- Grab-and-Go meal bags (breakfast & lunch)
- 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Janitell Junior High: 7635 Fountain Mesa Rd
- Sproul Junior High: 235 Sumac Dr
- Watson Junior High: 136 Fontaine Blvd
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:
- Guidelines on Talking to Kids About COVID-19
- Coping with Stress and Anxiety
- Mental Health and Coping resources
- Ten Positive Behavior Support Strategies
PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES:
- Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1
- Wash Your Hands Fact Sheet
- El Paso County Public Health COVID Website
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website
INTERNET/WIFI ACCESS RESOURCES:
- Comcast Internet Essentials: First two months free, then $9.95 per month after that for qualifying households. Apply online or call 1-855-846-8376 during normal business hours.
- Xfinity WiFI hot spots
- AT&T WiFi hot spots
- Sprint Cell Phone Carrier: Sprint is providing Unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered data plans and giving 20 GB of free mobile hotspot to customers with hotspot-capable devices (effective 3/18).
- T-Mobile: T-Mobile Connect – part of the New T-Mobile’s 5G for Good initiative – is launching ahead of schedule for $15 per month, half the price of the company’s lowest smartphone plan. And Metro by T-Mobile is adding new, lower-cost options. Current customers also get unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming). Starting March 20, 2020, providing T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers on smartphone plans with hotspot data an additional 20GB of smartphone mobile hotspot (10GB per bill cycle for the next 60 days) for each voice line. (T-Mobile Connect excluded).
- YMCA Childcare Services
- Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative
- Child Care Assistance Program
- Junior Academy/Imagination in Education
- Now accepting NEW enrollments
- Fountain location: 301 E. Iowa Fountain, CO 80817
- Call 719-321-7309 - Limited spots available
March 19, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
Dear WSD3 Families,
As you know from the previous announcement from the governor and Pikes Peak Area Superintendents, in-person instruction at all public and private schools from March 23 to April 17 has been suspended.
We realize this is an extreme hardship for our families and we want you to know we appreciate and support all of you.
Our plan moving forward is to get buildings cleaned during spring break and begin making plans for additional distance learning expectations for students. There is no expectation of distance learning during spring break. We will notify you when those opportunities will begin.
Remember, teachers will need time to plan so we are asking for your patience. We are regularly updating educational resources and family activities on our website, wsd3.org, for you to use with your children outside of teacher instruction.
We are aware that Comcast is offering its Internet Essentials plan at no cost to qualifying low-income families, providing a significant speed upgrade and cost reduction to their standard low-income plan. Centurylink also offers discounted services for qualifying families as well. We have provided the link here for you to access their website for these plans.
At this time, we will not be checking out any devices to students for at-home use. We are asking principals and teachers to ensure students who do not have access to devices receive the appropriate materials via email or hard copy.
Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch bags will continue to be distributed the week of spring break between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at the following locations:
Watson Junior High
Janitell Junior High
Sproul Junior High
We will be working on a plan to continue meal services during the governor's order to extend school closure.
We understand this is a difficult time for families in our community and you may be experiencing stress and anxiety. The National Association of School Psychologists has tips on its website. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has resources and guidance on Stress and Coping.
Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 provides referrals for: food, housing, utilities, home repair, emergency shelter, clothing, transportation, military assistance, taxes, mental health, senior issues, substance abuse, medical care and more.
We will continue to keep you updated and provide resources as they become available to support families. We will also post those resources on our website, wsd3.org, We greatly appreciate your patience, flexibility, and cooperation as we work through these unforeseen circumstances together.
Superintendent of Schools
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March 18, 2020, 7:15 p.m.
Pikes Peak Area Superintendents Support Governor’s Order to Extend School Closures
To help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Colorado, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis ordered that all public and private schools across the state suspend in-person learning from March 23 to April 17.
The executive order directs Colorado school districts and the Charter School Institute to make every effort to provide alternative learning opportunities during this time while taking into account the needs of local communities. This order also directs the Commissioner of Education to issue guidance to support P-12 school systems in developing and implementing plans to assist families and students in accessing alternative learning, providing free and reduced lunch and breakfast, and offering waivers for instructional time as appropriate.
“Protecting the health of all Coloradoans is our top priority, and moving to online learning and other ways to support learning at home is absolutely the right thing to do,” said Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “We know school leaders, educators and families will have a lot of questions about how to support their students’ learning at home during this unprecedented time. The department is working on guidance and developing resources to support our schools and students, and it will be available very soon.”
The Governor made this order via press release this evening. Read it online here: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/colorado-takes-further-action-address-public-health-threat-covid-19 School districts in the Pikes Peak Region had already decided to close school buildings through March 27. This order will extend that timeframe. At this time, and per this order, students will return to school on Monday, April 20.
“We appreciate the Governor’s guidance and leadership during this challenging time. Our local districts are meeting tomorrow and in the coming days and will provide individual communities more specifics after those meetings,” said Dr. Walt Cooper, superintendent of Cheyenne Mountain School District 12.
Educators and leadership in the Pikes Peak Region have already started working on how to provide educational resources for students and families, and school districts are planning for how to ensure that students can continue to receive breakfast and lunch while schools are closed.
Pikes Peak Area Superintendents emphasize that this is a new reality for all and it will require all of us working together in support of children in the Pikes Peak Region. We know that this information brings both certainty and uncertainty for the weeks ahead. We’d ask that we allow each other a measure of grace, as we develop plans for what school looks like in the weeks ahead. Now, more than ever, we must work together for the benefit of our children and our community. We thank you for being patient as we navigate this new reality.
- March 10, 2020 - COVID19 Notification
- March 12, 2020 - Absences
- March 12, 2020 - El Paso County School Districts Closure
- March 13, 2020 - Meal Distribution
- March 16, 2020 - COVID19 Update: Travel & Key Messages
While COVID-19 is a serious global public health threat, the immediate risk in our community remains low. Currently, there have been no confirmed cases in Colorado or El Paso County, and there is no evidence that COVID-19 is spreading in Colorado. EPCPH considers any new infectious disease a serious concern and has been diligently monitoring the situation since it began.
As new information emerges, please remind your community that the risk of COVID-19 is not at all connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Sharing accurate, credible information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumors, stigma and misinformation from spreading. We will continue to monitor the situation and maintain close communication with our state and local partners. We are committed to assuring a safe and healthy community, and we will share pertinent updates as needed.
What is a coronavirus?
COVID-19 isn’t the only coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, and there are many common human coronaviruses that usually cause mild to moderate respiratory illness, like the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused more severe illness, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). However, being novel does not mean that a virus is going to have more severe symptoms. A novel coronavirus means that this strain has not previously been identified in humans. COVID-19 is still being investigated in order to fully understand its severity.
What are common symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms typically appear within two to 14 days after exposure to a person sick with the disease. COVID-19 is a new disease, and we are learning more each day about its symptoms and how it is spread.
How does the virus spread?
The virus is typically spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing, much like influenza (flu). It's currently unclear if a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or their eyes. Often, with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
What can I do to prevent COVID-19 infections in my school?
At this point, schools do not need to take any special precautions beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of viruses in schools. You can help students and staff reduce their risk for getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, by encouraging them to take simple preventive steps which will also prevent COVID-19. These include:
Staying home when sick
Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Following the school's routine cleaning and disinfection program, and making sure to
clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then washing hands with soap and water
Encouraging students, staff and parents to get a flu shot during the flu season
Providing adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional
hand washing stations, soap, and paper towels.
Where can I turn for more information?
As with any newly emerging infectious disease, knowledge evolves with time. EPCPH will continue to update our COVID-19 website as more information becomes available. To stay up to date on COVID-19 developments, please check our website frequently and follow us on social media. For general questions, the state has activated the Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP) at 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org. Interpretation is available in many languages including Spanish, Mandarin and more.
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