APS Decision Matrix Data Update

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APS Community,

As shared with you previously, we continue to review our decision matrix regularly. It pulls data on public health measures that are available on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and/or Tri-County Health Department websites. It also considers health data specific to our community, school and district conditions including the level of personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies and staff COVID-19 testing.

The decision matrix authorizes me as the Superintendent to implement a learning model (e.g. hybrid, cohort, remote) aligned with the matrix, recognizing that the various phases will be determined based upon my ongoing review of implementation. We closely monitor this data and want to keep you updated about how this will impact the school environment.   

In our latest data pull from today, we are at 13 points, which is below our internal criteria for implementing social distancing learning. Social distancing learning is the hybrid model that we started today for the second quarter. I recognize that this latest data is concerning. However, it does not automatically trigger a need to change our learning model.

APS will now be on “watch status” and closely monitor data over the next two weeks. We will make a decision no later than Thursday, Oct. 22 if we need to transition to a different learning model. If we need to transition to fully remote learning, we would do so starting the week of Oct. 26. We will be sure to share information as quickly as possible to support a smooth transition.

I recognize that every transition is challenging. I sincerely thank you for your continued flexibility, grace and support. Please know that we will continue to ground ourselves in the science and make decisions in the best interest of our students, staff and families.

- Superintendent Rico Munn