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CDE: CDPHE, COVID, Read Act, Planning (091520)

Wednesday, September 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Sept. 15, 2020

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Dear Superintendents and BOCES Executive Directors,

In this special edition of the CDE Update you will find information about the department's new campaign to encourage parents and families to read with young children.

We have also included building ventilation guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, as well as information about a new tool to help local communities when making health and safety decisions.

There are notices below about the next meetings of the COVID-19 Implications Stakeholder Group and Advisory Committee for Planning for the 2020-21 School Year.

Finally, you will find updated information below concerning CDPHE and CDE's guidance for performing arts this fall.

Past editions of the CDE Update, including all COVID-19 special editions,are available on our website.

Visit the COVID-19 Resources for Schools webpage for additional resources.



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CDE launches campaign on importance of reading to children at home

To increase awareness of the importance of early literacy, CDE today launched a public information campaign to encourage and empower parents to make reading part of their daily routine with their children.The campaign is required by legislation passed in 2019 to revamp the Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ Act).

Please support the campaign by sharing our reading tips and parent resources -- easy-to-use apps, activities, and downloads that are available in English and Spanish on the new website at ReadWithMe. Today. Or download the Food, Water, Shelter, Love, Reading community toolkit and help families get reading right away.



Guidance from CDPHE

Ventilation, HVAC systems and COVID-19 risk guidance available

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released guidance on ventilation, HVAC systems and COVID-19 risks.In addition to close contact with infected people and contaminated surfaces, there is the possibility that the spread of the COVID-19 virus may occur through airborne particles in indoor environments, particularly in those with poor ventilation.

This guidance, which includes information about natural ventilation, fan use and HVAC systems, is available here (PDF).



COVID-19 Data Resources

CDPHE releases decision matrix for local communities

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today released a community-specific “dial” that is an online framework that standardizes different levels of “openness” at the county level. Colorado’s dial framework has five levels to guide county response to COVID-19.

Counties move back and forth between levels, depending on three metrics:

  1. The number of new cases.
  2. The percent positivity of COVID tests.
  3. The impact on hospitals, and local considerations.

As the dial moves left, toward Protect Our Neighbors, more people can participate in various activities. It is a tool intended for counties to use to make life during the pandemic more sustainable, allowing balance, to the greatest extent possible, while being able to control the virus with a community’s social and economic needs. The dial includes five levels, from least to most restrictive. Details for each level outline specific metrics and how many people can participate in various activities at one time.



COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder Group

Second stakeholder group meeting to take place Sept. 16

The COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder Group's will hold its next meeting from 1-5 p.m.on Wednesday, Sept. 16.Livestream the meeting via Youtube.

This second convening of the group will focus on reviewing results of its guiding questions survey and breakout conversations on educator effectiveness. View the tentative agenda (PDF).

For background information on the stakeholder group and an anticipated schedule of meetings,visit the COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder webpage.



Planning for the 2020-21 School Year

Next advisory committee meeting Sept. 17

The Advisory Committee for Planning for the 2020-21 School Year will meet virtually 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Made up of education stakeholders who have direct experience in school during the spring of 2020, the committee meets regularly to review and provide feedback on school operations during the pandemic.

For the upcoming meeting, committee members will share how the 2020-21 school year is going, provide feedback on the outbreak guidance and discuss hopes for the rest of the school year. To view the meeting live stream, visit the Advisory Committee webpage. A list of committee members and past meeting summaries and presentations are also available on thispage.

For more information, contact Deputy Commissioner Alyssa Pearson at

Clarifications to Performing Arts guidance available

CDE has posted clarification to its performing arts guidance for K-12 schools to better align with information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The updated information is part of the CDE 2020-21 Planning Framework and Toolkit and located within the "Encourage Safe Physical Distancing During Activities and Limit Sharing" section.Read the full guidance for choir, chorus, band and indoor athletic pursuits, whether artistic or competitive.

Questions can be sent to Rhonda Haniford, associate commissioner of School Quality & Support,