Highland pivots to online learning

Highland Elementary Pivots to 100% online learning
Posted on 11/15/2020
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Highland Elementary school transitions to 100% online learning 


RIFLE -  Out of an abundance of caution, the Garfield Re-2 School District and Highland Elementary administration have transitioned Highland Elementary to 100% online learning effective Monday, November 16 through November 19. School will resume with in-person instruction on Monday, November 30.


Today, 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 Highland Elementary School. 


At Highland Elementary School:

  • Highland currently has 28% of the teaching staff out of the building due to quarantine, isolation or pre-arranged absences. 

  • Highland Elementary currently has 22% of its students in-person learners on quarantine. 

  • Garfield Re-2 is experiencing a critical substitute teacher shortage that eliminates our capacity to cover all positions, keep our students and staff safe, and facilitate exceptional in-person learning.


“We have been doing everything in our power to keep our students and staff safe, healthy and learning in-person to the greatest extent possible,” said Garfield Re-2 Superintendent, Heather Grumley. “Some of our schools have reached their capacity to meet the needs of our students for in-person instruction, others are rapidly approaching their limits. The exponentially increasing number of COVID cases in Garfield County is dramatically impacting our capacity to keep kids learning in-person safely. We are imploring our community to be safe, 6-feet apart, wear your masks and wash your hands regularly throughout the day - for your health, for your children’s health and to keep our schools open.”


Garfield Re-2 facilities and custodial crews will use the time to complete a deep-clean and disinfect the schools, so they are ready for school on November 30. Highland Elementary will be offering a drive-through meal pick up option. Families can contact Highland Elementary at 665-6800 by 9 a.m.daily if they would like to pick meals. Drive-through meals will be available from 11a.m. - 12 p.m. 


As part of the 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.  

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