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Mon. 09/21/20
Probable COVID-19 Exposures
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 09/21/20 11:24 AM

Colorado Springs School District 11 was recently notified that two individuals connected to two different schools in D11 (Doherty High School and Wilson Elementary School) have been assessed to be probable positive COVID cases, or “presumptive positive,” due to their exposure to known positive COVID cases and their current presentation of symptoms. Out of an abundance of caution, both schools are quarantining the individuals who had direct contact with the “presumptive positive” individuals. 

Due to extenuating circumstances, Doherty High School will delay the start of the full in-person learning schedule until October 6. Both schools, however, will remain open for teachers and instructional support staff who are not quarantined and both schools will continue to conduct remote teaching and learning. Wilson will proceed with the plans to welcome students back to in-person learning this week.

Both schools are taking the following steps:

  • The person diagnosed as “presumptive positive” at each school is being kept home until they are no longer exhibiting symptoms.  
  • The people who were in close contact of the person at each school who is “presumptive positive” are instructed to stay home for 14 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine. 
  • All individuals who were in contact with this individual have been assessed for mask use, social distancing, and activities. 
  • Our custodial teams continue to clean and disinfect our buildings on a regular basis. 

Thu. 09/17/20
Peak Vista Community Health Centers Moves Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing to Convenient Care Clinic for Walk-in Testing (Photo)
Peak Vista Community Health Centers - 09/17/20 4:15 PM
Peak Vista Convenient Care Center
Peak Vista Convenient Care Center

Colorado Springs, Colo—Peak Vista Community Health Centers has operated a drive-through COVID-19 testing site since mid-April. Due to the expected seasonal weather variables, the drive-through service will transition to “walk-through” testing at the Convenient Care Clinic, the same location, 3205 N Academy Blvd from 10am to 2pm. Peak Vista has tested an average of 700 symptomatic individuals per week at its drive-through location.

People who have COVID-19 symptoms can visit the Convenient Care Clinic at 3205 N. Academy Blvd. from 10am to 2pm for walk-through testing. The turnaround time for results is expected to be 24-48 hours, but may be longer, based on community demand. Peak Vista has 28 centers located in Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and eastern Colorado. Individuals who do not have a health care provider may enroll with Peak Vista regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

About Peak Vista Community Health Centers
Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a nonprofit organization providing exceptional health care to people facing access barriers through clinical programs and education. Established in 1971, Peak Vista offers primary medical, integrated behavioral health, and dental care services. We proudly serve more than 93,000 patients at 28 outpatient centers in Colorado’s Pikes Peak and East Central regions. To learn more about Peak Vista, visit peakvista.org.

Attached Media Files: Peak Vista Convenient Care Center

HSD2 Moves Forward with Season C Football Season
Harrison Dist. 2 - 09/17/20 9:39 AM



HSD2 Moves Forward with “Season C” Football Season

COLORADO SPRINGS – Harrison School District Two will move forward with a “Season C” (Feb. 22 – May 8) football season despite Governor Polis’ announcement on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 allowing school football season to begin in October.

The district made this decision based on the safety of the players, the focus on education for players, game quality, and game attendance.

  1. Safety of players
    1. Lack of traditional off season and preseason conditioning workouts, team workouts, strength training and team camps from school closing in spring through the summer.
    2. Illness- fall season will be during the start of flu season.
    3. COVID screening impacts due to flu and how they could negatively impact teams
    4. COVID potential with teams the schools would be playing.
    5. Allows time for students to begin conditioning and strength training that can help prevent injury and/or help with injury recovery.
  2. Educationally Based Athletics
    1. First purpose is to get students back in school
    2. Help students navigate a new learning paradigm
    3. Help students develop strategies for academic success in varied learning environments
  3. Game Quality
    1. Allow time for coaches to work with players to help them improve football specific skills
    2. Allow time for coaches to work with players to build team and playing strategies of football
    3. Allows time for students to get into the proper condition to play the game to the best of their ability
  4. Game Attendance
    1. Spring allows the opportunity for spectator attendance variance to be increased
    2. Schools want parents and family to be allowed at games
    3. Schools want students to be allowed to attend games

Harrison School District Two has always been in support of the CHSAA (Colorado High School Activities Association) recommendation from August 4, 2020 for all sports and believes the plan was for the greater good of all students and schools across the state.

Harrison School District Two will continue to offer cross country, boys golf and softball this fall as allowed by CHSAA. The District is confident they can allow these sports to occur while keeping athletes safe.


For more information, please contact Dave Hogan at the numbers listed above

Attached Media Files: Season C Football

Wed. 09/16/20
District 12 Superintendent Announces Retirement (Photo)
Cheyenne Mountain Dist. 12 - 09/16/20 3:51 PM

Dr. Walt Cooper, Superintendent of Cheyenne Mountain School District 12, has announced he plans to leave the district in June.   

In an email to all District 12 staff today, Cooper wrote, "When the Board of Education renewed my contract in May 2017, I told them then that this four-year contract would be my last, and that I was going to retire at the end of the 2020-21 school year.  At the time that seemed like forever into the future…now, it almost seems surreal that it is just a number of months away."

He further indicated that the Board of Education took the first step in the process of selecting his successor at their meeting on September 14 by beginning to evaluate superintendent search firms that will ultimately help the Board through what will be a comprehensive search process spanning the next several months.  

Cooper, 59,  is one of the longest-serving superintendents in Colorado.  Prior to his tenure at Cheyenne Mountain, he served as superintendent of the Ellicott School District in El Paso County from 1998-2002.  He was selected as Colorado's Superintendent of the Year in 2018.

Attached Media Files: 2020-09/182/138135/Cooper_Photo.jpg