PSD to close week after spring break to help slow spread of COVID-19

This is a follow-up to PSD’s initial March 13 announcement about the closure.

I want to start by acknowledging that things will not be normal. School and work are going to look different for all of us. I know that school closures will cause challenges for families, and I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this decision might have caused you. Thank you for your patience as we work through this rapidly changing situation.  

Translations:

While we did our best to prepare for this, there are many questions to which we do not yet have answers. Here’s what we know now:  

  • To restate, March 16-20 is our regularly scheduled spring break for students. March 23-27 marks the start of remote learning opportunities. Lessons will not necessarily replace new learning that would occur if schools were open; rather, the lessons and activities will provide students opportunities to practice and reinforce concepts students have recently learned; engage in projects that may extend and enrich student learning; and introduce new concepts or skills, when appropriate. If you have questions about your school or teacher’s plans, please contact them directly.  

  • Students should be ready to engage in remote learning opportunities beginning Monday, March 23. 

  • Students in all grade levels will use a mix of books, printed materials and/or technology. 

  • All middle and high school students should have PSD devices. They will likely need internet to access their learning materials. 

  • An option for internet access includes Comcast, which announced that it will provide Internet access to low-income families in its service areas starting March 16. For more information, including how to sign up, visit: www.internetessentials.com. If more resources become available, we will link to them on the PSD COVID-19 response web page.  

  • BASE Camp will be canceled March 16-27. BASE Camp will also contact families directly with updates. 

  • Students should take everything home they need. Students who left items behind will NOT be able to go into their schools.  

  • During the closure, the Food Bank for Larimer County is partnering with PSD to distribute food to families from: 1301 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins; and 2600 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland.  

  • Those who want to help should contact the Food Bank to volunteer time or donate money. For more info: https://foodbanklarimer.org  

This is an unprecedented situation, and I know that many of you are worried about your loved ones. In times like these, we must come together as a community and support one another. Please do what you need to in order to take care of yourselves and your family members.  

Sincerely, 

Sandra Smyser, Ph.D. 

Superintendent