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COVID-19 Strategies for TSD - July 9 2020

Spanish COVID-19 Strategies for TSD July 9, 2020

August 5, 2020 (versión en español)

Dear Telluride School Families,

I know a lot of information came out today about changes to school reopening, and I want to take this opportunity to clarify and provide some background.

Prior to today we had communicated our plans to reopen as:

  • Grades 7-12 at TMHS would have students attend in-person 2 days per week and remote 3 days per week, with the option for any student to be fully remote and some students to be in-person every day.
  • Grades 3-6 at TIS and PreK-2 at TES attend every day, with the option for any student to be fully remote

This morning, based on factors detailed below, the administrative team made a plan to present a new option to the TSD Board on Monday, acknowledging the Board needs the opportunity to review/support/approve this plan and that it could still change for many reasons:

  • Grades 7-12 at TMHS would have students remote 5 days per week through September, with the option for some students to be in-person every day, depending on their specific needs.
  • Grades 3-6 at TIS would have students remote 5 days per week through September, with the option for some students to be in-person every day, depending on their specific needs, and the potential for some full in-person days focused on outdoor education and relationship developing.
  • Grades PreK-2 at TES would still attend every day, with the option for any student to be fully remote

Some of the reasons for this change in course are:

  • Recent guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) that leave TMHS, and to some extent TIS, really looking like a house of cards in terms how one student or staff member testing positive could end up requiring up to 4 class groups of students and as much as an entire grade level of staff out for a two-week quarantine.This could bring an entire school down very quickly, and is not how we understood the contact tracing effect to work prior to the guidance.This is even after we have revised our schedules to minimize impact.While we are hopeful revisions to the guidance will lighten up some requirements, that is not guaranteed.
  • Recent discussions with our Public Health and Medical Center experts.SMCPH is developing a metric that already has us approaching the closure trigger, especially considering cases reported within the last two days.Additionally, as more information comes out about transmissibility and spread their concerns have grown.
  • Recent enrollment increases, while not huge, when combined with data we just finished compiling on classroom capacity limits are pushing up against physical distancing guidelines.
  • Recent information that more and more of our students are currently traveling or will be traveling near the beginning of the school year, and the challenges and implications of setting quarantine procedures.

While we want students in school more than anything, and understand the impact this has on families and the community, we have to consider all factors and guidance and make decisions that balance the best education and keeping our school community safe.  While we understand, in general, that the younger the student the more we should try to have them in school both from a health/safety and education perspective, it is possible we may end up fully remote at TES as well, or that TIS (and/or TMHS) may end up with some higher level of in-person instruction than the most recent plan.

I know there are many perspectives in how we should reopen and on the plan presented today.  We have had emails thanking us today and emails complaining.  We respect and appreciate all comments and input.

Two last reminders:

  1. Please follow the 5 commitments (https://www.sanmiguelcountyco.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5794/SMC-5-Agreements-Poster-PDF)
  2. The TSD Board meets Monday August 10 at 5:30pm http://tellurideschool.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_4072017/File/BOE/8.10.20%20Agenda%20&%20Packet.pdf

Thank you,

John Pandolfo

Superintendent Telluride Schools

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John Pandolfo, Superintendent 

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