The Roaring Fork School District announced Friday all district schools will be closed until March 29 as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.
The two week closure, one week including spring break, will allow custodial teams to deep clean schools, and district officials to monitor the coronavirus outbreak with local public health officials.
No online classes will be held during the two week closure, but if schools shut down beyond March 29, the district said they will provide educational resources to support students.
"Our goal is to reduce isolation, maintain connections to classmates and school, and maintain academic engagement during the school closure," District Superintendent Rob Stein said in a letter to parents and community members. "Since we cannot guarantee equitable access to instruction, attendance will not be taken, grades will not be impacted by any work completed or not completed during the closure, and individualized support may not be provided."
Stein said many students rely on school breakfast and lunch programs for nutritional needs, so the district is working on ways meals can be provided to students in the wake of a long-term school closure.
Stein stressed more information will be shared if the district extends its closure beyond March 29.