Preparing for spring break: key COVID-19 information

A message from the superintendent  

As we head into spring break, I want to communicate with you, as we know many of you may be feeling anxious about COVID-19. I have great confidence in our public health agencies and PSD staff, as we navigate this unprecedented and rapidly changing situation. 

Current circumstances demand that we take steps to be as prepared as possible. Over the next two days, we ask that students please take their learning materials (books, technology, etc.) home so they have them IF a closure were to occur following spring break.

To be clear: There are no plans for school closures, as of March 11. PSD would confer with public health officials before implementing a closure and communicating that to staff and families. We just want to be prudent and think ahead, knowing this situation is evolving daily. 
 

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We also want to share answers to a few questions:

  • As stated in PSD’s comprehensive response plan, we are working on plans for continued education, in the event of a closure. That said, we expect education will be interrupted if this happens. We are looking at ways to offer enrichment to students during a closure, but we know it won’t look the same as the wonderful, connected experience our kids get in classrooms each day. 
  • As of the afternoon of March 11, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment was not recommending the cancelation of events (I.e. parent-teacher conferences, etc.). 
  • We’ve received questions about how PSD would notify staff and families about a presumptive/positive COVID-19 case with a PSD connection. It is our understanding that the health department would notify us as quickly as possible following a positive COVID-19 test result with a connection to PSD. As of the afternoon of March 11, PSD had received no such notification from the health department. Also as of that time, there was still only one presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in a Larimer County resident. The health department has stated that the one confirmed case in the county has no connection to any school district. 
  • PSD has also received questions about spring break travel. PSD cannot control if and where students and staff personally travel. Please know that PSD 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 global outbreak.

For additional information about PSD’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the comprehensive response plan and FAQs, please visit the PSD COVID-19 Response web page. 

Again, I must re-emphasize that there are NO plans for a closure following spring break at this time. We are doing everything we can to proactively prepare and respond to this changing situation. 

Sincerely, 


Sandra Smyser 
Superintendent