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:

"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."