Last week Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order to suspend in-person learning in all schools across the state from March 23 to April 17.

To deal with this new reality the Las Animas School district announced that they would be working on implementing remote in three phases. The first of which was training staff and organizing remote learning plans which will go into effect on the 23.

Superintendent Elsie Goines said that the remote learning plans will include a number of activities from individual teachers to students. The premise would be to follow the model of online schools.

She said students will be given learning tasks via the web and packets depending on age level. After that has been rolled out she said staff will remotely follow up with students and parents.

“Another area of support our staff will provide is an activity called minute meetings,” she said.

These meetings will be a social emotional activity to ‘check in’ with students to gauge how they are feeling. These meetings will ensure that staff makes a number of contacts with students on a regular basis.

Phase three of the school district's plan deals with food services and while that plan hasn’t been finalized yet, they will in the near future provide breakfast and lunch for the children in Las Animas. Additionally they also indicated that the district will partner with the city to provide meals for adults as well. Goines indicated that phase three could go into effect as early as Wednesday.

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