COVID-19 Data-Informed Decision Making

Teacher waving to students

COVID-19 Data-Informed Decision Making

Teacher waving to students

Data-Informed Decision Making to Support COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Boulder County Public Health (BCPH), and the Governor’s School Task Force have shared numerous studies that have demonstrated that schools are not a primary source of transmission for COVID-19, as they have many controls and safety protocols in place making them safer environments than most public spaces. Accordingly, the guidance from our county and state health agencies, along with information from various sources* listed below, continues to guide St. Vrain Valley Schools’ decisions regarding our instructional model. Additionally, we continue to seek input, and respond to questions and suggestions from various stakeholder groups.

*Various Medical and Professional Sources Related to COVID-19 and Schools

Physical Safety & Emotional Well-Being Measures

Every St. Vrain Valley school has implemented comprehensive, research-based safety and well-being measures that adhere to CDPHE guidelines and CDC best practices, including:

  • Required mask wearing for all students, teachers, and staff (PK-12)
  • Available personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff including KN-95 masks and face shields
  • Social distancing as appropriate
  • MERV-11 high-quality air ventilation HVAC systems
  • Student seating charts to support targeted quarantining protocols
  • Heightened and increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols within each school and department
  • Access to community-wide COVID-19 testing for all students, teachers, and staff
  • Hand sanitizer stations and increased hand washing protocols throughout each school and department
  • Temperature and symptom checks supported by parents and staff as necessary
  • Hired additional health professionals, i.e. nurses and an epidemiologist to support and enhance contact tracing procedures 
  • Avoidance of large group gatherings within schools and departments
  • Directional arrows in hallways to support social distancing
  • Implemented personal bottle-filling water stations
  • Established safety protocols, in partnership with county health departments for areas such as transportation, nutrition services, and extracurricular activities, such as athletics, music programs, etc.
  • Implementation of hybrid and/or fully remote learning as necessary, with additional individualized scheduling and accommodations for students on an IEP
  • Trained all teachers and staff in COVID-19 safety protocols, including response and reporting
  • Provided accommodations for teachers and staff related to specific, approved pre-existing conditions or primary care provider responsibilities
  • Provided meals at no-cost to students during hybrid and remote learning
  • Ongoing safety team meetings with county health departments, district leadership, teachers, and staff
  • Ongoing meetings and communication with teachers, staff, parents, and local agency administrators throughout Boulder County, Weld County, Broomfield County, and Larimer County