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 health and safety measures that are in alignment with the recommendations of our health agency partners.
- 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.
- Boulder County Public Health has mandated that all students in grades PK-12 wear a mask while inside of our school buildings, regardless of vaccination status.
- One important element of this order is that masking all students and staff while indoors will result in a significant decrease in classroom quarantines, which will serve to minimize disruptions to our students’ in-person learning. The health department has also indicated that higher risk activities, such as athletics and music programs, could still be subject to regular quarantine protocols.
- Although we have a very high vaccination rate for our teachers and staff, they will also be required to wear a mask while indoors in our school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. This is to prevent any unnecessary quarantining of our teachers and staff for routine COVID-19 exposure.
- Students and staff will not be required to wear masks outdoors. Accordingly, we will be strongly encouraging our teachers and staff to provide several outdoor learning experiences and breaks for recess, lunch, and physical activity, etc., throughout the day.
- St. Vrain Valley Schools will allow for families to apply for a mask exemption if their student has any medical reasons that would make wearing a mask difficult or harmful to the student. Students who have a mask exemption may experience increased quarantines if they are exposed to COVID-19 at school. Please click here to download and complete the mask exemption form, which must be turned in to your school principal.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Families are asked to engage in passive screening at home (for example, take temperatures prior to sending students to school and keep students home if they are sick with COVID-19 like symptoms)
- Keep students home if they have a temperature of 100.4ºF or higher.
- Schools have been equipped with infrared thermometers to use as necessary.
- Students and staff will monitor their COVID-19 like symptoms.
- 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.
This year, we will be notifying families regarding cases of COVID-19 in your school if your student is directly impacted. For families interested in tracking the case data related to their school, St. Vrain Valley Schools will continue to maintain a COVID-19 case dashboard on our website beginning August 17. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be updated on weekday mornings and quarantine information will be updated weekly on Friday mornings when school is in session.
St. Vrain Valley Schools continues to be required to follow the safety guidelines and quarantining protocols developed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and our local county health agencies. Our county public health department has assigned an epidemiologist and public health liaison to direct the quarantining process in St. Vrain Valley Schools. To support this and increase the district’s capacity for thorough and targeted case investigations, the district has assigned 18 registered nurses and 55 health clerks to assist in ensuring adherence to all quarantining protocols and safety guidelines.
This year, we have been assured by our local county health departments that we will experience significantly reduced student and staff quarantines as a result of their mask mandate. This will consistently support uninterrupted in-person learning for our students. Specifically, for any routine classroom exposure, students will not need to quarantine if they are masked while indoors at school (except in extremely rare, specific cases). Each confirmed case of COVID-19 will be individually investigated and families will receive more detailed information regarding potential exposure if your student has been directly impacted. In the event a student is required to quarantine, they will be able to log in to their class(es) and observe synchronously from home or complete other teacher-directed assignments (synchronous learning will only be available for rostered classroom students who have been quarantined).
Safe with 7: What families can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19
St. Vrain will promote health and safety standards through our Safe with 7 initiative.
- Take temperature at home prior to coming to school
- Stay home when you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms
- Stay hydrated and use a refillable water bottle
- Wash hands regularly or use sanitizer
- Use face coverings appropriately and avoid touching your face
- Social distance appropriately
- 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.