11-12 hs remote learning

November 12, High Schools to transition to remote learning
Posted on 11/12/2020
November 12, 2020

Dear D51 staff and families,

As we monitor COVID-19 cases in the community and the effects in schools, we are finding that the amount of contact tracing from positive cases and resulting quarantines is quickly becoming unsustainable for many of our secondary schools in particular. As a result, we are taking the following actions for the well-being of students and staff at the schools that are most heavily impacted:

Effective today, all high schools (including Fruita 8/9) will transition to remote learning beginning on Monday, November 16, until Thanksgiving Break. WCCC is still in-person, and buses will continue running from the school site to WCCC. CMU classes are also transitioning to a remote format.

Middle schools and Gateway are evaluating their individual situations and will make a decision on Friday, November 13. Because each middle school’s situation is unique, some may choose to stay in-person next week, and some may choose to transition to remote learning. A decision will be shared by Friday at 1 p.m.

Elementary schools will remain in-person at this time as they are not experiencing the same increases in positive cases and quarantines.

High schools will be open on Friday, November 13, so students can gather any materials for remote learning, if needed. High school classes will not be conducted in-person on Friday. Students should continue to follow school protocols by wearing a mask, staying physically distanced, and limiting their time in the school when gathering their belongings.

This decision did not come easily, but we have been preparing for this possibility. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation in our community to determine our next steps after Thanksgiving Break. We will make a final decision by Wednesday, November 25, and communicate it with families. Please continue to check your phones, emails, d51schools.org, and District 51 social media for that information. If you have not already done so, please sign up for text alerts by texting “Yes” to 67587.

Our decision for learning after Thanksgiving will be based on a number of factors, including the positive test rate in the community, our ability to contact trace to determine the impact on schools, the amount of people who need to be quarantined or isolated, absenteeism of staff and students, as well as any recommendations from Mesa County Public Health.

During this time and the upcoming holidays, your actions will impact those factors and our ability to return to in-person learning. Please carefully consider your plans and make adjustments to keep gatherings small, limit your social interactions, wear your mask, and maintain physical distancing.

We are thankful that our district has experienced thirteen weeks of in-person learning, and that our staff, students, and families have been flexible in this ever-changing situation that sometimes results in a class or school being temporarily moved to remote learning. Please continue to check your emails and d51schools.org for more information.

Thank you,
Mesa County Valley School District 51
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