Re-2 transitions to distance learning for one week

Garfield Re-2 pivots to 100% distance learning for one week after Thanksgiving Break
Posted on 11/20/2020
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RIFLE -  Out of an abundance of caution, the Garfield Re-2 School District has decided to transition the district to 100% distance learning for one week following Thanksgiving Break. This means all students in the Garfield Re-2 School District, at all levels, will participate in distance learning from November 30 through December 3. Garfield Re-2 plans to return to 100% in-person learning for those students that choose to be in person beginning December 7, 2020.


The number of positive COVID cases in both Garfield County and Garfield Re-2 School District has rapidly increased and coupled with a critical substitute teacher shortage, contributed to the transition of five schools in Rifle to 100% earlier this month. 


The number of quarantines that school and District staff has experienced, increased from seven in the entire month of September to 22 for the first 19 days of November, and as Garfield Re-2 released school for Thanksgiving Break, nearly 100 staff members (12%) were in quarantine due to illness or known COVID-19 exposure. 


“We know that the educational, emotional, and social needs of our students are best met in person, and that schools are an essential piece of the community and to the American way-of-life,” said Garfield Re-2 Superintendent Heather Grumley. “It is time to allow our amazing teachers to focus their energies on one platform; time to let our fantastic principals concentrate on student data, supporting teachers and planning the future rather than quarantines; time to let students catch their breath, stop wondering if today they will be sent home mid-day and be settled in the knowledge of what school looks like. It’s time to reevaluate our processes.”


District leaders will use the time that students are distance learning to re-evaluate practices, processes and procedures currently used for in-person instruction. 


“We know this is disappointing news. However, the health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority,” added Grumley. “This will give our community time to take the measures necessary to keep their families healthy and safe, give our staff time to recuperate, and our District leaders time to re-evaluate, reimagine, and re-innovate our processes, practices and procedures.”


Garfield Re-2 schools will resume in-person learning on Monday, December 7 in the safest manner possible.


Grumley added, “We know our families and our staff are tired of the impacts that this virus is having on their life. We are too. We value you and the precious students we serve every day too much to risk your safety. Over this holiday season, we hope that everyone will stay safe and limit the size of their gatherings, wash their hands, and stay home if they are sick.”

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