Here is the letter sent to us by the LAS ANIMAS-HUERFANO COUNTIES DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT regarding bedbugs. http://huerfano.k12.co.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Bedbug2222018.pdf
February 22, 2018
201 5th Street
Walsenburg, CO 81089
Dear Ms. Hribar
I received notification from you regarding a bed bug issue that was noted at Peakview School on February 20, 2018. It is my understanding that the school nurse verified that one bed bug was found on a student at the end of the day. A letter was sent out to the parents of all students advising them of the situation and also some guidance on bed bugs.
In response to your notification, I conducted an inspection at Peakview School on February 22, 2018 to verify whether there was any evidence of bed bugs. After examining the classrooms and library, no bed bugs or signs of infestation were noted. I advised the staff to disinfect the seating and table areas of these rooms and keep them vacated until Monday February 26, 2018.
Thank you for contacting me regarding this situation, please contact me if you have questions.
Robin Heupel, REHS
Environmental Health Specialist III
JMHS students and faculty are to be commended for a great number of students making the Purple/White Honor Roll, Principal’s Honor Roll and the 4.0 Superintendent’s Honor Roll. Congratulations for the determined effort and character traits that you have displayed over the 1st semester enabling you to achieve to such a high level. I am proud of you and encourage you to continue excel.
Feb. 15th Parent Teacher Conferences reminder: Student release time on Thursday, Feb 15th will be at 2:30pm. Conferences begin at 3:00 and end at 7:00. Parents, please make every effort to attend because it is never to late to be the key to your child’s success story. I hope you have a valuable, insightful interaction with your child’s/children’s teacher/teachers.
I have waited to respond so as to respond in a professional manner to the credible threat issue and any personal attacks as a result of our decisions/actions. Allow me to take the high road. First to the issue:
Sometimes when situations like these arise we, as a district, have to be incredibly careful as to what is released by robocall, facebook and the media. When our statements were issued both on Thursday and Sunday afternoon it was imperative that we did not go into detail and provide any more information than necessary. By being specific, the accused young person would then be provided the same information as parents received. Our first priority….keep things calm with normal routines, keep kids safe and be prepared for alternate plans in case things escalate. Providing too much information would have let this young person know that we were aware of the types of threats made against Peakview School and thus looking for said person thereby making it much more difficult for the men and women of the sheriff’s department to locate this young person, of which we wanted to occur as rapidly as possible. We, meaning myself, our risk assessment team and school administrators, were in constant communication and discussions with the SRO and the Sheriff’s department throughout this 5 day ordeal. By law and common sense, it is never okay to compromise your secured area to a person arriving at the school. Thus the name Lock-down or Lock-out. It is simply what it says it is. Nobody enters or leaves.
I am sorry some detractors may feel differently. I believe we did the best we could under the circumstances. I appreciate you having an opinion but I don’t necessarily have to agree with it. I would like to suggest prior to making inflammatory or derogatory comments please take the time to calm down, put yourself in one’s position and make every effort to understand the rationale behind decision making strategies. I thank the multitude of parents and community members who have expressed thanks and gratitude for always having our students safety and well being as the #1 priority. Nothing is more important and nothing hurts more than something happening to our kids.
Should you have any questions my door is always open.
Huerfano RE-1 cordially invites parents and community members to attend an Autism Seminar/Training
Huerfano RE-1 teachers and staff will have a training on various topics about Autism on Friday, March 2nd at the District Office auditorium beginning at 9:00am. Parents of students and interested community members are invited to attend.
The 3 topics addressed by presenter Dr. Karen W Colvin M.S., M.D, Executive Director /Lead
Therapist of Soaring Eagles Center for Autism in Pueblo are as follows:
- Autism-Understanding the Diagnosis
- Teaching Strategies for Students with Autism
- Sensory Processing Disorder & Autism
Seats to the front of the auditorium will be reserved for employees of Huerfano RE-1.
There is no cost to the public to attend.
http://alrt4.me/Pet4 All Huerfano re-1 schools will be in session tomorrow operating as normal. Any threat has been resolved. It is safe to attend.
from Huerfano School District Re-1
http://alrt4.me/PesM Walsenburg Schools (John Mall and Peakview) Closed due to a credible threat that could pose a safety risk. Gardner School will operate per a normal schedule.
from Huerfano School District Re-1
(For Mon. Feb 5th) Walsenburg Schools (John Mall and Peakview) Closed due to a credible threat that could pose a safety risk. Gardner School will operate per a normal schedule.
Students will be released at 3:05.
There will be no buses running except for the Gardner bus coming from Gardner and those students can be picked up at the bus garage. Parents must come into the school to pick up their students parents remember to bring your ID. Only people on the contact list will be able to check out the student
Peakview and John Mall high school are on Lock Out status. Students are moving freely within the buildings and their classrooms, running their normal schedules. Release time will be at the normal time.
Parents are asked to not come to the school to pick up children at this time, as you will not be allowed into the buildings.