Quarantine Protocols for 2021-2022
As previously communicated, routine school exposures that are unrelated to other cases in our schools will not require a quarantine. However, there are some circumstances that do require a quarantine for unvaccinated individuals. For that reason, Englewood Schools is requesting proof of vaccination against COVID-19 from our students and staff. A COVID-19 vaccine is not required to attend or work in our schools and providing proof of vaccination is voluntary. However, vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine in most situations if exposed to COVID-19 at school. Where proof of vaccination is not provided, quarantine in particular situations will be necessary based on requirements from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
If you did not provide proof of vaccination at registration, please share your student’s COVID-19 vaccine card with your school’s heath assistant. If we do not have proof of vaccination on record, we will assume that students/staff are unvaccinated until proof is provided.
Communication & protocols for routine, low-risk exposures (which include in the classroom, at lunch, etc.):
If a positive or presumptive-positive case is identified at the elementary or preschool level, Englewood Schools will notify all families in that grade level for elementary or class for preschool. For example, if a second grade student at Cherrelyn tests positive, we will notify the families of all the second grade students as well as staff members at Cherrelyn. The notification will identify when students may have been exposed and remind parents to monitor for symptoms for 14 days past the exposure. Students or staff will not need to quarantine in this case. Notifications of exposures at this level are important since students under age 12 are not able to be vaccinated, and as such, Englewood Schools believes it is important for families to have as much information as possible regarding potential exposures.
Middle/High school level:
We will not be notifying families about exposures to positive or presumptive positive cases in low-risk settings at this level. Low-risk settings are defined by the health department as regular school day and classroom activities. Throughout the school year, parents should always be monitoring students for symptoms of COVID-19, keeping students with symptoms at home and notifying the school when students are ill and when symptoms started.
For high-risk setting exposures (after school activities such as contact sports, choir or band):
Contacts who were even possibly within 6 feet of a positive or presumptive positive case of COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer (cumulatively) during a high-risk activity will be notified of a potential exposure. Unvaccinated individuals will be required to quarantine. Vaccinated individuals who develop symptoms will need to quarantine. Englewood Schools will be providing regular COVID testing for athletes and marching band members. If students participate in high-risk activities at the elementary level and in the case of high school choir, risk mitigation measures will be implemented such as use of outdoor spaces, distancing and/or masks.
For outbreaks or suspected outbreaks within schools:
Tri-County Health will be guiding us on a case-by-case basis if a suspected outbreak or confirmed outbreak occurs in one of our schools.
- Suspected outbreak (2 or more connected cases in a 14-day period) will most likely result in quarantine for unvaccinated individuals who were within a 6 foot radius of a positive COVID-19 case for a period of 15 minutes or more, based on guidance from Tri-County Health.
- Outbreaks (5 or more connected cases in a 14-day period) will require that unvaccinated individuals who were within 6 feet radius of a positive or presumptive positive case of COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer quarantine. If a widespread outbreak occurs, we may shift to remote learning for a larger number of students under the direction of Tri-County Health.
- Students or staff members who test positive for COVID-19 need to isolate for 10 days after symptom onset or a positive test (if asymptomatic). Students/staff may return to school after 10 days if they have improving symptoms and are 24 hours fever free. A negative test is NOT required to return to school as individuals can continue to test positive even after they are no longer contagious.
- Asymptomatic students and staff who are required to quarantine (exposed due to a high risk exposure or an outbreak) who are unvaccinated, can be tested after day 5 to return on day 8, or may return after day 10 without testing.
- Vaccinated or unvaccinated students or staff who have been exposed and have symptoms should quarantine for 14 days and should be tested for COVID-19.
- Students who have symptoms will need to stay home according to this chart.
All communications will clearly outline whether an individual needs to quarantine or not.
Over the last year, we learned that mitigation strategies, such as mask wearing, helped to keep transmission rates of COVID low within our schools. As a result, CDPHE has determined that students who have routine exposures in a school setting no longer need to quarantine provided we do not have evidence of multiple connected cases. It is our hope that by continuing with universal mask wearing, we can ensure that transmission rates in our schools remain low. This will help us keep our students and staff safe and in school as well as avoid outbreaks in our schools that will lead to exposed students needing to quarantine.