Last night, Governor Polis signed Executive Order D2020 007 ordering all Colorado Schools to suspend normal in-person instruction from March 23, 2020 to April 17, 2020.
BRCS Staff has been working hard all week to prepare for this eventuality, and learning plans are quickly coming together to ensure that every Battle Rock Student has access to quality learning opportunities while off-campus for the upcoming weeks. Please check out the daily BRCS newsletters linked below and on our families page if you haven't already and, as always, reach out to your student's teacher if you have any comments, questions, or feedback. More updates to follow and be well!
Following the guidance of RE-1, our authorizing district, Battle Rock will extend spring break from 3/16 - 3/27. Staff will be communicating with families through Remind, Facebook, and the emailed Battle Rock Newsletter. Further updates to follow.
On March 14th, Montezuma Cortez RE-1 School District School Board of Education and Superintendent in consultation with Montezuma County Public Health Department issued the following statement:
As many of you know, school districts around the country and state are making the difficult decision to close school for an extended spring break in response to the threat posed by the COVID-19 virus. Governor Polis has not yet directed a statewide closure in Colorado. However, the RE-1 Superintendent and school board, in consultation with the Montezuma County Public Health Department, made the decision today to extend spring break and close all schools from March 16th to March 27th, 2020. During that time, essential personnel will receive enhanced training to do the important disinfecting that needs to be done to ensure the buildings are ready for students to return. We will be monitoring this situation daily, at a minimum, and will share any updates or changes to this plan as they become available.
Montezuma County Public Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are the best resources for current information about the Coronavirus, and as of the time of this statement, there are no confirmed cases in Montezuma County..
Montezuma-Cortez District leadership will work with Montezuma County Public Health on an ongoing basis to re-evaluate the situation and share any updates about changes as they become available. These updates will be posted on our websites and social media and important information will be communicated directly to parents and staff. Staff and parents will also receive additional communication from Superintendent Haukeness with more information how this extended spring break will impact staff and what supports may be available for families.
We are committed to working together with our community members to protect our friends and neighbors who may be most at risk due to this illness We are also committed to taking steps as a school district to support our staff, students, and families' health and safety. As a community, we have always taken care of each other in challenging times and this virus provides an opportunity for us to continue that tradition by following state and local directives and taking personal and community steps to limit the impact of this virus.
From CDC: Closing schools is one of the most powerful ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect people at higher risk from getting very sick or dying. We encourage parents and guardians to understand the situation and do their part to protect these people, too.
Unsure of why we are staying home even though no one you know is sick? This video does a really good job of visualizing and explaining exponential growth and why that means we need to stay home to keep everyone safe.