All public schools from Parachute to Aspen closed through April 17

Staff report
SCHOOL CLOSURE RESOURCES Roaring Fork Schools Website and Facebook Garfield Re-2 Schools Website and Facebook Garfield District 16 Schools Website and Facebook Aspen Schools Website and Facebook Two Rivers Community School Website and Facebook Yampah Mountain High School Website and Facebook Carbondale Community School Website and Facebook Ross Montessori School Website and Facebook St. Stephen Catholic School Website and Facebook

To align with Governor Jared Polis’ announcement Monday of new restrictions narrowing the minimum standards for public gatherings to slow the advance of the COVID-19 virus, and in coordination with Pitkin County and Garfield County Public Health, all public schools from Parachute to Aspen will be closed through April 17.

This includes Garfield County School District 16, Garfield School District No. Re-2, Roaring Fork School District Re-1, Aspen School District, Aspen Community School, Carbondale Community School, Marble Charter School, Ross Montessori, Two Rivers Community School, and Yampah Mountain High School.

All public schools are anticipated to resume on April 20 contingent that social isolation orders are lifted.

The Roaring Fork, Aspen and Garfield Re-2 district had already decided last week to extend their planned spring breaks to include this week in addition to March 23-29. District 16 was already out this week for its planned spring break.

In addition, on Tuesday the Colorado High School Athletics Association extended its moratorium on all spring athletics and activities through April 18 to meet the statewide guidelines.

Additionally, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) end-of-the-year assessments, including the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), will be paused for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Those tests normally take place in early April.

“National and state decisions related to the COVID-19 virus are changing daily, even hourly,” the joint press release states. “These plans are subject to change based upon state mandates and/or specific direction from local public health departments.”

Check specific school district websites, newsletters and/or Facebook pages for detailed information regarding ongoing services (e.g., food services, online programming, etc.) within each district.

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