Roaring Fork Schools: BMS transitions 8th grade to distance learning

A student or staff member at Basalt Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. Families of students who may have been exposed and need to quarantine have been contacted directly. The entire 8th grade class will begin distance learning with online classes starting immediately on Friday, April 9 and continuing through Monday, April 12. Students will return to in-person classes on Tuesday, April 13. Sports practices and games are canceled April 8 and 9 and resume Monday, April 12 after 3:15pm.

The affected areas in the school will be deep cleaned and disinfected prior to the return of non-impacted students and staff. Students in grades 5-7 will remain in normal session.

Roaring Fork Schools: BMS transitions 8th grade to distance learning

Roaring Fork Schools: CMS transitions 8th grade to distance learning

A student or staff member at Carbondale Middle School tested positive for COVID-19 resulting in the quarantine of almost all of the 8th grade class because the entire grade and its teachers are considered a cohort. 

CMS parents and students received notice that 8th graders would transition to distance learning starting Monday, April 4. This cohort will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, April 13. 

Roaring Fork Schools: CMS transitions 8th grade to distance learning

Glenwood Springs High School girls varsity basketball team and all Basalt High School boys basketball games canceled while teams quarantine

Two separate quarantines affected basketball teams at Glenwood Springs and Basalt High Schools. All GSHS girls varsity basketball athletes had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 on February 19. All BHS boys basketball athletes had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 on February 22.

“This is a situation that we knew could come about but it doesn’t make it any easier for our players, coaches, families, or our community,” GSHS Athletic Director Craig Denney said. “I am incredibly grateful for our players and coaches and the way in which they are dealing with the situation. The fact that it happened when it did is difficult because our girls are in the hunt for the post-season tournament. The one saving grace is that they will be able to return for the last Saturday of competition, and there is a possibility that they will still make it into the tournament.”  

CHSAA policy states that group training and competition for those exposed individuals must be canceled for 14 days from the last date of exposure. Thus, BHS boys games on Friday, February 26; Saturday, February 27; Tuesday, March 2; and Thursday, March 4 are canceled at this time. GSHS girls varsity games on Tuesday, February 23; Friday, February 26; Saturday, February 27; Tuesday, March 2; and Friday, March 5 are canceled at this time. The GSHS girls JV games will still be held as scheduled. 

“Our team has worked very hard to have a successful season and compete for a playoff spot, and it is unfortunate that they will have to quarantine for the remainder of the season. However, I am incredibly proud of how the boys have handled this situation despite being disappointed in the abrupt ending of their season,” BHS Athletic Director Jason Santo said. 

During quarantine, students will attend school via distance learning and will not participate in any in-person school activities, including athletics. There is a discrepancy between CHSAA and local quarantine lengths. Because CHSAA is the authority for all athletics, there will be no athletics for 14 days, but students will be able to return to in-person learning after 10 days. 

Based on contact tracing, additional students were exposed and are quarantining at BHS. All students and families were contacted directly.

Glenwood Springs High School girls varsity basketball team and all Basalt High School boys basketball games canceled while teams quarantine

Roaring Fork Schools: Basalt Middle School transitions 7th grade to distance learning

A student or staff member at Basalt Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. Families of students who may have been exposed and need to quarantine have been contacted directly. There will be no class for 7th grade students on Monday, February 8, and the entire 7th grade class will begin distance learning on Tuesday, February 9. They will return to in-person classes on Tuesday, February 16, since Monday, February 15 is a holiday.

All 7th grade boys basketball games and practices are cancelled through February 14. Practice will resume on Tuesday, February 16. 

The affected areas in the school will be deep cleaned and disinfected prior to the return of non-impacted students and staff. 

Roaring Fork Schools: Basalt Middle School transitions 7th grade to distance learning

Roaring Fork Schools: Basalt Middle School transitions 8th grade to distance learning

A student or staff member at Basalt Middle School is a probable positive for COVID-19 based on the individual’s symptoms. Families of students who may have been exposed and need to quarantine have been contacted directly. The entire 8th grade class will begin distance learning with no school tomorrow and online classes starting Thursday, February 4. They will return to in-person classes on Tuesday, February 9th.

Eighth grade boys basketball practice, as well as their games on Wednesday, February 3 against Riverview and Monday, February 8 against Aspen, have been cancelled. Practice will resume on Tuesday, February 9. 

The affected areas in the school will be deep cleaned and disinfected prior to the return of non-impacted students and staff. Students in grades 5-7 will remain in normal session.

Roaring Fork Schools: Basalt Middle School transitions 8th grade to distance learning

Roaring Fork Schools now allowing one spectator for each student-athlete at competitions

Starting February 2, the Roaring Fork Schools are inviting one spectator for each student-athlete to attend home competitions. (This will be space-permitting as some auxiliary spaces will not accommodate spectators whatsoever.) Since the county-wide health and safety plan for athletics, which prohibited spectators, was presented to the Garfield County Commissioners in December, local and state guidelines have changed to allow some flexibility around spectators at high school athletic competitions.

However, the Roaring Fork Schools are still limited by CHSAA and Garfield County in the total number of individuals the district can safely host at home competitions. After accounting for essential personnel, all student-athletes on a team (JV and Varsity), and the individuals necessary to successfully host a competition (e.g., scorekeepers, team managers, etc.), the Roaring Fork Schools can invite one spectator for each student-athlete and still meet the health and safety requirements.

For a trial period, the district will provide each student-athlete with one admission ticket that the family may use at their discretion, up to a total of 12 per game. If crowd management becomes too distracting for coaches, administrators, athletes, or officials, the program will be discontinued. Visitors who violate safety precautions or who create distractions will be removed from the game.

Roaring Fork Schools now allowing one spectator for each student-athlete at competitions

CDPHE, Public Health investigate possible case of COVID variant

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County Public Health and Roaring Fork Schools have been made aware that a Sopris Elementary student and/or staff member may have been exposed to a COVID variant earlier this month. The health department is working with a dedicated team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to determine potential exposure and contain any further spread.  

Public Health can confirm that no students or staff members in this cohort have reported symptoms to the health department, and the normal quarantine window has already ended. Families of students in the impacted cohort have been contacted and school staff and the health department are continuing to monitor for any signs of COVID symptoms. However, public health and the schools are not aware of any students having symptoms during the past 14 days. While there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the different COVID variants, the greatest concern is the possibility of increased contagiousness.

Out of an abundance of caution, the CDC and CDPHE have requested additional contact tracing, testing for impacted individuals and Public Health is working directly with those families. In addition, the staff of Sopris Elementary received their COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday, Jan. 29. 

We know this news may raise additional questions and more information will be shared as soon as it is available. Parents who have concerns may call: 970-625-5200, extension 8135.

Governor Polis announced today that beginning the week of February 8, all in-person school staff and licensed child care providers are eligible to be vaccinated. All three school districts in Garfield County have submitted a list of those staff members.

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CDPHE (por sus siglas en inglés) y Salud Pública investigan posible caso de variante de COVID

CONDADO GARFIELD, CO – Se ha informado a las escuelas del Roaring Fork y a Salud Pública del Condado Garfield que un estudiante de la primaria Sopris y/o un miembro del personal pueden haber estado expuestos a un variante de COVID a principios de este mes.  El departamento de salud está trabajando con un equipo dedicado en los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) y el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) para determinar una posible exposición y contener cualquier propagación adicional.

Salud Pública puede confirmar que ningún estudiante o miembro del personal de este grupo ha informado síntomas al departamento de salud y que el período normal de cuarentena ya ha finalizado. Se ha contactado a familias de los estudiantes del grupo afectado y al personal de la escuela y el departamento de salud continúan monitoreando cualquier signo de síntomas de COVID. Sin embargo, salud pública y la escuela no tienen conocimiento de algún estudiante que haya tenido síntomas durante los últimos 14 días. Aunque todavía existe mucha incertidumbre en torno a las diferentes variantes de COVID, la mayor preocupación es la posibilidad de un aumento de contagio.

Por precaución, el CDC y el CDPHE han solicitado rastreo de contactos adicionales, pruebas para individuos afectados y Salud Pública está trabajando directamente con esas familias. Además, el personal de la escuela primaria Sopris recibió vacunas contra el COVID-19 el viernes 29 de enero.

Sabemos que esta noticia puede generar preguntas adicionales y se compartirá más información tan pronto como esté disponible. Los padres que tengan inquietudes pueden llamar al: 970-625-5200, extensión 8135.

El Gobernador Polis anunció hoy que, a partir de la semana del 8 de febrero, todo el personal escolar y proveedores de guardería/cuidado infantil con licencia son elegibles para vacunarse. Los tres distritos escolares del Condado Garfield han presentado una lista de del personal.

CDPHE, Public Health investigate possible case of COVID variant

Roaring Fork Schools: Carbondale Middle School transitions 5th grade to distance learning

A student or staff member at Carbondale Middle School tested positive for COVID-19 resulting in the quarantine of almost all of the 5th grade class because the entire grade and its teachers are considered a cohort. 

CMS parents and students received notice that 5th graders would transition to distance learning before school started on Friday, January 22. This cohort will quarantine through January 31 and return to in-person learning on February 1. 

Roaring Fork Schools: Carbondale Middle School transitions 5th grade to distance learning

Roaring Fork Schools: Carbondale Middle School transitions 6th grade to distance learning

A student or staff member at Carbondale Middle School tested positive for COVID-19 resulting in the quarantine of almost all of the 6th grade class because the entire grade and its teachers are considered a cohort. 

CMS parents and students received notice that 6th graders would transition to distance learning on Wednesday, January 13. This cohort will quarantine through January 16 and return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 19. There is no school on Monday, January 18, because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Roaring Fork Schools: Carbondale Middle School transitions 6th grade to distance learning

Roaring Fork High School cancels in-person learning January 12

Roaring Fork High School sent out communication earlier today announcing that in-person school would be canceled Tuesday, January 12 after four students exhibited concerning symptoms at school, including nausea, headaches, and vomiting, within a short period of time. 

The announcement stated: “Out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling in-person school at RFHS on Tuesday, January 12. Athletic practices are canceled today January 11 and tomorrow January 12.” 

The students were immediately sent to the health tent for evaluation and then sent home and encouraged to seek medical attention and get a Covid test as these are all possible Covid-19 symptoms. 

However, because this situation does not present as a typical Covid-19 outbreak, the school immediately contacted the fire department to check the environment and were given the all-clear. The school closed off the areas of the building where the students presented symptoms and had windows open in all rooms. Tomorrow will be an opportunity for school staff to deep clean and make sure the environment is safe. 

Teachers for in-person classes will be in touch with students tomorrow with asynchronous learning opportunities. The school plans to resume in-person learning on Wednesday, January 13. 

Roaring Fork High School cancels in-person learning January 12