Numerous D51 schools transitioning to remote learning

Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 3:25 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2020 at 3:41 PM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - In a release sent out on Thursday afternoon, District 51 announced that all high schools (including Fruita 8/9) in the district will be transitioning to remote learning starting Monday, Nov. 16, lasting up until after Thanksgiving Break.

The district says that contact tracing has quickly become unsustainable for many secondary schools, which prompted the decision to be made.

In the same release, D51 said that middle schools in the district and Gateway were currently weighing their decision on whether or not to transition to remote learning. Friday, the district announced the following middle schools chose to transition to remote learning starting Nov. 16.

  • Bookcliff Middle School
  • East Middle School
  • Grand Mesa Middle School
  • Mount Garfield Middle School
  • Orchard Mesa Middle School
  • Redlands Middle School
  • West Middle School

High schoolers in Gateway will also transition to remote learning, but the middle school and elementary school opted to stay with in-person learning. It was announced Monday afternoon that Pomona Elementary School was also transitioning to remote learning.

Fruita Middle School will continue to conduct classes in-person, as well as elementary schools, which have not been experiencing the same increases in positive cases and quarantine according to the district.

The district says they are still monitoring the situation and are working to determine their next steps.

“This decision did not come easily, but we have been preparing for this possibility. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation in our community to determine our next steps after Thanksgiving Break. We will make a final decision by Wednesday, November 25, and communicate it with families,” says D51 in their release.

The plan following Thanksgiving Break will be determined by a host of factors: positive test rates in the community, ability to contact trace to determine impacts on schools, number of students, and staff that have to be quarantined or isolated, as well as recommendations from Mesa County Public Health.

To read the full release from the district, click here.

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