On March 25, following the Stay-at-Home Public Health Orders issued by Boulder County Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health and Tri-County Health Department, Gov. Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a Stay-at-Home Order for the entire state of Colorado.
The three local health departments rescinded the local Orders then adopted the state’s Orde in order to ensure consistency across the state. The Health departments are in support of Governor Polis for taking this critical step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state and ultimately, save lives.
You should stay home as much as possible except for critical activities including:
- Obtaining food and other household necessities including medicine
- Going to and from work if you are a critical employee
- Seeking medical care
- Caring for dependents or pets
- Caring for a vulnerable person in another location
- Participating in outdoor recreation at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties
As far as your work with Jeffco goes, the order does clarify that K-12 is a critical service with critical employees for the purpose of providing meals, housing, facilitating or providing materials for distance learning, and providing other essential services to students.
We are working with the district on agreements to further define essential workers and to clarify safety and protections for ESPS/JESPA staff who come into work. We are encouraging the distict to allow as many staff as possible to support the district and students by working from home. The district has committed to continue to pay employees. We will keep you posted as we continue to communicate and negotiate with the school district.