Colorado’s governor says people should expect coronavirus school closures as in-person learning resumes
Without a uniform state policy, it has been left up to Colorado’s 178 school districts to decide how to proceed during coronavirus. “I don’t want anybody to be surprised in our state when classes, and even schools, do need to be shut down,” Gov. Jared Polis said last week.
Fort Lupton High School. Josephine Hodgkins Leadership Academy in Westminster. Burlington Middle School.
In-person learning in some Colorado school districts has been underway for just a few weeks, and already the coronavirus has prompted closures, canceled classes and quarantines from the Eastern Plains to the Denver metro area.
And Gov. Jared Polis says people should expect more of them.
“I don’t want anybody to be surprised in our state when classes, and even schools, do need to be shut down,” Polis said last week after visiting an elementary school in Aurora that has welcomed students back. “Schools are part of our society. They’re an important part of our society, but they’re not some exception to the rule that somehow is immune to what every other part of a society has to have.”
The Democrat said school shutdowns are no different than the site-based closures of stores, restaurants and offices that have been caused by outbreaks of COVID-19.
The key, he said, is identifying cases early and preventing a mass spread that could lead to a fatality.
“The key thing is by acting early and quickly with the protocols that we’ve developed with the health professionals, ideally it would be limited to a few people at a classroom level or at a school level,” he said. “If it goes from one person to three and we act, that’s better than quietly going from one to 10 to 50 to 186 at a school. And when you have that level, you’re very likely to experience loss.”
Without a uniform state policy, it has been left up to Colorado’s 178 school districts to decide how to proceed during coronavirus. Chalkbeat Colorado reports that districts serving about half of the state’s K-12 population — including Denver Public Schools, the state’s largest district — have delayed their return to in-person learning because of the pandemic.
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