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SCHOOLS CLOSED MONDAY MARCH 13 - MARCH 27
Starting Monday, March 16, Jeffco Public Schools will join several other Colorado school districts in closing all school facilities for in-person classes next week, 3/16 through 3/20. All Jeffco Public Schools facilities will be closed to all non-employees during this time.
On Monday, March 16 only, we will allow families to drop in to quickly pick up any items they may have left at the school such as supplies, medication, and technology during normal school hours. We encourage families to collect these items tomorrow, March 13.
During next week, Jeffco Public Schools will transition to a Remote Learning and Work Plan. Students will work with their teachers to continue instruction from home during this period. A detailed message will be sent to families tomorrow morning outlining the remote learning plan and expectations.
Teachers and staff may enter schools and district buildings to work independently and retrieve equipment or they may work from home. All employees can expect to receive direction on work expectations tomorrow.
This school facility closure and transition to the Remote Learning and Work Plan (from 3/16 through 3/20) will precede the district’s regularly scheduled spring break (from 3/23 to 3/27).
During the week of spring break, district leadership (in cooperation with public health officials), will reassess the situation and decide when students and staff should return to school and district buildings. Communication to staff and families regarding a return date will be sent at that time.
We know that closing our schools will have a significant impact on our families and we will continue to work with our community partners to identify support services and resources.
We are facing an unprecedented public health crisis in our community. In light of Governor Polis’ declaration of a state of emergency in Colorado and the growing number of confirmed cases in the Denver metro area, we are taking this action to protect public health.
We will send follow-up communications with additional information about remote learning, support resources, food service, and other updates. Please continue to check our district website for information about COVID-19.
Effective immediately, with the announcement today from Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), we are cancelling evening events and extracurricular activities effective at the end of day tomorrow, March 13, 2020. This directly impacts organizations who have reserved our facilities for their activities; those groups will be notified. Contact your school if you have a question about an upcoming activity or event.
Our goal is always to protect the safety, health and wellness of our students, staff, and families. Amid the uncertainty and fear that this pandemic brings, our strength as a community is our greatest asset. We can work together to protect each other and slow the progression of COVID-19.
We will continue to remain in contact with public health officials, elected leaders, and fellow school districts and keep you updated with new information as it becomes available. We thank you for your support and partnership in this effort.
I grew up in Hong Kong and was 13 when SARS swept through the city, infecting about 1,750 people and killing nearly 300. As a teenager, the hardest part was being stuck at home and missing my friends. I only started to pay attention to the daily death toll after my parents decided that’s what would dictate when I could go back to school. But the experience shaped me. I picked up personal hygiene habits, like pressing elevator buttons with my knuckles. And I developed a deep respect for front-line medical workers, many of whom labored around the clock until they, too, succumbed.
In 2014, I was a rookie reporter on the Bloomberg News health desk helping to cover the growing Ebola crisis in West Africa when we got word that the U.S. had its first diagnosed patient. The experience gave me a deeper look into how governments and scientists grapple with a fast-moving, deadly target.
Every time, I’ve seen the same gaps emerge in the public’s understanding of what’s really happening. On one side, I have epidemiologists and lab directors explaining to me, in excruciating detail, nuanced models and technicalities, like how PCR assays work. On the other side, I see oversimplified headlines and misleading statistics touted by government officials.
Here’s what you need to know:
Testing Is Still Limited
Instead of asking: How many test kits do you have?
Ask this: How many samples are you running per patient?
Instead of asking: How many samples can you run?
Ask this: How many samples is your lab testing per day right now? How about at maximum capacity? How many hours does it take to get a result?
The Death Rate Is Only an Estimate
Instead of saying: The mortality rate is X%.
Say this: Scientists estimate the mortality rate is X%, based on the information they have.
Be Careful with Projections
Instead of asking: How many cases will there be at X point in time?
Ask this: What assumptions were used to calculate your prediction? What’s the upper and lower range of your projection?
Information Is Changing Quickly and May Soon Be Out of Date
Dear MBP children and families,
If your school closes down we have every intention of having food available for you. We will have pick up locations in the communities we serve. If your family struggles with transportation issues we will do our best to drop the food to you. Plans are being made to take care of you so please know that and try not to worry.
We will be asking the community to pitch in extra with financial and food donations to get us through this stressful time.
Keeping you full and focused is our priority.
Wash your hands!!