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The Larimer County Department of Public Health and Environment has provided TSD with updated information regarding their recommendations for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. As a result of the guidance, Thompson School District has come to the difficult decision to transition to remote-only education for all Pre-K through 12th grade students through at least October 16th.
"One of the biggest concerns we have in Larimer County and for Colorado is the delay in test results," said Tom Gonzales, Larimer County Public Health Director. "We are seeing a substantial delay in COVID-19 test results from all clinical labs, including the state lab. For contact tracing to be effective, we must obtain timely test results within 2-3 days. The way we prevent outbreaks in our schools is to test, trace and isolate. With cases continuing to rise, counties across the state will struggle to conduct timely contact tracing with this delay in results. This is a state-wide problem that has caused us to reassess our school reopening plans. We continue to meet regularly with our schools in order to provide guidance and consultation. It is our recommendation at this time for our schools to consider delaying starts until we have faster turnaround times on our test results."
District staff will continue to partner with county officials as they work to reassess the situation, upon which additional guidance will be provided by September 15. "Timely test results assists us in effectively conducting contact tracing in our schools to protect our students and educators from the virus,” Gonzales added. "We are looking at a variety of options, including other clinical laboratory capacity in our community, to get our test results back faster. We will continue to work through this process with our schools."
While the latest guidance from county professionals provides clarity for our community, we also understand that this decision is disappointing for many of our families. Thompson School District is dedicated to offering a safe in-person educational option for our students and we will continue to work with health officials to help make that option a reality as soon as possible.
As a result of this adjustment, please note the following:
- Students who registered for in-person instruction will automatically be enrolled in a remote-learning option to begin the school year, which will be instructed and guided by TSD staff.
- Students who have enrolled in the district's full on-line educational model will not be impacted.
- Once guidance from health department officials indicates that a return to in-person instruction is viable, students will transition from the remote-learning environment to the planned building instruction. Students enrolled in the full on-line educational system will remain in that model.
- In the coming days and weeks, you will receive additional information from your child’s school with details regarding the start of the school year.
Throughout the spring and summer months, many adjustments have needed to be made to our plans for the upcoming school year. We recognize that this has likely been a frustrating time for many in our district community as these plans continuously evolve. We truly appreciate your continued patience and flexibility as we move forward undeterred in providing the terrific educational experience that each of our students deserve.
Thank you for your support.