Hello Prairie HIlls Community,
As many of you know, I’ve temporarily come out of retirement to assume the interim principal position here at Prairie Hills. Although it has proven to be a challenge from time to time, it has also brought endless joy, especially in developing relationships between the students, staff and parents communities. Having said that, it’s an unbelievably challenging time to lead. But lots of life experiences tell us that we’re going to be okay..
Although I haven’t encountered a situation quite like this one, I stood by shocked and grieving communities as we watched the 9/11 ,Columbine, and Sandy Hook tragedies that hit so close to home. I tell you this because after each of these events, I was unsure if we were going to be able to pull through, and ever find a sense of normal again, but somehow we did.
This unseen and unfamiliar virus has the world on edge, but collectively we are strong. We know what we can do-social distancing, handwashing and good hygiene habits, avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth, and seek medical care early if we think there’s a problem. Although we can’t control everything, we can control these things.
Our district is taking a two week extended spring break in order to avoid the spread of the virus. During that time, your children may feel worried and have lots of questions. We have a resource for you to use during this time to help put your student more at ease, it can be found here. We know from talking with our students this week, they feel worried and have many questions. We’re hoping this document will help you as you speak with your student about why we’re on an extended break.
We also know that you and your students may need some ways to cope these next two weeks-get outside and take a walk, bake cookies together, watch your favorite movie(s), read stories or listen to them on tape. Laugh, play, dance, create-find joy in one another and in keeping each other’s company.
Please know you will likely be receiving more information as we progress through our extended Spring Break. The district is working hard to develop an FAQ for staff and our parent communities. Here are a few resources below that you can access if you have further questions.
Additional information on COVID-19 is available by calling CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (including weekends) or by emailing COHELP@RMPDC.org. Answers are available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and other languages. Additional information is available online from COVIP-19 You can also find information on how we are responding to this virus as well as answers to frequently asked questions on the district website.
Lastly, we want to encourage you to take the necessary steps to safeguard yourself and loved ones as we deal with this situation. Please take the time to review guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to slow and prevent the spread of this illness.
Reminder: Prairie Hills students are scheduled to return on Tuesday, March 31st. Also note, the PRIDE event that was scheduled for Monday 3/16 has been postponed and will be rescheduled when we get back, as will all school activities.
Prairie Hills Elementary will be opened on March 16 for any families that will need to pick up items for the extended spring break. The hours will be 7:00 am - 3:00 pm.
***Please check out our school website for additional online activities for students.
Monday, March 30 - No school for students and staff due to a pre scheduled comp day