Creede BOE reviews return to school plan

CREEDE- Tuesday, July 28, the Creede Board of Education (BOE) opened their regular monthly meeting to approve the second readings for several policies and complete the first readings of even more policies before opening a discussion pertaining to the final plans for returning students come August.

In the past several months, beginning just after school let out for the summer, school officials have spent countless hours and held several meetings to prepare for the coming 2020/2021 school year.

Creede School Principal John Goss highlighted what preliminary plans were going to look like for the school which included mask requirements and social distancing practices to help bring students back to school.

In the July 28 meeting, newly hired Superintendent Keith Crispell gave an update on the plan and explained to the BOE that the school is continuing to move forward. Crispell stated that both the Silver Thread Public Health District and the School Nurse Kate Michaels have been instrumental in the planning process and that the school is pretty much ready to go.

“We are sticking with the pod concept and plan to keep students in ‘family units.’ We will have symptom checks for staff, students and teachers before they enter the school and continue to monitor symptom checks throughout the day. We are encouraging parents to self-monitor and to notify the school at any point they think they or their child may have been exposed,” stated Crispell.

Silver Thread Public Health District Nurse Joni Adelman was also in attendance and explained that due to the fact that this was a pandemic, she had some leeway through HIPPA to be able to notify the school of any active positive cases. “We have to be very careful not to release the names of people who may have been exposed or who are being considered in our contact tracing but we can notify the school if a student is tested positive for the virus so that school officials can act accordingly.”

Crispell stated that he planned on constructing a letter to students and their families prior to the start of school reviewing all of the requirements. Crispell stated that the school is currently expecting 89 students to return this year and that includes the preschool students in the district. “We have also been notified of three additional families that may be joining us and we hope to continue to grow. So far, only one family has opted to start the year with online learning.”

Crispell explained that the school has contingency plans in place should anything occur that would cause the school to shut down again and that additional software and equipment has been purchased for anyone who wished to do remote learning rather than in person. Additional information will be released as it is available and most up to date information can be found on the school’s website


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