PSD COVID-19 Coronavirus FAQ

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PSD has developed COVID-19 Infectious Illness Preparedness and Response Plan. For more details about the plan, visit the PSD COVID-19 Coronavirus Response web page and see frequently asked questions below. 
 

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and the number of confirmed cases in Colorado and in the U.S., visit the:

Frequently asked questions

PSD is working closely with local, state and national health officials to monitor the coronavirus health issue and will provide more information as it becomes available. If you have additional questions or would like more information related to PSD schools, please email info@psdschools.org.

 

School closures

How long will schools be closed?

In response to COVID-19, the PSD superintendent has announced schools and buildings are closed for the remainder of 2019-20 year - watch her announcement here.  PSD students and teachers are engaging in remote learning at this time.

Remote Learning and COVID-19 Response

PSD has developed an infectious illness preparedness and response plan that aligns with recommendations from public health agencies. 

 

What do "remote learning opportunities" look like during a closure? What if my student needs technology help to engage in remote learning?

Please visit these web pages for information and tech support:

 PSD Remote Learning and Tech Support

PSD Remote Learning and COVID-19 Response

What happens with state assessments and SAT testing?

The Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS, assessments have been canceled for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Because school buildings across the state are closed, the spring 2020 school day administration of the PSAT and SAT assessments in April were suspended

SAT Update for Current 11th Graders (12th graders next year)
Colorado 12th graders will be able to take the SAT test on a school day next fall at no cost under an agreement the Colorado Department of Education is pursuing with the College Board. Find more info in this news item on the CDE website.

 Will the school year be extended into June?

No. Learn when the last days of new instruction are and what you can expect these last few days of school in this news item with about the end of the school year. 

When can students pick up their belongings from school?

Learn when students can pick up belongings from school in this news item with about the end of the school year and what you can expect. 

Will schools be cleaned during a closure?

All PSD buildings (schools, offices, etc.) will be disinfected after students pick up their belongings and teachers close their classrooms near the end of the school year. 

Is Safe2Tell available during a closure?

Yes. Safe2Tell is available for students, parents and staff. For more information and to make reports: https://safe2tell.org or 1-877-542-7233.  

If students and families need food during the closure, how can they get it?

Ensuring kids have access to nutritious meals while PSD schools are closed is a priority. See details on the PSD Free Meals during School Closures web page. 

Can I still rent a PSD facility during a closure?

No. PSD’s buildings and facilities are NOT available to the public for rent during the closure. 

Will PSD employees still be paid if schools close?

Yes.

What's the best way to talk with my child if they are feeling anxious?

Please visit the Mental Health Resources web page for helpful resources and links to other websites.

What's happened with athletics, activities and events?

The Colorado High School Activities Association has canceled spring sports and activities for the rest of the school year.  PSD is refunding fees paid for spring sports. See more information on the Activities, Athletics and Events Status web page.

What is happening with graduation?  

PSD is hoping to hold graduation ceremonies in July for seniors. If that's not possible, celebration videos for each school will be released. Learn more about these plans in this graduation news item. 

My child has an IEP. What services will they be getting? 

PSD is providing special education and related services (occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language, etc.), in a remote learning environment, including the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Integrated Services staff members are using technology, with privacy measures in place, to implement specialized instruction and related services, conduct Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team meetings and determine whether students qualify for an IEP and conduct IEP re-evaluations. This is in alignment with current federal and state guidance. For questions about a specific child’s program, parents should contact their school’s special education teacher.  

What is happening with AP tests?

The CollegeBoard released information about Advanced Placement (AP) tests administration this spring. The following are highlights; read the full announcement from CollegeBoard here. 

  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will NOT take place. Students will take a 45-minute online, free-response exam at home.  
  • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, CollegeBoard will determine two different testing dates. 
  • The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3, according to CollegeBoard. 
  • To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. 
  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies. 
  • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option. 
  • We know that the digital divide could make this more difficult to access for some of our students. We are currently gathering information about which students might need help getting mobile tools or connectivity. 

Can we still use the school playgrounds?

The playgrounds at PSD schools and in the City of Fort Collins are currently closed.

 

 

How can students access internet if they who don’t have it at home? 

Please visit the Internet Access page to see information about:

  • PSD vans bringing wireless hot spots for students in specific neighborhoods 
  • Rural internet resources
  • Free or reduced-cost offers from many broadband, satellite and mobile service providers  in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

 

What can I do to help students and families during the COVID-19 crisis?

 

Prevention and resources

What is PSD's response plan to the health crisis?

Where is the best place to find information about COVID-19?

What can families do to protect themselves from becoming ill?

Parents and guardians can help by continuing to implement the same critical illness prevention practices: Stop the spread of germs flier. Information listed in the text body.
•    Clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
•    Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
•    Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
•    Getting a flu shot if you haven’t gotten one this year.
•    Keep your student (s) home if they are sick. Please notify your school if your child needs to stay home sick and, if possible, share their symptoms. If they have a positive influenza or COVID-19 diagnosis, please also share that information.

 

 

How does PSD disinfect its schools and facilities? What about buses?

All PSD buildings (schools, offices, etc.) will be disinfected during the closure. Buses will also be disinfected.  

A copy of the custodial cleaning procedures is included with PSD’s response plan as Appendix C. The custodial team follows cleaning protocols for norovirus and influenza at all sites and has been following this protocol since late fall, when illness rates began to rise.The custodial team works closely with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment on cleaning and disinfecting protocol during times of illness.  

PSD personnel disinfect buses and child-restraint devices on buses daily. 

What's the best way to talk with my child if they are anxious?

Please visit the Mental Health Resources web page for helpful resources and links to other websites.

 

What about parents, volunteers and outside organizations who go into PSD buildings?

PSD’s buildings and facilities will NOT be open to the public during the closure. 

Can people of any race or ethnicity get COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19. Read more CDC “Share the Facts.”  

 

Will the district tell families when a student or staff member is tested for COVID-19?

The district cannot confirm that information because providers conducting testing are not releasing private patient information protected under HIPPA. It is our understanding that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is notifying providers and the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment of test results. The public health agencies would then notify PSD if there was a PSD connection with a presumptive/positive test result.  

 

Travel within and out of the U.S.

What is PSD's stance on field trips, both in-state and out-of-state?

PSD has canceled all domestic district- and school-sponsored out-of-state trips for students and staff through the month of June. International travel is also canceled through the end of 2020. This includes professional development. July travel decisions will be made by early June. Determinations about further international travel will most likely be made before the end of June.

Please visit the CDC website for global travel advisories.  

Please note: The district cannot issue refunds for field trips in the event they are canceled for safety concerns. Often times, these trips are coordinated with outside businesses or organizations (ex. flights might be booked with an airline and conference registrations with a competition host), and PSD does not control their refund policies and procedures. Those who purchased trip insurance should review under what conditions refunds might be provided. 

For additional information about field trips, refer to PSD policies IJOA and IJOA-R. 

What is PSD doing about students who travel out of the state? What if their travel takes them through an airport that’s in an area where there are confirmed cases of COVID-19? 

PSD cannot test or quarantine students or staff for symptoms that appear to be related to COVID-19. Only public health agencies have that authority. 

Since the end of January, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has been monitoring travelers and other individuals who might have been exposed to COVID-19. As of March 5, none of these tests have come back positive. LCDHE says it will notify the community through its communication channels if a person in Larimer County tests positive for COVID-19; however, LCDHE will not provide names of any of individuals who have been tested or who may have a test pending.Visit the LCDHE web page for more information about COVID-19. 

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