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

A notice from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Planning for Schools and Child Care Closure

A notice from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Planning for Schools and Child Care Closure

School Closure Requirements – 3.11.20

Novel Coronavirus – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Planning for Schools and Child Care Closure
The state may modify or update closure criteria based on new information Guidelines for emergency school or child care closure.

It will be important to work closely with your Local Public Health Department as you begin considering closing school or child care. Public Health is not currently recommending that schools or child care proactively close unless they have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff or student. The following guidance should be considered a requirement for all schools and child care in Colorado, and schools and child care in partnership with their local public health agencies can choose to close at an earlier time in order to prevent further COVID-19 transmission.

State ordered closure criteria

  • Any school* in Colorado with a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff or student will close for a minimum of 72 hours for cleaning and social distancing
  • Any schools that are closed will partner with their local public health agency to conduct contact tracing and further COVID-19 testing.
  • Any school with a second confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff or student within a 30 day period requires a second minimum 72 closure for cleaning, testing and public health investigation.
  • Any school with 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in staff or students within a 30 day period requires a closure for a minimum of 14 days.
  • If 3 schools in a district have confirmed cases of COVID-19 within a 30 day period, all schools within the district are required to close for a minimum of 14 days for cleaning, testing and public health investigation.
  • Other factors to consider when making decisions to close one or more schools, include:
    • Families with students in multiple buildings
    • Shared facilities
    • Shared transportation
    • Central kitchens
    • Shared staff

Cleaning guidance
Increase deep cleaning to at least 2 times per week and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like doorknobs, tables, drinking fountains and handrails. For instructions regarding disinfecting see here. For an additional list of recommended products visit:
https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdf

District guidance

If an immediate family member, caregiver, or guardian of a student tests positive for
COVID-19, the site leader and superintendent should determine if that individual was recently on campus. The student should be tested, and decisions regarding school closure should be based on information gathered. Schools may choose to close for 24 hours based on the immediate family member, caregiver, or guardian’s positive test while waiting for the student’s test results. If the student tests positive, follow the state ordered closure criteria above.

How long to close a school or child care
Decisions to reopen a school should be done in consultation with your local Public Health Department.

Consideration/challenges for when schools and child care are closed

  • Children being fed – access to meals
  • Child protection issues – younger children unsupervised because parent(s) has to work
  • Children/youth congregating in other sites
  • Parent absenteeism from work in order to care for children
  • Children with special needs can have more difficulty learning when returning to school after extended absence
  • Availability of substitute teacher pool
  • Setting and size of school/district
  • Addressing fear and stigma associated with being sick
  • Privacy concerns

*Also refers to preschools and child care centers School Closure Requirements – 3.11.20

COVID-19 and Huerfano RE-1

Huerfano Re-1 School District
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Pre-Pandemic Planning: Coronavirus

03/09/20

Huerfano SD Re-1 has been working closely with our local and State public Health Agencies as we monitor the global outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). While there have been some confirmed cases(numbers could change daily) of COVID-19 in Colorado to date, we want to take this opportunity to provide information about Huerfano SD Re-1 as we monitor this issue and what you can expect in the event of a major outbreak in Colorado.

What is Huerfano School District Doing?

Since the beginning of the outbreak, Huerfano SD Re-1 has been collaborating with our public health partners. The school district has an infectious disease preparedness plan and is working closely with fellow agencies to ensure the continuity of learning throughout this time. It is important to know that with any major outbreak, we would follow the Health Department’s lead on quarantines, closures, or other health measures. Our focus has been on how to ensure the safety of students and staff, and how education can continue. Our Public Health partners are not recommending additional actions by school districts at this time.

What is Coronavirus?

It is normal to be concerned about new diseases, and new information is coming out frequently. The best thing to do is stay informed from reliable sources and know the facts. Currently, the risk of getting the Coronavirus in Colorado is low since there are nine current cases in Colorado. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that have been associated with respiratory illnesses such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Illness is spread through coughing or sneezing, much like influenza. Person to person spread is thought to occur mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory viruses spread. However, currently there is no vaccine for Coronavirus.

What can you do to stay Healthy?

If you are healthy:

  • Continue normal routine, including work, school and social activities
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Get your flu shot
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or at minimum, use alcohol based hand sanitizer
  • Clean and disinfect desks, door knobs, hand rails, etc.

If you are Sick:

  • Stay Home –> please follow “How Sick is Too Sick” rules.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or inner elbow.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or, at minimum, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • No touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect desks, door knobs, hand rails, etc.

Additionally, we have stringent cleaning practices in place at all of our district’s schools and facilities to avoid disease transmission. Our custodial services staff are receiving additional training and are monitoring the situation to ensure safe practices are in place.

Feeling Sick? Stay Home!

As always, we encourage anyone who is feeling ill to stay home, especially if they are experiencing the symptoms listed on “Too Sick for School?” Guidelines. Also, if you are concerned about your student’s attendance rate in school related to illness please give us a phone call.

In sharing this information with you today, our intention is to provide factual information about Coronavirus COVID-19 and tips on reducing the spread of disease. We will continue to update families and staff as we know more about the potential progression. As a community, we must work together for the safety and well-being of everyone and we appreciate your ongoing support of our schools.

Thank you,

Stacy Maldonado, School Nurse
Michael J Moore, Superintendent

Health and Wellness: Empowered Parents

Hey Parents/Guardians..Help is on the way ! Huerfano Re-1 School District is very pleased and excited to offer some Family Engagement Nights for parents that may need some guidance. tips and a little help with issues they are seeing at home and/or school. We are partnering with Health Solutions personnel to bring these evenings to our schools.

Elementary and Junior High Parents are cordially invited to attend our meeting for Junior High Parents and HS parents will be held on February 25th at JMHS (Junior High Parents can attend either Peakview or JMHS meetings) A flyer promoting these meetings should be posted tomorrow.

As a parent, I certainly understand the many issues we all can possibly face and perhaps are currently facing.
We want your input at the 1st meeting as to what issues or problems you may desire more information about other than the often suggested topics listed below.

*Refusing adult directives from parents and teachers
* Showing Respect and dignity to all (fellow students, parents, teachers etc.)
*Self-control of anger, inappropriate language directed at others
* Motivation- Students caring about school work
* Self-image
* “messy” divorces and how to keep the kids from being affected
* setting appropriate boundaries including cell phone usage and screen-time

I am proud to present these evenings and I am hopeful that you will be present. Thank you.
Superintendent Mike Moore

 Health and Wellness – Empowered Parents flyer