Gov. Polis Hopeful Schools Will Reopen in Fall With Changes

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DENVER- Governor Jared Polis says he expects schools will be ready to welcome students back by the fall semester, but with modifications.

In a news conference Monday, the governor said there will be statewide guidance rolled out in the next few weeks to be implemented by the school district.

Regardless of the school district, the guidelines are aimed at reducing crowded areas during the school day.

“Essentially school districts are looking at ways they can have their large congregations like lunch and passing times at different times for different classes,” Polis said in the news conference.

Over the weekend Polis also said school districts could be given the flexibility to move online should there be additional Covid-19 outbreaks.

At a Mesa County Public Health briefing on May 13, School District 51 Superintendent Diana Sirko said the district is working on logistics of possibly having staggered school days such as all half days or half of every other day if necessary.

A District 51 spokesperson tells KREX 5/ Fox 4 there is no concrete plan yet and they will wait on more guidance to make formal plans and announcements.

A 2018 graduate of the D51 system says if this situation were two years ago, he would still feel safe going back in the fall.

“I would feel safe. It’s not so much about me being a youth back then,” said Taylor Pettit, “It’s more so about what at-risk groups I would affect.”

We also spoke to a local grandparent for this story. Her grandchildren are elementary school students in the Denver area. She tells us she supports any plan which would allow them to have a somewhat normal elementary school experience in the fall.

“I know my grand kids are dying to get back with their friends” said Grand Junction resident Dianne Dinnel. “I think about the high school students that just graduated and couldn’t have a formal graduation. It’s heartbreaking.”

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