Garfield Re-2 News

January 15, 2021

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Garfield Re-2 News - January 15, 2021
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Superintendents chat with CHSAA

Superintendent Grumley, along with 60 other superintendents from around Colorado, participated in a Zoom meeting with Colorado High School Activities Association Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green and representatives from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment including Medical epidemiologist Dr. Brian Erly.

The focus of the conversation was to discuss the rationale around mask-wearing for basketball players and to learn more about the decision. The superintendents were providing a concerted effort in the hopes that the decision could be relaxed.

Ultimately, Dr. Erly indicated, that at this time, CDPHE, and thus CHSAA, will be following the guidance of the American Academy of Pediatrics - requiring masks for basketball players - until further notice.


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Garfield Re-2 Announces Ticket Protocols

A team of parents, coaches, and Garfield Re-2 Athletic Directors have created the initial protocols for issuing tickets for basketball games and wrestling meets.

The team realizes that there are still additional questions to answer, and more specifics will be forthcoming. We want to provide as many opportunities for our families to support their children both in-person and online while following the CHSAA and Garfield County Public Health protocols and recommendations.

These protocols honor the commitments that Re-2 made to:

• Allowing spectators to the greatest extent possible - potentially as many as 50 spectators - while following CDPHE, GCPH and CHSAA guidelines (as the State Coronavirus guidelines change, the protocols will be re-evaluated to change with them);
• Developing processes and procedures to facilitate the attendance of the limited number of spectators by January 15, 2021;
• Following the CDPHE, GCPH and CHSAA guidelines for mask-wearing, physical distancing, and proper disinfection of facilities between games;
• Providing opportunities for families and community members to watch events online if not allowed in person;


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Coat Drive - Sending Warmth Around the Globe

Please help support CVE 1st grade student, and Sunlight Mini Mayor April Carter!! Part of April's Mini Mayor platform was to host a coat drive, so everyone can stay warm!

Consider donating clean, gently used coats, jackets and other cold-weather gear. Drop off bins are located in the office at Cactus Valley Elementary, and also at

Clark's Market, Battlement Mesa, FirstBank and a Your Western Garfield County Chamber of Commerce

April's coat drive will run through mid-February! Thank you for your support!!

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UPDATED - WEEKLY FREE COVID-19 testing in Western Garfield County

Roaring Fork COVID testing will add a Silt testing site location beginning Monday, January 18. The new site will be in the parking lot behind the Silt Library and Town Hall, at 600 Home Ave. The Silt site testing will be open from 7 am – noon Monday through Friday. Appointments are made online and are necessary to be tested.

The Western Garfield County Curative testing sites in Rifle and Parachute have new permanent hours. Parachute hours are 8 am to 10 am, and the Rifle hours are 11:30 am to 3 pm on Mondays.

Testing is at no cost, does not require a doctor’s note, identification, or insurance.

Roaring Fork Valley free COVID testing

By appointment only.

Locations in Silt, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, El Jebel, Snowmass and Aspen

See website for days, hours and locations

Elk Creek Elementary School – mobile van

Sundays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., January – March

804 W Main St., New Castle, 81647

Bea Underwood Elementary School – mobile van

Mondays 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., January – March

0741 Tamarisk Trail, Parachute, 81635

Garfield County Fairgrounds- Mobile Van

Mondays 11:30 – 3:00 p.m., January – March

1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle, 81650

Curative offers an oral-fluid swab testing — an alternative method to nasopharyngeal or brain swabs in testing for COVID-19. It is an observed and directed, self-collected test, which minimizes the in-person contact and risk of transmission for all site visitors and testing professionals. Results are returned to patients within 48 hours upon receipt at the lab.

Anyone who has symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate for at least 10 days from onset until they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the help of medication), and their symptoms are improving. Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should get tested 5 to 7 days after exposure and quarantine.

Garfield County Public Health has a list of testing sites on the COVID-19 testing page. Symptoms include:

Fever or chills


Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


Muscle or body aches


New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting


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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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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Nutrition Services Shout out to Crystal Magee

We are starting a weekly shout out to our food service staff this week.

And today we are honoring Ms. Crystal Magee at Coal Ridge High School.

Crystal has done the work of two people in her kitchen and worked all alone since thanksgiving.

The staff at Coal Ridge has helped us get the students fed and we’d like to give a big thanks to Dr. Davis and her team as well.

Last Thursday, Ms. Crystal served more students than ever before and we want to thank her for her hard work!

Mary McPhee - Nutrition Services

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

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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.