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Schools announce closures to combat the coronavirus

Colorado schools are taking steps as the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to spread.

COLORADO, USA — Area schools are extending spring break or closing amid the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak.

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Denver Public Schools

Denver Public Schools (DPS) has closed three schools and has extended spring break for the entire district. The break will be from March 16 through April 6, the district said. Students are expected to return on Tuesday, April 7.

Schools will be open Friday, March 13 so students can collect their things. The schools will be open Monday and Tuesday for staff to collect things and all schools will be officially closed March 18, the district said. Teams will disinfect schools over break. 

The three schools that were closed are:

  • John H. Amesse Elementary: March 12
  • Edison Elementary: March 12
  • Cory Elementary March: 10-12

DPS will offer free meals to students at eight locations throughout the city, using a grab-and-go-style system: 

  • Abraham Lincoln High School 
  • Joe Shoemaker School 
  • Place Bridge Academy 
  • DCIS – Baker 
  • North High School 
  • Manual High School 
  • The Montbello Campus 
  • The Evie Dennis Campus

Breakfast is available from 8-9 a.m., and lunch is available from 12-1 p.m.

Aurora Public Schools

Aurora Public Schools (APS) and Pickens Technical College are extending spring break for an additional week. 

"This action is an effective way to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)," APS said.

Spring break will be from March 16-27. 

All athletics, activities, events, facilities rentals and childcare are canceled during this extended spring break. 

"We will reassess the situation by March 27 and decide whether students and staff should return on March 30," APS said. "Superintendents will be calling on the Colorado Department of Education for flexibility on mandatory seat time and state testing requirements."

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Cherry Creek School District

Cherry Creek School District is closing from March 13- 27, the superintendent said. The two-week school closure includes daycare. 

JeffCo Public Schools

Starting Monday, March 16, Jeffco Public Schools will close all school facilities for in-person classes through March 20. All Jeffco Public Schools facilities will be closed to all non-employees during this time.

On Monday, March 16 only, the district 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. The items can also be collect items Friday, March 13.

During next week, the district 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 outlining the remote learning plan and expectations.

Starting Monday and lasting until March 27, "Grab and Go" meals will be available for collection during breakfast (from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and lunch (11:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.) at the following locations Monday-Friday:
- Arvada K-8
- Colorow Elementary
- Conifer High
- Edgewater Elementary
- Foothills Elementary
- Lasley Elementary
- Parr Elementary

Families and students can go to any of these locations to collect meals. We will also be donating perishable foods and working with our local food banks in order to mitigate the community impact of missing food services in schools. Additional school distribution locations will be added as needed.

Brighton 27J schools

All Brighton 27J schools have been closed effective immediately after a presumptive positive result for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The schools will be closed through the end of the spring break week, March 27, the district said. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution, according to the district.

All events and activities sponsored by, associated with or taking place at 27J schools will be canceled until further notice.

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Littleton Public Schools

Littleton Public Schools (LPS) will be closed at the end of the school day March 13 through Sunday, March 29. 

The district will then reassess the situation to see if students and staff should return on March 30. The LPS community should plan to return to school Monday, March 30.

Douglas County School District

All DCSD schools will be closed Monday, March 16 until Friday, March 27.

After-school athletics, school clubs and activities will also be canceled until at least April 6. This includes sports, activities, competitions, practices, music concerts/festivals, plays and speech and debate.

Westminster Public Schools

Westminster Public Schools (WPS) will be closed March 16-30. WPS said it is developing a plan to continue with supplemental education for students while they are at home as well as providing food service for families in need.

Boulder Valley Schools

All schools in BVSD will be closed beginning March 13 through Spring Break.

 Beginning next week, the Boulder Valley School District will be distributing bags of food to support families that may be struggling with food insecurity during this pandemic crisis. 

The bags will contain several meals’ worth of shelf-stable foods along with fresh produce.

On Tuesday, March 17 and Thursday, March 19 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., food will be available at these nine locations: 

  • Creekside Elementary School

  • Crestview Elementary Schoolan

  • Columbine Elementary School

  • Emerald Elementary School

  • Louisville Middle School

  • Nederland High School

  • Pioneer Elementary School

  • Sanchez Elementary School

  • University Hill Elementary School

Adams 14

Beginning Monday, March 16, all Adams 14 schools and administrative offices will be closed through the end of spring break.

Adams 12 Five Star Schools

The district has implemented an extended spring break, beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.

Schools will have a normal school day Friday, March 13 which will include any scheduled field trips.

St. Vrain Valley Schools

All schools in the St. Vrain district beginning March 13 through the end of Spring Break. 

On Friday, classes will not be in session but buildings will be open during normal school hours for families and staff to pick-up student medication, devices or other learning materials they may need in the event of an extended closure beyond the end of Spring Break.

Mapleton Public Schools 

Mapleton Public Schools is extending its spring break and will not have school from March 16 to March 27. During the break, all student events and after-school activities will be postponed. 

In Mapleton Public Schools, meals may be picked up from the following locations Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 27, between 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Meadow Community School (9150 Monroe St, Thornton)
  • Skyview Campus (8990 York St., Thornton)
  • Welby Community School (1200 E. 78th Ave., Denver)
  • York International School (9200 York St., Thornton)
  • Global Primary Academy (7480 N. Broadway, Denver)

Gunnison, Crested Butte Schools

Gunnison Watershed School District will suspend all classes starting Friday, March 13, This includes:

  • Lake School
  • Gunnison Elementary School
  • Gunnison Middle School
  • Gunnison High School
  • Crested Butte Elementary School
  • Crested Butte Secondary School
  • Marble Charter School

At this point, students across the district will return to classes on campus on Monday, March 30. 

How will education continue?

Teachers are developing online instructional materials for students, and we are also developing a system to check out devices (Chromebooks, laptops, iPads) to students who need them, the district said.

Aspen School District

Aspen School District announced schools will be closed from March 16 to March 20, and spring break takes place the following week from March 23 to March 27.

Mile High Academy

Mile High Academy announced it will be on spring break from March 16 to March 20. The school will stay closed from March 23 to March 27 and instead will conduct remote learning that week.

HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op

HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op, based in Englewood, will be closed March 16-March 17.

Clear Creek School District RE-1

Clear Creek School District RE-1 announced it will be closed March 16 to March 27.

Summit School District

The district will be closed beginning on March 16 and continue through April 3. All district and school events and activities area postponed until April 6

Poudre School District

Poudre School District announced it will close March 16 through March 20 for spring break as previously scheduled, and school buildings will remain closed through March 27.

School officials said students should be prepared for remote learning opportunities beginning March 23.

Weld RE-4 School District

Weld RE-4 School District announced school will be closed from March 14 through April 5. All school-related activities and events during the closure have been canceled.

Thompson School District RJ-2

Thompson School District RJ-2 announced it extend spring break to run from March 16 though March 27.

Colorado Academy

Colorado Academy announced it will be closed from March 16 through April 3.

Eagle County School District

Eagle County School District announced it will be closed from March 16 through April 8.

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