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


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