Superintendent to community: Online/hybrid learning will commence March 26; current closure goes through April 3

March 15, 2020

Good afternoon Parents, Students, Staff, and Community Members:

First, I would like to thank the families and staff of our district for your patience and support during this unprecedented time. Though we do not know exactly how, and to what extent the COVID-19 virus will affect our community, one thing is certain, we have to do everything in our power to help minimize and slow the spread of this virus. After meeting with public health officials this morning, Park County School District #1 is cancelling school and all school related activities until April 3. The county health agency is raising our alert status to LEVEL 3, which means that schools, rec centers, libraries, and daycares will all be under mandatory closings. Experts all agree that very aggressive action is needed at this time to curb the spread and “flatten the curve” of infections. This gives our healthcare system an opportunity to treat patients without the system being completely overwhelmed. As per my discussion with Public Health officials, there should be no gatherings of students of any kind. Students should go home, stay home, and should not congregate.
Tips for protecting yourself from the Coronavirus can be found on the government website

During these uncertain times, our commitment to the education of our students will not change. The district will be launching a digital/hybrid learning plan to ensure that our students continue their education beginning next Thursday, March 26. We are also making plans to serve special populations, which will be case by case specific. Finally, we are also making plans to continue our breakfast and lunch program for our students that need it, and will be communicating with families within the next few days regarding how the distribution will occur. We will get through this, and be stronger on the other side.

As a final note, please remain vigilant in your prevention efforts by washing hands frequently, covering a cough or sneeze with a sleeve or tissue, and staying home if you are sick. It is incumbent on us all to take these preventative measures to help our community stay healthy, especially those over the age of 60 or with underlying health conditions.

We understand children and families may have heightened concerns about exposure to this virus causing stress and anxiety. The following resources may be helpful in visiting with your child about this situation:

As always, safety is our primary concern. Thank you for your support as our district works to ensure the health and well-being of our entire community.

Jay Curtis, Superintendent