Holly School District RE-3

School Entrance Update 8/17/20


After our first day of school last Thursday under the new guidelines in response to the pandemic, we learned from our experiences and we are making some modifications to our plan for morning entry to the building. We did much better Monday August 17, where we reduced our entrance times from 15 to 7 minutes. There was less crowding, better social distancing and we were much more efficient in doing the health and temperature screenings.

Here are some new points of emphasis moving forward:

  1. We will continue to emphasize with students to wear their masks upon arriving on the school campus and throughout the day, and adhere to social distancing.

  1. We will screen elementary students on the left as they enter the building.

  1. JH/HS students screened on the right as they enter the building (exception- older students assisting a younger sibling).

  1. Preschool students will be screened at Preschool doors.   


  1. Bussed students enter at the North doors. Busses will drop off on the north side of the building. These students have already been screened.

We think these slight changes will help us be more efficient in starting school. Thank you for your continued support and patience.

Back to School 2020-2021



Dear students, parents, and families,

I am writing to introduce myself as the new Principal at Holly School. I am very happy to be a part of the school district and the community and have the opportunity to work with your children. I am a career educator and administrator and I really enjoy the positive nature of small rural school communities. I hope to bring valuable experience and leadership to the school.

In this time of uncertainty and changes to the education process, I’m sure that you students and parents have asked many questions about what the return to school will look like in Holly, and you probably still have more. I hope to provide you with some information about what school will be like here at the beginning of the school year and provide future updates as the school year progresses. I also want to direct you to the Holly School District Re-3 website www.hollyschool.org to find the Holly School District’s Reopening Plan for additional details.

The staff and I have been working together, discussing, and planning for a positive return to school experience, and while it will be different from years past, we are focussed on safety, positivity, engagement, support, and quality instruction. As described in the Holly School District’s Reopening Plan, daily temperature checks and screenings will take place for all students and staff. Unfortunately, as we try to limit the number of people in the building, we will not be able to allow parents to walk their students to the classroom. 

We will also be having breakfast and lunch served in the classrooms to avoid having large groups of students. At these times students will be kept in separate small groups (cohorts). Recess for elementary students will be by single classes in order to keep cohort groups separated. Elementary and secondary level students will also be kept separate from each other and we will be following the guidance and specified regulations of the Prowers County Public Health and Environment. Frequent disinfecting cleaning will be ongoing by our custodial staff.

Excitement is in the air and the teachers and staff are eager to see the students and I’m sure that students are eager to see their teachers and friends! We hope to soon return to a “normal” school experience. Please look for information coming home from our teachers, the website and/or e-mail. We’re here to serve our students, so if you have questions, or if we can assist you, please communicate with your child’s teacher or contact the office at (719) 537-6616.


Joe Torrez


Resources for Families

If you need assistance, please use the following links.  
You can apply for benefits programs online.  You can also apply for medical assistance at https://connectforhealthco.com/.  
If you do not have internet access, you can call our office ahead of time and staff can mail an application to be completed, or call Hunger Free Colorado who can complete the application for them over the phone.  The Hunger Free phone number is 855-855-4626. 

Southeast Health Group:

In light of recent tragic events in our community, we are offering grief support on an ongoing basis.  Individual and group options are available via phone and video. Small groups in person may also be available by request and COVID-19 precautions will be implemented. Please do not hesitate to reach out for support during this time and in the coming weeks.  If you or someone you know is in need of support, please contact one of the following:


BriAnn Appel, LPC, RPT at 719-336-9153

Youth & Family Services Director, Southeast Health Group


Brenda Brooks at b.brooks@hollyschool.org

School Counselor, Holly School District

Jackie Crabtree at j.crabtree@hollyschool.org

Superintendent, Holly School District

Home of the Holly Wildcats!

Current Openings:  
Art Teacher

Vocational Ag Teacher
Industrial Arts Teacher
High School Assistant Volleyball Coach

High School Assistant Wrestling Coach

Mail Applications: P.O. Box 608, Holly, CO 81047
Email Applications: s.schenck@hollyschool.org

Contact Information:
206 North Third   P.O. Box 608   Holly,Co 81047

Holly School 719-537-6616
Holly Daycare 719-537-5920
Holly Bus Barn 719-537-5921
Holly School Fax 719-537-0315

Holly School District Mission
The Holly School District shall strive to provide a safe environment for all students and staff and meaningful opportunities and innovative educational programs for all
students so that they reach their learning potential, including the attainment of the district’s academic standards, through partnerships between home, school and the community.

Holly School