Health and Safety - Top Priorities as PSD Educates Children
District and school leaders continue to work with and follow guidance from public health officials to meet evolving health and safety requirements. Throughout the year, procedures 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 this school year to keep everyone as safe as possible.
PSD Guidelines: What do I do when I'm sick?
These flow charts explain what you can do when you have COVID-like symptoms.
If you have difficulty accessing this information, please contact your school or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if a student has symptoms while in class?
Students who don't feel well during school will go to the Health Office to be evaluated by a staff member. 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.
What should we do when we're exposed to COVID-19?
Follow CDC recommended precautions:
- Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 full days*
- Monitor yourself for symptoms. Isolate and seek testing if symptoms develop.
- Test on Day 6 after exposure, if possible.
*Day 0 is considered the last date of exposure to COVID-19.
Who does symptom monitoring?
Student and staff are expected to self-monitor for symptoms and remain at home if they are ill or are experiencing COVID symptoms. Use the “Experiencing COVID-like Symptoms?” flow chart for steps to take.
What if my child has COVID-19 symptoms, but tests negative for COVID?
- Provide a photo of your child’s negative at-home test with name and date written on the test or proof of a negative lab report to your child’s school health office.
- Follow the “How Sick Is Too Sick” guide for when your child may return to school.
What happens when there is are multiple cases or a “cluster” in a classroom?
The PSD COVID Support Team will ensure classroom notifications are sent to families with students in affected classrooms or student groups that have a “cluster” (3 or more cases in a classroom). Contact tracing and quarantine are not typically required for clusters. Staff/parents/guardians should monitor children for symptoms.
What happens when there is an outbreak?
The PSD COVID Support Team will work with LCDHE to investigate any outbreaks. Contact tracing for affected classrooms or student groups continues to be required during outbreaks. The PSD COVID Support Team will ensure notifications are sent to families with students in affected classrooms or student groups. Quarantine may be required for individuals that are identified as a close contact and not exempt from quarantine requirements during an outbreak.
Does PSD conduct case reporting?
Schools and childcare facilities are required to report cases of COVID-19 that they are made aware of to Larimer County Public Health, even if testing is performed elsewhere. For reference, the schools reporting form is here. See confidentiality information below.
The CDC has recommended that the COVID immunization be added to the 2023 childhood immunization schedule. Will this be required to attend school in PSD?
The Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices did recently recommend adding information for approved COVID-19 vaccines to the 2023 childhood immunization schedule. However, the CDC only makes vaccine recommendations, and it is up to state or local jurisdictions to decide which vaccines are required for children in schools.
The current school entry vaccine requirements for Colorado can be found at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment “School-required vaccines” webpage.
Larimer County Department of Health & Environment (LCDHE), PSD and Confidentiality
- Answer the call: It’s imperative that families, students, and staff answer phone calls from LCDHE or the PSD COVID Support Team, and share timely, accurate information to help minimize outbreaks in our community. LCDHE and PSD maintain confidentiality.
- Sharing student information with LCDHE for case investigation: PSD may need to share some student information requested by LCDHE staff during case 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 are made in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
- PSD protects the release of student information under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA. However, PSD can release certain student information to LCDHE or other public health agencies without parental consent if the disclosure is in connection with a health or safety emergency and the public health agency's knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals, according to FERPA.
Communications and Data Transparency
- On a case-by-case basis, PSD works with LCDHE to communicate important information to targeted staff and/or parents and guardians. Case communications will not be sent to the entire school community each time; instead, we will work to communicate directly with impacted groups.
- PSD and LCDHE staff keep the identity of students and staff who test positive for or are believed to be exposed to COVID-19 confidential.
- Data transparency: PSD's COVID-19 Data Dashboard displays data entered by the school based COVID-19 Response Teams and are kept as up to date as possible.
- PSD works with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment to track outbreaks at schools. PSD and LCDHE follow the state health department's definitions for outbreaks. Individual letters are not sent to parents/guardians when there is an outbreak, but cluster and outbreak notification letters will be sent to impacted student groups through School Messenger.