Rocky Mountain closed Wednesday, Nov. 20

Rocky Mountain closed Wednesday, Nov. 20
Posted on 11/19/2019
Rocky Mt. building exterior

Grand Junction, CO - Due to increased absences this week, Rocky Mountain Elementary School will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Although Rocky Mountain received additional disinfecting Monday and will be disinfected again tonight, we believe taking the extra step of closing the school on Wednesday will help minimize the spread of any illness and give everyone who is sick more time to get well before returning to school. REC and Extended Hours will also be cancelled on Wednesday.

Mesa County Public Health believes norovirus is most likely responsible for recent closures at Palisade High School and Mt. Garfield Middle School. As Rocky Mountain is a feeder school for both Mt. Garfield and Palisade, it is likely that Rocky Mt. students experiencing the same symptoms, in particular vomiting, may also have norovirus or a noro-like illness.

We hope to re-open the school on Thursday, November 21, 2019. However, please continue to keep your child home for at least 24 hours after he or she stops experiencing symptoms. Message for All District 51 Families and Staff

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. With the recent rise in illnesses across the valley, I wanted to give you an update on the current situation in D51. We have been closely monitoring the absence rates for students and staff in each of our buildings, along with the support of Tanya Marvin, our Director of Nursing Services. Tanya is collaborating with Mesa County Public Health to advise us regarding the best course of action in each case.

While schools are cleaned routinely, once a school reports student and staff illness at a higher rate than normal, additional steps are taken to remedy the issue based on guidance from health experts. Our custodial crew and environmental health and safety team perform an intense cleaning of the school in order to reduce and eliminate any source of bacteria or virus in the school building. If your child’s school will be closed for an extra cleaning, you will be notified via call, text, and email.

Our goal is to keep our students and staff healthy while also ensuring we are not closing a school prematurely. Once a school reaches a certain amount of absences due to illness, the district will consider a decision to close the school in order to minimize the additional spread of the illness. 

We are receiving questions about why the entire district is not being closed. At this time, the small number of schools impacted, in relation to our 46 schools districtwide, does not warrant a districtwide closure. We will continue to monitor every school and make decisions on closures based on individual school needs. 

If your child is sick, please keep them home and do not have them return to school until they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.

- Dr. Diana Sirko, D51 Superintendent
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