Trinidad schools’ tentative opening
Determining how to open school in 2020-2021 is not an easy decision. In fact, it is one of the most complicated and difficult challenges any of us has ever faced. This decision was made following hours of collaboration among the COVID-19 Reopening Committee made up of district staff and input from a parent survey.
Many people are justifiably anxious and fearful to return to school. This complex issue requires balancing the needs of students, parents and staff. Parents depend on school staff to protect their children from the virus. Likewise, students and staff depend on parents to screen their children and quarantine if needed.
Las Animas County is currently in Safer at Home status which allows in-school instruction. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education, provides guidance for the fall opening of schools. This guidance will help local health agencies work with districts to ensure the safest learning environment possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guidance from the state and local health departments ensures layered strategies of protection for everyone. Additionally, Governor Polis will provide all Colorado educators with medical-grade masks for all staff who work directly with students. Adherence to the safety protocols is critical to safely opening school.
A Trinidad School District #1 reopening plan for hybrid instruction was submitted to the Las Animas County Health Department for approval. Once the plan is approved, it will be posted on the district website along with additional instructional details. The Las Animas County Health Department has final say on how the district will actually open which will depend on the predicted status of the pandemic in Las Animas County in September.
Thanks for your patience and understanding during these extraordinary times.
~ Dr. Bonnie Aaron
Open the schools now
It seems every issue today has political overtones. However, it is time we stop using our children as pawns in the process. Both sides can readily point to the “science” backing the return of students to the classroom. Schools should be open, period, and parents should be the ones making the decision whether or not to send their children, not bureaucrats, who can afford private schooling for their own children or the wealthy NEA that is political to the core.
As a public school teacher for over 35 years, I have been exposed to every communicable disease out there along with my peers and we survived. However, we didn’t have a media promoting fear. Sure, there is an increase in reported numbers of COVID-19 cases, but that’s going to happen whether we continue living in lockdown or resume our lives. Lockdown does nothing but prolong the pain.
But when there is a monetary incentive in the CARE Act for hospitals to report COVID cases, you can bet the numbers are inflated. And when our lawmakers want to make staying home more lucrative than working, what do you suppose many people will choose?
Make no mistake. This is not about the safety of the children or their teachers. This is about fundamentally transforming America through manipulation caused by fear.
Children need to return to school, not only for academics, but for their social and emotional well-being. Depression and suicides are already on the rise. For many of our children, school presents the only stable and nurturing entity in their lives. Virtual classrooms are no substitute for a flesh and blood teacher. Children have been robbed long enough. Open the schools now and do it for the children.
Stay strong and carry on, Huerfano
Greetings, Huerfano County! I hope you and your family are enjoying the recent rain and cooler weather we’re beginning to experience. As we ease into fall over the next several months, we’re reminded what a remarkable part of the country we live in.
‘What’s even more remarkable than our majestic mountains and vistas though, are the people that call Huerfano County “home.” Our county’s commitment to protecting eachother throughout the pandemic continues to minimize our positive case count, but the challenge isn’t over yet.
I understand that the duration of the pandemic can lessen our sense of urgency and commitment to proven safety measures like social distancing and wearing face masks/coverings. Keep in mind, marathons are won by those who run the 26th mile with as much conviction as the first. Quite simply, we cannot let our guard down at this point.
Thanks to all for wearing masks for months now and – as you most likely know – this small but critical step is now mandated in public state-wide. Since this is our tourist season, we recently shared flyers that businesses can post to remind tourists of this mandate. If you want to display a flyer for your business, visit sprhccovid.com to download a printable PDF.
In the midst of the Coronavirus, we’re glad to see so many Coloradans taking this opportunity to prioritize their health and make changes they’ve thought about for years. Even those who haven’t been affected realize the importance of improving their health, so they are better prepared to withstand any type of illness now or in the future.
Thank you again Huerfano County! I can never fully express the gratitude I have for all of you, particularly the overflowing positivity and loyalty of our staff at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center & Veterans Community Living Center.
~Kay Whitley BSN, RN, MBA, LNHA
CFO & Nursing Home Administrator
SPRHC & Veterans Community Living Center
It has come to our attention that a Black Lives Matter symbol was painted on our building. We, at Legends Flooring & Interior, would like Huerfano County to know that we did not authorize this and considered it graffiti on our building. We do not condemn or condone the movement because we are a very non-political business. We are here to help with interior projects and not for any other agenda. We treat all our customers jobs the same whether they are big or small. We respect and appreciate every job we get. We enjoy helping everyone with their home projects and if we can’t help then good luck and maybe we can help in the future. The individual that painted the symbol has since removed it and we appreciate that.
Card of Thanks
Thank you for your heartfelt wishes
The Family of Clara Mae Bak would like to extend our most heartfelt thank you to all who comforted us in our time of grief. Especially to all those who made phone calls, sent cards and flowers, attended the services, and made donations in memory of Clara Mae. We would especially like to thank the staff at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, the staff of Boies-Ortega Funeral Home, and the staff of St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church including Gary Bradberry, Ida Martin, Natalie Trujillo, Vera Espinoza, and Fr. Issac Kariuki.
We are so blessed to have so many thoughtful family and friends