BVSD is showing that school is a community
It’s easy to focus on the dark in scary and uncertain times. Thankfully, it’s also easy to see how this crisis is bringing out the very best in our community.
When schools had to pivot to supporting students and families once their doors were suddenly closed, the team at Boulder Valley School District immediately met the challenge.
BVSD staff both at the Educational Center and at the schools have been working nonstop to ensure that students and families who rely on school for food continue to receive food resources and that all students are equipped to continue their learning from home. Whether this work means mobilizing nine different school locations across the district for distribution of thousands of bags of food or ensuring all students have reliable Internet access and can access school Chromebooks for their learning or constructing online platform lesson plans and opportunities both supporting state standards and curriculum and engaging students outside their typical classroom or simply reaching out virtually to maintain that connection so needed during these moments, every single member of BVSD is helping: From warehouse workers to food service workers to BVSD staff and school administrators and teachers to community liaisons on the front lines, BVSD is showing that school is a community, and whether or not it occurs in a building doesn’t change how much our educators care.
As students return to learning this week, there will surely be bumps, but we should all take comfort that BVSD will be there to partner with students, teachers, families and staff to continue to surround our community with resources to move forward and get through. We are proud to be their partner and grateful to all who are bringing hope and light to our community right now.
ALLISON BILLINGS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, IMPACT ON EDUCATION
Put hearts in windows
Let’s join other states whose residents are putting hearts in their windows to remind us all to be supportive and kind to one another.
Cyclists and hikers should practice distancing
Doing my best to ease overcrowding at city and county trailheads with the virus around, I’ve been riding my mountain bike up the paved road to NCAR. It is not a technical trail, but I can ride from home and get a good workout if I push it.
I was shocked when a fellow biker, breathing hard on the uphill, passed me on the left at a distance of about 2 feet. My bicycle isn’t geared for speed, and I was passed a number of times on that ride. I didn’t make an accurate count, but I believe only two of 10 riders passed with the required minimum 6 feet of separation. I also saw riders pass hikers and runners without distancing.
Please move toward the center of the road when you pass other riders and pedestrians. Yes, you must watch for automobile and motorcycle traffic. If vehicles are approaching from either direction, modify your speed to avoid passing other users until the road is clear.
A choice for the president
Recognizing the late Stephen Schneider, who recommended that the policy of least regrets be applied to how we deal with global warming, I suggest applying that decision-making concept to the dispute between President Trump and New York Gov. Cuomo. They disagree on how many ventilators the federal government should supply to states in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If Cuomo is wrong, and the number he and other governors have requested is too large, regrettably the government would have paid top dollar for the ventilators at a time when the demand is high. There would also be a large number of them stockpiled in warehouses after the pandemic runs its course. If the president is wrong, we would end up with an insufficient number of ventilators available to handle the caseload of critically ill patients who would die needlessly.
So, which is it Mr. President? Do you prefer having a surplus of ventilators on hand after the pandemic runs its course and, by the way, ready for immediate use during the next pandemic, or large numbers of preventable deaths because critically ill patients would not have access to life-saving ventilators?
Is city serious about pandemic?
Ilive on Flagstaff Road, and I trail run the upper Green Mountain trail frequently. I have brought to the Boulder Mountain Parks and Open Space Department’s attention that personal distancing is almost nonexistent on the upper Green Mountain Trail.
I suggested to a ranger and via Inquire Boulder that signage about personal distancing needs to be posted and observed at the trailhead. I have not seen this happen to date. There were at least 15 cars parked along Flagstaff Road on Saturday, and I noticed numerous packs of people hiking without proper distancing.
Open Space needs to put up signage, enforce the personal distance among hikers or close down the trail to prevent further spread of the virus. I understand the need to be outside, but do it in a responsible manner.
The curve of pandemics
Perhaps pandemics themselves will become more frequent and extreme, kind of like all the bigger badder storms due to climate change.
Based on what I know, someone in China ate a bat. The bat was sick and the person caught it — COVID-19. That’s familiar, but what about the sick bat that caused this? What made that bat sick? A degrading climate and all the side effects? Should this really be called “bat virus” or perhaps “climate virus”?