! Rest assured, our future is in great hands as these students are our future leaders. 

Sincerely,
Charlotte Macaluso
Superintendent of Schools

How-to guide for parents to access Infinite Campus

posted Apr 14, 2020, 2:33 PM by Anthony Sandstrom

As Distance Learning continues for District 60 students, parental access to grades and student information is vital.

This is why it's absolutely crucial that parents and guardians are set up in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to access their child's grades.

This week, third quarter grades were posted, and they are only accessible through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Additionally, Infinite Campus allows parents and guardians access to:
  • Report Card
  • Schedule
  • Grades
  • Homework assignments 
  • Scores on completed homework assignments
  • Attendance
  • Transportation
  • Graduation Planner
  • Transcript
You can log in on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, or if you need help navigating, you can get a walkthrough of Infinite Campus by consulting our how-to guide

If you do not already have parent portal access and need assistance, please feel free to contact our parent helpdesk at (719) 549-7111.

D60 to suspend in-person instruction for remainder of the school year

posted Apr 9, 2020, 3:19 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Apr 10, 2020, 2:13 PM by Radford Sprouse ]

In response to the evolving COVID-19 public health crisis, the Pueblo School District No. 60 Board of Education voted to suspend in-person instruction at all District 60 (D60) schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, instead continuing to implement the Distance Learning Plan for the remainder of the school year. 
 
All school related activities and travel have been canceled for the remainder of the school year. In addition, all in-person graduation ceremonies are canceled, and planning will begin in regard to how best D60 can honor and celebrate the achievements of our students through a virtual type event for the Class of 2020. 
 
The Board approved the measure at its April 9, 2020 Board of Education meeting, which was held digitally. 
 
On April 1, Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order suspending all in-person instruction at all Colorado schools until April 30. Thursday’s vote allowed the Board of Education to assess the specific circumstances of D60 students, deciding whether or not it was in the best interest of students to exclusively continue with distance learning, which began March 30. 
 
"This is a decision that has been weighing heavily on me," Board President Taylor Voss said. "But from everything I've seen, from distributing meals to providing technology, as well as the work of our teachers and our incredible staff, all going above and beyond to make sure we are serving our kids, it makes me confident that this good work will continue."
 
D60 Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso added: “Although this was a very difficult and painful decision, the health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our priority. We acknowledge that this is terribly difficult for everybody associated with D60, both for students, families, staff, and teachers alike. There is truly no substitute for in-person instruction and engagement our students experience in our school district. It is disappointing to go so long without teachers interacting with students face-to-face in our classrooms, however we believe that this approach is the next best option to keep moving forward and providing our students with education and enrichment.”

Counseling, College Readiness, and Mental Health Resources for students and families

posted Apr 6, 2020, 10:47 AM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Jun 24, 2020, 1:03 PM by Radford Sprouse ]



The primary role of Pueblo School District 60 is to educate our community's children. However, D60 also provides broader social benefits for students and families, and much of those needs had been met by school counselors.

During these unprecedented and challenging times in the shadow of the COVID-19 global pandemic, D60 recognizes the valuable role counselors played for our students, and part of that role was to connect students with community and mental health resources, as well as college preparation, admissions, and testing resources for high school students.

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