COVID-19 Info for Parents
Your role in the return to In-Person Learning
Student and Staff Health
In accordance with LCDHE, students and staff should not be at school with any symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones. All parents must conduct daily health checks and home screenings for their students before they get on a bus or arrive at school. Any student or staff member who arrives at school with any symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home.
These health screenings include a temperature check and daily monitoring for any current symptoms as outlined by the state and county health department guidance. Parents will be asked to complete the "In-Person COVID-19 Assurance Survey" agreeing to this responsibility every two weeks. This form can be found in your PowerSchool Parent Portal under FORMS.
***If you don't have a PowerSchool Parent Portal yet, please reach out to the school registrar to have one set up. Notifications were sent to parents last week to activate their new accounts!
Estes Park Elementary School: Heather Leppert
Estes Park Middle School: Ashley Rains
Estes Park High School: Shari Hightower
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Know the Symptoms:
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever over 100.4 or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
COVID-19 Exposure and Closures
As we all know, things will look very different for the 2020-2021 school year as we head into in-person learning. Classroom exposures to someone with COVID-19 or with COVID-19 symptoms could mean an entire classroom or school is unable to meet for in-person learning for 14 days, placed under quarantine and isolation orders as close contacts of cases.
We would like to encourage our families to plan accordingly, in the event of a quarantine or isolation order, it is likely you will need to keep your child home for that entire period. When a school has just two cases of COVID-19 in a short period of time, the state considers that an outbreak. This does not necessarily mean that the student, teacher, and/or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 contracted it at school. There are several outlying factors including athletics, recreation, group gatherings, etc.
If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to remain home under an isolation order. Your household will most likely be required to quarantine at home for 14 days.
Parents will be asked to help identify potential close contacts their child may have spent time with. Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) will be asking for names and contact information. The faster that information can be shared, the faster we can get exposed students out of schools and the more likely it is we can stop COVID-19 from spreading and leading to an outbreak and potentially a school closure.
Where can I get tested?
Anyone with symptoms should get tested, stay away from others, and follow the instructions on how to isolate. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, you should follow the instructions on how to quarantine for 14 days after exposure to prevent further transmission. If you’d like to receive text messages with information about support available during isolation and/or quarantine, report your symptoms to Colorado COVID Symptom Support tool.
In general, you do not need a test if you do not have symptoms. If you think you have been exposed, limit your contact with other people for 14 days after your exposure. However, if you work in a care facility, work at a facility with an outbreak, or you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, it may be advisable to get a test even if you don’t have symptoms. You should wait at about seven days after the date you think you were exposed before getting tested, unless you develop symptoms.
- Testing immediately after exposure isn’t helpful because it may be too early in the incubation period and there isn’t enough viral material for the test to detect.
- While it’s a good idea to wait at about seven days to be tested after the date of exposure, some people may not become ill for up to 14 days. For that reason, people who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 should minimize their contact with others for 14 days from the date of their exposure, even if they test negative before the full two weeks have passed.
- Coloradans who are sick and receive negative COVID-19 test results should continue to stay home while they are sick and should consult with their health care provider about the need for additional testing and the appropriate time to resume normal activities.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, consider a telehealth visit or nurseline advice before seeking in-person care. Ask your primary care provider if they offer telehealth visits, or call one of Colorado’s nurselines.