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St. Vrain Valley school board to meet with county health officials as it finalizes plans for coming year

Meeting with Boulder County Public Health experts aimed at making needed updates to tentative plan announced last month.
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The St. Vrain Valley School District Educational Services Center. (Photo by Macie May)

The St. Vrain Valley school board will meet with experts from Boulder County Public Health next week as the district continues to finalize its plan for the coming year, Superintendent Don Haddad announced in an email sent to parents on Wednesday.

The district outlined its tentative plan for the coming school year in a June 30 email to parents, with a pledge to return all students to full time, in-person learning as soon as possible. The schedule calls for a “hybrid” model for most of the upper classes to reduce unhealthy crowding in hallways and classrooms. 

Next week’s meeting at 6 p.m. July 22, which will be livestreamed through Longmont Public Media, is aimed at making needed updates to that plan, Haddad stated in his Wednesday email. He said a “detailed community letter to all families, teachers, and staff” regarding schedules and models related to in-person learning, hybrid learning, and fully online/remote learning options will be emailed at the end of next week.

Last week, Haddad said face masks for students will not be optional in most cases.

“I want to make this point very clear, that masks will be worn by students all through pre-kindergarten through 12th grade,“ he said during a video session with the St. Vrain school board on July 8. 

Students will be asked to follow 3-foot social distancing, Haddad said last week, adding the district also has hired more custodial staff to clean rooms and hallways at the end of the school day. The new staff will bolster the regular custodial staff who will do “spot cleaning” during the school day, he said.

An epidemiologist has been assigned to the district and will work with school nurses to help with health issues, Haddad said last week. Parents, meanwhile, are being asked to check the temperature of their children every day and look for COVID-19 symptoms.

Comments on the district’s reopening plan can be made via the coronavirus contact page on its website. 

“We continue to monitor and review this information with our leadership team,” Haddad stated in his Wednesday email.