Harrison School District 2 will join a number of other school districts in Colorado Springs and transition to remote learning only after the Thanksgiving holiday, due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

“When positive cases lead to students/staff needing to quarantine for 10-14 days, those student and staff absences greatly impact the in-person learning environment," said a press release from the school district. "D2 is also aware of the high number of COVID-19 cases in the ZIP codes that serve the school district. While these cases are not necessarily in the D2 school community, they impact D2 neighborhoods and the places families frequent.”

The move to remote learning will last from Nov. 30 until Dec. 17, covering the period between the end of Thanksgiving break and the start of Winter break.

Partnership brings COVID-19 testing to Southeast COS undocumented community

El Paso County Public Health employees operate a drive-through COVID-19 testing station July 27 at the Southeast & Armed Servies YMCA. The county and YMCA have partnered with Servicios de la Raza to provide testing for the undocumented and Spanish monolingual community every Monday from noon to 2 p.m. 

Southeast Colorado Springs, one of the most densely populated parts of the city, has 14.5% of El Paso County’s 15,601 COVID-19 cases, according to El Paso County Public Health data, as of Nov. 11.

El Paso County’s 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 people is 711.4, more than doubling the 350 threshold for “stay at home,” according to Colorado’s dial framework. El Paso County’s 14-day positivity rate — the percentage of positive COVID tests— is currently 13.6%, which is more than double the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 5% for reopening. 

D2 will continue to provide meals to students during the remote learning period.

“A grab-and-go sack will be available from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on school days at Sierra High School, Fox Meadow Middle School, Pikes Peak Elementary, Centennial Elementary, Soaring Eagles Elementary, Sand Creek International, Stratton Meadows Elementary, Stratmoor Hills Elementary, Mountain Vista Community School and Bricker Elementary," the press release said. "Families must use the online order form found on the district website each day to be able to pick up a meal for their students. D2 will remain flexible with plans as they watch the current positivity rate in the community and wait for updates from El Paso County Health, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Governor, and local city and county officials.” 

Heidi Beedle is a former soldier, educator, activist, and animal welfare worker. She received a Bachelor’s in English from UCCS. She has worked as a freelance writer covering LGBTQ issues, nuclear disasters, cattle mutilations, and social movements.