Colorado governor: Schools to continue remote learning through April 30 due to coronavirus
All Colorado K-12 schools will continue remote learning through April 30, Colorado's governor announced Wednesday.
Gov. Jared Polis extended the order through the end of the month a few days after President Donald Trump extended federal social distancing guidelines until April 30. Colorado schools were initially ordered to move all learning online or remote through April 17.
"Colorado children will not fall behind academically," Polis said during a Wednesday news conference.
In an email to district families Wednesday, Poudre School District Superintendent Sandra Smyser said the district will continue its plans through the governor's extended order and continue to support students and families in remote learning.
That includes working to get internet access for students who don't currently have it and continuing ongoing efforts to distribute laptops to elementary students. Middle and high school students are already provided laptops and were asked to take them before spring break.
"Our PSD community has shown great resilience through this point, and we will get through this together," Smyser wrote in the email. "We sincerely miss our students, staff and families and wish we could be together sooner, but we support state and local efforts to keep people as safe and healthy as possible."
Since the initial order to move to remote learning last month, the Food Bank for Larimer County and Colorado Early Colleges have worked with the district to set up food distribution sites for families in need.
Polis' statewide stay-at-home order is in effect through April 11, and he said he hoped that would not need to be extended because it is much more extreme than the order for schools to continue remote learning.
"It depends on how successful we are at staying home," Polis said when asked about extending the stay-at-home order.
Polis said while he's not prepared to order schools to remain closed through the end of the school year, he advised school districts to prepare to not return to in-person learning and to not have graduation ceremonies this spring.
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Coloradoan reporter Brooklyn Dance contributed to this article.
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