Coronavirus Updates & Resources
UPDATE April 24, 2020: Remote learning until end of school year
Yesterday, the governor’s office issued Executive Order D 2020 041 suspending normal in-person instruction at all public schools in Colorado until the end of the scheduled 2019-2020 regular school year. This action by the governor was expected, as we reported in previous communications. Even so, it is disheartening to acknowledge the reality of this unusual situation and its impact on students, families, and schools. It has affected so many people, in so many ways. We sincerely appreciate your partnership and support in responding to this public health crisis.
Students in Elizabeth are a little more than halfway through the remote learning experience this school year. We are extremely proud of our student’s ownership and engagement in the learning process. We are very appreciative of efforts by parents and family members to turn your homes into classrooms. This has been challenging, especially for larger families. None of this would be possible though, without the amazing job of teachers and school leaders. Their work has been inspiring. Teachers in our community embraced the situation and responded to the crisis faster than most places in the state.
Looking forward, the end of the school year will be unlike any we have known. For example, the Colorado High School Athletic and Activities Association (CHSAA) just announced it has cancelled all performances, festivals, competitions, regular season and culminating CHSAA-sanctioned spring activities and athletics for the remainder of the 2020 season. Our elementary field day, the 5th grade visits to middle school and high school prom, among many activities, will not be able to happen as normal.
While we cannot conduct activities and events normally, we remain committed to celebrating the accomplishments of our students, especially seniors and those moving from one school to another. Our staff have already begun discussing alternative ways to mark transitions and honor successes in all our schools.
Most significantly, Elizabeth High School and Frontier High School will be working with seniors, their families, and staff to create some kind of in-person ceremony for our graduates, as close to the originally scheduled date as possible. The guidance we are hearing from the governor and larger neighboring public health agencies (El Paso County, Tri-County) is to likely require districts to broadcast these events rather than allow in-person spectator crowds. Elizabeth School District will need to work with local public health officials on the specific requirements and procedures in order to provide a safe environment for any end-of-year events, and to determine parameters for specific dates.
Over the next few weeks the schools will also be developing and communicating plans for year-end tasks like student retrieval of belongings and returning of devices and materials. We have not made any decisions or announcements about summer programs like gifted education camps, Extended School Year (ESY) or athletics. Once we know what is safe and permissible, we will communicate those plans.
We know there have been many disappointments during the last five weeks, and we know the future holds more. Despite that, there have been many pleasant surprises and inspiring acts of courage and creativity. Let’s finish this historic and unique school year with appreciation of the past and optimism for the future.
UPDATE April 2, 2020: In-person instruction suspended through April 30
Yesterday, in an effort to decrease the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the governor issued Executive Order D 2020 021 to extend the suspension of normal in-person instruction in Colorado public and private schools until April 30, 2020. The order also directed school districts and schools to cancel all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, including athletics, until April 30th. This updated state-wide executive order is consistent with the president’s recent guidance on social distancing, also through April 30th.
Elizabeth School District, including Legacy Academy, will continue to follow the directives of the governor, and local public health agencies, and therefore extends the duration of remote learning through at least April 30th.
In announcing this updated order, the governor again emphasized it is “highly unlikely” that in-person instruction and related activities would resume this school year. All Elizabeth schools are committed to continuing and improving our remote/distance learning opportunities for as long as necessary.
As we look ahead, we know there are uncertainties about the end of the school year. Given the pace of change during the last three weeks, we expect the situation to continue to change. As such, we anticipate needing to find alternative ways to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, including commencement exercises, and will provide updates as soon as reasonably possible.
We are working hard to support students, families and school staff through the challenges of this new way of learning. If you haven’t seen our video from last week, it shows some of what’s happening and how people are doing their work differently. You can access the video here.
We are extremely grateful for your patience and support during these first two weeks of remote learning and look forward to your continued partnership during this unprecedented time.
UPDATE April 2, 2020: School Counselor MessageWhile we navigate remote learning together, we recognize very little feels normal right now. We want to provide resources and access to help families navigate the fear, uncertainty, anxiety, and guilt that often accompanies challenging times. As we collectively take a deep breath, remember there is no right way to parent during a pandemic. All of us are doing the very best we can and should you need additional support, the district counselors want to provide you with the following community resources. Your district school counselors are available to support and guide you with any questions that arise. Please contact your school counselor if needed (contact information is at bottom).
Safe2TellNeed to make an anonymous report of a threat or concern?www.safe2tell.org or 1-877-542-7233
Someone to Talk to During this Crisis(and/or your student is in crisis)
Colorado Crisis Services: Text TALK to 38255Call 844-493-8255
Need help with Counseling Support
Colorado Crisis Services844-493-8255 or text TALK to 38255Centennial Mental Health Center is also available303-646-4519Assistance with Food/MealsSECOR in ParkerPhone 720-842-562117151 Pine Lane, ParkerMarket Hours: W/Th 9:00-4:00, F/S 9:00-1:00(currently a drive-thru service)Pinecrest Food Bank:Contact Merri at 303-669-3411 to set upDrive Through Meals for students:Currently Monday-Friday 10-12EMS and Singing Hills Elementary SchoolsPlease have student in the carContact your school counselor if additional assistance is needed for meals.Parent Support
Tips to support families as they support students during this pandemic: https://thriveworks.
Talking with Children about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/
coronavirus/2019-ncov/communit y/schools-childcare/talking- with-children.htmlandManaging Anxiety and Stress
Supportive information for dealing with anxiety: https://thriveworks.c
om/colorado-springs-counseling /coronavirus-anxiety/Manage Anxiety and Stress: https://www.cdc.gov/co ronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/ma naging-stress-anxiety.html
In addition, additional resources and information related to COVID-19 can be found on the Elizabeth School District's website (click here).
Yours in Partnership,Singing Hills ElementaryMs. Hines at email@example.comRunning Creek ElementaryMs. Tarr at firstname.lastname@example.orgElizabeth Middle SchoolMrs. Paxton at email@example.comLast Names: L-ZMs. Qualls at firstname.lastname@example.orgLast Names: A-KElizabeth High SchoolMrs. Thompson at email@example.comLast Names: R-ZMrs. Crenshaw at firstname.lastname@example.orgLast Names: A-LMs. Cases at email@example.comLast Names: J-QOpportunity ProgramMrs. Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE March 30, 2020: Elizabeth Remote Learning Update (includes video update)
Tomorrow begins the second week of remote/distance learning for most students and schools in our community. Legacy Academy begins remote instruction tomorrow, Tuesday March 31st.
Teachers throughout the district embraced the change and have provided incredible leadership on many levels. Our ability as a school district to make such a quick shift from classroom instruction to remote learning is due to their heartfelt commitment to students, and their work ethic and professionalism. They have been truly amazing in their flexibility, adaptability and inventiveness.
Last week, before the Governor issued the statewide Stay at Home order, I filmed activity at all our schools, including Legacy, to show you some of the things happening around the district. Clink on this link to view the video. The video is impromptu; none of it was preplanned. You can see people’s spur of the moment reactions to how the shift to remote learning is going. While the video is not comprehensive, it does contain lots of useful information.
The district has created and is maintaining a resource page on school and district websites. It contains copies of districtwide messages, including some local public health messages, plus links and documents from Elbert County officials, other state and national agency sites, and information for parents and caregivers.
As a final note, Elizabeth School District is officially extending the period of remote/distance learning to coincide with the timing of Governor Polis’s Executive Order Suspending Normal In-Person Instruction. Elizabeth Schools will continue to provide remote learning through at least Friday, April 17th. This includes Legacy Academy. If the Governor extends the suspension of in-person instruction beyond April 17th, the district will continue to provide remote learning through the extended date.
Please reach out to us if there is anything we can do to help you.
For Parents & Caregivers
Answering Kids' Questions about Coronavirus - Video from Children's Hospital Colorado.
CDC Talking with Children about COVID-19 - Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children.
Digital Engagement - Top ten things to be aware of during distance learning.
K-12 Resources - For teaching remotely.
Parent Resource for Talking to Children about COVID-19 - National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses.
What to Do When School is Closed - Safety recommendations and tips.
Official News & Links
Stay at Home Order - State of CO (updated)
In the Media: