Garfield Re-2 News

January 8, 2021

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Newsletter Podcast 1_8_21
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Quarantine times reduced by four days!

This week, in collaboration with Garfield County Public Health, Garfield Re-2 began implementing a shortened quarantine period for those exposed to a confirmed case of Covid. Students now quarantine for 10 days, rather than the original 14 days. These new protocols were revised to better align with the new guidelines issued by the CDC in December.

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WEEKLY FREE COVID-19 testing in Western Garfield County

The Curative mobile testing group will be back in Western Garfield County to provide FREE COVID-19 tests. These tests are anticipated to be available as long as there is a demand. Testing is at no cost, and does not require a doctor’s note, identification, or insurance.

You can sign up for tests at the following locations:

SUNDAYS: Elk Creek Elementary in New Castle 9a-3p

West Slope Mobile Van - Elk Creek Elementary School

804 W Main St., New Castle, CO 81647

MONDAYS: Bea Underwood in Parachute 9-11 am

West Slope Mobile Van - Bea Underwood Elementary School

0741 Tamarisk Trail, CO, Parachute, CO 81635

MONDAYS: Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle 12:30-4:30

West Slope Mobile Van - Garfield County Fairgrounds

1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle, CO 81650

Curative has a drive-through system and does a cheek swab instead of a nasal swab so there is less contact with the folks in the cars.

COVID-19 Dashboard

The Garfield Re-2 COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated with new information. You can check it out here.
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Universal meal program continues - Please continue to complete your Free and Reduced lunch forms

The universal free meal program for breakfast and lunch has been extended through the end of the school year. That means that every child can receive a free breakfast and lunch at school. That means our virtual students too!

We want to remind all of those families with virtual students or students quarantining at home, that we can provide you free breakfasts and lunches as well. Just call your school office by 9 a.m. and we will have a warm lunch waiting for you and breakfast for the next day.

Don’t forget that we are still taking free and reduced lunch applications. These forms are important for many other reasons beyond school lunch. Applications are included in the newsletter. We need your help. If you haven’t already, please take a minute to fill out the forms and return them to your school.

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Transportation says Thank You

The Garfield Re-2 Transportation Department would like to say thank you to all of our families out there who are making sure that their kids have their bus pass when they get on and off the bus every day when kids use their bus passes.

It makes it so much easier for us to find students if parents are missing them. If the student was on the bus, we can tell very quickly where they got off. And this gives parents a valid place to start looking almost immediately and lends a feeling of empowerment to parents to have a starting place when they are very worried.

It also gives our drivers and our district so much more peace of mind knowing that every single student is being accounted for.

It makes me feel so much better as the director, in case of an emergency that we have a way to quickly pass, accurate, needed information to appropriate authorities if needed to expedite emergency care. We need to be able to identify every student that it is that is on the bus every day. If a driver were to be incapacitated, we need an accurate list of kids.

Huge, thanks to all of our parents, district leaders, teachers, and community members for helping us transport our students in the safest way possible.

The most important reason to have your child use their bus pass!

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January 11, 2021 Garfield Re-2 School Board Workshop and Meeting

The January 11, 2021 Garfield Re-2 School Board Meeting will be held at the Garfield Re-2 Districct Office and will be limited to a maximum of 10 people. The workshop begins at 5:30 and the Board meeting at 6:30.

Members of the public are allowed to participate in public comments via zoom, or email only. To participate, send a RSVP one hour in advance of the meeting time (4:30 pm January 11th) by emailing . If you prefer, you may email your comment to the same address. Emailed comments are limited to 350 words. Per public health orders, capacity for the Garfield Re-2 Board room is limited.

Please know that the Board greatly values all comments from the public, however, the Board may not respond, but will follow up as needed after the meeting. Please be aware that any personnel or individual student matters are considered confidential under Colorado Law and it is out of respect for the law, or employees and students, that we ask that those discussions take place privately in executive session.

Zoom information is below.

When: January 11, 2021

Topic: Garfield Re-2 School Board Meetings

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 223158
Or iPhone one-tap :
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Passcode: 223158
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Unite to Stop the Spread

We are United to Stop the Spread of COVID-19. Show personal responsibility by taking these critical public health recommendations seriously and encourage your friends, neighbors, and family to do the same.

  • Shrink your bubble
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Keep your distance
  • Stay home if you are sick


The best way to help keep our schools open is to keep COVID-19 cases in Garfield County as low as possible.

Help us by making the following commitments:

I commit to:

WEAR a mask.

WASH my hands.

WALK, ride or play 6 feet away.

WORK together safely.

IF ILL – stay home

Garfield Re-2 School District

Our vision is to Encourage, Nurture and Challenge every student, every day.