FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2020
DENVER – Statement from Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association, on Gov. Polis’ announcement today to keep all school buildings closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year:
“We support Gov. Polis’ difficult, yet necessary decision to close schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic school year due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Many school districts had already made the prudent decision to cancel in-person learning for the remainder of the school year so this announcement is not unexpected. Still, it is crushing news to know with finality that we will not see the daily gathering of students and educators in these wonderful places of learning and inspiration, our public schools.
“Although our 39,000 members very much miss being with their students, we appreciate that this decision was made with the utmost concern for the health, safety and well-being of Colorado’s students and educators. At this time, the public health risk is far too great for our students and educators to return to school.
“Colorado’s educators are committed to finishing the school year strong and we remain focused on making distance learning a success for our students through the remainder of the school year. Distance learning isn’t a direct replacement for the effectiveness of in-person learning and we know many of our students and families are missing the critical services that our public schools provide.
“Together, we will get through this unprecedented disruption to ensure that every student thrives. We are committed to doing all that we can to comply with the safety measures in hopes that our schools will reopen in the fall and we can do what we do best, educate Colorado’s children.”
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