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September 19, 2020 (versión en español)

September 19, 2020

Dear Telluride School District Families,

I want to start by thanking all of those who have volunteered in our schools. This helps us to operate safely. Please contact your school if you have the chance to volunteer and have not yet done so. Also, thanks to those of you who have helped organize our volunteers.

I also want to recognize and honor the effort our staff is putting in under very challenging circumstances. Representatives from each school spoke to the BOE last Monday about how challenging it is to make things work, and the strain that our staff is under. It is important that the staff knows they have your support. We are all in this together!

I will host a Parent Forum on the TIS Interim Principal on Tuesday at 6:00pm via Zoom (link below). Your input will help the Interview Committee choose candidates who best meet our needs.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 845 6931 2194
Passcode: 386194

We will hold a district accountability Meeting on Monday, September 28 at 5:15pm. An agenda and Zoom link will come out next week.

The TSD COVID Task Force meets this Monday. We will review and discuss many things COVID-related and will consider changes and improvements. While San Miguel County has its first active case in several weeks, our 14-day Positivity Rate is now at 0%, and our 14-day Incidence Rate is now at 0 per 100,000 people. The CO state Ro increased to 1.13. To see our matrix, go to:
To see the Positivity Rate and Incidence Rate on the newly revised Sam Miguel County Dashboard, go to:
To See Ro, go to:

Our own TSD COVID testing for staff continues to go well (knock on wood). In our baseline testing, we had zero positive results in 137 tests. In our first two-week round after school started, we had zero positive results in 148 tests. So far in round two, we have zero positive results in 72 tests.

San Miguel County has their COVID-19 School Flowchart, and created a version in Spanish. Our TSD Nurse Christine Tschinkel has also written a letter explaining this flowchart in words. All of this can be found on our COVID-19 webpage at: Please never hesitate to call your school nurse or medical provider if you have questions.

After working through many requests for exceptions to quarantining based on travel, I have prepared a general protocol. It can be found at: The family of any student traveling should review this and then contact me for consideration of any exception to a two-week quarantine.

A few plugs for community events and opportunities:
• Having trouble paying for groceries? A new program was created this summer for eligible families to receive up to $279 per child to help cover food expenses. If your child(ren) was enrolled in the Free &/or Reduced food lunch program or your family income was within the following range at any time during the months of March, April & May you may qualify for this benefit.

May you may qualify for this benefit.
Household Size/Maximum Net Monthly Income
1 $1,926
2 $2,607
3 $3,289
4 $3,970
5 $4,652
6 $5,333

Contact Tri-County Health Network to see if you qualify and to help you enroll. But act fast, the deadline to apply for this benefit is September 23! Call 970.708.7096 or email Hope Logan at for assistance.

• On September 28th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Tri-County Health Network, in collaboration with the LIV Project, a Colorado-based social-impact company, are hosting a free private virtual screening of the documentary, LIV, which previously screened at MountainFILM in 2020.

LIV is a 39-minute film featuring sisters Tess and Liv, who from a young age are inseparable. Liv is a young girl, growing up with relentless pressures of social media, teen depression and, often, suicidal thoughts. Through fearless storytelling, LIV reveals the realities of stigma, the challenges for individuals living with mental illness, and the aftermath for the survivors left behind in a suicide. To ensure LIV was created in a safe and effective manner, the filmmakers worked with a team of therapists to craft the story. In addition, the film was vetted by a team at the Children's Hospital Colorado Pediatric Mental Health Institute to ensure the content was accurate and safe, and in no way glorified this issue. The film has been approved for youth ages 14 and up by the team at the Children's Hospital Colorado.

The film will be followed by a virtual discussion with film subjects, members of the creative team, and a licensed therapist to promote and engage in fearless conversations around mental health.

Pre-registration for this private virtual screening is required. You must register on our website at Once registered, and prior to the screening, you will be provided by a link to the video and the ZOOM post-film discussion via email.

Telluride is beautiful in September, and it is wonderful to be here!

John Pandolfo



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John Pandolfo, Superintendent 

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  • Master rigorous academic standards required to meet the challenges of their future.
  • Direct and own their learning through the use of effective tools and processes.
  • Interact globally and contribute locally to improve the human condition and environment.
  • Be ethical and healthy individuals.
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