RFSD News: Schools strive to help during bridge closure
The countdown is on: We are less than one month away from the scheduled closure of the Grand Avenue bridge on Aug. 14. We know that everyone will be affected and inconvenienced during the construction, and that it will be essential for all of us to change our commuting behaviors.
Our team at Roaring Fork Schools has been planning to ensure that all staff and families are ready and prepared for these changes (learn more at our Roaring Fork Schools Grand Avenue Bridge Detour Solutions & Resources webpage).
This month, we want to highlight how we are partnering with community organizations to make sure that students have safe places to be before and after school. Our goal is to open our buildings early and stay late to allow parents flexibility in their travel times.
Elementary and middle school students will have options for creative academic and enrichment programming, and high school students will have safe and supervised places to spend time before and after school.
We are committed to ensuring that there are affordable options for all families through the use of Colorado Child Care Assistance Program funding and scholarships for low-income families. We are delighted to continue working with local providers. In addition, in order to offer low-cost and no-cost options to our families at all schools, we are welcoming a national provider that will work in partnership with schools and local organizations.
Here are some of the options we’re offering at each school:
Glenwood Springs schools
Glenwood Springs Elementary, Sopris Elementary, Glenwood Springs Middle, and Riverview School will offer programming starting at 6:30 a.m. and extending to 5:30 p.m, through two providers: Beyond the Bell and Springboard Education. Programming will be offered for a fee, but no families will be turned away for inability to pay.
Glenwood Springs High will provide staff supervision at no cost to families to any students needing early or late pickup, starting at 6:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.
Crystal River Elementary and Carbondale Middle will provide early and late programming through Camp Run-A-Muk, starting at 7 a.m. and extending to 5 p.m. Programming will be offered at a fee, but no families will be turned away for inability to pay.
Roaring Fork High and Bridges High will provide staff supervision at no cost to families to any students needing early or late pickup, starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.
Basalt Elementary and Basalt Middle will provide early and late programming through Camp Chip-A-Tooth, starting at 7 a.m. and extending to 5 p.m. Programming will be offered at a fee, but no families will be turned away for inability to pay.
Basalt High School will provide staff supervision at no cost to families to any students needing early or late pickup, starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.
Additional programming opportunities for summer and before/after school can be found online, on the district’s webpage for out-of-school-time options.
Program information and registration forms will be sent home to all families via email before the start of the school year about before and after school options. If you do not currently receive our emails and newsletters, you can click here to join our mailing list.
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Angie Davlyn is the senior project manager for the Roaring Fork Schools.
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The family of Rosie Ferrin has worked to clean up and make safe again the old schoolhouse in downtown New Castle. Ferrin died this summer and had owned the building that included classrooms turned into apartments for years.