Coronavirus Updates & Resources
UPDATE March 30, 2020: Elizabeth Remote Learning Update (includes video link)
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.
UPDATE March 27, 2020: Tech Equipment Loan and CheckoutFor those of you who nead to borrow technology equipment from the district please read the following information.Chromebooks - We should have enough Chromebooks to loan out to those of you who indicated that you need it in the surveys that you filled out last week; having said that please consider the number of Chromebooks that you absolutely need in order to keep our loan number down to a manageable amount. If you didn't answer the survey, you can still borrow a Chromebook if needed. In the signup for pick up, you will be asked to indicate the number of Chromebooks your family needs. Use the signup/reserve link below.Verizon Internet WiFi Hotspots - Due to the limited amount of hotspots available from vendors across the country, we too only have a limited number to loan out. At this time, we no longer have hotspots to loan except to those families who are the most in need based on answers from our remote learning surveys. We expect to receive more hotspots around April 17; at that time we will send another survey and those of you who feel you still need it can let us know.Pickup Signup Dates - Due to yesterday's cancellation and next Monday's weather forecast, we now have new signup dates in order for you to pick up equipment: Tue 3/31 from 10am to 2pm, Wed 4/1 from 10am to 2pm, and Thur 4/2 from 10am to 12pm. If you have already signed up, you will have to signup again in order to save a pickup slot for yourself.Reserving time slots are required to ensure the district supports Public Health Order 20-23 (social distancing) by limiting group gatherings. Please show up at the beginning of the time frame you sign up for to avoid a longer wait time. Additionally, please strive to maintain 6 feet from other individuals when you come to check out your technology.
Be prepared to show a form of identification so that we may verify your identity that will match in Infinite Campus. You will also be asked to sign an Equipment Loan Agreement Form before we release the technology equipment to you. In order to save time and to make the process more efficient, it would be beneficial to read the agreement beforehand so that you don't need to do so at checkout (don't print this out and sign, we will have copies on site for you to sign.)Lastly, if you or someone in your household have been mandated to isolate/quarantine, or have symptoms of the virus that causes COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, cough), please do not sign-up or come to the school.We appreciate your patience in this process and look forward to seeing you next week.
UPDATE March 26, 2020: Facilities return to limited operationsAfter a thorough review of the Governor's Executive Order 2020-017, the Governor's office explanation of the order, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) Updated Public Health Order 20-24, and other government agency guidance (CDC, DHS, etc.), the school district facilities will return to limited operations starting tomorrow, Friday, March 27th and will continue to be open for limited use.All district facilities are subject to social distancing requirements. The district has implemented remote work options for most employees and has staggered schedules for those whose work needs to take place at a school or district facility.Educational institutions, including K-12 public schools, are considered "critical businesses" and may continue to operate to provide services to students and the general public. Critical businesses must comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the CDPHE and the local health department.Remote/distance learning will continue to be provided by Elizabeth Schools until the Governor lifts the suspension of normal in-person instruction. He has repeatedly stated that it is very unlikely that normal in-person instruction will resume this school year. Everyone should be prepared to finish the school year using the remote learning approach.Given the challenges for students, teachers and parents to adapt to this new method and context for learning, all Elizabeth Schools, including Legacy Academy, will use Mondays for teacher and staff professional development/training, planning, and collaboration. No instruction will be provided on Mondays for the duration of the remote/distance learning approach.Parents and guardians, if your student has not been in contact with all of their teachers, please ask your child(ren) to reach out to those teachers by the end of the day tomorrow, Friday, March 27th.
UPDATE March 26, 2020: School Nurse Message
The Elizabeth School District has been made aware that a student who attends Elizabeth High School has symptoms consistent with COVID-19. The student and his family have been following medical and public health guidance from their primary care provider and CDPHE, including self-isolation until he is symptom-free and no longer at risk for infecting others.
As is standard procedure for communicable disease investigations, Elbert County Public Health completed a Centers for Disease Control case report on this exposure. Elizabeth School District is working closely with Elbert County Public Health to support their COVID-19 tracking efforts.
The Elizabeth School District is continuing to clean and disinfect our district buildings according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Please refer to the following information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for the latest information on prevention, isolation, symptoms, testing, and other useful information on Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://covid19.colorado.gov/
In light of Executive Order D2020-017 (issued March 25th) that orders Coloradans to stay in place due to the presence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the state, I am including the following links for your information:
- Executive Order D2020-017
- D2020-017 Frequently Asked Questions
- CDPHE Amended Public Health Order 20-24
In the future, as we become aware of new information, it will be posted on the Elizabeth School District website under “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources”. We care about the health of our students, families, staff and community members. Thank you in advance for helping make our community as safe and healthy as possible.
UPDATE March 25, 2020: Governor's Stay in Place OrderAround 4:30 this afternoon, Wednesday, March 25th, "Governor Polis issued Executive Order D2020-017 ordering Coloradans to stay in place due to the presence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the state. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) issued a public health order defining critical emergency personnel, infrastructure, government functions, and other activities that are exempt from the directives in this Executive Order." An explanation of the governor's order can be found here. The full text of the order can be found here.Given the short notice of the governor's actions, the school district will suspend all operations at its facilities on Thursday, March 26th, in order to assess the implications for operations at school and district facilities. This includes technology pick up, pick up of student learning materials, cleaning out of student lockers, collecting supplies from classrooms, picking up instruments, use of photocopy machines, etc. This applies to Legacy Academy as well.Food pick up was the only school function clearly allowed in the Executive Order. The district will continue to provide meal distribution every weekday, between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon, at Elizabeth Middle School and Singing Hills Elementary School, including on Thursday, March 26th.Instruction will continue to be provided by district teachers. No staff should come to work in school buildings tomorrow, Thursday, March 26th.Legacy Academy will begin providing remote/distance learning on Tuesday, March 31st.Thank you for your support and understanding as we work to assess the impact of the Governor's action on our work.
UPDATE, Medical Services & Equipment, March 22, 2020CDPHE is asking the public to preserve critical health care resources, especially emergency medical services and personal protective equipment (PPE). With the increased concern over COVID-19, people are calling 911 for reasons other than a medical emergency, including asking for general information about COVID-19. People should call 911 ONLY with a medical emergency.Please remind folks that they should not call 911 if they are only seeking general medical advice or wish to be tested for COVID-19. If they have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), consider a telehealth visit or nurseline advice before seeking in-person care. They can ask their primary care provider if they offer telehealth visits, or call one of Colorado’s free nurselines:Banner Health844-259-9494Service available to all residents of Colorado.Centura Health Connections888-808-8828Children's Hospital ColoradoParentSmart Healthline720-777-0123Children's ParentSmart line serves the entire state of Colorado. This free healthline is for any parent with a sick child, especially families without a primary care provider. If a child has a primary care physician, parents are encouraged to speak with their child’s primary care physician before calling this healthline.Denver Health303-739-1211The Denver Health Nurse line is open to Denver Health patients and City and County of Denver residents only.HealthOne303-563-3300 Denver Metro Area877-647-7440 Outside of DenverVeteran Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System Nurse Health Line888-336-8262For veterans of Colorado.
UPDATE, Meals for Students - March 19, 2020
Elizabeth School District will be distributing meals for students from 10 am – 12:00 pm Monday through Friday beginning Tuesday, March 24 at the following locations:
- Elizabeth Middle School – 34427 Co Rd 13, Elizabeth, CO 80107
- Singing Hills Elementary – 41012 Madrid Dr, Parker, CO 80138
Free meals provided for any children 18 years old & younger. Children must be present to receive meal packs.
Drive Thru-One meal pack will be given per child and will include lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day.
UPDATE, Kids Club & Preschool - March 15, 2020
On Friday, March 13th, the district announced a shift to remote/distance learning for K-12 students after Spring Break, starting on Tuesday, March 24th. In that message we also said a decision about Preschool and Kids Club programs would be made later this weekend.
The Kids Club day-care programs at Singing Hills and Running Creek will continue to operate this week (Spring Break March 16 - 20) for those families that pre-planned for this period of time. Though kids are thought to be at lower risk for severe disease from COVID-19, they can easily spread it to others. If your child is sick, please keep them home. Children will be asked to follow public health guidance upon arrival. No additional children can be accepted into the program this week.
The guidance for child care facilities and early childhood centers from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Office of Early Childhood, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control is changing daily. A decision about Kids Club and Preschool after Spring Break is still under review and will be communicated as soon as possible.
We appreciate your patience as we strive to follow public health safety guidelines while also attempting to provide valuable services to Elizabeth families.
UPDATE - March 13, 2020
To slow the potential spread of infection from coronavirus, COVID-19, all Elizabeth Schools, including Legacy Academy, will move to remote/distance learning beginning Tuesday, March 24th. Monday, March 23rd will be used by teachers and staff to prepare for this adjustment.
It is expected remote/distance learning will last for at least two weeks, through Friday, April 3rd. A decision about Preschool and Kids Club programs will be made later this weekend.
The goal across the state is to slow the progression of the virus. Based on available data, children seem to be at low risk. However, if the opportunity for transmission can be minimized by not gathering large numbers of people in schools, it will help protect the community at large. Our school buildings will remain open for staff use, as needed, and for families with limited access to on-line tools to pickup instructional materials.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recently updated their guidance on school closings. Its recommendations are significant because federal officials suggest that closures of more than three weeks may become necessary. As such, we hope to use the two-week suspension of in-person classes as a unique learning opportunity for students and teachers alike.
The goal for all of our teachers is to design the best possible educational experiences for students under these unusual circumstances. We will make every attempt to provide regular communication between teachers and students, and to help students develop new skills for learning, in a new context. We also know that instruction, and learning, will look different than a normal classroom experience. It is likely to vary by teacher, subject area, and grade level.
We ask for your help and partnership in supporting a positive and productive attitude towards this novel approach. Developing the skills and attitudes for independent learning is a high priority for our students. This is a skill that can last a lifetime.
This change will raise many questions and we will be working hard to have answers to many of those questions by Wednesday or Thursday of next week. We may send out a questionnaire to families to assess the technology capabilities available to you, and to provide support where they are limited. Please look for future messages from the district on this topic.
We sincerely appreciate your support.
UPDATE - March 11, 2020
In support of recommendations from regional health agencies to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Elizabeth School District has decided to restrict school-sponsored travel to protect students and staff.
Our goal is to prevent or minimize the spread of the illness while preserving, to the extent possible, the continuity of essential school and district functions.
Because of the growing health risks to students and staff, including the possibility they could be quarantined away from home, school organized/sponsored trips will be canceled until further notice if they fall into any of the following categories:
- International travel to countries under CDC Level 3 “Warning”
- International travel to countries under CDC Level 2 “Alert”
Countries that currently fall into the CDC Level 2 and 3 categories are:
- South Korea
The district does not currently have any trips planned to these countries. If a country is added to the CDC Level 2 or 3 list and a trip is planned to that country, that trip will need to be canceled.
The Elizabeth High School trip to the United Kingdom and France, originally scheduled to depart on Sunday, March 15, HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Please contact Elizabeth High School if you have questions. The Legacy Academy trip to Washington, D.C. has been canceled. Information with more specifics will be sent by Legacy later today.
Out-of-state trips will be decided on a case by case basis. Elizabeth Schools will continue to monitor public health agency information for changes and updates to these lists. Be aware that a trip may be canceled up until the date of departure. The district may opt to cancel the trip at any time and will let you know of any changes as soon as possible.
This guidance only applies for district sponsored trips, not personal and family trips. We will continue to follow the guidance of public health agencies regarding travelers returning to school or work after a trip. At this time the guidance is:
- All travelers, as the Centers for Disease Control has advised, are being asked to monitor their health for 2 weeks, including staying home if sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing and to contact their health provider if they develop these symptoms.
- Travelers returning from Level 3 Countries (China, Iran, Italy and South Korea) are being asked to stay home for 14 days, monitor their temperature and symptoms, and practice social distancing.
The school district has received questions about Spring Break travel. The personal travel destinations of students and staff is not, of course, the district’s business. We cannot test or quarantine students or staff for symptoms that appear to be related to COVID-19. Only public health agencies have that authority. The district also cannot control any travel restrictions that other countries or states implement in response to this outbreak. We ask parents and guardians, including those of students who haven’t traveled, to watch students closely and seek medical care for any symptoms that appear connected to any respiratory illnesses.
Elizabeth Schools will continue to monitor this public health situation and provide updates as needed, in hopes of resuming normal school-sponsored travel as soon as it is safe to do so. If you have questions, please refer to the district COVID-19 webpage for information and links to public health agency websites.
Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) - March 9, 2020
Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) into communities across Colorado and the United States. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu.
COVID-19 is a particular respiratory illness caused by a new type of coronavirus first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It has now been detected in at least 90 locations internationally, including the United States. People who get sick with COVID-19 develop mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Illness can begin 2 to 14 days after an exposure.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of March 8, 2020, the risk to the general public in the U.S. from this virus is considered low. There are many other kinds of respiratory illnesses (such as flu) circulating right now. At this time, people are at much greater risk of getting the flu than COVID-19.
Tri-County Info Sheet Link - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JG_ppNSO-LWu_II_uAFvkE-nELot6EqM/view
Elizabeth School District is in regular contact with local and state public health agencies about the situation. In the case of a major outbreak, Elizabeth Schools will follow local and/or state health department’s lead on any health measures needed. Since the situation is evolving, we will continually monitor national, state, and local public health guidance.
Our goal is to prevent or minimize the spread of illness while preserving, to the extent possible, the continuity of essential school and district functions. The district has rigorous cleaning practices in place at all of our schools and facilities to help avoid disease transmission. The district will adopt and implement additional cleaning measures as they become necessary.
At this point, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Stopping transmission (spread) of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy.
To protect yourself from COVID-19 (and other respiratory viruses):
If you are healthy:
- Continue your normal daily routine. This means continuing to participate in public gatherings such as work, school, or social activities.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a useful alternative, but may be less effective than soap and water).
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you are sick:
- Stay home.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue (then throw away the tissue) or your inner elbow shirt sleeve (not your hands).
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand sanitizer).
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with anyone else with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, phones, computers, doorknobs, handrails, etc.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Tri-County Health Department - https://www.tchd.org/818/Coronavirus
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus
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
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