April 9, 2020 – Charlotte Macaluso, Superintendent of Pueblo School District 60 emailed parents and students Thursday, April 9th, saying that the D60 Board of Education has made the decision to close all school facilities for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Although brick and mortar buildings will be closed, learning is not closed, she said. Students and teachers are adjusting now to Distance Learning, which has been underway since March 30th. In addition:
– All school-related activities and travel have been cancelled for the remainder of the school year.
– All in-person graduation ceremonies are cancelled, and planning will begin in regard to how best we can honor and celebrate the achievements of our students through a virtual type event for the Class of 2020.
“Although this was a very difficult and painful decision, the health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our priority, said Macaluso, who said despite that Gov. Jared Polis gave orders to keep schools closed through April 30th, that D60 is following D70, to cancel in-school classes for the rest of the school year.
She said, “During the past month, our lives have been turned upside down during these unprecedented times amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic… We acknowledge that this is terribly difficult for everybody associated with District 60, for students, families, staff, and teachers alike. There is truly no substitute for the in-person instruction and engagement our students experience in our school district. It is disappointing to go so long without teachers interacting with students face-to-face in our classrooms, however we believe that this approach is the next best option to keep moving forward and providing our students with education and enrichment.
“While it’s painful and regretful that these decisions had to be made, we are reminded that doing so reinforces social distancing and prevents further spread of the virus. We are looking forward to when we can all come back together again for the in-person education and interaction that we all value. Until then, we are committed to working together and teaming with our community partners to do everything we can to support our students and families.
“Thank you for being a part of Pueblo School District 60 and for your continued support during these challenging times. Please stay home as much as possible, and remember that we are all in it together.”