2021 School Board Candidate Interviews

On Wednesday September 28th and Thursday September 29th, 2021, we held candidate interviews for all School Board Candidates and recorded these interviews to post for the public to view.

See the Play List for candidate interviews by clicking this link:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqIZI0-QJQeaq5YTUR5TSC_hvRCBHpOE6

Note: These recordings are not an endorsement for or against any candidate or political party.

Huerfano Re-1 School Board Candidates – Four Year Term (Listed in order as they will appear on the ballot)
Three positions are open for 4-year terms.

Huerfano Re-1 School Board Candidates – Two Year Term (Listed in order as they will appear on the ballot)
Two positions are open for 2-year terms.

Hillary Andreatta - Four - School Board Candidate - Four Year Term Interview Video

Hillary Andreatta – School Board Candidate – Four Year Term Interview Video – https://youtu.be/pmicf9NYKLU

Ruth Orr - School Board Candidate - Four Year Term Interview Video

Ruth Orr – School Board Candidate – Four Year Term Interview Video – https://youtu.be/UQaqINzzw9I

Marcy Freeburg - School Board Candidate - Four Year Term Interview Video

Marcy Freeburg – School Board Candidate – Four Year Term Interview Video – https://youtu.be/6QO8zdT8Mww

Gretchen Sporleder-Orr - School Board Candidate - Four Year Term Interview Video

Gretchen Sporleder-Orr – School Board Candidate – Four Year Term Interview Video – https://youtu.be/SXRXA14xf2Q

Debi Sporleder - School Board Candidate - Four Year Term Interview Video

Debi Sporleder – School Board Candidate – Four Year Term Interview Video – https://youtu.be/mU7xC_nhbCQ

Joel Shults - School Board Candidate - School Board Candidate - Two Year Term Interview Video

Joel Shults – School Board Candidate – Two Year Term Interview Video – https://youtu.be/sOSO07sS8Zg

Raquel Lopez-Rodriguez - School Board Candidate - School Board Candidate - Two Year Term Interview Video

Raquel Lopez-Rodriguez – School Board Candidate – Two Year Term Interview Video – https://youtu.be/vN2qtPKy934

Jenna Fox - School Board Candidate - Two Year Term Interview Video

Jenna Fox – School Board Candidate – Two Year Term Interview Video – https://youtu.be/fmHtOiipADE

Mask Recommendation Update – 9/10/2021

9/10/21

To:  All families of students in the Huerfano Re-1 School District and school based employees

Short of issuing a mask mandate, I urge you to send your child to school each day with a mask to wear. Staff members are also being urged to wear masks on a daily basis.

If you do not have masks for your child, we have them available in the school offices and at temperature check in stations.

Due to our most recent Covid “outbreak” determination at John Mall HS and increasing numbers of positive cases in our community, it is wise to try to prevent any further spread of positive cases and attempt to avoid any further “outbreaks” at either John Mall HS or Peakview Elementary. We all need to do our best to keep your children in the in-person learning mode, athletics and extracurricular activities.

I understand we have families on each end and in the middle of the mask wearing and vaccination debate. I can also appreciate personal choice. I understand nothing is guaranteed to prevent one from becoming Covid positive yet we can still all opt in to try to minimize the risks to our students, teachers and community members by practicing the recommended mitigations from the CDC and local health department:

  1. Get vaccinated
  2. Get tested at school or other testing sites in town
  3. Wear masks in indoor areas of congregate settings
  4. If quarantined: please follow quarantine guidelines and quarantine
  5. Social Distance
  6. Wash hands thoroughly and often
  7. Stay home if you are ill
  8. Other

Thank you for understanding and making the effort to help minimize the risk of exposure and positive results.

Respectfully,

Michael J Moore/SuperintendentMask Reccomendation Letter 9/10/2021 Mask recommendation 9-10-21

Grief Counseling Available

Students, we are sorry for our community’s recent loss. We want you all to know that your counselors will be available if you need help talking through some of your feelings over Labor Day weekend. Health Solutions in Walsenburg is also available if you would like to call and schedule services. You can contact your counselors by email to set up a google meet if needed. Sterling McCall , Diego Bobian , Ashley Schrauth . On Tuesday September 7th School Counselors and Health Solutions will be on site to provide additional support to any student who would like to talk. Parents if you have any questions please email your child’s School Counselor.

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Important Info for 21-22 School Year.

Very Important News: Huerfano RE-1 School Board voted and passed the following:

  1. Masks are Strongly recommended, not required, for all students, staff members and visitors.
  2. Masks are required on school transportation (buses/vehicles)
  3. All cleaning/sanitation and other mitigation protocols to reduce virus transmission will be in effect (temperature checks upon entry, testing when need is indicated or desired by parent, fogging of hallways and classrooms, etc.)
  4. This is a fluid situation and can change quickly. We will follow the advise of the Las Animas/Huerfano County Health Department when possible. If mandates are issued, we will follow the law.

Suggestions:

  1. Masks are available at schools should your student need one.
  2. If wearing cloth masks it is very important to wash them regularly.
  3. Encourage thorough handwashing multiple times a day while at school.
  4. If your student is ill or showing systems of COVID please stay home. If student feels ill while at school please ensure that they visit the school nurse.

Should you have any questions please contact the school nurse, Laurie O’Connor 719-738-2190

Important Vaccine Exemption information, Effective 21/22 School Year

Incredibly important school vaccination news for parents who claim personal or religious exemptions from required school vaccinations for their children.

New law in effect.

Now you are required to use the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s standard Certificates of Medical and Nonmedical Exemption.
Beginning the 2021-2022 school year, there will be 2 ways to file a nonmedical exemption.

  • Option 1. Download the official Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption to be signed by an immunizing provider: Colorado licensed physician (MD, DO), Advanced practice nurse, or Physician Assistant, or pharmacist.
    *Form can be found at https://cdphe.colorado.gov/vaccine-exemptions under downloadable Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption
  • Option 2 is to take an online Immunization Education Module.
    This is available 24 hours/day and 7 days/week at https://www.dcphrapps.dphe.state.co.us/storyline360/story.html After completion of the course, an electronic form must be completed to obtain the Certificate of Nonmedical exemption.

You will have the option to complete a form for more than one minor in the family without having to retake the module.

Call for Nominations for School Board Directors

It’s almost time!!!! Wednesday August 4th is the first day petitions may be obtained and circulated. Anyone interested in running can make an appointment to obtain a petition by contacting Tara Burke at 719-738-1520 x 102 or . Please contact Tara if you would like more detailed election information. Hope to see you soon.

School Board Election November 2, 2021

Are you or is someone you know interested in serving on the Huerfano Re-1 School Board?
Are you wanting to make a difference for Huerfano Re-1’s Students?
YOU can become a voice for students in our community!
We will have five seats open on a seven seat board.
More information about serving on Colorado School Boards is available at https://www.casb.org/built-to-serve. Policy BBBA- Board Member Qualifications http://huerfano.k12.co.us/?page_id=1270
For more information regarding qualifications and eligibility, background check procedures, how to obtain petitions or election details please contact Huerfano School District’s Designated Election Official:
Tara Burke
201 E 5th Street
Walsenburg, CO 81089
719-738-1520

Summer Meal Finder

Please see the information below for current summer meals programs nearby:

Trinidad CO Name: TRINIDAD HIGH SCHOOL
816 WEST ST TRINIDAD, CO 81082 Phone: 719-845-2051 Extension: 2051
Start Date: 10/1/2020 End Date: 8/6/2021
Days of Operation: M,T,W,TH,F Breakfast Time: 11:00 to 13:00 Lunch Time: 11:00 to 13:00

Pueblo CO Name: Books in the Park-Fairmount Park
Address: 100 W 29th Street. Pueblo, CO 81008 Phone: 719-549-7205
Start Date: 10/01/2020 End Date: 09/30/2021
Days of Operation: M, T, W, TH, F
Comments: Breakfast and lunch given out at 11-1:00 P.M.

http://kidsfoodfinder.org Use this link to access other nearby locations that serve summer meals.

Please feel free to email Tara Burke at or call 719-695-0095 for more information.

Sincerely,

HUERFANO SCHOOL DISTRICT FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT