John Pandolfo Entry Plan - February 2020

COVID-19 Strategies for TSD - July 9 2020

Spanish COVID-19 Strategies for TSD July 9, 2020

July 31, 2020 (versión en español)

Dear Telluride School Community,

I hope you are all safe and healthy, and enjoying the end of July.  I have been in Telluride for over five weeks now and have enjoyed every moment, whether sunshine or thunderstorm. 

With school scheduled to start in 19 days and cases in San Miguel County appearing to be on a downward trend, we are still planning to start the school year with at least some in-person instruction offered at all grade levels, with the option for students to attend remotely.  We continue to monitor what is happening at the local, state, and national level.  We continue to gather information to inform our planning.  We are greatly appreciative to all who are sending articles, reports, data, and other information our way.  Below are some highlights at this point in time:

  • We held a very successful Parent Town Hall meeting for Spanish speaking families last night.  I would like to thank all families and staff who attended.  The recording can be accessed at:
  • While the most recently reported numbers have shown a decline in COVID cases, we still realize that many families may feel differently than when you filled out our survey earlier in July.  If your family plans have changed in terms of in-person vs. remote learning for your student, or if you did not fill out the survey earlier, please contact your school principal to let them know your plans for the start of the school year.
  • We are hearing that some families who choose remote learning may want to coordinate together and set up “pods” to facilitate that remote learning.  We understand the advantages that offers families, we ask that you be aware of the guidelines below, and that you understand from the district’s perspective this is still remote learning, the same as if each student were in their own household.
  • In addition to the CDE/CDPHE guidance issued last week on reopening schools (, CDPHE issued guidance yesterday specifically about COVID-19 Cases and Outbreaks in Schools.  For links related to this guidance, see below:

    One thing this guidance drives home is the reality that we may transition from in-person to 100% remote at any point in time and very quickly.  It is very important that all families realize this and are as prepared for the transition and disruption as you can possibly be.

  • To reiterate our current plans:
    • TES and TIS would hold in-person instruction with normal class sizes; except that families would always have the opportunity for their student to join the class remotely in real time though a “swivel camera” and Zoom setup.  We would minimize movement of classroom cohorts and teachers as much as reasonably possible.  Face coverings will be required, with flexibility between masks and other options (such as face shields) depending on specific needs.
    • TMHS would hold in-person instruction with reduced class sizes; with students attending in-person on alternating days (so each student would come 2-3 days per week).  Families would always have the opportunity to join the class remotely in real time though a “swivel camera” and Zoom setup.  Students with specific needs might attend in-person every day.  There would be four classes held each day on an alternating A/B block schedule.  Face coverings will be required, with flexibility between masks and other options (such as face shields) depending on specific needs.
  • Principals Susan Altman, Sheree Lynn, Sara Kimble, and I will be on KOTO for Off the Record this coming Tuesday, August 4 from 6:00-7:00pm to discuss our reopening plans.  Please listen in and call with any questions you have.
  • I am including the link to a poster of the Five Commitments (  It is of utmost importance that we all practice these commitments; our ability to keep our schools open will depend on it.  Please print it out and share with your children and neighbors.  A safe and healthy community means safe and healthy schools.
  • On that note, while the county has lifted their mandatory quarantine on returning travelers, many have been asking for our district to implement a quarantine requirement for students who recently traveled before they physically return to school for in-person instruction.  While this is not definite yet, expect to hear more.
  • We still are looking for substitute teachers, and have other vacancies as well.  please contact Sue Kunz at, or 369-1231 for more information.  If you can volunteer, please contact Kim Spaulding at, or 369-1214.  Thanks to those of you who have already done so.
While my goal is always to get this communication out sooner than Friday afternoon, the weeks have been going by very fast.  I greatly appreciate everyone’s responses, suggestions, questions and contributions.  I hope you have a great weekend.


John Pandolfo

Superintendent Telluride Schools

Previous Messages
July 24, 2020 English (versión en español)
July 17, 2020 English (versión en español)
July 9, 2020  English (versión en español)

July 2, 2020  English (versión en español)


John Pandolfo, Superintendent 

Telluride School District Mission Statement
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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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