Garfield Re-2 News

June 26, 2020

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Return to Learning 2020-21 Update

En español


For the past two weeks, nearly 90 instructional and classified staff have met to share research, review feedback from parents and staff, and narrowed the focus of options as we move forward with education in the 2020-21 school year. The task forces include instruction, health and safety, and parent engagement. Our greatest hope is to return to in-person instruction with modifications in August, however, we continue to develop a variety of models so that we are able to move fluidly between them should conditions change. We know that the rules today are different from yesterday’s rules, and will be different from tomorrow’s rules. We will continue this work in July to work on the specifics. Below are the commitments we are able to make now:


  • Garfield Re-2 views the opening of the 2020-21 school year as a great opportunity to better connect, and work together as a community to support the learning of ALL of our children;

  • Garfield Re-2 will continue to work with the Colorado Department of Public Health, Colorado Department of Education, and Garfield County Public Health to provide a safe learning environment for students and staff while in compliance with all public health orders;

Read the rest of the Return to Learning 2020-21 Update here

In Case You Missed it - Every Student Every Day

. . .EVERY STUDENT, EVERY DAY./. . .CADA ESTUDIANTE, CADA DÍA.


These four words are the anchor of the Garfield Re-2 vision statement. It has been the mantra of Garfield Re-2 for nearly two decades.


Every student, every day. . . but what does that mean? It means every child within Garfield Re-2 has equal access to the best possible education we are able to provide. It means every child within Garfield Re-2 should have the resources and the opportunity to achieve dreams they never thought they could accomplish, and above all, it means that every student within Garfield Re-2 feels loved and supported so that when they lose faith in themselves, the faith and belief placed in them by every staff member inside and outside of the classroom is so strong, they are smart enough, they are good enough, and they ARE enough to accomplish whatever they put their minds to.


Read more of Garfield Re-2's Equity Statement here/Lea más sobre la declaración de patrimonio de Garfield Re-2 aquí

Garfield Re-2 School Board meetings move to Monday Nights

Beginning July 27, the Garfield Re-2 School Board meetings will move to Monday nights. A complete schedule will be posted on the Garfield Re-2 School Board page shortly.


The Board is also providing additional, live, opportunities for public comment at school board meetings while we are continuing to adapt to public health physical distancing requirements.


Citizens will still be able to send an email to publicaudience@garfieldre2.net and have it read into the record. Emails must be received by 4:30 p.m. the day of the school board meeting and should include your name, physical address and phone number.


***NEW *** Citizens can also comment via Zoom or in person. Board meetings must continue to meet public health guidance and currently - per physical distancing guidelines - we can still have a limited number of people in the board room. However, the Board will take "reservations" for either Zoom or in-person comments during public audience by sending an email to publicaudience@garfieldre2.net by 4:30 p.m. the day of the school board meeting.


Specifics for this new process will be drafted soon.

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Ryan Fideldy recommended as next Elk Creek Elementary Principal

RIFLE ‑ At the June 23, 2020 regular meeting, the Garfield Re-2 School Board approved Ryan Fideldy to be the next leader at Elk Creek Elementary effective July 1, 2020.


Mr. Fideldy began his teaching career in the Garfield Re-2 School District in 2006 as a fourth-grade teacher at the former Roy Moore Elementary in Silt, CO. He then taught at Cactus Valley Elementary and in 2012 transitioned to an academic coach at Graham Mesa Elementary school.

Mr. Fideldy will take over for Principal Lisa Pierce who resigned earlier this year to assume the Assistant Superintendent role in Garfield Re-2. Ms. Pierce officially begins her role as Assistant Superintendent on July 1, 2020, and has already begun her work at the District Office.

“Having the opportunity to lead in Garfield Re-2 is something I’ve aspired to do. To follow a close friend and mentor of mine in Lisa Pierce at Elk Creek Elementary is a great honor,” explained Mr. Fideldy.


Read more about Mr. Fideldy here

2020 Graduations

Rifle High School has sent a communication to all seniors regarding plans for a July 25, 2020 graduation and they continue to prepare for a ceremony in July.


Coal Ridge High School will be conducting a telephone survey to families of seniors. An autodialer went out at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 26 to with information and a follow-up survey will go out Sunday the 28 at 6 p.m.


If you have questions about specific graduation ceremonies, please contact your building principal for additional information.

2020-21 Free and Reduced Lunch applications are now available

The new 2020-21 Free and reduced lunch applications are now available online.


GET THE NEW FORMS HERE/HAGA CLIC AQUÍ Formas Gratis y Reducidas en ESPAÑOL


You can not submit them until July 1, 2020, however, you can download them and begin completing them now.


If you have any questions, please contact Shari Edwards at sedwards@garfieldre2.net.

Does your child receive free or reduced-price school meals during the school year? ¿Su hijo recibe alimentos escolares gratis o a precio reducido durante el año escolar?

Does your child receive free or reduced-price school meals during the school year, or do you

believe you may now qualify based on a recent income change?


Pandemic-EBT, or P-EBT, can help you feed your family while schools are closed. You will receive a card with approximately $279 per eligible child that you can use to purchase food at stores that accept EBT. If you already receive SNAP benefits and are eligible for P-EBT, these funds will automatically load into your existing account. If you do not currently receive SNAP benefits, apply here for P-EBT today: https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/p-ebt. Please contact Shari Edwards at 970-665-7604 or sedwards@garfieldre2.net to get your student’s SASID# which will be required to apply.


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¿Su hijo recibe alimentos escolares gratis o a precio reducido durante el año escolar o piensa

que ahora puede calificar en base a un cambio de ingresos reciente? Pandemic-EBT, o P-EBT,

le puede ayudar a alimentar a su familia mientras las escuelas se encuentran cerradas.

Recibirá una tarjeta con aproximadamente $279 por hijo que califica que podrá utilizar para

comprar comida en las tiendas que aceptan EBT. Si ya recibe beneficios de SNAP y califica

para recibir P-EBT, estos fondos se pueden cargar de forma automática en su cuenta

existente. Si en este momento no recibe beneficios de SNAP, solicite aquí ahora para recibir

P-EBT: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/colorado-food-assistance-and-covid-19

Comuníquese con Shari Edwards al 970-665-7604 o sedwards@garfieldre2.net para obtener el número de SASID de su estudiante, que deberá presentar.

It's Not Too Late

It’s not too late to complete the Census!


Individuals and families can be counted in less than ten minutes by responding to the Census online, on the phone or by mailing back your Census form.


Help shape the future of our community by completing your Census form today.

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