MESA COUNTY, Colo. — There is great news for parents. Students are officially back in school. Mesa County District 51 schools started in-person classes today. That means parents no longer need to teach their kids calculus or chemistry because of the pandemic.
The original start date for District 51 was set for August 10th, but it was pushed back a week to allow staff more time for COVID-19 preparations. There are directional signs throughout the school to maintain social distancing, and each school has plenty of face masks and sanitary supplies. Still, school leaders are worried about having enough safety materials as the year progresses.
Lanc Sellden, the principal of Central High School, says, “The concern we have is being able to keep up. But right now, we are looking good. And we are hoping all the plans we have put in place work so we can stay in school.
School officials are also concerned about the air quality due to the Western Colorado fires, but they are keeping a close eye on the smoke.