GME transitions to online learning

Graham Mesa Elementary School transitions to online learning
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RIFLE -  The Garfield Re-2 School District and Graham Mesa Elementary School have transitioned the school to 100% online learning effective Monday, November 16 through November 19. School will resume with in-person instruction on Monday, November 30.


Garfield Re-2 School District was informed by the Garfield County Department of Public Health of individual(s) that are confirmed to have COVID-19, or who have COVID-19 like symptoms or illness within the Graham Mesa Elementary family. These cases directly impact about 29% of Graham Mesa Elementary School staff and approximately 51 students. 


In addition, a critical substitute teacher shortage has eliminated the capacity to deliver instruction and keep children safe. 


“We have looked at this situation in every way possible and have determined that we do not have the resources to continue in-person instruction until our staff is released from quarantine,” said Garfield Re-2 Superintendent, Heather Grumley. “The shortage of substitute teachers in Garfield Re-2 has had a significant contribution to the decision to pivot Graham Mesa Elementary School to online learning.”


As part of this Public Health investigations: 

  • The individuals diagnosed are being asked to isolate until they are no longer infectious. 

  •  The individual’s activities when they could have spread COVID-19 have been assessed.

  • The people who were close contacts of the person with COVID-19 have been instructed to stay home from school for 14 days after the exposure. This means they should not go to school, playdates, sports, church or extracurricular events for the full 14-day period. 

  • Parents/caregivers of a child in quarantine are considered ‘contacts of a contact’ and are not required to quarantine. However, parents need to continue to monitor their family’s symptoms.  


Garfield Re-2 facilities and custodial crews will use the time to complete a deep-clean and disinfecting of Graham Mesa Elementary School, so it is ready for school on November 30. Graham Mesa Elementary School will be offering a drive-through meal pick up option. GME families can contact Graham Mesa Elementary School at 970-665-7500 by 9 a.m.daily if they would like to pick meals. Drive-through meals will be available from 11a.m. - 12 p.m.
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