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Covid Update

THIS IS A RAPIDLY EVOLVING AND FLUID SITUATION. INFORMATION AND ACTION ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME. BE PREPARED TO BE FLEXIBLE AND PATIENT.



The situations, numbers, website links, data, and etc. described below were current as of Tuesday 11/3/2020 at 10:43 am.



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11/3/2020 Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Update #2: COVID-19 Dial Public Health Order



Please take the time to read and understand this entire message.



Internet links: Before I send out each update, I check the links to make sure they are active. However, links do change from time to time, so the links I sent out today may not be the same tomorrow. You may have to search around a bit.



Hello again! Yesterday the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a new Public Health Order (PHO) with streamlined guidance and clarification on the COVID-19 Dial framework. The new PHO is similar to past orders, but integrates Protect Our Neighbors, Safer at Home, and Stay at Home orders together, and it makes a series of technical updates requested by stakeholders. It went into effect at midnight, November 3rd, 2020.



The most significant changes of this new PHO are as follows:

1. Updates the dial levels to be identified by color by removing the numbers from the Safer-At-Home levels. This change is intended to be more easily understood by Coloradans already accustomed to existing color-coded warning systems.



2. Limits gatherings to no more than 10 from no more than 2 households for levels Blue, Yellow, and Orange, and prohibits gatherings for Red.



3. Specifies that places of worship do not need to use the spacing calculator for seated events, consistent with other sector guidance, in all Safer at Home levels. Seated parishioners should be at least 6 feet apart from other households.



4. Emphasizes that outdoor worship is always permitted.



5. Changes indoor event guidance in Level Orange: Safer at Home, High Risk to be 25% of posted occupancy limit or 50 people, whichever is fewer.



6. Changes outdoor event guidance in Level Orange: Safer at Home, High Risk to be 25% of posted occupancy limit or 75 people, whichever is fewer.



7. Includes in-person learning for preschool through grade 12 schools as part of the “Critical Business” definition. This clarifies that local districts are able to make determinations on how to structure the format of education based on local factors.



8. Finalizes transportation guidance to emphasize the requirement to wear a mask and practice physical distancing while on public transportation.



9. Defines Stay at Home requirements, clarifying that at this level most activities are significantly curtailed, only allowed in outdoor environments, or prohibited, and noncritical businesses are closed for in-person work or services.



10. What are the capacity restrictions at each level? Go here to find out: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Wpq8MrsvtY0_jW07mWCLmVXtv4P_wFR2/view
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Covid Update

THIS IS A RAPIDLY EVOLVING AND FLUID SITUATION. INFORMATION AND ACTION ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME. BE PREPARED TO BE FLEXIBLE AND PATIENT.



The situations, numbers, website links, data, and etc. described below were current as of Tuesday 11/3/2020 at 11:25 am.



PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS WIDELY



11/3/2020 Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Update #3: Updated Public Transportation Guidance



Please take the time to read and understand this entire message.



Internet links: Before I send out each update, I check the links to make sure they are active. However, links do change from time to time, so the links I sent out today may not be the same tomorrow. You may have to search around a bit.



Howdy yet again! Yesterday the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released updated guidance for transportation, finalized after the public comment period soliciting

feedback from stakeholders and the public.



Agencies or individuals providing public transportation, including rideshares and taxis, should follow this guidance to protect themselves, passengers, and employees from COVID-19. The revised guidance adds some capacity suggestions, physical distancing and ventilation recommendations, strengthens mask requirements, and updates for clarity throughout.



Physical distancing and ventilation:

1. Limit vehicle capacity to 50% of posted seated capacity or occupancy while allowing for at least one seat or row in between individuals from different households. Operators and passengers should ensure 6 feet of physical distance between non-household groups to the greatest extent possible.

2. To create distance between passengers, consider:

a. Cordoning off seats or portions of vehicles; or

b. Skipping stops when vehicles are at capacity.

3. To create distance between passengers and drivers, consider:

a. Blocking off the first one or two seats immediately behind or beside the driver’s seat;

b. Having passengers board through rear doors, if available;

c. If riders must enter through a front door, having the driver stand outside during boarding; or

d. For taxis and rideshares, having passengers use only the back seat.

4. When possible, open windows -- one on each side of the vehicle -- to maximize ventilation.

5. Post signs reminding passengers that physical distancing requirements apply to public transport.

6. Post signs informing customers that they can opt in to the Exposure Notifications service so they may be alerted more quickly in the event they are exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more at https://www.addyourphone.com/



For passengers, the updated guidance now requires all passengers over the age of 10 years to wear a mask at all times and advises that passengers to:

1. Have children ages 2-10 wear a mask, if possible.

2. Avoid public transit if they are sick, positive for COVID-19, or if they think or know they have been exposed to COVID-19.

3. Adhere to physical distancing guidelines regarding spacing between passengers.

4. Follow guidance from operators and respect that they are critical workers who should be regarded with utmost concern for their health and safety during this challenging time.



As we know, public health orders are changed/amended from time to time. Please stay up to “speed” (pun intended, as we are talking about vehicles) on public transportation guidance here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/public-transportation
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La Junta Jr/Sr High School Return to In Person Learning

Dear Parents & Guardians,
We are excited to welcome our students back next week to in-person learning four days a week, and we look forward to the energy they bring each day. Our focus remains on the health and safety of our students and staff, while carrying out our vision for students, families, and community. We want to thank you all for your feedback on the surveys that have been presented. With more than 80 percent of our students and families opting for face to face instruction, it makes it nearly impossible to continue a hybrid platform in conjunction with a full time face to face option.
Students who choose to attend full time virtually through Google Classroom will need to have their parent or guardian call the Jr/Sr High School at (719) 384-4460 and let the counseling center (Mrs. Addington, Mrs. Borton, or Ms. Monaco) know your decision. Please make this phone call by Thursday, October 15th at 4 pm.
Students who choose full time, in-person learning will report to the building every day starting Monday, October 19, 2020. In the event a student is absent, the parent or guardian must call the attendance office (719) 384-4469 by 8 am that morning. This allows for them to log in remotely to their Google Classrooms that they have already been utilizing. If your child is sick, they can still log in remotely to get the instruction for the day. Please do not send your student to school if they are feeling ill.
As our students return to school, we will continue to work with the Otero County Health Department to make data informed decisions. Over the past six months, we have overcome several obstacles, and we recognize the challenges ahead. We know it hasn’t been easy with the number of transitions we’ve made and our teachers and staff have done a tremendous job preparing for each learning
model as we work to keep the student experience at the center of all of our planning. As we transition back to in-person learning next week, please remember this is new for all of us, and each day will become more familiar.
Respectfully,
Dan Nuschy, Principal
La Junta Jr/Sr High School
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The Patriot's Pen Voice of Democracy Contest

The Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy contests sponsored by the Veteran of Foreign Wars. These two contests promote patriotism and offer scholarships up to $30,000 on the national level for high school students and up to $5,000 on the national level for Jr. high school students.

Voice of Democracy is for students in grades 9-12 and consists of a 3-5-minute audio recorded essay on the selected theme. This year’s theme is Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned? The student must submit a written version of their audio presentation with the audio and written copies identical. An application, found at http://ow.ly/Fsdo30reC9x should be completed online, then printed and submitted with the entry. The student must also submit a photograph of him or herself. (See further detailed instructions on the application form).

Patriot’s Pen is for students in grades 6-8 and consists of a 300-400 word written essay. This year’s theme is What is Patriotism to Me? An application, found at http://ow.ly/fuLX30reCvX should be completed online, then printed and submitted with the entry. The student must also submit a photograph of him or herself. (See further detailed instructions on the application form).

Each school is asked to submit their top three entries for each contest.

All entries must be returned to Pat Gonzales at PO Box 169 Las Animas, CO 81054 by Thursday, October 30th. (Due to the short turnaround time, pickup of the entries can be arranged).

For further questions, please contact Pat Gonzales via email at patti.shene@gmail.com or by phone at 719-468-8516.

Thank you for your anticipated participation in this program.
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