Health & Safety Update Center
Latest Update April 20, 2020
St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) schools will remain closed for the rest of the year. As you may know, both SVVSD and SVCMS have followed the direction of the Governor's Office and our local, county, and state health departments with regard to our pandemic responses. Today Governor Polis shared that K-12 school buildings will remain closed and distance learning will continue for the rest of this school year. We are heartbroken by the news and also know that the Governor's decisions are data-based and these efforts are intended to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe.
As I shared when we began our endeavor to deliver Distance Montessori, the SVCMS faculty and staff are absolutely committed to maintaining our strong connections and providing meaningful and engaging learning opportunities for our students and their families. We know how important our many end of year traditions and celebrations are to our community and we will begin working on ways in which we can celebrate together even as we remain physically apart. Level Leaders and I will share more information about end of year plans as soon as they become available.
We know this will be hard news to share with students. We recommend simple, straightforward communication. Older students will likely become aware of this news in the near future, if they haven't heard it already. Younger children may hear about it over time, but not necessarily right away as parents are likely the gatekeepers of their news. We are here to support you so please let us know if we can be of service in any way.
We miss everyone very much and look forward to connecting in person with all of you as soon as it can happen safely. In the meantime, we will continue to identify opportunities for maximizing connection from a distance.
May all of you find daily opportunities for happy memory making,
May all of you and your loved ones be safe and healthy,
May all of you experience peace in your hearts,
And, may all of you remember that You Are Enough.
With sincere appreciation for our SVCMS Family Community.
Update April 1, 2020
On April 1, the Governor extended school building closures through April 30. During this time our Distance-Montessori learning will continue. SVCMS will share additional updates as soon as we learn information that impacts our instructional or end of year celebration plans.
We appreciate your continued community and value our special SVCMS village during this challenging time.
Update March 12, 2020
As more cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue to be reported, health officials in Colorado and Boulder County are closely monitoring the global outbreak and making preparations.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and Boulder County Public Health are working closely with health care providers to share information.
If a major outbreak were to occur, SVCMS would follow the health department and/or district’s lead on any quarantines, closures, or other health measures needed.
What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu.
Some coronaviruses are common and regularly cause illness in the U.S. each fall and winter.
Other coronaviruses like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV have caused outbreaks internationally and have been known to cause severe illness. A vaccine for COVID-19 is not currently available.
Based on current information, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general American public is considered low at this time.
What can my family do to stay healthy?
The risk to the general public in the U.S. from this virus is currently considered low, but just as is recommended for other respiratory viruses, people can protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:
Clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
Stay home if you are sick.
As always, we encourage students who feel ill to stay home, especially if they are experiencing the symptoms listed in the llness Section of the Parent Handbook (page 19). Students who are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath and have visited Wuhan or had close contact with someone who is suspected to be infected with the novel coronavirus in the past 14 days should seek immediate medical attention.
SVCMS will continue to remain in close consultation with our partners in public health.
CDPHE - How Sick is Too Sick? (When Children Should Stay Home from School)