COVID School Closure

Dear Independence Academy Staff & Families:

We have been informed by Mesa County Public Health that someone in our building has tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, and because of the number of students and staff who need to quarantine, we have decided to shift to remote learning. All Independence Academy students and staff (quarantined or not) will shift to remote learning immediately.

If your student is considered a high risk for exposure, you will receive an email with quarantine guidelines. If you do not receive the email with the quarantine guidelines, you are not considered a high risk exposure and do not need to quarantine, but your student will still participate in remote learning.

We have been preparing for this situation from the beginning, and our staff are ready to support our learning community during this time. Students will transition to remote learning temporarily. Students will be able to pick up their box of supplies for this week’s learning starting Monday, November 2, 2020.  If your student is in need of a Chromebook please email [email protected] so we may prepare your device for pick up.

Please continue to monitor your symptoms during this time. If you or anyone in your household begins to develop symptoms, please contact your doctor or go to the Mesa County Fairgrounds for a free COVID-19 test. We plan to resume in-person learning on November 30, 2020.

We have provided some answers to common questions below. If you have any questions beyond what’s listed, please contact me at [email protected] . Please note that we are not able to disclose specific information about the case. We will address questions and concerns as best we can, and appreciate your understanding.


Lisa Gonsalves

Independence Academy

[email protected]

(970) 254-6850




Common Questions

  • I have more than one student at the same school. Do they all need to quarantine?

No. The letter you receive with the quarantine instructions will specify which student should quarantine.

  • I have students at other schools, will they need to quarantine also?

No. Only the student specified in the MCPH letter you receive will need to quarantine.

  • Will my student fall behind in lessons while in quarantine?

Teachers will work with your student to make sure they stay on track with assignments and lessons remotely while in quarantine.

  • If my child gets a negative test result while quarantined, can they come back to school?

No. Students must complete the entire 14-day quarantine. The letter will have the date when students can return.

  • My student tested positive for COVID-19, but is feeling okay and not showing symptoms. Can they return to school?

No. Anyone who tests positive must wait the entire isolation period (10 days) and not have any remaining symptoms before returning.

  • Why are so many students from the bus in quarantine?

Because we cannot socially distance on a bus, more students from the bus might be quarantined than from the classroom.

  • What is an outbreak?

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment revised their classification and now defines 4+ positive cases of COVID-19  in a single building as an outbreak. Outbreaks are listed on the CDPHE website.


The 2019 novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is spread from person to person, mainly through droplets that are produced when a person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Virus spread is most likely to occur when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) for at least 15 minutes. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea