A Message from the Superintendent of Schools

A Message from the Superintendent of Schools

Some school districts very recently stated that their schools are closed the remainder of the school year and will continue to offer their instructional models. In essence, we are doing the same thing without stating that schools are closed the remainder of the school year. We know that schools are closed until April 30 and we know that in person, face-to-face instruction will likely not return the rest of the school year. Therefore, our remote, at home learning will continue to be offered as scheduled most likely until the end of this school year. The school board and I will discuss the semantics (use of the word Closed versus using the Governors guidelines) at the April 13 board meeting.

Access to Huerfano RE-1 Buildings and Facilities
All Huerfano RE-1 buildings and facilities (including schools, playgrounds, athletic fields, etc.) are closed through April 30 and most likely through the end of the school year. We are unable to allow families or students access to our schools to pick up any personal belongings at this time. In addition, in order to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we ask our families and students to avoid playgrounds, ballparks, athletic fields, tracks, etc. located on Huerfano RE-1 properties.

Community Service Hours for 2020 Graduates are waived
With remote learning in place and COVID restrictions; it is incredibly difficult for our high school seniors to receive the necessary hours of community service hours required to graduate with the Class of 2020. I have had many discussions about this dilemma with our high school leaders, and together we have made the decision to waive this community service requirement for RE-1’s graduating seniors. In other words, the determined # community service hours will not be required for our 2020 graduates.

Prom Canceled /Graduation Ceremonies (pre-k, 8th grade, HS)
Due to this extended closure, we have made the decision to cancel the Huerfano RE-1 sponsored prom scheduled to take place in late April.

We are very proud of our Class of 2020, as well as, our pre-K and 8th grade students for reaching a milestone. Thus, we are looking into options for these graduation/promotion ceremonies. While we do not have a specific plan in place for graduations just yet, we are working on contingency plans should our closure be extended beyond April 30 and through the remainder of the school year. One potential option may be to reschedule graduations/promotions for the summer so that we can still celebrate our amazing graduates who have worked hard to earn their graduation diplomas or to be promoted to 1st or 9th grades. We do not want them to miss these important milestones.


Michael J Moore
Superintendent/Huerfano School District Re-1

Empowered Parents Webinar 4/7/2020

Calling all Parents and Guardians:

We are SUPER EXCITED to say that we are able to continue our Empowered Parents program through webinars.

The first of four webinars led by Hugh Keating will start this coming Tuesday, April 07 at 5:15 p.m.

Mr. Keating will cover such topics as: homeschool stress; coping with isolation and relaxation techniques.

Dial in and join us. Tuesday April 7, 2020 at 5:15PM-6:15PM
The number to call is 1-312-584-2401. When prompted, enter the meeting number/Extension: 1753477#

Empowered Parents Webinar Flyer.

At home learning letter

03/30/2020

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:

As you are aware, we are entering our 2nd week of “At home learning” and that regular school instruction has been suspended until April 20th as per the Governor’s Executive Order. We will remain closed until directives are issued to reopen schools. It is very possible and likely that we will remain in this “at home learning” form of education for the remainder of the school year, which will be determined via discussion between the Governor and the Colorado Department of Education.

We are fully aware and understand that this shift in education will be challenging for parents, students, and teachers alike, and we are committed to being as flexible as possible to support all families who we know are dealing with significant disruptions to their life and livelihoods not associated with school and learning. Anxiety, uncertainty, frustration and fear have all made their way into our lives to some degree and we all acknowledge that reality and how it affects all of us.

Yet Education must continue for all our students and our teachers will continue to be hard at work preparing authentic classroom lessons (as close to the classroom instruction as possible) and continuing to provide various communication avenues for you, the parents and students.

Lessons will continue to be offered in the formats previously distributed

  • paper/pencil packets
  • Online lessons via Google classroom activities, Plato, Kahn Academy etc. In addition, teachers are currently working on creating their own direct instruction videos.

Please refer to each teacher’s plans as provided to access any links or video presentations.

*Parents and students, it is very important to know that assignments must be completed and returned as expected. This work is the only way we are able to assess your child’s/children’s mastery of the skill sets/content knowledge needed to be successful at the next grade level. In other words, successful completion and return of work will be critical for helping to determine next year’s grade promotion.

There are still many unknowns about important school events, which typically occur in mid-April and May.

I will keep you updated in regard to said events as we receive more guidance and directives from the Governor and Colorado Department of Education.

Thank you for being patient, understanding and considerate because all of us are new in this life changing event. Let us all work together respectfully and compassionately. Thank you so much. Please communicate with your teachers should you need anything. I am available for you also.

Respectfully,

Michael Moore

Superintendent Huerfano RE-1 schools

At home learning letter 3-30-20

Message from superintendent Moore

Parents, students, teachers and community. I ask that you please understand that all of us are going through some trying times filled with many new updates from the Governor and public health departments as well as trying to educate our students via Google classroom, internet, long distance learning, paper packets, due dates for assignment turn in etc. This is new to many of us, as well as to you, the parents and students. It can be fraught with emotions, high anxiety, misunderstandings, confusion, frustration etc. We all are suspect to these feelings.
Folks, all we can do at this time is have a lot of patience and understanding for each other. We understand many of you are experiencing something new….helping to organize assignment schedules, completion of school work and being an at home instructor. Our teachers too are experiencing new things and are adapting, modifying and working out kinks in assignment distribution, communications and technology issues.
During these frustrating weeks, if you have any questions I urge you to please contact your child’s teacher via the communication methods they have provided you in the 1st round of packets that were distributed (email, zoom, skype, classroom apps, phone etc.)
As you are aware, this type of at home learning will continue until a potential return to school on Monday April 20th. I add potential return because there is noise coming from Denver that we may not be back in school the remainder of the year. it is just chatter at this point thus we will continue to educate as we are until the expected April 20th return date. However, please understand that it is possible (anything is possible) we may not return on the 20th. for everybody’s sake I hope the 20th will be a reality. So, again I will ask everybody to please have patience and understanding. Also, if you are experiencing difficulties becoming a “teacher at home”, do not hesitate contacting your child’s teacher or teachers. We will help the best we can.

Thank you so much.
Superintendent Mike Moore

Meals Survey

Meals can be handed out to children from 0 to 18 and do NOT need to be a student of Huerfano Re-1. Home school, GOAL Academy or other, you are welcome to pickup a meal. THE CHILD MUST BE PRESENT WHEN PICKING UP MEAL.

We will be serving breakfast and lunch beginning March 31 (Tuesday) at 2 drive through locations, Peakview and Gardner  Please be respond to our survey, so we are able to correctly approximate how many sacks to create. These sack breakfasts are for students. Unfortunately, adults are not eligible for free sack breakfast or lunch.

To help us better plan for this, we ask to help us plan on how many meals to initially order for:  (click here https://forms.gle/wHn5gFyqLvoW7YAGA   OR fill out the form below)

Governor’s executive order

Dear Superintendents and BOCES Directors:

Today, Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order that suspends in-person instruction at all public and private schools from March 23 to April 17. You can read the press release and executive order here.

Commissioner Anthes and Gov. Polis will host a conference call with all of you tomorrow or Friday to answer your questions. Look for more information on that soon.

Superintendent’s seat 3-18-2020

 Superintendent’s Seat

Re-1 thanks our school personnel, parents/students and local medical personnel

I want to make sure that everyone fully understands that my number one priority is, and always has been, the safety, health and well-being of our school community of students, parents and all employees. Our employees, students and parents are incredible people. We must all help each other. We must all be supportive and positive while avoiding negativism and non-productive comments.

Please let us all beat this wave of uncertain times and viral threat that lie ahead.

During these uncertain times, several groups of people have risen to the occasion and many beyond expectations. Thus, I would like to recognize their efforts.

Custodial and maintenance staff who have worked diligently to help keep our buildings as clean and safe as possible. They have taken their tasks to another level. Thank you.
Administrators, Teachers, and Staff members for their dedication and incredible hard work to prepare learning packets consisting of e learning and pencil/paper lessons. What a great job in preparation and a successful distribution. We had almost a 100% success rate. Teachers even made home deliveries of packets if a parent was unable to pick-up or had forgotten to do so by days end. Thank you.
Central office staff and Food Service Director Tara Burke for preparation and plans of drive through sack lunch pickups effective Tuesday, March 31, if school does not resume on March 30th. Thank you.
Our local health employees for their dedication and service. We know you are at high risk. Thank you.

Please be aware that the school closures in Colorado may see a prolonged time of closure. I believe we will see new guidelines come forth from the Governors office and CDE within a matter of days. Please stay tuned and please be patient, supportive and realize we all have a stake in helping to prevent the transmission of the virus.

Week of 3/16/2020 – Closure info.

As you are aware the school board has unanimously made the decision to close the school as a precautionary and proactive step in preventing the spread of the Corona Virus, effective March 16th through March 29th.

We are committed to your child’s education, therefore teachers will provide two options, either online resources, including google classroom OR a paper based solution to complete work for this week.

Teachers will be working on Monday to get work ready for students and have scheduled pick up times for Tuesday March 17th 11am – 3pm and 4pm – 6pm.

We’d also like to inform you that Charter Cable is offering free Internet Access for up to 60 days.  For more information, you may call them at 1-844-488-8395.

Thank you.

Free Charter-Spectrum Internet Notice

2020 Parents’ Guide to Google Classroom

COVID-19 Closure

Notice from the Superintendent:

It was determined from this evening’s emergency board meeting to close Huerfano Re-1 Schools beginning Monday March 16, 2020 through Sunday March 29, 2020 as a result of concerns with exposure to and transmission of the COVID-19 Virus, also known as the “Corona Virus”.
On Friday, March 27th, The board will reconvene to discuss if further closures are needed.

We recommend limited travel especially to those areas with a large number of COVID-19 verification.

Our 1st concern is the safety and well-being of our students, family members and our staff members.

Thank you.
Mike Moore/Superintendent