COVID-19 forces Valley schools to return to remote learning


SAN LUIS VALLEY – Nov. 10, 2020 - As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the San Luis Valley more and more schools are having to navigate remote learning again.


Center Consolidated School District shifted to remote learning Nov. 2 and they announced later that week they would continue remote learning until after Thanksgiving Break, with the hopes they can return to in-person schooling Nov. 30.


Mountain Valley School District in Saguache returned to in-person learning Nov. 2 after beginning their year remotely.


Monte Vista School district has had to return to remote learning district wide starting Nov. 9. According to their Superintendent Scott Wiedeman their return to remote learning for the week had a lot to do with staffing. They will reassess every day and see where their cases stand by the end of the week so they can make their decision about in-person learning for next week.


The Upper Rio Grande School District (Del Norte) announced Monday, Nov. 9, via their website and evening they would be using remote learning from Nov. 10 through the rest of the week because of a positive case in the Food Service Department. Then during the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 10, URGSD Superintendent Chris Burr announced on Facebook, “We have completed contact tracing here at school and we are confident that no students or staff, outside of cafeteria workers and one cafeteria monitor, have had a possible close contact.  Those affected will be serving the necessary quarantine and isolation periods before returning to work. We will be opening school tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 11.  The cafeteria will remain closed this week.  We are asking all parents to pack a lunch for your child for the next two days and provide breakfast for them in the morning as well.  We will only have emergency provisions, and we will not be able to serve all students for the next two days.  Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 16, and 17, we will provide a very basic breakfast and lunch for students.  These items will likely be prepackaged single serve food items, so we encourage all parents to consider this when deciding whether to pack lunch on those two days.  We expect regular lunch service to begin again Wednesday, Nov. 18.”


North Conejos School District shifted Centauri Middle School and High School to remote learning for two weeks beginning Nov. 9 through because of the number of students, staff and substitutes in quarantine to proactively “keep a lid on exposures as much as possible,” according to a school district press release. La Jara Elementary was notified late Monday there was a positive case at the school and shifted to remote learning for Nov. 10 with the remainder of the schedule to be determined through contact tracing.The district announced on Tuesday afternoon La Jara Elementary would be returning to in-person learning on Wednesday, Nov. 11.


South Conejos School District, due to the number of staff in quarantine not because of confirmed positive cases, instructed the Elementary remotely until Tuesday, Nov. 10, when they returned to in-person learning. The middle and high schools are scheduled to return to in-person learning Nov. 16.
According to a statement posted on Sanford School district’s Facebook page their grade 7-12 students moved to remote learning until Nov. 20. They hope they will be able to return to in-person instruction Monday, Nov. 30, after their Thanksgiving Break.


Sangre De Cristo school district has also been monitoring the situation for their school. Their high school students had been out for a week for remote learning and will able to return to the classroom Nov. 11. Their Elementary students have also been remote learning and will be coming back to in-person Monday, Nov. 16. Their middle school classes so far have been able to continue in-person.


Adams State University announced as of Wednesday, Nov. 11, they will be shifting to Blackboard-only courses for the remaining 10 days of the semester. President Lovell, in a statement to students and staff, “As everyone knows we were hopeful of finishing fall semester classes in-person and then shifting to a Blackboard-only finals week beginning Nov. 30. In consultation with academic department chairs, the full academic council, and public health officials we feel it is in the best interest of our students, faculty, and staff to transition to Blackboard-only instruction beginning this Wednesday, Nov. 11.


Trinidad State Junior College’s Trinidad campus has shifted to remote learning through the Thanksgiving holiday, but the San Luis Valley campus in Alamosa has not made any public announcements about closures or outbreaks. 

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