EPSD 2021 Back to School Update

August 10, 2021-COVID-19 and Safety Protocol

Dear EPSD Community:

We are looking forward to a great school year for our staff, students and families. The first day of school is just a couple of weeks away, and we’re excited to welcome students back to classrooms full-time.


Our priority continues to be keeping students in school full-time so that they can learn in-person with their classmates. We are also committed to providing a safe learning environment for all of our students.


One of the biggest challenges we faced last year was the loss of in-person learning time when students and staff needed to quarantine due to exposures and close contact cases. We know that having to quarantine at home is hard on students, families, and the greater Estes community. Our goal this year is to avoid that loss of learning and the disruption to the learning process. We want to maintain a consistent in-person learning environment for our staff, students and families.


The most effective way to do that is to wear masks to protect everyone on campus. When masks are worn appropriately, they’re extremely effective at protecting against the spread of COVID-19.

The Delta Variant

Unfortunately, the Delta variant is on the rise in Larimer County. It’s more contagious, it’s spreading quickly and it’s impacting both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.


With our increased case rates and current vaccination rate, Larimer County is now considered high risk. The benchmarks set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that we need additional protective measures.


We also need to see Larimer County vaccination rates go up to get out of the current high-risk category. You can help by wearing your mask, washing your hands, following EPSD’s health and safety protocols, and getting vaccinated if it's right for your family.


We will continue to re-evaluate our safety protocols as we reach improved health conditions in the county and in our schools.

EPSD’s COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOL: FALL 2021

MASKS:

EPSD will require masks in all buildings for all staff, students and visitors, regardless of their vaccination status. In accordance with federal law, this applies to school buses and district vehicles as well. With the rapidly changing information regarding the Delta variant of COVID-19, we continue to monitor Larimer County, state and national data and public health guidance to be responsive as the situation continues.
HAND WASHING and frequent cleaning practices will continue.
  • Handwashing is preferred over hand sanitizer
  • Hand hygiene will happen upon arrival, after using the bathroom, before eating, after recess or completing activities that involve shared materials.


SOCIAL DISTANCING AND INTERACTIONS:

  • Where possible, three feet of distance between students and desks will be followed.
  • Small groups consisting of different cohorts are allowed, provided three feet of distance is maintained.
  • Seating charts will be maintained for all classrooms and small groups.


VOLUNTEERS AND VISITORS:

  • As a safety precaution, all buildings will continue to limit visitors and volunteers at this time. Please look for updates from each building on their protocol for visitors, volunteers and learning partners.

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Estes Park Remote Learning Academy

Estes Park Remote Learning Academy (RLA) will continue to be offered as an option for families for the 2021-2022 school year. If you believe a 100% remote learning option is a good fit for your student and/or family, or to learn more information, please contact Mary Barron mary_barron@psdr3.k12.co.us. The deadline to register for RLA is August 13, 2021.