Back to In-Person: Covid-19 Safety
This newsletter includes IMPORTANT information about Covid-19, please read!
As we return to in-person learning, this information will help guide you in knowing how to manage Covid-19 in the safest way!
Do not come to school if you have been in close contact with someone having COVID-19, have symptoms in the household, or if you have anyone in your household awaiting test results as a result of symptoms. Do not come to school if you are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms. Please call the front office at your school and report your child absent/ill so that they can track their symptoms and notify you of your child's return to school date.
Expectations for Returning to In-Person Learning
Step 1: Everyday, before sending your student to school screen your child for Covid symptoms.
This symptom screen refers only to new symptoms or a change in usual symptoms. A
student/staff should not be kept home for usual symptoms they experience due to a chronic
condition unless they are worse than usual. If your child is/you are experiencing any potentially life-threatening symptoms please call 911.
If any of the following symptoms are present, keep the child at home/stay at home, inform the
school of symptoms, and reach out to a health care provider about COVID-19 testing and next
steps for treatment.
❏ Feeling feverish, having chills, or temperature 100.4°F or higher.
❏ New or unexplained persistent cough.
❏ Shortness of breath.
❏ Difficulty breathing.
❏ Loss of taste or smell.
❏ Muscle aches.
❏ Sore throat.
❏ Nausea or vomiting.
❏ Runny nose or congestion.
*Any student or staff diagnosed with COVID-19 or who is a close contact of a COVID-19 case
should not go to school and should isolate or quarantine according to public health
recommendations regardless of current symptoms.
Step 2: If your student has symptoms, has been tested for Covid or has potentially been exposed to Covid-19, what's next?
2. Need a Covid test? Here are some options:
- Estes Park Health
- Salud (Can order a test for you and send you to a testing site)
- Timberline Medical Center
- CDPHE Testing Site Map
Need help paying for a Covid test, food assistance, financial assistance or other help? Please complete this "Resource and Assistance" form.
Step 3: How to Quarantine!
What is quarantining?
Quarantining prevents the ongoing spread of the virus to other people by individuals who know they have been exposed or are likely to have been exposed, but do not yet know if they have been infected. It’s a precaution and an effective tool to prevent viral spread since people infected with COVID-19 can be contagious even without having symptoms.
Quarantining can be voluntary, and people should self-quarantine if they have a known exposure and do not know whether they have been infected. Colorado also has the legal authority to issue quarantine orders to people who were exposed to a contagious disease. This will not occur in most cases and is reserved for circumstances where it is difficult for people to voluntarily quarantine.
How long should quarantining last?
See chart below for more information or click here for the CDPHE webpage on how to quarantine.
*IMPORTANT: Estes Park School District will be following the 10 Day Quarantine Guidelines.
For 14 days after exposure, regardless of your quarantine length, you should:
Watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or health care provider.
Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Avoid contact with high-risk individuals.
Staying Safe + Healthy at School
In order to keep our staff and students healthy at school, we ask that you do the following:
1. Complete the In-Person Assurance Survey form found in your PowerSchool Parent Portal every two weeks, and be sure to symptom check your child every morning before bringing them to school. Keep them home if they have any of the symptoms on the checklist.
2. Please wear a mask, wash your hands, and monitor symptoms and activities. Although we feel our school safety procedures are strong and the Estes Park community has done a great job of reducing communal spread, we all need to work together in this critical time so we can reduce disruptions to learning.
Vaccine Information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Click here to find general information about the Covid-19 vaccine.
Click here to see specific data about the Covid-19 Vaccination in Colorado.
Until the vaccine is widely available and community immunity is achieved, it is important that everyone continue to follow public health protocols to slow the spread of the virus-- wear a mask, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others, avoid in-person interactions with people outside your household, wash your hands often, and stay home when you are sick.