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Transition To Remote Learning Update

Transition To Remote Learning Update
Posted on 11/12/2020

Colorado is in the midst of its most significant surge in COVID-19 cases since the onset of the pandemic. Jefferson County and Jeffco Public Schools are feeling the impact and our trend data indicates that new cases and the need for quarantines will continue to increase in the coming weeks.

The district leadership team is closely monitoring both our own dashboard and local public health databases, and we do our own contact tracing and communications through our outstanding Health Services Department. We are in regular contact with officials at Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) to assess current conditions and predictions about future virus trends in our community. The data shows unrelenting increases in COVID-19 cases and none of the public health officials forecast a significant reduction in those rates in the weeks ahead.

Given these trends and predictions, along with the County’s move on Monday, November 9 to a Level Orange: High Risk on the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Dial Framework, future quarantine activity is likely to increase and send more of our schools into 24-48 hour closures or transitions to full remote learning on short notice. The growth in positive cases overall increases the risk that we'll have more incidents of transmission within schools.

Simply put, we've now reached the point at which the benefits of in-person learning are outweighed by the disruption caused by abrupt transitions to quarantines and by the risk of COVID-19 exposures within our buildings. Today, we consulted with JCPH and they concurred with that assessment.


Grades 6-12 - Remote Learning starts Monday, Nov. 16 until winter break

Grades K-5 - In-Person Learning through Nov. 19
Remote Learning starts Monday, Nov. 30 until winter break


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