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COVID Update - Wilson Elementary School - 09/23/20

Colorado Springs School District 11 was notified of a new positive COVID case at Wilson Elementary School, in addition to this week's previous "presumptive positive" case, which ultimately resulted in a positive case. Due to these COVID related illnesses, Wilson Elementary School will pivot to remote learning starting today until October 7. Preschool at Wilson will also close during this time of remote learning. Additional staff will be quarantined as a result of this second positive case.

The following steps continue to be taken:

  • The people diagnosed with positive COVID results are being kept home until they are no longer exhibiting symptoms.
  • The people who were in close contact of the people with positive COVID results have been instructed to stay home for 14 days after exposure. This is called quarantine.
  • All individuals who were in contact with these two people have been assessed for mask use, social distancing, and activities.
  • Custodial teams continue to clean and disinfect our buildings on a regular basis.

Probable COVID-19 Exposures - 09/21/20

Colorado Springs School District 11 was recently notified that two individuals connected to two different schools in D11 (Doherty High School and Wilson Elementary School) have been assessed to be probable positive COVID cases, or “presumptive positive,” due to their exposure to known positive COVID cases and their current presentation of symptoms. Out of an abundance of caution, both schools are quarantining the individuals who had direct contact with the “presumptive positive” individuals. 

Due to extenuating circumstances, Doherty High School will delay the start of the full in-person learning schedule until October 6. Both schools, however, will remain open for teachers and instructional support staff who are not quarantined and both schools will continue to conduct remote teaching and learning. Wilson will proceed with the plans to welcome students back to in-person learning this week.

Both schools are taking the following steps:

  • The person diagnosed as “presumptive positive” at each school is being kept home until they are no longer exhibiting symptoms.  
  • The people who were in close contact of the person at each school who is “presumptive positive” are instructed to stay home for 14 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine. 
  • All individuals who were in contact with this individual have been assessed for mask use, social distancing, and activities. 
  • Our custodial teams continue to clean and disinfect our buildings on a regular basis. 

D11's Monroe Elementary COVID Qaurantine - 09/14/20

Colorado Springs School District 11 was recently informed that an individual who was at Monroe Elementary on September 8 was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. As such, individuals who were at Monroe Elementary on September 8 may have been exposed to the virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), the virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet for longer than ten minutes) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Due to these circumstances, D11 and Monroe have taken the following actions: 

  • The person diagnosed is being kept home until they are no longer infectious. 
  • The person’s mask use, social distancing, and activities while infectious were assessed.
  • The people who were in close contact of the person with the diagnosed  COVID-19 case are instructed to stay home for 14 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine.

Over the past few days, the District also became aware of other individuals at Monroe who were not feeling well. While there has not been another positive test result to date, the District and school are working out of an abundance of caution to maintain the health and safety of students, staff, and family members of the school community. Therefore, the following actions will be taken this week:

  • In-person learning scheduled to take place on Tuesday and Thursday of this week for special populations will be suspended, allowing for enhanced cleaning and disinfecting at Monroe.
  • Most instructional work will be done by educators remotely to allow for enhanced cleaning in the school. 

Mitchell High School JROTC September 11th Memorial Ceremony 19th Anniversary - 09/10/20

For Immediate Release:

On Friday, September 11, at 9 a.m., Mitchell High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps will have its annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony commemorating the 19 year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy.  The memorial ceremony will honor the military personnel, fire fighters, police officers, and civilians who passed away during the 9/11 tragedy.  

There will be a special tribute to Ms Kathryn Yancey LaBorie, a 1975 graduate of Mitchell High School, who was a flight attendant aboard United Airlines Flight 175.  Her plane was the second aircraft to crash into the World Trade Center.  As part of the tribute to Kathryn Yancey LaBorie, the JROTC cadets and the Yancey Family will be laying a wreath and releasing balloons in honor of Ms LaBorie during the ceremony.

As a final tribute to Kathryn Yancey LaBorie, the Mitchell High School JROTC program and the Yancey family created a scholarship in Kathryn’s memory and the scholarship winner will be announced during the ceremony.  

 

Colorado Springs School District 11 In-Person Learning Update - 08/28/20

Date: August 27, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Devra Ashby, Office: 520-2286, Cell: 640-2883

Colorado Springs School District 11 In-Person Learning Update

Colorado Springs School District 11 continues to monitor the health data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and El Paso County Public Health and Environment (EPCPHE). Thankfully, data is starting to show favorable COVID trends in our community that may help as the District continues to plan for students returning to the classroom. At last night’s D11 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Thomas mentioned a possible staggered in-person start as early as September.

Tentatively starting in mid-September, and dependent on the health data holding positive trends, the District would begin to bring back elementary students to schools in-person, five days per week. Middle school students would be brought back in-person also five days per week on the planned block schedule as stated in the D11 Return to Learn plan, and high school students on the hybrid model (also stated in the Return to Learn plan). D11 would continue to offer an online, remote learning environment for the families who choose this option. More details will be discussed at the September 9 regular Board of Education meeting, at 4 p.m. That meeting may be viewed live at www.d11.org/tv

The District continues to monitor the circumstances and environmental safety levels for students and staff. It has always been the desire of the Board and the District to bring students back to in-person learning, and it is hopeful these positive trends will alow the District to do so sooner than anticipated.

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