Letter to the Editor: Monte Vista Schools closed

To the editor,

After some lengthy conversations with San Luis Valley Superintendents, Health Officials and Community Members, Monte Vista School District closed its doors Monday, March 23, 2020, due to the COVID-19 virus. Our hope is to have school back in session by Monday, April 20, 2020.
We seek to help our community to not spread the virus that could place a great deal of stress on our local health providers.

We will, however, continue to move our students ahead academically through alternative means. Our goal is to have the alternative education piece in place and running Wednesday, March 25, 2020. We will use Monday and Tuesday as a staff to put all things together to accomplish a quality education for our students. Grades 6-12 will continue their education online, while K-5 may look a little different, but will be effective. Students and parents will be notified of the process as soon as it becomes available. As we move forward, it will be more important than ever for parents, teachers, and schools to work together to provide optimal learning experiences. Together we will inspire the pursuit of excellence, one student at a time.

I will also meet with the food service team to develop a plan to service our students breakfast and lunch during these difficult times. Our hopes are that this plan is up and running by Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Other Notifications:
CHSAA activities have been canceled until April 18, 2020. This is an extension from April 6.
All CMAS testing for students K-8 has been canceled. The SAT test, since it is valuable to college entrances, the College Board is looking at alternatives for students to test. We will keep you informed.

Simple graphic showing basic steps to avoid illness. https://www.cdc.gov/…/2019-nc…/communication/factsheets.html

We will continue to keep you informed as we move forward.
Thank You
Scott Wiedeman


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