D38 COVID-19 Protocols
While mask usage is encouraged, they are not required for any individual inside our school buildings. D38 will promote and ensure a supportive and welcoming environment for all those who choose to wear a mask. Per current federal law, masks are still required on school buses, and as such, D38 will require the use of masks on district transportation.
Physical Distancing, Cohorting, Cleaning
We will not enforce any physical distancing or cohorting measures, but we encourage our staff, students and visitors to maintain respectful and appropriate physical distance. We will continue to encourage impactful personal hygiene practices, such as frequent hand-washing and sanitizing while we resume our traditional schedule of cleaning and sanitizing our buildings and campuses.
Public health officials recommend all eligible individuals over the age of 12 receive the COVID-19 vaccine. D38 will not mandate the vaccine among staff or students and will not require student or staff notification of vaccination status.
Isolation of COVID-Positive Cases
D38 will require any student or staff exhibiting symptoms of any illness to stay home. If symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, individuals should seek clinical evaluation, including testing, as soon as possible after symptoms develop. Per public health orders, any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 shall isolate. COVID-19 isolation lasts for at least 10 days (specifically ten 24-hour periods) after the onset of symptoms - and for 24 hours after being fever-free without the aid of fever-reducing medication and if the person shows an improvement of symptoms. For people who have not had symptoms, isolation lasts 10 days from the day they had their first positive test.
In collaboration with public health, D38 may implement contact tracing and quarantine protocols to help control the spread of illness in our district, or when high-risk contact occurs with a person identified as COVID-positive. While fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19, all individuals who are exposed should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days and get tested if symptoms develop.
Below you will find some of the latest information from the Center for Disease Control, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, and additional resources regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the CDC, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to this virus. However, the following preventative measures are recommended to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
The resources listed above are provided for informational purposes only and are not endorsed by LPSD.