D60 Updates about COVID-19


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

posted by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated ]

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 Apr 8, 2020, 10:56 AM ]


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.

How to Support Kids During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Internet Access Options

posted Mar 26, 2020, 12:58 PM by Radford Sprouse   [ updated Mar 27, 2020, 10:38 AM by Anthony Sandstrom ]

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Resources for Families


If students/parents do not currently have internet access in their homes, D60 is recommending that families utilize resources that many companies have offered in response to the pandemic situation. These options include:


Comcast / Xfinity - Comcast has enabled families to receive free (for 60 days) Internet for families if they qualify. All they have to do is visit www.internetessentials.com to apply.


Comcast has published a map of free “hotspots” where students and families can attach to available Wifi. There are many locations around Pueblo that may be easy for students to connect to. Check the following website and search by zip code to locate locations near you. https://wifi.xfinity.com/


T-Mobile has activated hotspot capability on all customers who currently use T-mobile as their cell phone provider. This is being provided for free for the next two months for T-Mobile customers and is up to 20Gbps high speed data.


Secom (local company) is offering Special Discounted Pricing on services such as Wireless and Fiber for 90 days. To see if your house is in the service area please visit http://www.secom.net, email sales@secom.net, or call 719.383.1349

District 60 Distance Learning Plan

posted Mar 22, 2020, 9:07 AM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Mar 22, 2020, 9:11 AM by Radford Sprouse ]

Pueblo District 60 has developed an Emergency Distance Learning Plan which was supported by the D60 Board of Education on Tuesday, March 10. This plan addresses how Pueblo School District 60 will continue providing instruction to K-12 students during the school closure. This online programming will be accessible to students at whatever time they are able to complete the work each day. We will be using Google Classroom as the learning platform for all students K-12. This platform is accessible using a desktop, laptop, chromebook, tablet or cell phone.  Distance Learning will begin Monday, March 30, 2020.

Grades K-2 

In grades K-2, Google Classroom will be used primarily as a communication tool with parents. K-2 teachers will be reaching out via parent email or phone to all K-2 parents to invite them to receive online lessons and activities which parents can complete with their students each day. Online lessons will start on Monday, March 30 and continue Monday through Thursday for as long as schools are closed during the 2019-2020 school year. Learning in grades K-2 will focus on reading, writing, and math only.


Grades 3-12

Your child's teacher(s) will be reaching out via student D60 email accounts to all students in grades 3-12 to invite them to participate in daily online courses which will start on Monday, March 30 and continue Monday through Thursday for as long as schools are closed during the 2019-2020 school year. Learning in grades 3-5 will focus on reading, writing, math, and specials (pe, art, music) only. Learning in grades 6-12 will include all content and elective areas. 


Exceptional Student Services (ESS)

Additional online support for ESS students is being developed. 


Preschool Students

Activities and resources for parents of preschoolers are being developed and will be available soon via the District website.


Additional Information

  • We encourage parents and/or students to reach out directly to your child’s teacher via email with any questions you may have.

  • Parents are asked to update their contact information (email, phone, address) via the Parent Portal to ensure accurate communication from teachers, school, and district.

  • For parents who do not have a Parent Portal account, if they have an email on file, we will be creating accounts automatically for them. We encourage parents to check their email for the invitation.

  • For parents who do not have a Parent Portal account AND do not have an email on file, they can call 719.549.7111 and we will be able to help get them setup. Please note, when parents call in for access, there will be a series of screening questions to ensure we are granting appropriate access.

Free 'drive-thru' meal program at 8 schools, meals distributed twice weekly

posted Mar 20, 2020, 12:13 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Apr 8, 2020, 8:22 AM by Radford Sprouse ]

District 60 students will continue to have access to free lunch and breakfast services with drive-thru pick-up of meals available at eight schools.

Note that even though Coloradans are under stay-at-home orders, picking up meals for your family is considered "essential" travel. However, schedules have been adjusted to account for the safety of workers and to limit any possible exposure in our community. 

Beginning Friday, April 10, District 60 Nutrition Services will be distributing meals twice weekly to students at eight drive-thru locations: Irving Elementary School, Risley International School, South Park Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School, Bessemer Elementary School, East High School, Heaton Middle School, and Pueblo Academy of Arts. Meals will be distributed Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, three days' worth of meals will be distributed, and on Fridays, two days' worth of meals will be distributed. Each day's worth of meals consists of one lunch and one breakfast.


Pick-up procedures have changed slightly. To pick up a meal, parents are asked to drive to the kitchen door area at their chosen school. This change allows for faster distribution of meals. D60 Foodworks staff will be on hand to distribute the meals.


The operation of this emergency feeding program is made possible through the Summer Food Service Program of USDA.


For more information or questions, call D60 Foodworks staff at (719) 240-6612.

Gov. Polis orders all Colorado schools closed through April 30

posted Mar 18, 2020, 6:18 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Apr 1, 2020, 1:19 PM by Radford Sprouse ]

D60 Emergency Distance Learning Plan will be implemented starting Mar. 30

To help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Colorado, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis ordered that all public and private schools across the state suspend in-person instruction from April 17 to April 30. 

Gov. Polis' 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. 

For the past few weeks, District 60 leadership, in conjunction with school principals and teachers, have prepared for the possibility of long-term closure. Therefore, District 60 has in place a distance learning plan. 

Effective March 30, District 60 will implement the "Emergency Distance Learning Plan," which provides students access to at-home, teacher-led instruction using online tools. Parents will receive detailed information about how to access their child's classes, which will be administered by the regular classroom teacher(s) under the supervision of their school's principal. 

The Governor made this order via press release Wednesday evening. Read it online here: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/colorado-takes-further-action-address-public-health-threat-covid-19.

"This is a stuation that is developing and changing quickly, and we will do our best to keep staff and families informed of new developments," Macaluso said. "I know these are uncertain times, but I am confident that we as a community will get through this together. To everyone: practice social distancing, stay positive and be well."

Free 'drive-thru' meals provided March 17-20

posted Mar 14, 2020, 9:22 AM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Mar 14, 2020, 9:52 AM ]


Pueblo School District 60 students will have access to free lunch and breakfast services during the first week of the closure.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17 until Friday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., District 60 Nutrition Services will be distributing meals to students at five drive-thru locations at Irving Elementary School, Risley International School, Franklin School of Innovation, South Park Elementary School, and Heritage Elementary School. Each meal will contain one lunch and one breakfast.


To pick up a meal, parents are asked to drive through the front drop-off area at their chosen school. D60 Foodworks staff will be on hand to distribute the meals.


There are currently no plans to distribute meals during Spring Break. In the event of an extended closure, plans for additional lunch and breakfast services will be communicated to parents. 


For more information or questions, call D60 Foodworks staff at (719) 240-6612.

Information for parents regarding temporary school closure due to COVID-19

posted Mar 13, 2020, 1:09 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Mar 14, 2020, 8:15 AM by Radford Sprouse ]

District 60 Parents and Families:


Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, Pueblo School District 60 (D60) will join many other Colorado school districts in closing all school facilities for in-person classes next week, March 16 through March 19. This closure precedes spring break, which will be observed March 23 through 27. We will then reassess the situation as we get closer to that end date, and decide if students and staff should return on Monday, March 30.


The decision to close our school district was extremely difficult and was made in consultation with the superintendents of both school districts in Pueblo County. We know that closing our schools will have a significant impact on our families, but we also believe that this action will be critical in preventing the introduction and potential spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). We acknowledge that schools play an important role in this effort.  


A closure of this magnitude is uncharted territory, not only for District 60, but for organizations and businesses around the state and nation. We thank students, parents and families in advance for their cooperation and understanding during the upcoming school closure.


Over the coming weeks, District 60 will maintain regular communication with parents and families to provide updates about the planned reopening of school, distance learning opportunities in the event of an extended closure, the status of non-educational services provided in part by District 60, and general safety and wellness information for families. 


These direct communications will take place via phone messages, text messages, and e-mail, as well as postings on the District 60 social media channels on Facebook and Twitter, the District 60 website (www.pueblocityschools.us) and communications to local media.


During the closure, all schools, district facilities, and buses will undergo additional deep cleanings with hospital-grade disinfectants. We encourage the community to continue to practice proper handwashing, social distancing measures, and follow other recommendations from the CDC about how to avoid the spread of illness. 


We also stress that students, parents and families follow public health updates from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (www.pueblohealth.org).


District 60 will be making every effort to provide distance learning in the event of a closure beyond March 30. 


The “Emergency Distance Learning Plan” will allow for students to continue school using online tools. Parents will be informed with information to participate in this distance learning program within the next two weeks. Any distance learning will be administered by your child’s school teachers, and managed by your child’s school principal. 


District 60 will also be calling on the Colorado Department of Education for flexibility on mandatory seat time and state testing requirements. Any changes to testing schedules will be communicated to parents, as well. 


Additionally, parents will have limited access to schools on Monday, March 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to pick up their students’ vital essentials, such as medication. After 12 p.m. Monday, all District buildings will be closed for deep disinfection.


Students will also have access to free lunch services during the first week of the closure.


Beginning Tuesday, March 17 until Friday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., District 60 Nutrition Services will be distributing lunch and breakfast to students at five drive-thru locations at Irving Elementary School, Risley International School, Franklin School of Innovation, South Park Elementary School, and Heritage Elementary School. 


In the event of an extended closure, plans for lunch and breakfast services will be communicated to parents. 


No food service will be provided during spring break.


District 60’s goal is always to protect the safety, health, and wellness of our students, staff, and families. Our strength as a community is our greatest asset. We are working together to protect each other and slow the introduction and progression of COVID-19. 


We will continue to work collaboratively with public health officials, elected leaders, and neighboring school districts, as well as keep parents and media updated with new information as it becomes available. We thank you for your continued support and partnership in this effort. 

D60/D70 to close school facilities until at least Mar. 30

posted Mar 13, 2020, 11:50 AM by Anthony Sandstrom

Coronavirus graphicStarting Monday, March 16, 2020, Pueblo School District 60 (D60), and Pueblo County School District 70 (D70) will join many other Colorado school districts in closing all school facilities for in-person classes next week, March 16 through March 19. This closure precedes spring break, which will be observed March 23 through 27. We will then reassess the situation as we get closer to that end date, and decide if students and staff should return on Monday, March 30. We will be calling on the Colorado Department of Education for flexibility on mandatory seat time and state testing requirements. 


The decision to close our school districts was extremely difficult and was made in consultation with the superintendents of both school districts in Pueblo County. We know that closing our schools will have a significant impact on our families, but we also believe that this action will be critical in preventing the introduction and potential spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). We acknowledge that schools play an important role in this effort.  


During the closure, all schools, district facilities, and buses will undergo additional deep cleanings with hospital-grade disinfectants. We encourage the community to continue to practice proper handwashing, social distancing measures and follow other recommendations from the CDC about how to avoid the spread of illness. 


Individual districts will send follow-up communications with additional information to parents that are specific to their local community. Parents should continue to monitor school district communications for updates on their respective websites and social media accounts. 


Our goal is always to protect the safety, health, and wellness of our students, staff, and families. Our strength as a community is our greatest asset. In making this decision, we are working together to protect each other and slow the introduction and progression of COVID-19. 


We will continue to work collaboratively with public health officials, elected leaders, and neighboring school districts, as well as keep parents and media updated with new information as it becomes available. We thank you for your continued support and partnership in this effort. 


Sincerely, 


Charlotte Macaluso, District 60 Superintendent

Ed Smith, District 70 Superintendent


Spring sports & all activities suspended in D60, Colorado until Apr. 6

posted Mar 12, 2020, 11:53 AM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 12:30 PM by Radford Sprouse ]

Effective immediately, all District 60 practices and sporting events, as well as CHSAA-sponsored band and speech and debate competitions, are suspended until April 6. Additionally, all afterschool and evening events, clubs, organizations, and educational activities - including concerts and performances - have also been suspended until after April 6. 

The suspension until early April addresses concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision coincides with the Colorado State High School Activities Association (CHSAA) decision to halt practice and play until April 6. 

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