Boulder Valley School District

Update: Gold Hill and Jamestown elementary closed due to Boulder County fires | Support provided to impacted students

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Carolyn Nohe

Dear Boulder Valley School District Families and Staff,

We want to provide a brief update regarding our efforts to support families impacted by the two fires currently burning in Boulder County. First we want to share that we have decided to proactively close Gold Hill and Jamestown elementary schools this week. Both are in the vicinity of the fires and we felt that it was prudent to keep students away from the area for the time being. Currently the remainder of our schools, including those in Nederland, will remain open and operating. Of course, the situation may change rapidly and we encourage everyone to stay tuned for additional updates and information.

Knowing the importance of providing students with support and some normalcy during this time, we are working with every family involved, individually, to provide as much flexibility and support as we can during this difficult time. We are providing classrooms at Nederland and Flatirons elementary schools, for students to attend until the situation is under control. Additionally, our transportation department is reaching out to kids who typically ride the bus in the areas impacted to see if alternative arrangements need to be made at this time.

We recognize that we may not identify every last student or family impacted by the fires, so if you need support do not hesitate to reach out to your school administrator or office. We are here to help.

We have also gotten a lot of questions asking about the Cal-Wood Education Center, since many students have an affinity for the center after participating in outdoor education there. We are pleased to report that, according to their website, Cal-Wood’s staff were evacuated and are safe. Cal-Wood staff reported the fire at noon on Saturday. 

Additionally, the Cal-Wood buildings, including the lodge and cabins, are not damaged. Cal-Wood is housing 30 firefighters at the cabins and lodge.

We will continue to provide updates on

BVSD Communications


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