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Riverside Middle School transitions to online learning; Garfield Re-2 temporarily suspends bus route
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Riverside Middle School transitions to online learning; 

Garfield Re-2 temporarily suspends bus route

Substitute and bus driver shortage contribute to impacts of COVID-19 positives

RIFLE -  The Garfield Re-2 School District and Riverside Middle School have transitioned the New Castle 6th - 8th-grade school to 100% online learning effective Monday, November 2 through Tuesday, November 10. School will resume with in-person instruction on Wednesday, November 11.


This weekend, 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 Riverside Viking family. These cases are not related, and we do not believe there is transmission within the school. These cases directly impact about 41% of Riverside Middle School students and about 25% of Riverside staff.  


In addition, other staff members that have pre-planned absences, and 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 on November 11,” said Garfield Re-2 Superintendent, Heather Grumley. “The shortage of substitute teachers in Garfield Re-2 has a significant contribution to the decision to pivot Riverside Middle School to online learning.”


In addition, the COVID-19 cases have impacted both bus riders and drivers. Due to a critical shortage in bus drivers, Garfield Re-2 will be also be temporarily suspending the Butterfly Bus Route until November 11. 


In all, these cases directly impact approximately 244 students, 15 staff members, and five schools.  Garfield Re-2 and all building administrators are working closely with Garfield County Public Health.

"The schools have been doing an incredible job working to keep all students and staff well and safe. Due to the swift actions of the staff and administration, we have not seen transmission in the school,” added Yvonne Long, Garfield County Public Health Director.


“It is important for our schools to remain open and students attend in person as much as possible. A situation such as this affects so many in our community, thank you all for keeping families and kids safe," she added.


As part of this public health investigations: 

  • The individuals diagnosed are being kept home from school 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 Riverside Middle School, so it is ready for school on November 11. Riverside Middle School will be offering a drive-through meal pick up option. Riverside families can contact Riverside Middle School at 970-665-7800 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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