Please take a few minutes to read my letter to the Rangeview community regarding the events of the past week both in our community and across the country.
Deadline is Friday May 1st by 11:59 PM.
Dear Aurora Public Schools Community,
You have likely heard that Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Colorado. In light of this news, we wanted to provide you with additional information about how we are preparing for and monitoring COVID-19 in APS.
As we have shared with you previously, APS works closely with our local public health agencies including the Tri-County Health Department and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
What safety precautions is APS taking?
The APS Health Services Department regularly monitors illness trends in Aurora and surrounding communities while working closely with the Tri-County Health Department on increased numbers of illness and specific illness cases. School nurses continue to monitor illness trends in each building and are tracking symptoms when students are absent due to illness.
Please know that if a student shows illness symptoms at school such as fever or cough, the school nurse will send the student home. Parents and guardians should be prepared to pick up their students as quickly as possible if they receive a call from their school nurse or Health Para.
Please be assured that APS custodial, transportation and cafeteria staff have been spending additional time cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces. In addition, custodial crews will be deep cleaning every APS school during the upcoming Spring Break.
We have also continued to encourage all students and staff to adhere to the following health practices.
With the upcoming Spring Break and other district-related trips, how is APS addressing travel?
When would APS close a school?
APS would follow the Tri-County Health Department’s lead on any specific quarantines, closures or other significant precautions. If we choose to close a school, we will inform parents and staff as quickly as possible using our normal communication channels.
What about school-sponsored events including sports and activities?
At this time, we are not cancelling school-sponsored events including sports and activities. As we shared earlier, we are encouraging students, staff and families to stay home if they are sick. In addition, we will continue to encourage frequent hand-washing and other healthy habits. We will continue to stay consistent with any guidance from the Colorado High School Activities Association.
How can I talk to my child about COVID-19?
The National Association of School Psychologists has this online resource available on their website that may be helpful when talking to your child about COVID-19.
Please know that our school and district staff will continue to monitor COVID-19 and work closely with our public health partners. Our Incident Response Team meets regularly to stay updated on new information and provide guidance to our schools and sites. We will continue to provide information on important updates. Please check our website for any new information.
The health and safety of students and staff is our top priority. Thank you for your continued support.
- Superintendent Rico Munn
Parents and students:
Valentine’s Day is Friday. Please do not bring Valentine's gifts to your friends. Flower bouquets, stuffed animals and balloons are a huge distraction to the learning environment and will not be allowed in classrooms. We will not be sending passes for students to pick up items either. Please wait to give your gifts after school or during the weekend. Thank you for your assistance.
Due to weather conditions, Aurora Public Schools and Pickens Technical College will be closed tomorrow, October 30, 2019. In the interest of safety, staff and students should stay home. Only essential staff should report to work as directed by their supervisors.
All APS day and evening events and activities have also been cancelled tomorrow.
Please keep safe and take care of yourselves and your families.
APS will be closing 2 hours early. For Rangeview that will mean immediately after 5th at 1:21. Parents may pick up their students at any time before 1:21 by calling the main school number when they arrive.
Special Educations Busses will arrive for pick-up at Rangeview at 1:21 for afternoon drop offs.
APS has canceled all after school activities for today.