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Florence-Penrose School District closes for 2 weeks because of coronavirus

The Florence-Penrose School District will be closed for two weeks in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that has affected Colorado and the nation.
In a press release Saturday morning from Superintendent Dr. Brenda Krage, the district announced it would be closed for two weeks. The district is on spring break March 16-20. Florence News
Krage stated that the district will evaluate the situation March 27 to determine if students and staff can return March 30. She also stated that the district will ask the Colorado Department of Education for flexibility on mandatory seat time and state testing requirements.

 School District closes for 2 weeks

“The decision to close our school district was extremely difficult and made with superintendents throughout our area,” Krage stated. “We know that closing our schools will have a significant impact on our families, but we also believe that strong, urgent action must be taken to prevent the spread of this disease and to protect our community.” Florence Political News
Krage stated that during the closure, the district’s schools, facilities and buses will undergo additional “deep cleanings with hospital-grade disinfectants.”
“We encourage the community to continue hand washing and follow other recommendations from the CDC about how to avoid the spread of the illness,” Krage said.
The district will keep students, staff and parents informed through regular updates on its website,, and is working with public health officials, elected leaders and neighboring school districts regarding the illness. Florence News Uodates
“Our goal is always to protect the safety, health and wellness of our students, staff and families,” Krage said. “Our strength as a community is our greatest asset. We can work together to protect each other and slow the progression of Florence  COVID-19.”
Colorado suffered its first death to the disease Friday after a woman in her 80s who lived in El Paso County died. She had underlying health conditions, according to a news release. There were 77 cases of COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, in the state as of Friday evening. Among those were eight people who were in the hospital, at least three of whom were in critical condition, state health officials said. Florence Press Release Distribution

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