Health and Safety

A top priority as PSD educates children

District and school leaders continue to work with and follow guidance and orders from public health officials to meet evolving health and safety requirements and to implement district COVID-19 protocols at all schools and sites. Throughout the year, procedures and expectations will be monitored continuously to ensure schools and district buildings are safe environments for everyone. All students, staff and families are expected to follow all health and safety protocols, guidelines and procedures this school year to keep everyone as safe as possible. 

Local and state agencies the district works with and follows guidance from include the:

  • Colorado Department of Education (CDE)
  • Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE)
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
  • Colorado Governor's Office
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
     

Masks optional in PSD, including on buses and in ECE classroomsPSD is mask friendly. We respect whatever choice you make.

Masks are still required in at least the following instances: 

  • Those positive or required to quarantine for COVID must isolate for five full days and return on day six only if symptoms are improving. They must wear a mask on days six through 10, according to state and county health guidance.

  • Those who have decided not to test when symptomatic according to state health department’s “How Sick is Too Sick” protocols must wear a mask on days 6 -10.

  • If students or staff have a medical mask exemption and are not able to wear a mask, they need to remain home for days 6-10.

  • When students become symptomatic at school, they will be required to wear a mask in the precautionary room.

 

 

School health and safety procedures

Masks Optional in PSD FAQS

PSD's mask mandate ended Feb. 12 for schools and PSD buildings. 

PSD decided that masks are also optional on school buses and in early childhood education classrooms, effective March 3. The decision aligns with the CDC no longer requiring people to wear masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school programs. The CDC made this change to align with updated guidance that no longer recommends universal indoor mask wearing in K-12 and early education settings in areas with a low or medium COVID-19 community level. The LCDHE announced on March 1 that Larimer County is currently at the low-risk level.  

PSD remains a mask-friendly district, supporting those who choose to wear a mask.

Masks are still required in at least the following instances: 

  • Those positive or required to quarantine for COVID must isolate for five full days and return on day six only if symptoms are improving. They must wear a mask on days six through 10, according to state and county health guidance.

  • Those who have decided not to test when symptomatic must wear a mask on days 6 -10. 

  • If students or staff have a medical mask exemption and are not able to wear a mask, they need to remain home for days 6-10.

  • When students become symptomatic at school, they will be required to wear a mask in the precautionary room.

 

FAQS

Q: Why is PSD making this change now? 

A: Public health officials, including those at the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE), are lifting mask orders because state and county projections show a forecasted reduction in COVID-related cases due to vaccinations and increased community immunity. LCDHE Director Tom Gonzales has said that Larimer County’s COVID data are projected to continue improving in the coming weeks, including around Feb. 12 when both the county and PSD mask mandates will expire. We are hopeful that those data become reality and decided to remove PSD’s mask mandate in alignment with the decision by public health officials. To be clear, we support all students and staff – regardless of whether they choose to wear a mask or not. Part of being a community means respecting each other’s choices and differences in opinion.  

 

Q: As a parent/guardian, I still want my child to wear a mask, what should I do?   

A: That is your choice to make, as a parent/guardian. You do not need to notify your school or teacher but may choose to do so. PSD staff are not tracking who intends to wear a mask or not, once PSD’s mask requirement ends on Feb. 12. 

 

Q: What about students, staff or family members who are immunocompromised?  

A: We recognize that this change, due to ever-evolving community conditions, may prompt different feelings among members of our community. Although PSD’s mask mandate expires at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 11, students and staff members may choose to continue wearing a mask. Additionally, PSD health and safety protocols will continue. These include but are not limited to the cleaning and disinfecting of schools and classrooms; promotion of hand washing; and maximizing distance as much as possible. PSD will also continue contact tracing exposures in high-risk settings (such as athletics, band, choir), following health department guidance. 

Some students, including those with disabilities, may not be able to wear a mask or handle the mask independently due to their unique circumstances. Staff will work with these students to utilize face shields and/or social distancing. Staff will promote additional health and safety measures, utilize personal protective equipment, and collaborate on effective protocols to ensure the safety and health of these students and the staff.  

If it continues to be difficult for a student, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team meeting may be called to discuss appropriate accommodations, modifications, and changes to the IEP to ensure student/staff health and safety. More info >> 

 

Q: What do I do if my student is bullied for taking off their mask/wearing a mask?  

A: PSD does not tolerate bullying of any kind. If you or your student is experiencing bullying, please reach out to their teacher or a member of the school’s administrative team for support. Information about PSD’s bullying policies is available in the 2021-22 Student Code of Conduct. 

 

Q: Can I ask that my child only sit next to people who are masked? 

A: No. 

 

Q: Is PSD enhancing its COVID health and safety protocols because of this decision?  

A: Each of us is responsible for the health and safety of our PSD community. Please keep students experiencing illness symptoms home from school; staff are expected to do the same. PSD follows the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Return to Learn guidance, which outlines when someone can return to work or school after experiencing illness symptoms. Return to learn protocols >>

PSD health and safety protocols will continue, including but not limited to the cleaning and disinfecting of schools and classrooms; maximizing distance as much as possible; and continuing contact tracing in high-risk settings (such as athletics, band, choir), following health department guidance. 

 

Q: I saw that students or staff who are positive for COVID or who are identified close contacts of a positive individual must isolate for five full days and then wear a mask for days six through 10 when they return to school. What if I don’t want them to wear a mask at school, since there is no longer a county mask order?  

A: Public health guidance requires that any COVID-positive individual follow these protocols. If you do not want your child to wear a mask at school for days six through 10, you may keep them home for 10 full days of isolation, as outlined in public health guidance. They may not be in school without a mask on days six through 10.  

 

Q: If my student has to wear a mask on days six through 10, after being COVID-positive or if they are identified close contacts of a positive individual and returning to school from isolation, isn’t that a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violation? People will know why they’re wearing a mask

A: No. Poudre School District is not a medical provider and is not covered under HIPAA. If you are concerned about your child’s privacy or do not want your child to wear a mask at school for days six through 10, you may keep them home for 10 full days of isolation, as outlined in public health guidance. They may not be in school without a mask on days six through 10. 

 

Q: I am considered a “close contact” in a school-based or home-based exposure but have been vaccinated and had COVID. Do I need to still isolate for five days and wear a mask upon return? 

A: In order to be exempt from quarantine, those 12 years and older need to have received their booster dose or be currently ineligible for their booster dose AND have completed their full primary vaccine series (two doses of Pfizer Moderna plus 14 days or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson plus 14 days). A confirmed viral test that is positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days will also exempt a close contact from quarantine.  

Q: What if I want my student to do virtual schooling? What are my options? 

A: PSD Global Academy is the only PSD school with a 100% online option for students.  

Once a school year begins, open enrollment (school choice) for that school year is over. Applying to attend another school is considered a transfer and must be approved by either the assistant superintendent of elementary schools or assistant superintendent of secondary schools. PGA is currently at capacity in most grade levels, so transfer requests will only be approved on a space available basis.  

You may begin the school transfer process by completing the School Transfer Request, (also available in Spanish - School Transfer Request).   

 

Q: Is it possible that PSD will put a mask mandate back in place in the future? 

A: As much as we would like to answer that, it is difficult to say with certainty, given the ever-changing conditions of the pandemic thus far. As stated in the district’s Feb. 4 announcement about lifting PSD’s mask mandate, staff will monitor PSD-specific and Larimer County data to understand the effects of this change and its implications for our school year drivers: prioritizing in-person learning; keeping student and staff safety at the forefront of decisions; and using data to inform our decisions.   

 

Q: Does this decision indicate that masks are no longer effective in controlling the spread of COVID?  

A: No. Federal, state and local public health officials still recommend the use of masks to control the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID, and individuals may choose to continue wearing them as a layered mitigation strategy. The county health department’s decision to remove its current mask order and PSD’s decision to lift its mask mandate are tied to projected reductions in COVID cases in our community in the coming days and weeks, along with increased community immunity due to the percent of people in Larimer County who are vaccinated or have had COVID.  

Each of us is responsible for the health and safety of our PSD community. Please keep students experiencing illness symptoms home from school; staff are expected to do the same. PSD follows the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Return to Learn guidance, which outlines when someone can return to work or school after experiencing illness symptoms. Return to learn protocols >>

PSD health and safety protocols will continue, including but not limited to the cleaning and disinfecting of schools and classrooms; maximizing distance as much as possible; and continuing contact tracing in high-risk settings (such as athletics, band, choir), following health department guidance. 

 

Q: I/my student had an approved medical mask exemption at PSD, prior to this decision. What happens to that now?  

A: Medical mask exemptions will remain with the student’s health file.  Please note that students or staff who are quarantined or have recently tested positive for COVID must be able to wear a well-fitting mask to return to school on Day 6 through 10 of their quarantine or isolation period.  Those students or staff that are unable to wear a mask must remain at home for the full 10-day period. 

 

Q: Why did the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment lift its mask mandate, effective Feb. 12? 

A: The Larimer County Department of Health and environment attributes its decision to end the countywide mask mandate due to declining COVID case rates and hospitalizations; a high level of community immunity (LCDHE Director Tom Gonzales estimated a community immunity rate of about 80%, as of the week of Jan. 31); and to additional protective measures, above and beyond vaccinations, that are more widely available, including increased access to rapid at-home tests, high-quality masks and COVID treatment options. Poudre School District has and will continue to follow guidance from public health officials, including those at the LCDHE, whose team includes licensed medical professionals and epidemiologists. Additionally, PSD will continue other layered mitigation strategies, including but not limited to contact tracing of high-risk settings (athletics, band, choir), cleaning and disinfecting of schools and facilities, and a strict adherence to illness protocols, as part of which students and staff should not be at school or work with illness symptoms. 

 

Q: I would love to substitute teach after learning of this decision. Is PSD still taking new subs and are you fast-tracking applications? 

A: Yes. Learn more about working as and applying to be a substitute teacher in PSD here. 

 

Medical mask exemption

Medical mask exemptions: If you believe your student cannot wear a mask in the settings required by federal mandates, including on PSD buses and in Early Childhood Education classrooms/facilities:

  • Please fill out this request form (signed by a licensed healthcare provider).

  • Return completed request forms to your school principal, who will then work with you on your child’s needs and provide options or alternatives to the face covering requirement if a medical exemption is warranted.

Air Quality in PSD Schools and FAQs  

Many people have questions about air quality in Poudre School District schools, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is information about PSD's approach to air quality and answers to frequently asked questions.  

PSD's approach to address air quality:

  • In general, PSD is encouraging all schools to open windows and doors, weather permitting to increase ventilation. 
  • Near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, PSD completed an inventory of ventilation systems across the district. Starting in April 2020, PSD installed MERV-13 filters in all but a few schools toprev ent the spread of the respiratory droplets that carry the COVID-19 virus. These filters have and will continue to be replaced on a recurring schedule, and they have added benefits beyond those related to COVID-19, including the filtration of smoke. 
  • MERV-13 filters could not be installed in parts of Centennial High School, Harris Elementary and the oldest wing of Timnath Elementary, Poudre Community Academy, and Lesher Middle School due to the age of existing systems in those facilities. MERV-13 filters are not typically compatible with older ventilation systems. Instead, ventilation has historically been increased at those schools through use of fans and other means. 
    • To address this challenge, PSD applied for and was awarded a Colorado Department of Education Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant of $120,000 in the fall of 2021.  
    • PSD will purchase air purifiers for classrooms that do not have MERV-13 filters. 
    • The air purifiers will be installed in the identified classrooms during the 2021-22 school year.  
  • PSD’s Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems facilitate a full air exchange in classrooms a minimum of four times per hour. Due to this rate of exchange, PSD’s classrooms exceed recommendations from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).   
    • Simply put, systems with MERV-13 filters pull air up and away at a faster rate than air-purification devices. Air-purification devices also work best to treat a localized area of air, as compared with a MERV-13 filter that can impact the air in an entire room. 
    • Air-purification units also have the potential to overstress PSD’s HVAC systems. Potential damage to the systems would cost additional money.  
  • In fall 2021, the district worked with an outside company to study PSD’s existing systems and the potential impact of air-filtration devices.
    • Reviewing the vendor’s report and weighing many factors, including cost and overall impact, PSD determined that air-purification units can have some benefits but that there isn’t a significant-enough benefit to invest the millions of dollars required to equip all classrooms in the district.
    • MERV-13 filters have been shown to have a positive impact on air quality in rooms. PSD maintains that use of these filters, in addition to the district’s many other layers of protection (i.e. hand washing, distancing where possible, frequent cleaning, contact tracing positive cases, partnerships with public health organizations to host vaccine clinics, etc.), helps address health and safety.  


Frequently Asked Questions  

  • Has PSD considered buying air purifiers for the entire district?PSD determined it will not, as of October 2021, buy air purifier systems for all classrooms due to the high cost of such a purchase. Across the district, there are roughly 2,000 teaching spaces. The size of a room dictates the size of air purifier system needed, and air purifiers for the size of many PSD rooms cost about $1,000. They also require ongoing maintenance, including the replacement of filters that cost about $200 to $300. Weighing all the district's one-time and ongoing needs to respond to and prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes but isn't limited to buying personal protective equipment, costs for staffing, and the academic and mental health supports needed for students, as well as considering the results of an outside analysis, PSD determined that it will not purchase air purifiers for all rooms at this time.

    However, PSD is purchasing air purifiers for classrooms in parts of Centennial High School, Harris Elementary and the oldest wing of Timnath Elementary, Poudre Community Academy, and Lesher Middle School due to the age of those buildings and incompatibility between MERV-13 filters and those building’s older heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The district will use Colorado Department of Education Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant funds to purchase these units for the identified classrooms.  
  • Has PSD monitored air quality in its classrooms to gather data to support decision-making?Yes. PSD has monitored air volume and air changes per hour in many but not all district classrooms, as of fall 2021. Music classrooms, where there is known potential for high-risk activities such as band and choice, as defined by public health officials, were monitored in the 2020-21 school year. PSD also worked with an outside air-quality expert to analyze PSD’s current approach and whether air-purification systems provide a benefit above and beyond the MERV-13-rated filters in most PSD schools. 
  • Can I buy an air purification system for my child’s classroom or school? Schools may not operate retail air cleaners that were not purchased by the district.

Social distancing, eating meals, vaccines, handwashing and other protocols

Eating meals at school:

  • Students may eat in the cafeteria utilizing both sides of a table in a manner that maintains three feet of distance.
  • Seating charts for lunch will be maintained.
  • Students may eat outside when possible.

 

Vaccines:

  • PSD is strongly encouraging but not requiring staff or students to get COVID-19 vaccines. Those who are fully vaccinated (14 days from their last dose) will not be quarantined if exposed. PSD has worked with private and public health partners to host vaccine clinics at PSD schools in recent months and will continue to do so in the future. For information about vaccines, visit the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment website. 

 

Handwashing:

  • Handwashing is preferred over hand sanitizer.
  • Hand hygiene will be done after arrival, after using the bathroom, before eating, after recess or completing activities that involved shared materials.
  • Students may bring their own hand lotion from home.  

 

Social distancing: 

  • Social distancing: Individuals are encouraged to remain at least 3 feet away from non-household contacts when possible.
  • Where possible, 3 feet of distance between students and desks will be followed.
  • Small groups of different cohorts may be together with social distancing.
  • Seating charts will be maintained for classrooms and small groups. 
  • Cohort mixing during outside recess is acceptable.
  • Partitions are not required. Studies have shown they are not effective; in a large classroom, they decrease the flow of ventilation. 

 

Other protocols:

  • Students are encouraged to use water bottles.
  • Students and staff will continue to self-monitor; anyone experiencing symptoms should stay home. PSD will follow CDPHE’s updated Return to Learn guidance.
  • When outbreaks occur, PSD will work with LCDHE to determine the appropriate response. This could include masks indoors, additional distancing, testing, contact tracing and quarantining. 
  • Schools will have a designated precautionary room or area to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-like symptoms.
  • PSD encourages use of outdoor spaces and ventilation, such as opening windows and use of box fans.

Cleaning and Disinfection

PSD follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Frequent cleaning of high-traffic areas
  • Utilize targeted disinfecting. Wide-area electrostatic spray use (i.e. the hydrostatic backpacks) is not recommended by the CDC. Backpack sprayers will be used intermittently (e.g. in areas where a positive COVID-19 case was, outbreaks, etc.) but not as a primary means of cleaning.
  • Disinfect in classrooms with known positives and in high-traffic areas such as bathrooms

Transportation

PSD decided that masks are also optional on school buses and in early childhood education classrooms, effective March 3. The decision aligns with the CDC no longer requiring people to wear masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school programs

PSD remains a mask-friendly district, supporting those who choose to wear a mask.

For information about busing, visit the Transportation web page.
 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Schools and Sites

PPE items include:   

  • Face shields
  • Chalk-based spray paint and a marking stick for outdoor social distancing marking 
  • Small hand sanitizer bottles for classrooms 
  • One “Under the Weather” tent to isolate individuals who become symptomatic during the day 
  • Gloves in a variety of sizes 
  • Disposable non-surgical masks for adults and children 
  • Spray bottles of sanitizer for each classroom and microfiber towels 
  • Social distancing stickers 
  • Push broom sweepers for each classroom 
  • PSD health and safety signage in English and Spanish 

What do drills look like this year?

Lockdown drills

  • One pre-planned lockdown drill must be completed during the first four weeks of each semester. 
    • The drill will be scheduled and communicated to students, staff and parents in advance. 
    • All drills will be observed by Security Department staff and School Resource Officers.
  • Lockdown Drill Week 
    • Second quarter
    • Schools will be required to conduct one lockdown drill during the week. The drill will be initiated by the Security Department.  
    • Students, staff and parents will be informed in advance that a drill will occur sometime during that week, but not the exact day and time.
    • When asked to conduct the drill, administrators will clearly announce via the intercom that it is simply a drill.
    • Following the drill, parents will be notified.
    • All drills will be observed by Security staff and School Resource Officers.
  • COVID considerations during lockdown drills
    • Staff and students will be required to go to a securable room during the drill.
    • Staff will lock doors and cover windows.
    • To maintain distancing, students will remain at their desks throughout the drill.  
  • New intercoms
    • Administrators at schools with the new intercom system will press a button to play a standardized lockdown message. The message includes a unique tone for 10 seconds followed by lockdown instructions.
    • Administrators will make an intercom announcement prior to using this pre-recorded message.

 
Severe weather drills

  • Schools may conduct a severe weather drill to determine where classrooms would move to in the event of tornado warnings.
  • The drill will be scheduled and communicated in advance to students, staff and parents.

 

Fire alarms/drills procedures:

  • Designated person(s) check fire alarm panel to identify location of alarm.
  • Designated person(s) physically check the location where alarm was pulled to identify if it was a false alarm or an actual emergency.  If there is fire, smoke or fumes, exit immediately and report to fire department responders.  If it is determined to be a false alarm, you can silence the alarm (don’t reset alarm panel), wait for fire department to arrive and call Safe Systems and 490-3333 to report to them that it was a false alarm.  Students and staff should remain outside at the designated meeting place until fire department gives the permission to reenter the building.
  • Designated person (usually principal) meets at front of building with fire department to notify alarm zone location and verify that students and staff have exited the building and that everyone is accounted for.
  • Elementary and Middle Schools should have a roster to check attendance.  Staff should account for students once they are at their designated meeting place outside the building.  Once everyone is accounted for, the designated person in front of the building should report the attendance to the Fire Department preferably within 5 minutes.  
  • Designated meeting place should be away from building, preferably in a grassy area away from traffic or emergency vehicles.  Check your location to make sure fire hydrants and all access by emergency vehicles is clear.
  • Primary and secondary evacuation routes permanently posted in each classroom on or near the primary exit door.
  • Designate a building (with their authorization) near your school that can be used to shelter students in inclement weather.
  • Remind staff and students to close classroom doors behind them as they leave a classroom.
  • Always have trained alternates that can be responsible for any of the above items. It is always possible that the principal and custodian may be out of the building during an emergency.

 

Procedures for specific classes, school events and athletics

 

Performing Arts

Please contact your school or teacher with any questions. 

General Performing Arts Guidelines

  • STUDENTS/TEACHERS SHOULD NOT GO TO SCHOOL/PERFORM IF exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. 

    • On Day 6 to 10 of isolation or quarantine, individuals must be able to wear a mask at all times.PSD protocols here >>

  • Teachers must maintain a seating/standing chart for classes, rehearsals, performances, and pep band. Theater should track performers on stage together during scenes.

  • Maximize distance between performers as much as possible within a performance setting

  • Stage, pep band, and marching band performers must maintain a minimum distance of 12 feet from spectators.

  • High risk activities still require targeted tracing. When either party is unmasked inside, those within 12 feet of a positive case may receive quarantine orders. When masked inside those within 6 feet of a positive case may receive quarantine orders. If masking status is unknown, all those within 12 feet of the positive case may be required to quarantine if not exempt.

    • If carpooling to events, it is strongly recommended to wear masks in the car. Car rides are considered a close contact interaction if masks are not worn.

 

Masking

  • Masks are not required. ASTM masks are available for students who would like to use them.

  • Face coverings are still required in these instances:

    • Those positive or required to quarantine for COVID must isolate for five full days and return on day six only if symptoms are improving. They must wear a mask on days six through 10, according to state and county health guidance.

    • Those who have decided not to test when symptomatic according to "How Sick is Too Sick" guidelines must wear a mask on Day 6 to 10. PSD protocols here >>

    • When students become symptomatic at school, they will be required to wear a mask in the precautionary room.

    • If students or staff have a medical mask exemption and are not able to wear a mask, they would need to remain home for Day 6 to 10.

 

Distancing

  • For activities with higher respiration (singing, playing wind/brass instruments), maximize distance as much as possible.

  • For performances, maximize distance as much as possible for performance setting.

  • Any audience (for performances or auditions) should be distanced 12 feet from unmasked performers when indoors or outdoors

  • When unmasked inside, those within 12 feet of a positive case may receive quarantine orders. When masked inside those within 6 feet of a positive case may receive quarantine orders.

 

Hygiene and shared materials

  • Wind/brass instruments or recorders may not be shared.

  • Offer handwashing and/or sanitizing before and after use of shared materials.

  • Appropriate receptacles (i.e. absorptive padding) should be used to gather brass fluids or saliva exiting instruments.

Science Labs and Art Classes 

  • Educators will limit the use of shared science and art equipment that would be shared among students during a class period.
  • To the extent possible, adequate supplies will be provided to minimize sharing of high-touch materials (art and lab supplies, equipment, etc.). Equipment will be cleaned/disinfected between uses.
  • Individualized digital tools will be utilized, when possible, to lessen students sharing equipment.   

Physical Education Classes

  • Classes will be conducted in a way that students and staff can respect physical distancing guidelines, when possible, classes will be conducted in outdoor spaces. 
  • When possible, use outdoor spaces for physical education instruction.
  • If using the gymnasium or multipurpose room for instruction, keep the doors and windows open if possible, to maximize circulation and air flow to accommodate for increased respiration by students while participating in physical activity.

  • Students will be advised to dress in clothes that are appropriate for participation in PE to reduce or eliminate the need for lockers.

Athletics

Students/Coaches/Managers must not attend practice or competition if:

  • Exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Athletes, coaches, and managers are expected to follow PSD protocols here >>
  • Day 0- Day 5 of isolation or quarantine. On Day 6 to 10 of isolation or quarantine, individuals must be able to wear a mask at all times.PSD protocols here >>

 

Contact Tracing and Athletics

  • High risk activities still require targeted tracing.  When either party is unmasked inside, those within 12 feet of a positive case may receive quarantine orders. When both parties are masked inside those within 6 feet of a positive case may receive quarantine orders. If masking status is unknown, all those within 12 feet of the positive case may be required to quarantine if not exempt.

  • If carpooling to events, it is strongly recommended to wear masks in the car. Car rides are considered a close contact interaction if masks are not worn.

 

General guidelines

Coaches must keep accurate records of those athletes and staff/staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed.

Coaches must keep accurate records of practice plans including length of time, drill or activity during that time, and the individuals involved or rotations used. This helps to avoid an entire team being quarantined for exposure.

Coaches should (when possible) conduct workouts in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together. This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection and lessen the number of possible quarantines.

Coaches should minimize or eliminate scrimmage or practices involving players from different levels (ex: C, JV, or Varsity) This can lead to additional exposure and/or quarantines on all levels.

Players should:

  • Avoid touching their face after any practice.

  • Wash hands promptly if they have touched their eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Not share food, drinks, towels, or personal equipment.

  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or upper sleeve. Dispose of the tissue in a trash can.

  • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water is unavailable.

 

Duty to report

  • If a team member — including players, coaches, managers, essential workers, etc. — tests positive for COVID-19, it is required that the school report this case to their local health department and any teams/individuals affected. This includes upcoming opponents, as well as opponents in the previous 14 days.

  • If a contest official tests positive for COVID-19, it is the official's responsibility to report this case to health officials and any teams/individuals affected.


 

   

 

Monitoring symptoms, quarantine, PSD protocols for COVID and vaccinations for youth

Please visit the PSD Protocols web page for complete information. 

What happens if a student has symptoms while in class? What happens when there is an outbreak?

What does it look like if a child in my student’s class starts experiencing symptoms?  Students who don't feel well will go to the Health Office to visit with staff. If it is determined that their symptoms meet guidance for going home, the parent or guardian will be contacted to pick up the child from school. Health Office staff will consult with the parent to determine when a student can return.

Flowsheet for Addressing Symptoms at School >> 

What happens when there is an outbreak?  

When outbreaks occur, PSD works with LCDHE to determine the appropriate response. This could include additional distancing, testing, contact tracing and quarantining. 

For more information, please visit the PSD Protocols COVID-19 web page, PSD Contact Tracing and Investigations web page and the PSD COVID-19 Data and School Information web page. 

Staff symptom monitoring and protocols

Employees are expected to self-monitor for symptoms and remain at home if they are ill or are experiencing COVID symptoms. 

Visit the PSD Protocols for COVID web page to see all protocols and learn about state and county guidance and what happens when there is a COVID-19 case in PSD.

Student Symptom Monitoring

Student symptom and temperature checks are the responsibility of parents/guardians and should be done prior to students getting on the bus or entering school.

Visit the PSD Protocols for COVID web page to see all protocols and learn about state and county guidance and what happens when there is a COVID case in PSD.

PSD Volunteers and Community Partners - Symptom Screening, Masks and COVID Protocols

Parents, volunteers and school visitors

  • Self-monitoring for symptoms is still required before entering a building. 

Volunteer duties at schools may be designed to limit the potential for close contact as much as possible. Examples of volunteer opportunities:  

  • Traffic (drop-off and pick-up, crosswalk duty) and recess monitoring outside 
  • Grading, shelving library books or making copies while distanced from others

Reporting if you are exposed to or have COVID

If you volunteer and experience one of the following, please report it to the school as quickly as possible so the COVID Response Team can follow district protocols for cases:  

  • You are identified as a close contact of an individual who tested positive or probable for COVID-19, or 
  • You test positive for or are considered probable for COVID-19 yourself. 
  • Go to the PSD Protocols for COVID-19 web page for information about returning to school. 

Community Partners: 

  • To ensure safety for community partners, students and staff, community partners must complete and submit this planning form for approval by PSD prior to scheduling their event. School COVID-19 Response Teams will review all submissions prior to approval.
  • Principals have the authority to make the final decision about which community partners are allowed in their school, following all established protocols. 
  • Those with questions should contact their respective assistant superintendent, who may consult with the Central Office COVID-19 Response Team.

    Learn more about volunteer COVID protocols and symptom screening on the PSD Volunteers web page

    Can students and staff go to school if they don't feel well? 

    Can students and staff go to school if they do not feel well? Staff and students should stay should home if they have don't feel well. More information:

    COVID Testing: What are my options for COVID testing?

    COVID testing options for youth

    See a listing of testing options on the PSD Protocols web page >>

     

    Will PSD participate in the state COVID testing program? 

    After vetting the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's weekly COVID-19 screening program, Poudre School District announced on Oct. 12, 2021, that the district will not participate in the state's testing program at this time.The decision by the district's leadership team was based on multiple factors, including that schools have limited indoor space needed for the testing sites; stakeholder feedback; and that at a time when PSD is struggling to hire enough staff across multiple departments, the district does not have the additional, necessary personnel to support the program's operations. For example, staff would be required to help students who opted into testing get from their classroom to the testing site at school and back. 

     

     

    COVID Vaccinations

    Vaccinations are not required, but highly encouraged, for those who are eligible. 

    For more information, please visit the PSD COVID Vaccination web page or the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment website. 

    Why can PSD share my or my student’s information with the public health department for a contact tracing investigation. Doesn’t the district need my consent first?

    PSD works with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment to support the agency’s contact tracing investigations, a critical tool to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our schools and community. Part of that work involves identifying close contacts (individuals who were within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more). For investigations, our two organizations exchange information to support this important health safety work. Yes  

    The following is posted publicly on the district’s COVID-19 Protocols web page, under the section labeled “How PSD and LCDHE work together on contact tracing and investigations”: “PSD may need to share some student information requested by LCDHE staff completing contact tracing investigations that includes but isn't limited to parent/guardian name, parent/guardian phone number(s), student name, student grade, student school of attendance, and student date of birth. PSD will never share parent/guardian or student social security numbers. All disclosures will be made in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).”

     District Policy JRA/JRC - Student Records / Release of Information on Students states PSD may disclose student education records or personally identifiable information without written consent of the parent/guardian or eligible students under several circumstances, including if the disclosure is in connection with an emergency, if knowledge of the information disclosed is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons. 

    Additionally, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, “Schools are required to disclose names of people with COVID-19 to public health authorities. Schools should not disclose the name(s) of students, teachers or staff members with COVID-19 to other teachers, staff, students, parents, the media, or anyone outside public health. Public health staff are trained in how to manage health information in order to protect your privacy. They will never share your information without your permission, and they store records securely and keep them safe.” 

    The district has and will continue to train and build the capacity of our school and department COVID-19 Response Teams. We work collectively to provide only the necessary information to support a contact tracing investigation, which includes parent/guardian contact information and the student information listed above. The health department uses this information to issue quarantine orders to those individuals identified as close contacts, as a result of the investigation.  

    LCDHE quarantine orders are always issued in the name of either the confirmed case or identified close contacts. They are not issued in someone else’s name (even if they are a minor) because they apply only to the directly impacted individual. 

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