We have successfully navigated the first four weeks of in-person learning, by implementing the 2020-21 Academic Framework. The next priority is sustaining this success over the remaining course of this school year and potentially longer as the world navigates this pandemic. You can also view the current sustainability plan in its entirety here.
Based upon the continued analysis of our plan, and due to positive cases within the district, the COVID sustainability plan has been amended to reflect in-person learning for ALL, SOME, or NONE of our students. The district initially imagined using cohort strategies to function with half of a school at home and the other half in person. Now we realize that it won’t work. It won’t work from a staffing side and it doesn’t work with quarantine strategies. We have come to realize that the least disruptive and fastest way back to in-person instruction is through a day or two of remote learning to evaluate the exposures and address quarantine needs, then to get back to in-person instruction. Remember, our goal is to offer as much in-person programming as possible. We will move into a fully remote approach if the state or local public health requires that of our community-at-large. Otherwise, we will offer in-person learning with quarantining responses to work our way through the remainder of the year. There is still a possibility of canceling all programming for a week or two if needed and making those days up later in the year.
ECC, Elementary, Crest, and SMS – Due to the nature of these schools’ instructional model, it is possible to create highly effective cohorts or even potentially quarantine one specific class or grade level at a time. We may not need to shut down the entire school for more than the original response time needed to assess the risk.
High School and HEA – Cohorting is extremely difficult to imagine in our high schools. Students from multiple grade levels frequently are in classrooms together to fulfill their academic needs. Due to the large amount of interaction, it would be exceedingly difficult to see a situation where the high schools would be able to cohort students in an effective manner. These are the schools that have the narrowest margin between the Green and Red Zones. The high schools would utilize a two-week quarantine with remote learning as the quickest way back to in-person instruction.
- We will continue to be in constant contact and analyzing all information provided to us from Chaffee County Public Health, Chaffee County Commissionors, Salida City Council, Poncha Springs Trustees, and the Colorado Department of Education.
- Based upon the metrics and recommendations received from these governing bodies, we will be making decisions daily as to how to proceed.
- Original Reopening Plan
- Previous Sustainability Plan
- Colorado Department of Education COVID-19 Resources for Schools Webpage