Dear Harrison School District Two,
Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced the suspension of in-person learning across our state through April 30, 2020. This order aligns with the President’s guidelines announced earlier this week. Our district will, therefore, remain on our current path of remote learning. At this time, we do not know if we will return after April 30, 2020, or if remote learning will continue through the end of the school year.
As you know D2 will launch remote learning next Tuesday, April 7. We will still continue on this plan and are committed to providing educational services to our families through the emergency closure, no matter how long that may last. We know schools and teachers are communicating with families this week, to help inform you on how remote learning can look for your student. All of this will still continue along with the grab and go brunch for students 18 and younger.
The district, schools, and staff are committed to student success and finishing this fourth quarter strong for all of our students. We know this latest announcement may cause some anxiety, but we still maintain our commitment to supporting you and our students. Please know that we continue to work closely with the Governor and follow recommendations of state and regional health professionals. As we learn more, we will continue to share updates.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Dr. Wendy Birhanzel and John Rogerson, Superintendents
HSD2 will provide two meals, in one bag, for children 0-18 years of age. Child NO LONGER has to be present.
Beginning on Monday, March 30th meals will be available at ALL SCHOOLS (except Mountain Vista Home School Academy) from 10:00 a.m. - noon (Weekday only).
The United Way has a confidential and multilingual service connecting people to resources across the state called 2-1-1 Colorado. 211 Colorado can connect you to critical resources (updated daily) simply by dialing a three-digit number – 2-1-1. With the increased demand for services, community members have been experiencing longer wait times. Connecting online is the most expedient way to access this resource.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Harrison School District Two (HSD2) is coordinating with El Paso County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as we monitor the global outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. There is no vaccine for COVID-19.
In addition to this recent concern, HSD2 would like to remind families and employees to be vigilant about the prevalence of Influenza and cold season as well. These illnesses, along with COVID-19, spread through coughing and sneezing and have similar symptoms of fever, cough, and respiratory illness.
We also encourage you to refer to reliable sources for ongoing information as this incident is rapidly evolving. HSD2 will update staff and families via email and our website with any new information we need to share. Emergency notifications would come via text, social media, the District app, and website. Please review the additional resources listed below.
COVID-19 Facts for Coloradans (CDPHE)
COVID-19 Información para los habitantes de Colorado (CDPHE)
Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPHE)
El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH)
Resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs (CDC)
COVID-19 Book for Children & Youth
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Governor Polis Press Release