TSD1 Press Release
July 30, 2020
Dr. Bonnie Aaron
Trinidad School District No. 1
Determining how to open school in 2020-2021 is not an easy decision. In fact, it is one of the most complicated and difficult challenges any of us has ever faced. This decision was made following hours of collaboration among the COVID-19 Reopening Committee made up of district staff and input from a parent survey.
Many people are justifiably anxious and fearful to return to school. This complex issue requires balancing the needs of students, parents and staff. Parents depend on school staff to protect their children from the virus. Likewise, students and staff depend on parents to screen their children and
quarantine if needed.
Las Animas County is currently in Safer at Home status which allows in-school instruction. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education, provides guidance for the fall opening of schools. This guidance will help local health agencies work with districts to ensure the safest learning environment possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guidance from the state and local health departments ensures layered strategies of protection for everyone. Additionally, Governor Polis will provide all Colorado educators with medical-grade masks for all staff who work directly with students. Adherence to the safety protocols is critical to safely opening school.
A Trinidad School District #1 reopening plan for hybrid instruction was submitted to the Las Animas County Health Department for approval. Once the plan is approved, it will be posted on the district website along with additional instructional details. The Las Animas County Health Department has final say on how the district will actually open which will depend on the predicted status of the pandemic in
Las Animas County in September.
Thanks for your patience and understanding during these extraordinary times.
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