11/5/20                                                  ARRIBA-FLAGLER COVID UPDATE                                                                                    

I wanted to provide you all with an update on COVID-19 for our school District.  Kit Carson County is experiencing a high number of positive cases.  Our health care system, hospital, and our limited resources are being stretched.  Especially, with the upcoming flu season, the County does not have a large capacity of space, people, or ability to provide the necessary care needed if our rates continue to increase with the level of severity of cases, coming in for needed care.  Therefore, it was determined that Kit Carson County will be moving to Orange.  

At this time, our District DOES NOT HAVE ANY KNOWN POSITIVE CASES in students or staff.  Our focus is to remain open, educating students in-person, keeping their safety and health at the forefront of everything we do.  So far, we’ve been one of the few Districts in the state and nation who’ve been fortunate to continue to offer our students uninterrupted education and even activities.  Administration, staff, and teachers have met and we have identified some ways to increase our efforts to promote the health of our staff and students while continuing to educate students in-person for as long as we possibly can.  Beginning next Monday, this will include an additional temperature check in the afternoons, increased diligence in cleaning/sanitizing protocols, and vigilance in our current practices.  At this time, we are not implementing any major changes.  I know that everyone gets weary and tired of all the protocols, but, especially as cases are increasing and our healthcare for our community is facing challenges, we are going to remain vigilant and do the best we can as a school to continue providing this very essential service to our students and communities. 

For now, please limit your visits to the school building and please understand that all visitors must wear a mask to enter the building and complete screening.  Some of our events (assemblies and football games) will be affected by this Orange status in the County.  Please stay tuned for communication about these events. 

We appreciate your diligence as parents in supporting students at home.  We encourage you to continue to monitor your child for symptoms of illness and to keep them home if they are not feeling well or have a fever.  We will help support them through school! 

We are Arriba-Flagler, we take pride that our school is one community for our communities and we must do our best to help take care of each other!  Panthers are Strong!

Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  

Thank you, 

Valorie McCleary, Superintendent