COVID closes Kiowa Schools

Seniors dismayed by closure during waning weeks of academic year

Chancy J. Gatlin-Anderson
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 5/17/21

On May 5, Superintendent Scott Mader announced that as of May 10, all of Elbert County School District C-2 (Kiowa Schools) and their associated activities would be closed for in-person learning due …

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COVID closes Kiowa Schools

Seniors dismayed by closure during waning weeks of academic year

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On May 5, Superintendent Scott Mader announced that as of May 10, all of Elbert County School District C-2 (Kiowa Schools) and their associated activities would be closed for in-person learning due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Three students tested positive for the virus spanning all three schools in the district. The decision to close was made in conjunction with Elbert County Health officials for the safety of all students.

The sudden closure, however, has left many seniors feeling upset about the impact of the closing on their final weeks of k-12 schooling.

“Both football and basketball senior nights got canceled due to COVID,” said senior student athlete Dustin Wenz. “It is kind of sad to say that our last weeks of high school are online and we won’t be able to be around our friends.”

In Mader’s letter, the district anticipates that in-person learning will resume on May 17 along with all school activities and athletics. Their goal is to finish the school with near normal activities and to carry out eighth grade promotion and high school graduation as planned.

However, students and staff with symptoms of COVID-19 must remain home. Students and staff will receive a notification from the district if the return date changes.

Though general activities are slated to return to normal for the final week, it seems that COVID-19 is still impacting the overall senior experience. “Usually, we do a senior lunch with the seniors and their parents, which I was really looking forward to,” said graduating senior Briana Lindauer. “It is hard to get excited about things for fear that they will be canceled because of COVID.”

To keep up with the latest updates regarding the closure of Kiowa Schools, please visit www.kiowaschool.org.

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