March 19 PSD COVID-19 community update

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Colorado Gov. Polis suspends in-person learning through April 17 in response to COVID-19. See below for PSD's latest update about the response plan to COVID-19 and resources during school closures.
 

Translations (additional ones will be posted when available):

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A MESSAGE FROM DR. SMYSER
As we navigate this 
uncharted territory together, 
I want to offer my deepest gratitude to you, the PSD community.

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PSD COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN
Review the response plan, COVID-19 fact sheets and more.

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CDC EXPLAINS COVID-19 BASICS
Center for Disease Control tips protecting yourself and fact sheets in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
 
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FOOD RESOURCES AVAILABLE 
Free meals for students are available at six PSD schools and the Wellington Boys and Girls Club. 

  
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WHAT TO DO WHEN SCHOOL IS CLOSED 
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has guidance. 

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HOW TO TALK TO KIDS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS
The Child Mind Institute offers a guide for age-appropriate explanations of the global pandemic.
 
Read talking points >>

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REMOTE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES  
Students should be ready to engage March 23. Schools will communicate aboutsoon plans for March 30-April 17.  
 

Learn remotely >> 

 

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NEED HELP WITH ACCESS?
Free and low-cost internet is available through Comcast to assist with connectivity. 
 

Connect here >>

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 
Get answers to the questions on your mind -- and the minds of others. 


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CHSAA extends spring sports moratorium, cancels other activities  

The Colorado High School Activities Association announced that it is extending its spring sports moratorium through April 18; this includes practices, competitions and meetings. All CHSAA music events have been cancelled for spring 2020. 

Read more here about CHSAA, and activities, events and athletics in PSD amid the outbreak. 


Access to buildings  

All schools and district buildings are closed to students and staff during the closure. Our goal is to have as few people in the buildings as possible in order to maximize safety efforts. The health and wellness of our staff and PSD community is our top priority and will guide our decision-making along these lines as we move forward. Deep cleaning procedures are planned for each of the buildings. 

 

Graduation  

No decisions have been made yet about high school commencement ceremonies, following Gov. Jared Polis' order to close schools. We know many families are anxiously awaiting information about this important milestone in their students' lives, and more information will be shared as it becomes available.  

 

CDE cancels Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) testing 

On March 17, the Colorado Department of Education announced that CMAS testing is canceled for the 2019-2020 school year. This applies to PSD. Though CDE uses the word "paused" in the hyperlinked announcement, we did confirm directly with CDE that CMAS is canceled. You'll note in the release that CDE has yet to answer questions about PSAT and SAT testing. Read the full announcement here.  
 

BASE Camp and PSD changing before- and after-school care 

Poudre School District is preparing to make a change to the before- and after-school care services offered to families at PSD schools.  

This shift follows a competitive Request for Proposal, or RFP, process through which outside vendors were invited to participate. PSD is dedicated to financial transparency and accountability, and its procurement processes are designed to ensure the district is consistently going out to the marketplace to find the best services available for the best value. 

PSD's explanation about its RFP process is posted in this PSD news item.

PSD is also aware that BASE Camp released information March 17 announcing that, "BASE Camp programs are immediately and permanently ended in Poudre School District." 

BASE Camp's decision to end services is outside of PSD's control and came as a complete surprise. Under the 2019-2020 agreement between PSD and BASE Camp, BASE Camp was under contract to provide services through May 28, 2020. BASE Camp's decision has prompted PSD staff to regroup and evaluate next steps.More information will be shared as it becomes available.