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Message home March 27, 2020 English & Spanish

Talking to Students about COVID-19

Garfield Re-2 joins valley school districts and closed through April 20 - English en Español

Extended Closure Message 1 - March 15, 2020 in both English en Español

March 13, 2020 COVID-19 FAQ

March 5, 2020 Letter Home English

5 de marzo de 2020 Carta a casa Español



As of March 11, 2020, 7:36 p.m.:

  • The CDC reports there have been 1,629 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in 38 states and District of Columbia
  • Community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries, including in parts of the U.S.
  • There have been 72 "presumptive positive" cases of COVID-19 in Colorado. None yet reported in Garfield County.
  • Individual risk depends on exposure. People in communities where ongoing community spread of COVID-19 has been reported are at an elevated — though still relatively low — risk of exposure.
  • Current public health efforts are focused on containing spread of this virus and mitigating the impact of this virus.
  • We encourage residents to take everyday actions to help prevent infection from COVID-19, including:
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, throw the tissue away and then wash your hands.
    • Avoid touching your face including your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like door knobs and your phone.
    • Avoid being around anyone with cold- or flu-like symptoms.
    • If you are sick, stay home and away from public places.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases. The masks are used to keep people who are sick from spreading it to others.
    There has been a lot of information about Coronavirus in the news recently. There are 33 confirmed cases of Coronavirus or COVID-19 in Colorado. Representatives from the Garfield Re-2 School District communicate and partner with our local and state health departments on a regular basis, and we are prepared to work together around any health concern.

    Garfield Re-2 follows the  guidance and expectations established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Garfield County Public Health. We continue to be proactive in our cleaning practices.



    Guidance from the Colorado Department of Health & Environment is to continue best practices around hand-washing and disease control as you would during flu season.

    Continue implementing the same practices as you would during flu season.

  1. Hand washing, hand washing, hand washing or, at minimum, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol content, however, know it is less effective than soap and water. We cannot stress enough the importance and effectiveness of frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds to keep people healthy;
  2. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Try to imagine the whole world covered in a fine layer of filth. We don't want that to end up in our mouths, so wash your hands before you eat, touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. Routine cleaning and disinfecting are important - wiping down frequently touched surfaces is a good idea. This is also true for our cell phones. A regular household disinfecting type of wipe or spray works.
  4. Stay home if you are sick, cover coughs and sneezes and properly dispose of tissues.
  5. Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms (Keep a distance of at least 10 feet).


The Colorado Department of Health and Environment has guidance on when children and staff should stay home from school or child care. The main reasons are:

1. The child or staff member does not feel well enough to take part in usual activities. For example, a child is overly tired, fussy or will not stop crying.
2. A child needs more care than teachers and staff can give while still caring for the other children.
3. The symptom or illness is on this list, and staying home is required.

For the complete list of symptoms and illnesses, check out the “How Sick is Too Sick” (En Español) guidelines from CDPHE for school communities


Excellent video from Brain Pop to explain viruses and standard precautions to children.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 
(COVID-19) Fact Sheet Last updated 3/3/20
Hoja informátiva del Coronavirus (COVID-19) 2019

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource
Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Un recurso para padres

If you are traveling over spring break, you will want to check out the travel advisories from the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control have established risk categories to help guide public health management of people following potential exposure to COVID-19. You can learn more about those here.

RESOURCES: People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019, can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email, for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
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