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. 

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