Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • D38 COVID-19 Safe In-person Instruction and Protocols

    D38 has operated in an in-person mode throughout the 2021-2022 school year, continuing its safe and in-person operations from the 2020-2021 school year. We continue to monitor trends and work in partnership with El Paso County Public Health to serve our students in the best way possible. Please see our plan and protocols to remain in-person below.

      • Masks

        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.
         

      • Vaccinations

        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 & Quarantines

        As we look forward to the return to school for staff on Jan. 3, and students on Jan. 4, we do so amid changing COVID-19 guidance. During the break, we’ve kept our eyes on the changing COVID-19 landscape, and have received briefings to help us stay up to date. We are seeing an uptick in cases in El Paso County, including in the new Omicron variant. We continue to work with our local health experts at El Paso County Health, and we will follow their updated guidance as we move into the new year.

        According to El Paso County Health, quarantine and isolation guidelines will be updated as follows: 

        • For isolations, the recommended time for isolation will shorten from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to five days, if asymptomatic on day five, followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others.
        • For quarantines due to exposure to COVID-19, the updated recommended quarantine is for five days followed by mask use for an additional five days for individuals who are unvaccinated or are eligible for a booster but have not received one yet.
          • The CDC defined those eligible for booster as five months from a second Pfizer or Moderna dose or two months after a Johnson & Johnson dose. 
          • Alternatively, if a five-day quarantine is not feasible, the recommendation is to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days. 
          • Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.

        Given these updates, we will be rigorously monitoring staff and student attendance as we return to school in early January. We are attuned to the fact that if we experience a significant uptick in cases resulting in quarantines and isolations, we may be required to pivot to temporary closure or remote operations for one of our schools or departments. We know that is not an ideal outcome, and we will do all we can to keep closures or remote experiences as a last resort. As such, we will give staff and families as much notice as possible should this become a reality. 

        To avoid any disruptions to our operations, we recommend following all El Paso County Public Health Guidelines. If you’re looking for a way to contribute, please consider becoming a substitute teacher.  

         

        Please consider reading these resources from El Paso County Public Health:
    How sick is too sick guide  
    • (Aug. 18, 2021, Last Updated 12/29/21)

  • 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.


Additional Information

  • The resources listed above are provided for informational purposes only and are not endorsed by LPSD.