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Superintendent's Message September 11, 2020

Dear Weld RE1 families,

 

I would like to share some important information with you and provide you with some guidance on how you can help us keep schools open. 

 

Today, after consulting with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, we made the difficult decision to quarantine a group at Gilcrest Elementary due to a presumptive COVID case among the 3rd grade cohort. The district is monitoring this group carefully and will follow all guidance provided by the CDPHE. At this time, all parents and families of the quarantined group have been notified.

 

We are learning more every day, about COVID-19 and the best practices for quarantining cohorts and schools. One of the most important things we have learned is that families must help us if we are to keep schools open.

 

Our intent is to keep in-person learning open in Weld RE1 as long as it is safe to do so. Keeping students in the same group or “cohorting” is working and helps us to reduce the number of students impacted.

 

Here is what the district needs from you to keep our schools open and safe:

 

Sick students must be kept home and not sent to school. Students MUST ALWAYS be kept home under these conditions:

  • If the student is sick, especially if they have a fever of at least 100 degrees, chills, loss of taste and smell, a consistent cough or shortness of breath. 
  • If a student has two or more of these symptoms: Sore throat, runny nose or congestion, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. 
  • If a student is living in a household with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The student is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. 
  • If your child is sick with symptoms of COVID-19, you need to call your doctor or clinic and get the child tested as soon as possible. 
  • If the test result is positive, the district can take action to quarantine staff and students that may have been exposed. If the test result is negative, your child may be able to return to school when they are feeling better, and their classmates and teachers may not have to be quarantined. Testing is essential. 

 

We know how important in-person learning is for the majority of our students and families. We know that many parents and caregivers must work and that having students learning remotely causes challenges. We are committed to keeping our buildings open and keeping students in classrooms with their teachers and understand that is what is best for everyone.

 

And we cannot do this without your help.

 

We truly are all in this national health emergency together. We need to continue working as partners to keep schools open, to keep students and staff healthy and safe, and to keep students learning with their teachers in our school buildings.

 

Thank you for your patience, your partnership, and your help as we move forward this school year. I appreciate all you are doing to keep your students safe, healthy, and learning.

 

Respectfully,

Johan van Nieuwenhuizen

Superintendent