January 21, 2022
Jan. 19, 2022
Dear PSD community,
Transparency is paramount and, for that reason, we want to inform you of a change to Poudre School District’s protocols for notifying families and staff about COVID cases.
PSD is shifting its case communication strategy and will only send notifications to parents/guardians of students identified as close contacts in high-risk cases, which are defined by the county health department. This change will take effect immediately. Email and/or robocall notifications will no longer be sent for routine classroom exposures.
This aligns with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment’s recent announcement (LCDHE) (Español LCDHE letter) that all schools will discontinue contact tracing and quarantines for routine classroom exposures. Contact tracing with fidelity is no longer possible because of test result delays, an increase in the county’s case volume and our district’s need to have staff focus on filling shortages to prioritize in-person learning. PSD continues to trace high-risk exposures, as defined by LCDHE.
During this winter COVID surge, we want to be responsive to some families that have reported feeling overwhelmed by the numbers of case notifications they have received from PSD. That said, the PSD COVID-19 data dashboards will remain available for anyone wanting to monitor cases at a particular school or department. Dashboard users can filter cases by date and grade level. Please note that dashboard data may not be as up to date as it was prior to the overwhelming number of Omicron cases; that said, PSD staff continue to enter cases as quickly as possible.
Always but especially now, we ask for the PSD community’s help to minimize the spread of COVID-19:
Those who are positive for COVID must stay out of school and isolate,
Continually monitor yourself, your student, and any other members of your household. If anyone is exposed to a positive individual or starts experiencing symptoms, get tested.
Neither staff nor students should come to school if they are experiencing illness symptoms,
Thank you for your continued partnership,
Poudre School District
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A Note from Our Health Office
Students who develop COVID-like symptoms while at school will need to go home. This includes: new or worsening cough, upset stomach, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, and headache. Some of these symptoms overlap with other health conditions such as seasonal allergies or anxiety. If your student has a known health condition, it needs to be documented with a note from a medical provider and turned in to the Health Office in order for your student to remain at Werner with these symptoms. You can look up the health conditions on record for your child by logging in to ParentVue, click on ‘Health’, then click on ‘Health Conditions’.
"Return to Learn" Guidance
If your child is experiencing illness symptoms, please refer to the Return to Learn Guidance for helpful pointers as to whether your child can return to school or not.
FREE Rapid At-Home Tests
From the Federal Government: https://www.covidtests.gov/
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order #4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.
For more information, and to enroll in receiving free at-home tests, go to: https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home.
(Note: PSD can not accept at-home test results to end quarantine orders early)
Werner Health/Safety Protocols
We often get questions about our staff and their favorite things (for appreciation, etc.). You can access those remotely at Staff Favorites.
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January’s Book Club Pick is Maid, by Stephanie Land. Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive. NEW YORK TIMES bestseller and inspiration for the Netflix limited series. Please register HERE.
PTA Spirit Wear
Like our Cool PTA Mom tees? The Werner PTA has designed some Grownup Tees and Coffee Mugs for purchase to show your PTA spirit!
Follow us on Facebook to stay engaged with School Events and see what the PTA is up to at the school.
FREE MONEY FOR YOUR SCHOOL! Did you know there are ways to donate money to the school by doing things you already do?
If you shop at King Soopers with a loyalty card they will donate to Werner when you sign up here.
If you shop on Amazon, you can sign up for Amazon Smile and they will donate 1% of purchases.
If you like to eat out, the PTA hosts Werner Dines Out once a month and the restaurants we partner with will donate back to the school.
Thank you for supporting the Werner Elementary PTA!
PTA President | Anjani Rogenski
PTA Vice President | Nicole Kidd
PTA Treasurer | Patti Haswell
PTA Secretary | Chelsea Padgett
PTA Board member | Juliana Schump
Connect with us at PTAWernerElementary@gmail.com
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PSD Now Newsletter
One of many ways information is shared is through the PSD Now community newsletter, which features timely information about the latest happenings in the district. This is emailed to families and interested community members about every other Thursday.
Here is the most recent newsletter of PSD Now. For archived newsletters and information about how to sign up, go to: https://www.psdschools.org/department/communications.