COVID-19

This page was last updated at 8:34 a.m., March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

There are several presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Mesa County, and those who have traveled to Eagle, Gunnison, Pitkin, or Summit counties since March 9, 2020, should self-isolate, according to Mesa County Public Health. Please visit their website for more.

March 21, 2020
Click here for a letter from Interim Special Education Director for information about special education services. 

Haga clic aquí para obtener una carta del Director Interino de Educación Especial para obtener información sobre los servicios de educación especial.

March 19, 2020

3:00 p.m. 
Like many of you, we learned that Governor Polis signed an executive order closing school buildings through Friday, April 17, due to the coronavirus (COVID -19). At this time, and per this order, all students - including D51 students, would return to school on Monday, April 20. You can read the press release and executive order here.

This is a challenging time for schools and families across the nation. The impact of the COVID-19 virus has been significant. In response to this closure, teachers will spend the coming week preparing lesson plans, and remote learning is scheduled to start on March 30th. Click here for more information.

10:00 a.m.
Online learning for students will begin on March 30, 2020. We understand that not every student has access to a device for school work. Families will be able to check out devices for students on Tuesday, March 24 starting at 9 a.m.

To help us facilitate this process, we are asking for an estimate of devices needed per school. Please use this form to find your student's school and designate how many devices you will need. If you have students at different schools, please answer for each school individually. This way, we can anticipate the need for devices. *We cannot guarantee that every student will receive a device. Distribution will be based on availability.*

If you already have a computer or laptop at home that your student can use for remote learning, you are more than welcome to use that device, and do not need to check out a Chromebook. Please ensure you have access to the Google Chrome browser.

Click here for the Chromebook Checkout Policy: https://bit.ly/3b7JBT0
política de préstamo de Chromebook: https://bit.ly/2WxiYCU


Internet access: Technology Services are also creating a wireless network that will surround every District school for families that wish to drive up next to these locations. Families can use the "D51free" network at schools for wifi access. Families can also contact Spectrum at 1-844-488-8395 to set up 60 days of free internet access. Please note the Spectrum offer is only available to new customers.



March 18, 2020


7:25 p.m.
Governor Polis has issued an executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state from March 23 to April 17. All plans for March 23 and 24 with continue, and online learning will still begin on March 30.
Click here for more information. 

2:20 p.m.

WCCC Tech Scholars and CMU Early Scholars will need laptops instead of Chromebooks for their higher education classes. Students in WCCC/CMU classes can check out these laptops from their high schools. 

11:40 a.m.
Buildings will be open to parents and students (who are NOT showing symptoms of COVID-19) beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Families can come to schools on this day to check out Chromebooks, and students can access the building to gather any belongings that they will need to participate in remote learning. Families needing to pick up medications need to call the school starting on March 23 to set up a time to meet with the school nurse. During this time, we encourage that these visits to buildings are done as quickly as possible, and that people practice social distancing while there. Please continue to check your email or this website for more information.

Chromebook Checkout Policy: https://bit.ly/3b7JBT0
Emergency Meal Schedule & Locations: https://bit.ly/3a4hwvK

Students should participate in the remote learning opportunities in order to meet requirements for credits. At this time, we are unsure of how this situation will affect graduations. We will update families as soon as we learn more about graduations.

 The D51 Nutrition Services Department has released information about Emergency Meals during the building closures.

Click here for more information, and the schedules and locations.



March 17, 2020

Remote Learning to begin March 30

While school buildings will be closed through at least April 17, learning will continue starting March 30. Remote learning is learning that can be done at home and can include both online and offline activities on devices, textbook assignments, projects, and more. Our D51 Curriculum Team is working on ways to deliver remote learning, and teachers will develop lesson plans March 23-27 upon their return from Spring Break.

Internet Access

Some internet providers are offering free access for the next 60 days. Please check with Spectrum/Charter at 1-844-488-8395. Alternatives include using a hot spot, public wifi, or cell phone provider internet service.

Chromebook checkout

A checkout process is in the works. Information will be released about the Chromebook checkout process before remote learning begins.

CMAS testing on pause for 2020, PSAT/SAT testing TBD

The administration of end-of-the-year assessments, including the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), will be paused for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, according to the Colorado Department of Education. CDE is working with The College Board to generate possible solutions for the administration of the PSAT and SAT tests.

Food service during the closure

The Lunch Lizard mobile food truck program and various schools (via drive-thru) will supply a daily breakfast/lunch combined meal pack on weekdays during the closure. Students will be able to pick a hot or cold choice item with fruit, vegetable and milk at all stops and sites. Students will receive two meals at once (lunch and breakfast for the next day). Stops and sites are located in areas with at least 50% of students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. An emergency meal schedule with locations and times will be available starting March 18 at bit.ly/lunchlizard.

Extended Hours

Extended Hours operates independently from District 51. Four of its sites (Broadway, Orchard Ave., Pomona, and Tope) will continue to be open as long as there are no positive cases of COVID-19 among students or staff. Please contact Extended Hours at 970-241-3603 with any questions.

Mental health/counseling help

Students can access any of the crisis services listed at https://www.d51schools.org/mental_health/mental_health_resource_page. Additionally, the district will be rolling out new procedures to counselors when they return on March 23. These new procedures will allow students and counselors to chat online and will route calls made from a student to a counselor’s office line to a counselor’s cell phone.

Outdoor Wilderness Lab (OWL)

All OWL sessions through at least April 17 are canceled, and refunds will be awarded. More OWL sessions (from April 13 on) may be canceled if the closure period is extended.

School Board Vacancy

All administrative offices are currently closed. To apply for the Director District C seat on the D51 School Board, email your cover letter, resume, and a copy of your driver’s license to Bridget Story at bridget.story@d51schools.org. Your drivers license is needed for verification purposes.

Graduations

We know there are a lot of questions about how this situation will affect students who need credits and are planning for graduation. Remote learning will be available starting March 30, and all students are expected to complete the lessons provided by teachers. This will help ensure that students meet the minimum requirements for graduation. 



March 16, 2020
3:15 p.m.
After much deliberation, consultation with health experts, and discussion of how best to address the many needs of our 22,000 students and 2,800 staff members during a large-scale shutdown, D51 leadership has made the difficult decision to close all of our schools and buildings through April 17 (originally April 10). Click here for more information.

Updated Charter/Spectrum number for internet access: 1-844-488-8395

STAFF: Check your district email for staff-specific information.

10:30 a.m.

We know you have a lot of questions, especially about our plans for school after spring break. Several people have asked us to close. Several people have asked us to remain open. D51 leaders are working diligently to make the right decision based on health experts' advice for all 22,000 students and 2,800 staff members. We hope to have an answer for you sometime this week. Please continue to check our COVID-19 Updates page for updates as they become available.

March 14, 2020
8:00 p.m.
We know you have questions about possible school closures and/or online learning after spring break. We are working hard to determine our options, and will have an update for our D51 community early next week. Thanks for your patience! 

9:30 a.m.
Mesa County Public Health has reported that there is one presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Mesa County. Presumptive positive means that there was a positive test result through the state lab. The test will now be sent to the CDC for confirmation.

March 13, 2020
"As you know, we want to make decisions based on the health and safety of students and staff. Since students have not been in school since Wednesday, and will not be returning until March 23rd, we have the luxury of examining the situation and making decisions next week. As you know, things are changing very rapidly, and we are monitoring statewide closures including those around us. Our senior leadership team is working during spring break and will provide frequent updates as we learn new information." - Dr. Diana Sirko, D51 Superintendent

March 12, 2020

5:00 p.m.
Click here to read a statement from Dr. Diana Sirko, Superintendent of Schools.

2:00 p.m. 
All student and staff activities previously scheduled for today (March 12) will continue as planned.

FOR STAFF: A statement from Dr. Sirko outlines plans for the scheduled district and building inservices on March 13. Please check your district email for information.

12:15 p.m.
The Colorado High School Activities Association has announced that all sports and activities between March 13 and April 6 will be suspended. This applies to both our high school and middle school sports and activities.

8:00 a.m.
We understand that many of you have plans to travel during spring break (March 16-20). We strongly recommend that you review and consider the travel recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention when thinking through travel plans. If you do travel, practice safe and healthy travel habits: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick

  • Stay home if you are sick

Visit the Colorado Department of Health & Environment for more information on travel. 

March 10, 2020
We know you have questions, and we want you to know that we are working hard to make sure that we are prepared in every way we can think of. Click here for a Frequently Asked Questions guide. 

March 9, 2020

Based on recent information and guidance sent out by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, and Mesa County Public Health, we are issuing a travel directive for NO school-sponsored trips out of state or out of the country for the remainder of March. Click here for more information.


Click here for the requirements issued by the Colorado Department of Health & Environment regarding potential school closures due to COVID-19. 


District 51 is continually monitoring the situation on a global, national, and local scale. We are working with our partners at public health organizations to stay up to date on the latest news, information, and protocols. Members of the community can also check local, state, and federal websites to stay updated. 

 

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