Health and Safety Measures

Teacher waving to students

Health and Safety Measures

Teacher waving to students

COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

Keeping our schools open to in-person learning is a high priority and requires all of us to engage with the health and safety protocols in school and in the community. To this end, we will maintain our current of health and safety measures that are in alignment with the recommendations of our health agency partners.

Social Distancing

  • Social distancing will be maintained as much as possible, including one-directional hallways, staggered recess times, lunch time, and as our students move throughout the school.
  • In order to minimize close contact with other students, there will be directional arrows in our hallways to help guide students. As much as possible, students will use the directional arrows to keep traffic flowing.
  • Students will be seated spaced apart to the fullest distance possible in classrooms. The American Academy of Pediatrics shared that “evidence suggests that spacing as close as 3 feet may approach the benefits of 6 feet of space, particularly if students are wearing face coverings and are asymptomatic.”

Face Coverings

  • Beginning June 11, masks will no longer be required in our schools or office buildings for students, teachers, and staff who have been fully vaccinated. In alignment with the state mask order.
  • Face coverings will still be required in school settings for those ages 12 and older who are not fully vaccinated.
  • For students under the age of 12, masks are still strongly recommended by BCPH when indoors, however they are not required. 

Air Ventilation

  • Our operations team continues to ensure that our HVAC systems (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) are operating at their highest capacity to support quality airflow and ventilation in classrooms and buildings. Our HVAC systems are in full compliance with ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) guidelines.

Student Health and Hygiene

  • Students will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
  • Classrooms have been equipped with additional supplies of hand sanitizer.
  • Families are asked to take temperatures prior to sending students to school and keep students home if they have a temperature of 100.4ºF or higher.
    • The How sick is too sick? resource provides guidance to assist with determining when to keep your student home.
    • Monitor daily symptoms for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle from home to use during the school day. Some school drinking fountains have been outfitted with bottle filling nozzles and can only be used to refill water bottles. Traditional drinking fountains are presently inactive to prevent use.
  • For lunch, students will wear face coverings until they sit down at the cafeteria table with their meal.

Cleaning Protocols

  • St. Vrain Valley Schools has increased building cleaning protocols and has hired additional custodial staff to support schools in additional sanitizing of high-touch surface areas.
  • School buses will be thoroughly sanitized between routes.
  • School cafeteria tables and lunch lines will be disinfected between each meal service.

Temperature and Symptom Checks

Additionally, the Denver Metro Partnership for Health has shared that the combination of our comprehensive safety measures that include face coverings, cohorting at the secondary level, hand washing, symptom checks, and increased cleaning will ensure a comparably safe environment for students and staff.

In the event that we become aware of a case of COVID-19 in a classroom or a school environment, Boulder County Public Health has assigned an epidemiologist and several contact tracers to St. Vrain who will work closely with our district nurses and leadership in determining and guiding the appropriate next steps. Additionally, we have hired three new nurses and an epidemiologist to support BCPH in this process. Toward this end, our system is well-prepared to support a robust online, synchronous learning environment in the event students need to quarantine or remain home for a period of time. If we need to temporarily return to a fully online learning environment, we will work closely with our county and state health agency partners on recommended actions and closely adhere to their guidance and directions.

Safe with 7: What families can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Safe with 7 logo

St. Vrain will promote health and safety standards through our Safe with 7 initiative.

  1. Take temperature at home prior to coming to school
  2. Stay home when you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms
  3. Stay hydrated and use a refillable water bottle
  4. Wash hands regularly or use sanitizer
  5. Use face coverings appropriately and avoid touching your face
  6. Social distance appropriately
  7. Engage in enjoyable activities

It will be very important for families to screen their students at home before sending them to school. Please click here to download our attached home-screen checklist to use as a guide to screen your child on their in-person learning days.