CDE's top priority is the health and safety of all students, educators and communities in Colorado. The department has compiled resources below about Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) to help provide guidance to schools and districts. Commissioner of Education Katy Anthes is also sending communications to superintendents and BOCES directors.
Schools and districts should work directly with their local public health agency and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) for guidance on COVID-19. In addition, the State of Colorado COVID-19 website is a new resource available to all.
Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
State of Colorado COVID-19 Information Portal
Colorado Department of Education COVID-19 Resources for Schools
Colorado Counties Inc. COVID-19 Information
Colorado State Library's - Collection of Online Stay-cation Resources
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides Coronavirus 2019 guidance at a national/global level:
A public health emergency was declared Monday morning by several entities in
Southwest Colorado amid the spread of the coronavirus.
San Juan Basin Public Health, La Plata County and the city of Durango
issued a joint statement that said the declaration was made
in an effort to protect at-risk residents from the spread of COVID-19.
San Juan Basin Health UPDATES, https://sjbpublichealth.org/coronavirus/
Coronavirus In Colorado: Gov. Jared Polis Announces COVID-19 Relief Fund
COVID-19 TESTING INFO
WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU ARE SICK (CDC)
MARCH 16TH, GOV. POLIS SUSPENDS DINE-IN SERVICE RESTAURANTS
DENVER (CBS4)– Gov. Jared Polis announced on Monday afternoon an update on coronavirus in Colorado.
There are 160 positive cases of coronavirus in Colorado as of Monday afternoon with 20 of those cases requiring hospitalization. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed 29 new cases on Monday.
Polis announced the immediate suspension of dine-in service at restaurants and bars across Colorado for the next 30 days. “These establishments can remain open, but that’s for takeout, delivery and room service,” said Polis.
Polis also announced the closure of large places of gathering, that includes gyms and theatres and casinos where large groups can gather.
“The goal is to reduce the severity and duration of this public health crisis,” said Polis.
Polis talked about creating more drive-up coronavirus testing stations across Colorado. The National Guard will be in Telluride on Tuesday where health officials with the San Miguel County Public Health are partnering with the CDPHE. Testing will begin Tuesday for those who have a doctor’s order and are symptomatic.
Dear 9-R community,
To help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Colorado, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis ordered that all public and private schools across the state suspend in-person learning from March 23 to April 17.
The Governor made this order via press release yesterday afternoon.
9-R is continuing to initiate its remote learning work plan to start on March 25 for students, and will continue with this program until April 17. In addition, the district will continue to provide grab and go food services to students throughout the same period.
Any student up to age 18 can receive breakfast and lunch by completing a request form on www.durangoschools.org/meals or calling Valerie Bareis in Nutrition Services at (970) 259-1630 ext. 2041. Pick up locations are on the district’s website.
9-R will provide regular updates to the community during the closure of its school buildings through our Coronavirus (COVID-19) link on the district's website.
All employees who remain available for work will continue to be paid and work remotely or with appropriate social distancing beginning Monday, March 23. Employees should await further instructions from their supervisor. All employees have been instructed to practice “social distancing” and other CDC-recommended hygiene practices to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
We know that this information brings both certainty and uncertainty for the weeks ahead. We’d ask that we allow each other a measure of grace, as we develop plans for what school looks like in the weeks ahead. Now, more than ever, we must work together for the benefit of our children and our community. We thank you for being patient as we navigate this new reality.
Estimada comunidad 9-R:
Para ayudar a mitigar la propagación del virus COVID-19 en Colorado, el miércoles 18 de marzo de 2020, el gobernador de Colorado, Jared Polis, ordenó que todas las escuelas públicas y privadas en todo el estado suspendan el aprendizaje en persona del 23 de marzo al 17 de abril.
El Gobernador hizo esta orden vía comunicado de prensa ayer por la tarde.
9-R continúa iniciando su plan de trabajo de aprendizaje remoto para comenzar el 25 de marzo para los estudiantes, y continuará con este programa hasta el 17 de abril. Además, el distrito continuará brindando servicios de comida para llevar a los estudiantes durante el mismo período. .
Cualquier estudiante de hasta 18 años puede recibir el desayuno y el almuerzo completando un formulario de solicitud en www.durangoschools.org/meals o llamando a Valerie Bareis en Servicios de Nutrición al (970) 259-1630 ext. 2041. Las ubicaciones de recogida están en el sitio web del distrito.
9-R proporcionará actualizaciones periódicas a la comunidad durante el cierre de sus edificios escolares a través de nuestro enlace Coronavirus (COVID-19) en el sitio web del distrito. Todos los empleados que permanecen disponibles para el trabajo continuarán siendo remunerados y trabajarán de manera remota o con un distanciamiento social apropiado a partir del lunes 23 de marzo.
Los empleados deben esperar más instrucciones de su supervisor. Todos los empleados han recibido instrucciones de practicar el "distanciamiento social" y otras prácticas de higiene recomendadas por los CDC para reducir la propagación del virus COVID-19.
Sabemos que esta información aporta certeza e incertidumbre para las próximas semanas. Pedimos que nos permitamos una medida de gracia, a medida que desarrollamos planes para el aspecto de la escuela en las próximas semanas. Ahora, más que nunca, debemos trabajar juntos en beneficio de nuestros niños y nuestra comunidad. Le agradecemos por ser paciente mientras navegamos por esta nueva realidad.
Please contact me with any questions.
Durango School District 9-R
March 18, 2019
Link here for: San Juan Basin Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Pine River Library is closing tonight (March 16th) at 6:30 PM, until further notice, for updates, https://prlibrary.org/update-library-closing-starting-monday-3-16/
Ignacio Library is closing tonight (March 16th) at 5 PM, until further notice, for updates,
(updated March 16th, 1:15 PM)
Johns Hopkins Children's Hospitals:
What to Know About Coronavirus (COVID-19) for parents and kids
As a proactive mitigation effort, the City of Durango is coordinating with San Juan Basin Public Health and La Plata County to take measures to ensure our staff and community members are not exposed to or contributing to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
City of Durango facility closures effective Monday, March 16:
All previously scheduled Recreation and Library programs, as well as meeting room rentals, will be canceled during this closure period. We will be evaluating the ability to issue refunds or credits for recreation passes, memberships, and meeting room rentals. The City facility and program closures will be in effect through April 7, 2020. All other City facilities are still operating normally.
During the closure, City staff will conduct a deep cleaning and disinfection of these facilities as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers.
For additional information regarding Parks and Recreation Department services, please call (970) 375-7321 or email email@example.com. For additional information regarding Durango Public Library services, please call (970) 375-3389 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Public meeting cancelations and modifications:
The City appreciates your understanding as we implement mitigation efforts to increase social distancing due to the Coronavirus in accordance with best practices recommended by San Juan Basin Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Everyone plays a role in preparing and staying healthy. The City encourages citizens to protect themselves as they would against any respiratory virus:
People who are ill or concerned they may have been exposed to the virus should call their primary care physician, or Mercy Hospital’s Emergency Department at 970-764-2100 to receive further instruction. The most up to date information about the virus is available on San Juan Basin Public Health’s website.
Other helpful resources include the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the CDC and the COHelp line at 877-462-2911.
For Farmington, New Mexico updates see:
What To Do if You Are Sick
If you think you have been exposed to COVID‑19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Also, follow the steps at this link to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
This interim guidance is to help household members plan for community transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages household members to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community.
COVID-19 is caused by a new virus. There is much to learn about its transmissibility, severity, and other features of the disease. We want to help everyone prepare to respond to this public health threat.
In this guidance
Before a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community: Plan
A COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time in your community. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public health officials may recommend community actions designed to help keep people healthy, reduce exposures to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease.
Local public health officials may make recommendations appropriate to your local situation. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. You should base the details of your household plan on the needs and daily routine of your household members.
Create a household plan of action
Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan. Meet with household members, other relatives, and friends to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. There is limited information about who may be at risk for severe complications from COVID-19 illness. From the data that are available for COVID-19 patients, and from data for related coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, it is possible that older adults and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions may be at risk for more serious complications.
Early data suggest older people are more likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. If you or your household members are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications, please consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. CDC will recommend actions to help keep people at high risk for complications healthy if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community.
Get to know your neighbors.
Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning. If your neighborhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbors, information, and resources.
Identify aid organizations in your community
Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources. Consider including organizations that provide mental health or counseling services, food, and other supplies.
Create an emergency contact list. Ensure your household has a current list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
Practice good personal health habits and plan for home-based actions
Practice everyday preventive actions now. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:
Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. Identify a separate bathroom for the sick person to use, if possible. Plan to clean these rooms, as needed, when someone is sick. Learn how to care for someone with COVID-19 at home.
Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed
Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child’s school or childcare facility. During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, local public health officials may recommend temporary school dismissals to help slow the spread of illness.
School authorities also may decide to dismiss a school if too many students or staff are absent. Understand the plan for continuing education and social services (such as student meal programs) during school dismissals. If your child attends a college or university, encourage them to learn about the school’s plan for a COVID-19 outbreak.
Plan for potential changes at your workplace
Learn about your employer’s emergency operations plan. Discuss sick-leave policies and telework options for workers who are sick or who need to stay home to care for sick household members. Learn how businesses and employers can plan for and respond to COVID-19.
During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community: Act
During an outbreak in your community, protect yourself and others by:
Put your household plan into action
Stay informed about the local COVID-19 situation. Get up-to-date information about local COVID-19 activity from public health officials. Be aware of temporary school dismissals in your area, as this may affect your household’s daily routine.
Stay home if you are sick. Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms. If a member of your household is sick, stay home from school and work to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others.
Continue practicing everyday preventive actions. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily using a regular household detergent and water.
Use the separate room and bathroom you prepared for sick household members (if possible). Learn how to care for someone with COVID-19 at home.
Avoid sharing personal items like food and drinks. Provide your sick household member with clean disposable facemasks to wear at home, if available, to help prevent spreading COVID-19 to others.
Clean the sick room and bathroom, as needed, to avoid unnecessary contact with the sick person.
Stay in touch with others by phone or email. If you live alone and become sick during a COVID-19 outbreak, you may need help. If you have a chronic medical condition and live alone, ask family, friends, and health care providers to check on you during an outbreak. Stay in touch with family and friends with chronic medical conditions.
Take care of the emotional health of your household members. Outbreaks can be stressful for adults and children. Children respond differently to stressful situations than adults. Talk with your children about the outbreak, try to stay calm, and reassure them that they are safe.
Inform your workplace if you need to change your regular work schedule
Notify your workplace as soon as possible if your schedule changes. Ask to work from home or take leave if you or someone in your household gets sick with COVID-19 symptoms, or if your child’s school is dismissed temporarily.
Take the following steps to help protect your children during an outbreak
If your child/children become sick with COVID-19, notify their childcare facility or school. Talk with teachers about classroom assignments and activities they can do from home to keep up with their schoolwork.
Keep track of school dismissals in your community. Read or watch local media sources that report school dismissals. If schools are dismissed temporarily, use alternative childcare arrangements, if needed.
Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places while school is dismissed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
After a COVID-19 outbreak has ended in your community: Follow Up
Remember, a COVID-19 outbreak could last a long time. The impact on individuals, households, and communities might be great. When public health officials determine the outbreak has ended in your community, take time to improve your household’s plan.
As public health officials continue to plan for COVID-19 and other disease outbreaks, you and your household also have an important role to play in ongoing planning efforts.
Evaluate the effectiveness of your household’s plan of action
Discuss and note lessons learned. Were your COVID-19 preparedness actions effective at home, school, and work? Talk about problems found in your plan and effective solutions. Identify additional resources needed for you and your household.
Participate in community discussions about emergency planning. Let others know about what readiness actions worked for you and your household. Maintain communication lines with your community (e.g., social media and email lists). Promote the importance of practicing good personal health habits.
Continue to practice everyday preventive actions. Stay home when you are sick; cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue; wash your hands often with soap and water; and clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
Take care of the emotional health of your household members. Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories about COVID-19. Connect with family and friends. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with others.
Help your child/children cope after the outbreak. Provide children with opportunities to talk about what they went through or what they think about it. Encourage them to share concerns and ask questions.
Because parents, teachers, and other adults see children in different situations, it is important for them to work together to share information about how each child is coping after the outbreak.
COVID-19 Readiness Resources
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