April 21, 2020

Dear Sanford Schools Community,

In communication with Governor Polis this morning, and as part of his “Safer at Home” order, Sanford School District is officially canceling all in person face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.   School instruction and learning will continue through May 21, with the remote learning and instruction presently utilized.   With the COVID-19 pandemic guidance, CHSAA has also cancelled the 2020 spring sports season.  Both of the above are difficult news for staff, students, parents, and the Sanford School Community.  We all wish the news was different and in many ways, this feels like a bad dream. However, we are all realizing the reality of this difficult situation.

Please know that we are doing our best and will continue to do all we can to keep students engaged in their learning and academic growth.  Students, you are to continue with your assignments and communication with teachers throughout the remainder of the school year.  Parents, as a school district, we are heavily dependent upon you to assure that two-way communication continues and that your child keeps caught up on school in regards to deadlines for completing assignments, projects, and tasks. 

I would like to dispel the rumor that is floating around social media and other unreliable sources.  The rumor that student work does not need be completed, because a teacher cannot give a student a failing grade during this pandemic, is completely false.  Governor Polis and Katy Anthes, the Commissioner of Education, have both made it very clear credits must be earned for high school students as well as promotion to the next grade for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.  Please know that if your child chooses not to engage with teachers and does not complete assignments, they will not earn credit for this quarter.  High School students earning credit to graduate must stay caught up on their assignments and be turning them in on time.  We understand the difficulty in all of this but reiterate grades are earned.  This is very difficult for everyone, but our expectation of learning and earning a grade and credit has not changed.  Those high school students not earning credit this semester will need to repeat the class to earn credit towards graduation.  Elementary through eighth grade students also need to stay caught up and learning to earn the yearly promotion to the next grade level.  These are the District’s as well as the State’s expectations.  If you have questions about your child’s progress, please reach out to their teachers.  Contact information is on our website under Teacher’s Page. 

The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected all of us and presented much difficulty with our normal way of life.  We are all in this together.  Please let us know how we may continue to educate and help your child in the manner allowed at this time.  Thank you for your continued support of Sanford Schools!  Parents and students, you are the best!  We miss you, we believe in you, and want to continue to support you in any way that we can.  Working together, we can all remain #SanfordStrong.


Kevin Edgar